Here our our top 10 items for the first 6 months of having a baby and why they are our favourites:
- Bright Starts Roaming Safari Activity Gym
- SnuzPod Bedside Crib 3 in 1
- Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier
- Breastfeeding Nursing Cover – boned
- Gro-egg Room Thermometer
- Cybex Sirona Car Seat
- Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
- Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support
- Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray
- Taf Toys Clip on Pram Book
Bright Starts Roaming Safari Activity Gym Samuel was just 3 days old when he first used his baby gym and he was mesmerised. It quickly became a favourite, with Grandparents buying baby gyms to keep at their houses. This one easily folds up and is a good size. We even took ours on holiday with us to the lakes!
SnuzPod Bedside Crib 3 in 1 Keeping Samuel close has always been important to us and the SnuzPod allowed us to do this safely. It attached to the side of our bed meaning I could just roll over and place Samuel in and out with ease. I could lay next to him without the worry of rolling on to him. My only wish is that it lasted longer but Samuel was definitely too big for it by 6 months. I have big plans for it in the playroom though.
Mamas & Papas Morph Baby Carrier Lee went into Mamas & Papas to test out the baby carriers before deciding upon this one. Samuel absolutely loves it and I have been known to wear it round the house just to get jobs done. Samuel especially loves it now he is forward facing. He is such a nosey boy and this allows him to people watch with ease.
Breastfeeding Nursing Cover In the first few months of breastfeeding this was a lifesaver. As a first time mum it allowed me to build my confidence in feeding Samuel when we were out and about. We very rarely use it now as Samuel likes to see what is going off around him but it was a definite must at the start.
Gro-Egg Room Thermometer As Samuel was a Summer born baby this was so useful in ensuring the room was the right temperature or that Samuel was dressed appropriately for bed (see chart below). Lee did become a bit obsessed with it though lol.
Cybex Sirona Car Seat We read so much about not leaving babies in car seats for long periods of time so decided not to get one that you could lift in and out. It meant that Samuel got used to being transferred into his pushchair or cot without waking and we actually got some use out of the carry cot attachment. The Cybex appealed to us as it will last till he is 4 and can be rear facing for longer than most. It has a 360* swivel which makes getting Samuel in and out a whole lot easier and is of course Isofix.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine These have had a bad reputation at the moment with some discovering mould inside. I checked mine and it was perfectly clean as were all my friends that also use them. It really does make life simpler when making up a bottle. There is no waiting around for a kettle to boil. No waiting for the milk to cool down. It is instantly at the correct temperature for baby to drink. I mainly breastfeed but when I do give Samuel a bottle this has been one of the most useful gadgets.
Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support We got this as a transition from the baby bath although it could have been used from birth. Instantly Samuel loved this. It must be super comfortable as he happily lays there or sits on the end. It enables whoever is bathing Samuel to have both hands free and without the fear of Samuel slipping. Again another item we took on holiday with us.
Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray This is a different version of the Bumbo. We liked how this came with a tray and a removable insert. Samuel used this from 4 months and it really helped with his sitting. It also helped me get some jobs done as I could easily move it round the house and Samuel would sit and watch me. The activity tray kept him occupied whilst we ate tea and it could easily be transported to Grandparents houses to be used as a high chair. Samuel still happily sits in in now and my 20 month old nephew still likes to sit in his.
Taf Toys Clip on Pram Book We got this quite early on to give Samuel something to look at in his carry cot. It quickly became a favourite and was really useful to use during tummy time as well. We liked how one side had the black and white images for stimulating baby early on. We bought one for our friends new baby as Samuel loved it so much.
What are your top baby products?