I remember with extreme clarity my very first (very pregnant) trip to Kiddicare. More specifically, I remember the extreme panic that ensued, faced with this altogether alien and ultimately alienating experience. As many of you will know, entering a baby superstore, when you don’t have any experience of having a baby, or in my case, even being around babies, is quite literally like landing on the moon.
In particular I remember, what at the time seemed like an insanely large jelly baby shaped sponge (these are actually quite useful, see below) I looked at my husband and exclaimed, ‘what the hell is this?’ and when upon further inspection he also couldn’t shed any light, the blood ran from my face as it dawned on me, we have literally no idea what we are doing!
Instantly and instinctively I text a mummy friend (thanks Libby) desperate for her definitive list of the gadgets and products she swore by, and so naturally, with her response, the gospel was passed, This would be the first of many (often sent in the early hours) texts to her, seeking advice on anything and everything from breast feeding, reflux, and of course the age old ‘why won’t she sleep????’. This mother to mother advice felt at times, like my life line, and for that, I am eternally grateful!
With this in mind, when expectant friends ask for similar advice, I am always eager to repay the favour, so Shalina, this one is for you. Here’s my list of the products I would swear by, or in retrospect wish I had invested in. Of course every mother will give you a slightly differing list, go with your gut and pick and choose the products that suit your lifestyle/ baby, but whatever you do, once you have also established your definitive list, remember to pass the gospel on!
This bouncy chair is yet another ‘lifesaver’ purchase, allowing hands free time to cook, shower, go to the loo, make a cup of tea etc…wait for it ladies these mundanities are about to feel like luxuries!.The rocking motion also provides comfort for your baby.
One of my biggest style fears as a mum to be, was the altogether ugly world of changing bags. I was therefore understandably relieved when discovered the Storksak brand, which bridges the gap between functional nappy bag and everyday handbag.
I love Burts Bees baby care products, not only because they smell so gorgeous, but also because they are so gentle on sensitive skin.11
If you’re planning on breast feeding, Medela pumps are by far the most efficient and effective, saving you precious time!
So this bad boy is the tear inducing culprit. Seriously though, Annie hated baths until we introduced the soft cushiony sponge for her to lie on.
M&S is great for good quality, good value baby essentials like cotton muslins, vests, sleepsuits and baby sleeping bags.
The perfect cosy surface for resting baby down on. I had sheepskin rugs/ throws in the living room, Annie’s room and my bedroom, meaning I had somewhere to lay her down as I travelled around the house.