Baby Monitor

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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Books for Parents

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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Weaning (Part II)

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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Weaning (Part I)

Navigating the world of weaning for the first time is like trying to work your way through a labyrinth. There are so many books, recipes, thoughts and opinions on this topic, it’s really hard to know where to begin. I decided to introduce solids to my baby at around 6 months, in line with the NHS guidelines and when I felt he was ready.

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Car Seat

When it comes to car seats, safety is of course the number one thing to consider. So I looked into car seats that complied with the latest EU standards and car seat safety regulations. At the time of my research (January 2018), rear-facing i-Size seats were the safest option. i-Size seats are based on a child’s height rather than weight, and allows them to travel in the recommended rear-facing position for longer.

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Pushchair

After spending a lot of time researching online, I narrowed down my search for a pushchair to three brands – Joolz Geo 2, Egg Stroller and iCandy Peach. My main criteria for the pushchair included, functionality and ease of use, style, comfort, weight and the ability to convert to a tandem pushchair in the future. All three were strong contenders.

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Bouncer

When it came to deciding on a bouncer I was torn between the self-rocking, musical, battery operated models, and the more simplistic, stripped back, does what it says on the tin version. In the end, after hearing all the buzz about the BabyBjörn Balance Soft, I decided to give it a try. For what it is (a natural rocking bouncer with no bells or whistles), I did wonder if the price tag was justified. But then once we started using it, I quickly began to appreciate why it’s so popular.

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Cot Bed Mattress

The Lullaby Trust promotes advice on safer sleep for babies to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It recommends that the safest mattress for a baby is firm, flat and protected by a waterproof cover. The mattress should also be in good condition and fit the cot properly with no gaps. I personally would therefore avoid buying anything second hand. 

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Cot Bed

I knew from the very start that I wanted to buy a cot bed rather than a standalone cot because it’s usually bigger in size and will inevitably last longer. Once my baby outgrows his cot, a cot bed can be converted into a toddler bed by removing one or both of the side rails. It should also help to make the transition from a cot to a bed easier for my little one when the time comes.

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Activity Gym and Playmat

Tiny Love activity gyms are great. They provide lots of stimulation for my baby, whilst also encouraging him to develop his fine and gross motor skills. There are lots of fun themes to choose from too. I chose the The Tiny Love Meadow Days Dynamic Gymini Activity Gym because of its lovely design and all the great features it had to offer.

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