It’s funny how much stuff you end up with when you have a baby. Some of it essential, some of it not so much – but you tend not to know what stuff you will actually love and use all the time until the baby is actually born.
Now that I’m 3 months into this whole parenting caper, I’ve definitely got products that I love so I thought I would give you some insight into which products have quickly become the ones I can’t live without (although I have left out the really obvious ones like pram and car seat)!
This was a surprising one for me. I picked a nappy wallet up while I was doing some last minute shopping while I was pregnant (I got this Skip Hop one*, but I also like this one* and this one*) thinking it would be just be good for my husband to be able to have a nappy bag equivalent if he ever took bubs out without me. But we use this thing all the time! It pretty much lives in our pram. It’s so much more convenient than toting the full nappy bag when I am just take Grace out for a walk, up to the shops or out to our local cafe in the pram. It’s got a fold-out change mat and space for a few nappies and some wipes which is all we need for a quick trip out (especially when we’re only a short walk from home).
A good nappy bag
I love my nappy bag. I have a Storksak one (this one*, but in navy), it’s awesome and doesn’t look too much like a nappy bag which is nice. I keep it fully packed and ready to go so I can just grab it when needed and head out. Because we have the nappy wallet I tend to only need to take it when I’m heading out somewhere in the car. I love that it’s not super big but still fits in all the bits and pieces we need out and about. (I think the contents of my nappy bag probably warrants a whole other post!) It’s really easy to organise and find everything because there is an internal organiser (which is removable). Plus it’s got these really awesome velcro straps to attach it to your pram which I use all the time when I’m out shopping. Saves me carrying the bag around on my shoulder!
I also recently bought another one on sale from Pottery Barn Kids (only $50!) which is a lot bigger and is a good option for when we’re going away for the weekend as I can fit loads more baby ‘stuff’ in it. But my Storksak is my everyday nappy bag.
Folding change table
I have a change table in Grace’s nursery (check out Grace’s nursery here) but Grace is still sleeping in our bedroom, which is at the opposite end of the house to the nursery. I didn’t fancy traipsing up and down the house constantly to change her so I picked up this folding change table and it is so good. It was fairly cheap and it is set up in our study (which comes off our bedroom) with everything we need to change Grace. A lot of people will say you can change babies anywhere (on the bed, on the floor) but it’s been so good to have a central place where everything is set up ready to change her. Plus having the c-section meant that lots of bending down was out for me so it was just as well we had it ready to go!
I’m planning on taking it up to my parent’s house once we don’t need it anymore so we have somewhere to set up our changing supplies when we stay there and because it folds up it won’t take up very much room when it’s not in regular use. I think a change table like this would be great for people who want a change table but don’t want another piece of bulky furniture.
Aden and Anais muslin wraps
I totally get why people rave about these muslin wraps/swaddles*. The quality is amazing (and the patterns are pretty cute too!). We have four of them and use them pretty much everyday for something. We’ve used them to swaddle Grace, they were huge on her when she was a newborn, but now that she is a bit bigger they are still such a good size for her. I have one in the pram all the time to use as a sunshade, for extra warmth or for Grace to lay on if she’s had a spit up in the pram. We use one as a blanket for her in the car seat if it’s a bit cool. I keep one in my nappy bag all the time to use to wrap her up if needed and to be able to lay her on the floor if we’re at someone’s house. I imagine it would also make a good breastfeeding cover, but I don’t really bother with covers while feeding in public – far too much effort! We have a couple of other brands of muslin wraps and none of them have the same feeling as these ones, they really are the best.
Baby activity gym/playmat
We were lucky to be given one (second hand) and we use it everyday! Grace loves laying on it and looking up at the toys we have hanging from it, and occasionally kicking them too. It’s really nice to have somewhere that is her ‘spot’ and we just leave the playmat out all the time ready for her. I’ve got baskets of her books and toys right next to it so they’re easily accessible while she is having some play time. If you’re in the market for one, I like this one* and this one*.
I got this one as a present before Grace was born and it is so good and easy to use. It’s definitely not something I would have thought to get, but it’s turned out to be so useful. Because we mostly shower Grace rather than using the bath (more on that soon) we have this thermometer stuck to the wall in the shower and quickly check the temperature with the thermometer before bringing Grace into the shower. It’s much better than trying to guess if the temperature is right! If you’re more into actually bathing your child in a bath, I’d suggest this thermometer* which also doubles as a bath toy!
Love to Dream Swaddles
At first we used muslin wraps to swaddle Grace but it was really annoying to unwrap her and reswaddle her to do overnight nappy changes and feeds so we started using the Love to Dream Swaddle*. Grace likes having her arms around her face while she sleeps so we’ve swaddled her with her arms up from birth (even when using the muslin wraps) so she liked the Love to Dream swaddle for that reason. We like it because it zips up and has a handy two way zip! It’s really easy to unzip the bottom of the swaddle, change her nappy and then zip her back up. And because I can do overnight feeds while she is swaddled it makes it really easy to put her back to bed with minimal disturbance and effort.
Now that she’s a bit bigger she loves to suck on her hands, especially when going to sleep, which she can do easily in the Love to Dream swaddle. It also makes other people feel a bit more comfortable holding her when she is a bit sleepy because she is more ‘contained’ (flailing infant limbs seem to be a bit hard to deal with if you don’t do it on a regular basis!!).
Because I love these so much I have a brand new Love to Dream swaddle to giveaway to one lucky reader!
Win a Love to Dream Swaddle!
To win, you just need to comment on this post and tell me why you would love to win a Love to Dream Swaddle!
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- This is a game of skill. Each valid entry will be judged by Lauren, based on creativity and originality.
- Competition begins at 7am Sydney time on Tuesday 15 December 2015 and finishes at midnight on Sunday 20 December 2015.
- There is one prize: 1 x Love to Dream Swaddle UP Original (size small, colour white) worth $39.95.
- Prize is not transferable or changeable.
- Entry is via leaving a comment on this blog post in answer to the question – Why would you love to win a Love to Dream Swaddle?
- The winner will be announced on Monday 21 December on Life at Number Five’s Facebook page and on this blog post.
- The decision on the winner is final.
- If the winner is not able to be contacted or does not respond to Life at Number Five within 48 hours, a runner-up will be chosen.
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