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If I had one piece of advice to give to any expecting parents out there, it would be to leave yourself plenty of time when it comes to planning what you need to buy for your baby. Even if you’re cautious and don’t want to start buying anything too early, there’s no harm in just doing some research so you’re better prepared when the time comes to start making some purchases. I sometimes found too that certain items I wanted to buy (usually bigger items like the pushchair or cot bed) were out of stock, or had long delivery lead times. So it’s also worth bearing that in mind.

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As with most baby products, there is an infinite amount of choice when it comes to toys. Truthfully speaking, my baby wasn’t really that interested in playing with toys when he was very little because he was still developing his hand-eye coordination, and more concerned with feeding and sleeping. Having said that, he did enjoy staring at the toys and they provided important stimulation for my baby’s senses, as well as, encouraging the development of his motor skills.

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This is a sensitive topic for me, but one I can no longer keep on avoiding. I’ve kept my head buried in the sand for long enough, ducked all the questions, and ignored every warning about ‘looking early’ to avoid disappointment. The first nursery we went to see, I didn’t take seriously at all and just went through the motions. There was still so much time left of my maternity leave and as much as I missed having adult conversation, exercising my brain, and making an effort to look presentable when leaving the house, the thought of going back to work and leaving my precious little baby in the hands of complete strangers was gut wrenching.

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When considering which sleeping arrangement would work best for us, I did a lot of research and looked at The Lullaby Trust safer sleep guidelines. I wanted to ensure I was following the correct advice from trusted experts, as the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was all too prevalent in my mind being a first time mum.

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Once upon a time, a baby shower used to be an intimate event where close friends and family would gather together to eat cake and homemade nibbles, play a few games and give the mummy-to-be some thoughtfully handpicked gifts. Now, it seems to have evolved into an elaborate stately affair, a month prior to which, mumzilla herself sends you an online gift registry that totals up to the amount of a small house deposit. It may have started off as an American tradition, but it has become as much of a custom here in the UK as anywhere else.

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I’m a huge fan of organic cotton baby clothes. They feel softer than ordinary cotton and it’s nice to know there were no pesticides, harmful chemicals or nasty toxins used in the manufacturing process. Organic cotton is therefore kinder to my baby’s skin, longer lasting and more environmentally friendly. That’s why I always try to buy organic clothes for my little one, especially when it comes to things like his vests and night wear.

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With so many types of baby monitors out there, each one boasting different features – audio, video, movement sensor, wifi enabled, and the ability to connect to a smart device (to name just a few), it can leave you feeling quite baffled, especially, if you’re a technophobe like me. So it took quite a bit of time to familiarise myself with the pros and cons of all the various features, before I could make a final decision.

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We purchased LOTS of books before having our baby because we wanted to be as prepared as possible. Many of them were recommended to us by friends, family and baby groups. The reality is that nothing can really prepare you for the colossal change that’s about to occur. Becoming a parent is a completely life-changing, roller-coaster experience and you really just learn as you go along.

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So now that it had been decided when and how I was going to wean my baby (see my previous blog post Weaning (Part I)), it was time to buy all of the essential weaning items! With so much choice out there, I’ve listed below my favourite tried and tested weaning gear:

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