One advantage of bringing up children in the modern world is the extensive array of gadgets, designed to make your complicated life that little bit easier! But are these baby must haves actually making our lives any better, or are manufacturers just lining their pockets with the money of vulnerable new parents?
Here’s my run down of the top ten things all new parents need in their life’s (look out for my STAR BUY):
- Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep – If you’re planning to bottle feed this is the gadget of all gadgets. In my pre-birth, crazy hormone stage I was adamant it would be a complete waste of money…it pains me to say it but I was so wrong! Once you’ve used this machine the effort is almost unbearable if you have to make a bottle ‘the old-fashioned’ way!
- Electric Breast Pump – Don’t be fooled into thinking a manual pump will surface! Even if you’re not entirely set on breast feeding investing in a good pump will at least mean you’re prepared. I was put off by the expensive price tag but I soon realised how time consuming expressing was, let alone trying to do it by hand! A good tip is to buy just before your baby is due. If you don’t end up using the pump it can always be returned or exchanged for something else.
- Microwave Seriliser – A steriliser is probably already on your baby list, but if like us you don’t have much space in your kitchen, don’t panic! A microwave steriliser does the same job as an electric one but costs half the price. Additionally it can live inside the microwave when i’ts not in use, win win!
- Nappy Bin – Although it will save you numerous trips to the outside bin, it will cost you around £4 per month for the refill cassettes. Obviously how quickly you use each cassette depends entirely on how many nappies your baby fills. We use the Tommee Tippee Sangenic disposal system, it promises to lock in odor which it manages successfully the majority of the time. Best to be on the safe side and hold your nose when emptying it though, especially during the warmer months!
- Sock Ons – These were bought for me as a gift at my baby shower. It’s something I probably would have walked past in Mothercare and not paid much attention to! Sock ons are designed to stretch over your babies regular socks, holding them in place no matter what! Yes that’s right, no more lost socks! We now own four pairs of sock ons (they come in packs of two) and can proudly confirm we had never lost a single pair of socks (in nearly eight months). My STAR BUY for any parent with a child under 1 and for £6 a pair you won’t even have to use the credit card!
- Lansinoh Nipple Cream – If you’re planning to breast feed make sure you get a tube of this next time you pop into boots. Don’t be put off by the £10 price tag; this stuff is the miracle cure for poorly nips! You only need a pea sized amount so the tube goes a long way and its 100% natural so there’s no need to remove it before breast feeding. If like me you still have a nearly full tube knocking around long after your milk has dried up, it can also be used as lip balm 🙂
- Back Seat Car Mirror – It didn’t take us long to realise that once Rory was strapped safely into his rear facing car seat we were unable to see him whilst driving, something which neither of us had worked out prior to his birth! I know plenty of parents that don’t have these handy mirrors but personally I like to be able to see my little monkey.
- Wunder Weeks App – You thought the hardest part was pushing your baby out your vajayjay, just wait until your baby makes his first leap! A surprisingly accurate insight into your child’s mind. If you’re sat there asking yourself why your baby is suddenly been so difficult, last week they were so happy now their all fussy and cranky, this is the app for you! I can pretty much predict the start of Roy’s ‘stormy’ period down to the day, I only wish I’d known about this app from day one!
- Sophie The Giraffe – Although your baby-less friends will question why the giraffe has such a un-giraffe-like name, your baby will be smitten! Sophie is designed with your babies hearing, touch, taste, sight and smell in mind, plus she’s super easy for little hands to hold! As if that wasn’t enough she’s also French, so she has that Je ne sais quoi!
- Metanium Nappy Rash Cream – Forget Sudocrem, Metanium is the new cream in town! The fact that we were first told the benefits of Metanium at our NCT antenatal course almost makes the price of the course worthwhile! Even if you’re a firm believer in the benefit’s of Sudocrem its worth a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Now because you made it this far (and because I thought of another must have) here’s a bonus buy:
- Vanish Oxi Action Stain Remover – Surprisingly a lot of the things you buy for your baby will be white, more so if you choose to not find out the sex of your baby! Unsurprisingly the majority of the things you buy will get stained pretty quickly. If you managed to survive the curry sauce poop stage you’re sure to get caught out when weaning starts! Grab some vanish while you’re doing the big shop, it’ll definitely do the trick!