I’m such a nostalgic person. I’m consistently starting sentences with ‘This time last year…’ Or ‘The last time we were here…’. And I’m finding I’m doing it more than ever at the moment as we get closer to Harley’s birthday in March.
This time last year (see I’m doing it again) I was frantically buying all the baby stuff. The things I really thought I needed but actually didn’t. I had approximately 25 blankets, a ridiculous amount of baby grows and vests in all sizes from tiny baby through to 0-3 months (and we had to go straight to 0-3 months as Harley skipped all the other sizes), and enough baby toiletries to stock Boots. So I thought I’d share some of the items I found most useful during the first few months of being a mummy.
I’ve spoken of my love of the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine before. It is the greatest invention known to parents. I’m a bit ashamed to say that I actually didn’t know how to make a bottle without the help of the machine until we went away when Harley was five months (read my holiday tips here) but with the Perfect Prep who cares?! It makes a bottle for you in seconds rather than having to faff around with boiling the kettle, waiting for it to cool etc. seriously it’s the must-have item if you’re formula feeding.
Another essential if you’re formula feeding is the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops (you will never fully appreciate how convenient coffee shops are until you’re a parent) are funny about giving you boiling water to heat bottles and food due to health and safety so this flask allows you to take your own with you. It’s also super handy if you’re on the road and need to heat up baby’s milk. Ten months on we still use this to heat Ella’s Kitchen pouches when we’re out and about.
A changing bag is one of the most important items you’ll buy as you’ll need it all the time. Naively I went for the one I thought was stylish and would work my wardrobe colour scheme (no actual colour scheme – just black, grey and white) and didn’t really check out the functionality. After a couple of months of struggling to fit anything in there, spending forever trying to find anything and cursing the flimsy changing mat, I decided to upgrade the bag for a BabaBing Daytripper Deluxe on the recommendation of my cousin. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking at changing bags at the moment. The changing mat is really well structured and padded, there are lots of pockets and dedicated space for nappies, wipes and even a compartment to store dirty nappies if you aren’t able to throw them away when out. It’s quite pricey in comparison to some bags but well worth the money.
I also think a play mat is another essential for a newborn. Although they aren’t able to play with any of the toys at first they’ll find the hanging toys stimulating. We were brought the Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies and Lights Deluxe Baby Gym as a gift at my baby shower, which Harley loved. It has lights built into the top and music and rainforest sounds so it’s super engaging too. It’s definitely a toy that can be used right from birth through to about nine months as baby begins to get more mobile.
Another gift we received was a baby bean bag, which FYI is the comfiest thing I’ve ever encountered. It’s a lovely comfy place for baby to chill out and let’s face it in the first few weeks sleep. It also makes a lovely place for mum to rest when baby’s not using it!
Oh and one tip (I do spoil you) don’t wash all of the clothes you buy for baby. We made that mistake and ended up with about 30 vests, baby grows and bodysuits that Harley was far too big for and because they were washed and folded very neatly in his chest of drawers we weren’t able to take them back!
What are your must-have items for the first few weeks of mummy hood? Share them by commenting below…
Aspiring Yummy Mummy x