Thermometers

Whilst there are more intuitive ways of checking whether the temperature is right for your baby, for example, elbow test in the bath water, touching your baby’s tummy or back etc., as a first time mum, I needed more accuracy than that! Here is a rundown of my favourite room, bath and baby thermometers:

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Changing Bag

When it comes to changing bags you are really spoilt for choice. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours, and have lately even become somewhat of a trendy fashion statement. New brands appear to be popping up every day claiming to revolutionise the humble utility bag. Whilst I’m all for choice, it can be confusing and prolong the process of trying to tick things off your baby checklist.

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Changing Unit

The MyChild Peachy Changing Unit is hands down one of the best baby purchases we made. It includes a changing mat, bath and lots of storage space all conveniently in one place. This changing station is especially useful if you have any back problems, or are recovering from a C-section because it means you can change and bathe your baby with ease, without needing to bend down.

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Nappy Bin

Nappy disposal units offer a really practical and convenient way of keeping your home hygienic, tidy and absent of unwanted smells. More importantly, it cuts out the need to make multiple trips outside to throw out nappies. This is especially welcome in the colder months and early newborn days, when you’re changing at least ten nappies a day.

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Sling

In the newborn days my baby needed to stay close to us pretty much all the time. After all, it’s scary coming out into the big wide world after being cocooned and protected inside the womb, and it’s only natural that he’d need that extra security now more than ever. Of course, as much as I would’ve loved to have sat and cuddled him all day long, it became near impossible to get anything done (even eating). So I invested in a sling.

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Bath

There’s a reason why the Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support has won so much praise amongst the mummy community. It’s a simple yet cleverly designed product. My baby loves bath time and he is comfortable, safe and well supported on the soft mesh material. It’s also hygienic, very easy to clean and dries super quickly.

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Breast Pump

After breastfeeding was well established, I chose to combination feed (breastfeed and express to feed) my baby for a while. I didn’t know anything about breast pumps until I started to read up about them, and as with everything else on my baby checklist, I soon discovered there were lots of different types and brands to choose from. To help simplify things, here is a breakdown of the four main types of breast pumps:

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Feeding Equipment

If you’re choosing to bottle feed your baby, I wouldn’t blame you if you’re scratching your head about what to buy. There’s so much choice out there when it comes to things like sterilisers and bottles, that it can leave you feeling quite perplexed. Especially, if you’re a first time mum and not very well versed in these things, like I was. So here’s a list of the essential bottle feeding items that I found really useful:

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Baby Checklist

If I had one key 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 your baby list. 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 buying things. You may also find that certain items (usually the big ticket items such as the pushchair or cot) are out of stock or have long delivery lead times. So it’s also worth bearing that in mind.

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