Having had six babies to date, I think myself somewhat an expert by now on the baby equipment needs of new Moms.
When I started out with my first child, I had zero idea what I actually needed and read books and magazines by the dozen to hone in on the essentials. I even went to our nearest baby store at the time, pregnant with literally a blank brain and cheque and only the expertise of the store staff to guide me.
It's been a good 4.5 years between number 5 and number 6 babies. Equipment has come and gone.
Items I decided not to buy the first 5 times have been embraced with a new sense of necessity this time around.
The more children there are, the less time and patience I have for doing things the hard way.
I decided to come up with a list of a few of my all time favourite items that I have realised I couldn't possibly live without now that I am again a Mom. It is not intended to be a list of obvious things like a cot or a pram, but rather a mix of specific items in particular that caught my eye. These are things (or particular brands) that I have discovered and loved. They are my essentials and I would recommend these items to Moms, particularly those with young babies, to make life a little smoother.
In no particular order:
Celeste is well into the feeding stage. Previously I bought cheap plastic containers from the local supermarket to house my baby food creations. (Messy, leaks, plastic nasties and odour problems before warping and dying quick deaths). Not this time!
I bought a box set of 9 Glasslock Baby Food Containers. These little nifty essentials are glass so no nasty BPA chemicals. The lids are liquid proof too so zero chance of a spill inside your nappy bag or fridge. They are perfect portion-sized containers which are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Perfect for popping into your day bag for outings. They made the cut and I can't get enough of them - as good as buying supermarket-sealed baby food jars except way cheaper in the long run and more nutritious when filled by yourself.
Beaba spoons have been another discovery. These are a French brand I was previously unaware of until I scored a freebie spoon somewhere and fell in love. The spoons are silicone coated and long-handled for an adult to spoon-feed baby with ease and comfort. Nice big surfaces for the perfect sized portion of food and baby can handle them with ease too. They are by far, the best baby feeding spoon I have come across in 13 years and believe me, I have tried them all!
For making baby food, I just can't go past my Morphy Richards Soup and Baby Food Maker. I have blogged about my love affair with this appliance in a past post which you can read here. Throw in your vegies, pasta, some stock and water and press a button. I put mine on before school pick up and when I return 15 minutes later, Celeste's meals are ready for several days and a lunch or snack for myself too if I am wanting! Forget saucepans and the old method - so thankful for this creation and I wish I had one years ago.
An Ubbi nappy pail has been a sensational purchase and comes with a massive recommendation from me!
Previously I have used everything: cloth, nappy bags, bread bags, supermarket bags... I recently took a final look at the dozen or so nappy bags waiting for the bin at the back doorstep and hit the wall - it was time to invest in a nappy pail!
The brilliant thing about the NY designed Ubbi is that it takes a regular garbage bag and turns it into a fully sealed nappy sack within the pail with a safety sealed lid and zero odour release. The pail is steel and does not retain smells. It is easy to change and you don't need to buy expensive refill bags to line it or wrap nappies individually. They retail for just under $70 and come in a stunning set of colour choices to match any décor.
I also highly recommend a Tomy Starlight Dreamshow. This crib musical toy has been a real hit around here - it's brilliant! It attaches to a cot and can also be used free-standing and plays a selection of lullabies. The best part - it projects a 10 minute colour feature onto the ceiling for baby. Celeste just loves this toy! It never fails to settle her and lull her to sleep. I have to say it works wonders on me too. I swear, one of the tunes it plays is so sweet I tear up every time! (I am serious)! I believe we will be using this for many years to come as it is just so good. The toy is inexpensive at around $29 but it seriously earns its keep. If Celeste ever tires of it, I bags it for me - the best solution for insomnia yet!
What top baby buys would you add to this list? Did you have a favourite item or brand?
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