My New Mummy Must-Haves

Lots of my girlfriends have either just given birth, or are about to have their first baby in the next six months, and they’ve all been asking me for advice on my best buys. It’s amazing how a truly excellent baby product can make the difference between a sleepless night and a happy baby, and while some of the items below are expensive, they’re all well worth the money! I’ve tried to find the cheapest prices for you, but with only a couple of weeks till the December / January sales, it’s probably worth waiting for the bargains!

1. Aden & Anais Swaddles – I’ve found my second baby, Arthur, a lot harder to settle than my first. For the first few weeks he wouldn’t fall asleep unless he was on me. That was until I rediscovered the joys of swaddling. These massive muslins are breathable and slightly stretchy, so they make the perfect snug, but not too tight swaddling wraps. Plus they come with a royal seal of approval, as Prince George was wrapped in one when he left hospital. Four pack, £45 and two pack, £29 of Aden & Anais Swaddles. Click for the full range.

2. Cosy Moses Basket, from £31 – Newborn babies are just so tiny and vulnerable, that their big cots just seem to large and lonely. A cosy Moses basket is a brilliant alternative for the first couple of months {after that they usually grow out of it}. They’re super-portable, so you can move your sleeping baby from room to room, and place them right next to your bed at night. I inherited mine from my sister, but bought a new mattress, as recommended by the NHS SIDS guidelines.

3. Gro Anywhere Blind, £23 – Regular readers of the blog will know I’m a massive fan of these stick-on-blinds. They make any room pitch black, and I’m a firm believer that darkness helps babies learn the difference between night and day……which is the first step towards you getting more sleep. I own two, and they’re my must have must have!

4. Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor – Never far from my side, this video monitor is the bees knees. You can read my full review here, but believe me, it’s the best buy you’ll make!

5. Muslins – As a new mum, you can’t live without muslins. They’re particularly essential for bottle-fed babies, but I’m breast feeding Arthur and I still get through several a day. Buy a variety – you’ll want at least a dozen. 12 White Muslins, £14.99, or £4.99 for 3 Christmas muslins {currently half price!}, or splash out on 7 Rainbow Muslins, £28.95 {pictured}

6. Baby Bjorn Bouncer, £119 – It’s a pricy option, but out of all the bouncers, this is my favourite. Arthur’s learned how to make his bounce all by himself, and the ergonomic design provides proper head and back support from newborn. There’s four positions to chose from: play, rest, sleep and flat for easy transport. Arthur seems to prefer sleeping in his bouncer to his bed!

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