Here is a list of the items which did add value to me when I had my daughter. Hopefully this will help you to choose what will truly add value to you!
- Cosi – dream – https://www.amazon.co.uk/BABYMOOV-A050406-Cosydream-Smokey/dp/B0160OYPEQ/ref=dp_ob_title_baby – RRP £39.99
I absolutely loved this. I actually went to John Lewis before my daughter was born with the intention of buying either the sleepyhead (£140!) or the Cocoonababy (£130!). Thankfully, a lovely salesperson politely dissuaded me buying either of these as he quite rightly said you don’t know until she is here what you need. For example it might have made sense if she was colicky or had reflux, but luckily she didn’t suffer with either. She did like to be snug though and this offered her exactly that, especially combined with being swaddled.
2. adan and anais muslins – https://www.amazon.co.uk/aden-anais-swaddle-blanket-4-pack/dp/B01IDC5Y8O/ref=sr_1_8_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1533844312&sr=8-8&keywords=swaddle+aden+and+anais – RRP £34.99
Once we learnt how to swaddle, these were much better than any of the swaddle specific products we tried. I used these also for covering me when breastfeeding in public as well. They are big and they are soft and have so many beautiful designs! I learnt about these and was given these by a friend and fellow mum and I am forever grateful.
3. Medela breastpump kit – https://www.medela.co.uk/breastfeeding/products/breast-pumps/freestyle – RRP £329.99
Now, I started off my hiring a hospital grade pump at £40 per month, the justification being that I didn’t know how long I would be nursing for (I also panicked constantly that I wasn’t producing enough milk for my daughter and these are the best pumps available). I ended up nursing for almost 14 months so I would have been better off investing in this from the beginning. I bought it when my daughter was about 8 months and I was returning to work and carrying a big hospital grade pump to work and on trips abroad just wasn’t going to work. I found out about this from my colleague in the US and I am so happy I found it. It comes with a freezebag, icebocks and a discrete black bag to carry it all around in. It is expensive but if you plan to return to work while still feeding, you will use it a lot so will get a lot of value from it.
4. Baby carrier – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Soothing-Suitable-Newborns-Toddlers-Guarantee/dp/B00YFPD76K/ref=sr_1_6?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1533845533&sr=1-6&keywords=baby+wrap – usually around £25
I didn’t know anything about baby carrying before I had my daughter. I had no idea this would be my life saver! I knew about the baby bjorn, and we were kindly lent one from a colleague but this is so snuggly, and it calmed my daughter and enabled me to unload the dishwasher, hang out the washing etc. without this, I would have had a much grumpier little girl!
5. Maxi Cosi car seat
This is the classic car seat most people I know went for. Not only is it renowned for its safety, it is also a godsend for transporting the baby from the car to the pram when they are little. I used it with the silvercross wayferer pram but it is compatible with most travel systems. It is easy to use whether you have isofix or are using the seat belt. We had to do both as my car has isofix but my partners doesn’t have this.
6. Gro Bags/ sleeping bags – https://gro.co.uk/product/grobag-baby-sleep-bag/ – various prices
I love baby sleeping bags. As soon as it was clear my daughter no longer wanted to be swaddled, we switched to these. Gro Bags are the most famous but the Sainsburys ones are great and much cheaper. I would recommend buying one of the Gro bags travel sleeping bags though as these you can have done up on the car seat so if you are driving home after bed time, you can move baby to cot more easily (I know it’s not that easy!). You can get different togs, and with this hot summer, my daughter is currently in 1.0 tog but you can buy winter ones as well.
7. Joie Litetrax 4 – http://www.argos.co.uk/product/6203715 – £149.99
I am so glad I found this. I hated my silvercross wayferer. It didn’t suit my needs very well especially as my daughter got bigger. This is brilliant, so light and easy to fold one-handed. It doesn’t take up too much space in the car and has a fairly big shopping basket at the bottom (although light most prams its difficult to access when it is in the reclined position), The hood comes over nice and far and it reclined almost flat so my daughter sleeps really well in it. The price is also great in my opinion! I only wish I didn’t spend so much money on a travel system at the beginning.
8. medela microwave steraliser bags – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Medela-Quick-Clean-Micro-Steam-Sterilisation/dp/B001KVK4OA £12.99
I bought the big bulky tommee tippee steraliser and it took up half my kitchen worktop! These are brilliant. You just stick your bottles and the parts for your breastpump in the bag, pop it in the microwave and done! And when the day is done you don’t have to look at it – bonus!
9. Skip Hop Ow; – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skip-Hop-Nightlight-Moonlight-Melodies/dp/B01K6NKS16 £39.99
We bought Ewan the dream sheep but didn’t like that it went off after 20 minutes. This you can leave running all night and it has lots more different sound options. We have the lullaby playing all night so if she wakes up, she soothes herself back to sleep.
10. Stokke highchair – https://www.stokke.com/GBR/en-gb/100101.html £174
Pricey I know, especially when you compare it to the ikea one! The benefit is partly how it looks in my house but also that you can sit the baby right up to the table. My daughter eats up at the table with us everyday and has done since she was 6 months old. This chair will last a very long time as well.