Now that Harry is almost 8 weeks old, we are settling into more of a routine. The days are so busy and time comes at a premium, but I am loving every minute with my gorgeous little man.
When I was pregnant, I had no idea where to start when it came to baby purchases. It seemed like there were just so many options and different ways of doing things and it took us a while to decide on what to get. We made the main purchases before Harry arrived, but some we made after he was born, when we started to realise what we actually needed!
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine – makes your bottles in 2 minutes flat! Now that we have made the switch to full time formula feeding, we decided this machine was a must have. It adds a ‘hot shot’ of water to your bottle, you then add the powder and shake, and then it adds the remaining amount of cold, sterilised water to give you your bottle at the perfect temperature! So no boiling the kettle or cooling bottles. Highly recommend this product. You can do it one handed as well – very important!
Fisher-Price Rainforest Peekaboo Leaves Musical Mobile – Harry absolutely loves this mobile. Obviously he still sleeps in our room in his moses basket, but he also naps or just rests in his cot in his room once or twice a day. This mobile has leaves which slowly flap up and down and then four little rainforest animals underneath which spin around. There are four music options – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven or rainforest sounds. It’s very colourful and holds Harry’s attention really well. It’s also really relaxing and I’ll put the music on when I am changing him. It’s great for getting him off to sleep in his cot or just for stimulating him for short periods while I am nearby. It helps him get used to his own bedroom too.
Ikea Hensvik Changing Table and Cabinet – this was only £60 and is such a useful piece of furniture. It’s essentially a shelving unit/dresser, with a changing table attachment which can be removed after it is no longer needed. There are four shelves – we use the bottom two for all of Harry’s supplies – nappies, toiletries etc. The top two we use for displaying a few toys, and for a small supply of everything we need to change a nappy. That way everything is to hand. His changing mat obviously sits on the changing table and we can easily reach for a nappy, wipes, nappy bag and other little items like Sudocream or his nose drops. When he gets older the attachment can be removed and we can use the unit for books and toys. A brilliant buy!
MAM Dummies – We always naively said we wouldn’t give him a dummy – that lasted 3 days! At first we bought the Tommee Tippee dummies but Harry wasn’t that keen on them. These MAM dummies however are his preferred choice! They have a silk teat and a better shape for his little mouth. He still isn’t a huge fan of a dummy, but it is useful for when he gets a bit fussy and we don’t want to keep lifting him. It basically pacifies him for short periods and that’s fine with us! No way will he be sucking it for as long as I did as a child – and I’m not telling you how long that was!
Pampers Nappies – pretty obvious but they are the best ones. We tried Asda brand and Boots brand and they leaked far too often! They also weren’t as soft or flexible. There are usually deals on Pampers anyway so we are sticking with them for now.
Muslin cloths – I always wondered what these were really for, they seemed a bit random. Now I must be armed with a muslin and a spare bib at all times! They are so useful as having a baby can be quite a messy job and there have been more spillages and accidents than I expected lol! Muslins can be used for mopping up just about anything, and they will be!
Quinny Buzz Xtra Travel System – this took us forever to choose, but we are really happy with our choice. We got the pushchair itself which comes with the buggy attachment. We then bought the carrycot attachment for use now while he is small. The system holds the Maxi Cosi car seat for shorter walks and journeys. It’s really easy to manoeuvre, quite easy to assemble and store and it’s just a practical, well designed system. Harry is happy and comfortable in it and we have been out somewhere almost every day so we are getting plenty of use out of the Quinny Buzz. We got ours at Kiddicare at a good price.
So those are the main things that I can highly recommend so far! Being a mum is such an amazing experience, but it is a big change, especially at first. So when a product or baby item makes things that little bit easier or more straightforward, it’s worth every penny in my book! Gives you more time to spend just enjoying your baby! Harry is already becoming so much more interactive and alert, and I can tell this time is just going to fly!