One of my lovely friends has just has a gorgeous baby girl, which got me thinking about baby essentials and what you actually need. I know with my first baby I bought such a ridiculous amount of things thinking we needed it ALL but you don’t end up using half of it. So what do you really need? Here’s a few ideas
SILVER CROSS SOHO NURSERY FURNITURE
If you’re tight on space but still need all the essentials in the nursery then the Silver Cross Soho Nursery set is fab, it features a wardrobe/dresser unit to maximise storage and has a nifty one touch changing station is cleverly hidden in the unit.
I wish we had of bought something like this, it would have made the night feeds so much easier. The Chicco Next2Me allows side-sleeping (parents to sleep with their child next to the bed, as opposed to in the bed) in compliance with expert safety advice. What I love about this crib is that you have the option to add the extra side on once baby is ready to move into their own room.
Plus is can be used downstairs instead of a Moses Basket and as it’s light weight and comes with a travel bag, it’s easy to take away with you if you go on holiday.
CHICCO URBAN TRAVEL SYSTEM
There are so many prams, pushchairs & travel systems out there, with a wide range of prices too. Some prams can be up to £1000 which would be waaay out of our budget. Then there’s the travel systems like the Chicco Urban which can be picked up for around £300 which includes the car seat too.
The part I love about the Urban is that you don’t have a separate carry cot & seat unit. the seat can easily be transformed into a carry cot meaning you don’t have to find somewhere to store any bulky extras!
You don’t need to buy every product going, there’s so much to choose from. The main products we used was a gentle all in one baby wash like Johnsons Sensitive Touch, meaning you don’t have to fill your bathroom cabinet with lot’s of products, plus it’s formulated for newborn skin so you know it will be gentle. Then we also used a specific baby shampoo like Sebamed as it’s so gently on the skin & scalp.
Sudocreme is a godsend when it comes to nappy rash, it’s great for protecting and healing sore little bums. My little man had really sensitive skin so we also use Comfort Pure so keep his clothes lovely and soft.
You will use these for everything, and I mean everything! From wiping baby’s bum to cleaning up spills. We’ve been trying out WaterWipes for Archie and they are fab. WaterWipes
are 99.9% water & 0.1% fruit extract. They are fragrance fee and really moist making it so easy to clean baby’s bum.
CHICCO NATURALFEELING STARTER SET
Some women want to breastfeed, some can’t breastfeed and some women choose to bottle feed. All that matters is that your baby is fed.
The Chicco NaturalFeeling Starter Set ensures correct and intuitive just like at your breast. Along with the bottles, angled teats and steriliser, it also includes a manual breast pump meaning you have the option to express even if you can’t physically breastfeed.
I’ve got an amazing competition to win the Chicco NaturalFeeling Starter Set, the winner will receive the full set including 5 bottles & teats, soother, steriliser & manual breast pump!
What would be on your baby essentials list?