There are so many products out there for newborn babies now, and if it is your first baby, you may be convinced that you probably need all of them, right? Wrong. When I was pregnant with Oscar, I ended up buying so much that I really didn’t need. I had baby food blenders that I never used because he was terrified of the noise, despite already owning a smoothie machine. I bought a bottle warmer, even though I already had a kettle that did the same thing. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and although I kept pretty much all of it just in case, I can almost guarantee they won’t be used this time either.
This time I decided to go back to basics and write a list of the things I absolutely couldn’t get through the first few months without, and the things I wished I had bought, if I had saved my money. I was actually surprised at how little was on my list, to be quite honest.
I would recommend you buy things like a steriliser and something safe for your baby to sleep in, however I wanted to do a bit of an “out of the box” product guide as opposed to a generic one, so those types of essentials will not be included.
Without further ado, here are ten products I think are absolutely essential during those first few months…
For Breast Feeding:
Something that I didn’t use with Oscar, but absolutely wished I had, was an electric breast pump.
I have heard such amazing things about Lansinoh products and their genuine care for breast feeding mothers, especially in regards to their renowned nipple cream which is currently in my hospital bag awaiting to be tested too. This particular pump was awarded Gold for the Best Breast Pump in the Mother & Baby Awards 2018 and I absolutely love that it can be used as a double or a single, which I think will be so handy depending on what I prefer/my supply. For a hospital grade performance pump, I also find it extremely affordable. Although I am still only 33 weeks pregnant so haven’t tried it yet, I have high hopes that it will be just as amazing as it looks.
I would not say that both breast pumps are an essential, and you will only need to purchase one (depending on your budget) however this single pump from Nuby is a slightly cheaper alternative to the Lansinoh pump above. The Nuby Digital Pump is also the only pump on the market with touch screen technology, and has won the Mother & Baby Silver Award for Best Breast Pump of 2018. It looks absolutely beautiful, and I am, again, so excited to try it out. I feel like this one in particular will be so handy for when I am travelling, and especially when going back to work. I am hoping that I can incorporate both pumps into my breast feeding routine so I never get stuck anywhere unable to express if needs be.
Click on the links above for more information about the product specifications if you’re interested. I will be carrying out a full review of both pumps separately when baby is born with more information about both, so do make sure you keep an eye out for that!
For Bottle Feeding:
I used this with Oscar and genuinely could not get through the night without it. When we eventually decided to bottle feed, this was an absolute life saver. Some people may think it is pricey (around £70 to £100) considering it just makes bottles, but believe me when I say it is absolutely worth it when you’re in the midst of a sleep regression and just want the baby to stop crying ASAP. To be honest, I think I would have paid almost treble that in my times of need. I am hoping to breast feed a lot longer this time, but I will still be getting it down from the loft soon for a deep sterilisation before his arrival, just in preparation.
The product we have used the most since Oscar was born, and something we recommend to everyone, would be a video camera monitor. In the early days, having the monitor there provided so much reassurance that everything was okay. It meant we could begin our routine of leaving him upstairs on a night to have time to relax. I was actually able to move him into his own room at 6 months because of it. It even meant I could go for a wee when he was crawling, because I could keep an eye on him. If you’re an anxious parent and will worry about baby sleeping these are definitely a must-have. We have been using ours since Oscar was 6 weeks old, and he’s now almost 2.
I have linked the one we use above, however I do think they’re all pretty similar to each other. Ours, however, doesn’t run over the WiFi so is unable to be hacked.
If I am honest, I never used to see the point in comforters of any sort when I gave birth the first time. Oscar was given about 1000 of them, and we never thought to offer him them as a newborn because he was happy with his dummy instead. We eventually got rid of his dummy and he refused to become attached to anything else because he had never seen them. Of course, this made sleep an absolute nightmare. I was so lucky to be sent this gorgeous Peter Rabbit comforter from Born Gifted. Not only is it absolutely beautiful but I have also put it straight in my hospital bag, awaiting baby’s arrival so I can have it with him from the moment he is born.
A lifesaver in the early days. Oscar wasn’t exactly a ‘Velcro Baby’ as a newborn, but he did like to fall asleep in my arms. The swing we had (linked above, but again, I think they’re all very similar) managed to provide me some freedom and he would fall asleep in it almost instantly. I’m not going to lie, I was quite devastated when I had to admit defeat and put it away because he was so heavy it would no longer swing. Ha! I can’t wait to put it to use again with baby two.
This is a new product I am excited to try and would absolutely encourage everybody else to buy too if you have a little one on the way. I had no idea anything like this existed with Oscar so just brushed his gums with a normal soft brush as soon as I seen a tooth pop up. I wouldn’t have even thought to massage his gums before that and I am hoping that this provides baby so much relief in the first few months – especially because I remember how difficult the teething stage was.
Bickiepegs are also supporting the #DCby1 campaign, which is currently being ran by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s (BSPD) and the NHS in order to try and get as many babies as possible to visit a dentist before their first birthday. I will admit that I didn’t think I would have to take Oscar to the dentist before he was one (in fact, he didn’t get his first tooth until he was 11 months!) but I do think this campaign is so important to stress the importance of dental hygiene as early as possible. You can read more about it here.
Another absolute essential and something I recommend to everybody on a regular basis. We use Sudocrem every single time we change Oscar’s bum, and he has only ever had nappy rash once. I use it for pretty much every cut, scrape and scab on his body too and I swear it literally is miracle cream. The big tubs last forever and tend to be what we use the most, but these little tubes will be extremely handy, especially for the nappy bag.
The most delicious smelling baby sensitive bath products I have ever come across. I have recently been using these on Oscar as he has extremely sensitive skin and it is difficult to find products delicate enough for him, and let me tell you that these are absolutely perfect. The shampoo made his hair so soft and silky too and I actually couldn’t stop sniffing him, which I will admit he wasn’t too thrilled about. I am so excited to try these on the new baby when he arrives and am quite confident that they will be sensitive enough now I have tested on O. Make sure you always do a skin test before you use any new products on a newborn, though!
A game changer for newborn bums… I struggled so much with cotton wool and water in public when trying to clean Oscar the first few weeks, it was a nightmare. If I had known these existed back then, I would have bought hundreds of them in preparation. I would definitely recommend stocking up to get through that awkward “sensitive” stage in the very beginning.
What did you find essential when your baby was born? Do let me know in the comments if there is anything you think I may have missed, or if you agree/disagree with any of these. Make sure to follow me on my social media accounts below: