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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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