I have recently had my first child and have navigated the minefield that is ‘baby stuff”. As with weddings, put the word ‘baby’ in front of an item and the price doubles!
These are the top five things that I couldn’t live without and would definitely spend my money on again.
- Baby Monitor
I am a born worrier so a baby monitor was (and still is) an essential piece of kit that I would definitely buy again. These aren’t cheap but provided your small human doesn’t get hold of it and drop it down the toilet, a good quality one will likely last you until you no longer need it. They also come with all sorts of bells and whistles these days too, from apnoea monitors to cameras and thermostats.
Prior to having a baby I used to see parents pushing their infants round in buggies during the day and think ‘aw, how lovely for them’, now, as a mother, I know the secret….these poor parents for the most part have been driven out of the house by a child who refuses to sleep and the only way to get them to sleep is by pushing them in the stroller around the neighbourhood.
A good quality stroller will not only last you hopefully until you no longer need it but will also preserve your sanity.
- Car Seat
It’s a given really. It’s your precious bundles safety we’re talking about but a well-chosen car seat can also see them right through until they’re finished with car seats all together.
- Nappy Bin
It wraps nappies in plastic to prevent smells getting out. Yep, ‘nuff said. Worth every penny.
- Breast pump
Sorry to all the boys out there reading this and those who are a bit squeamish – but I would definitely invest in a good quality breast pump (rather than buying a second hand or a cheap and nasty version). If you need to use a breast pump regularly then you need a good quality one.
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The information contained in this article is of a general nature and should not be taken as advice. It reflects the opinions of the writer only.