Ten things all new parents need…

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):

  1. 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! 
  2. 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.  
  3. 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!
  4. Nappy Bin – Although it will save you numerous trips to the outside bin, it will cost you around ยฃ4 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!
  5. 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 ยฃ6 a pair you won’t even have to use the credit card! 
  6. 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 ยฃ10 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!

 

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               Messy babies need Vanish!

 

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14 Comments

  1. September 26, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I didn’t discover the tommie tippie prep until it was too late! I wish I’d had one. I love metanium…. It’s also good for spots! I put it on before bed and their almost gone by the morning. I know lots of people that never used their nappy bin but I loved ours. It saved so much time in the long run.
    #BigPinkLink

  2. September 26, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Back seat car mirror is a great idea, turning around to look at kids is so dangerous and I know I was guilty! #MarvMondays

  3. September 26, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    The Prep is my all time parenting must have! I love it!

    #MarvMondays

  4. September 27, 2016 / 5:34 am

    Very good point – some of these ‘gadgets’ are vastly over-rated but so helpful! Our little girl tended to wear sleepsuits a lot to be honest but socks on is a fantastic idea for those cute little outfit days! #MarvMondays

  5. September 27, 2016 / 10:25 am

    This is such a useful post! With a 4 year old boy, I’m finding that I need vanish more and more!! So that is one that keeps being useful well into childhood. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for joining in with the #bigpinklink

    • Mommyandrory
      September 27, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Your very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it x

  6. September 27, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    My best buy has been the nipple cream!! #MarvMondays

  7. September 27, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Massively agree with your star buy, although I couldn’t work out which hole went where for ages…! Car mirror is a really good shout too. Thanks for linking to #Chucklemums, hope to see you next week!

  8. September 30, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    WHY WASN’T I TOLD ABOUT SOCK ONS BEFORE TODAY? I have had two babies but never owned a paid of baby socks for more than 3 minutes! Excellent post, if only for the tidbit!

    #Chucklemums

  9. October 1, 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Totally agree re sock-ons, lansinoh and the car mirror. Not so sure that I’d recommend everyone buys an expensive electric pump – personally I’d wait until you know you’re going to need it! I didn’t pump until I was going back to work. I always buy new mums sock ons though!
    Thanks for joining #chucklemums

  10. October 2, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Yes yes yes! Definitely the nipple cream and the Wonder Weeks app, haha. I’m going to look into the Tommee Tippee perfect prep though, that sounds fantastic. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  11. January 4, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    You are so helpful Becky…hope you know I will be stealing a lot of this stuff from you when my baby arrives โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • Mommyandrory
      January 10, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thanks Kerrie! That’s what I’m here for ๐Ÿ™‚

      I also picked you up a little something while I was out shopping the other day. It was too cute to not get! xx

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