It’s incredible how much you understand after you become a mother. Even in these first few weeks, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself and my baby. Although attempting to function as a well-oiled family unit to get to grips with everything, we have identified certain things that we really cannot do without in order to provide for Aiden.
There are a plethora of fresh baby lists available to provide you with details about the essentials you’ll need to care for your child. We fall into the pit of purchasing all of these things before our baby was conceived, and we really haven’t used them five weeks later – I’m sure they’ll find a need eventually.
Everyone’s important list would be different, which is one of the reasons I like these types of posts. I’ve compiled a collection of infant basics that have proven to be very useful to us as new parents.
- Angelcare Nappy Disposable System – When we first purchased it, I figured it was a non-essential device, but it has been fantastic for us. It ensures we don’t have to head outdoors to the wheelie bin almost 10 times a day or through the night to dispose of soiled nappies, plus it keeps the stinky nappy odour at bay.
- Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym – AJ enjoys tummy time on his play gym and is particularly fond of the sounds and colours on this one, which I’m sure will be beneficial to his growth.
- Waterwipes – These are the purest wet wipes on the market. They are chemical-free and should be used on newborns since they are made of 99 percent water and 1 percent fruit extract. They’ve been fantastic at washing Aiden’s messes and avoiding nappy rash. We purchased a large wholesale package at the Baby Show in May, and I’m thrilled that identical sizes are now available on Amazon.
- Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Essentials Set – We just started giving AJ expressed breast milk, and this steam steriliser starter package has been fantastic because it includes anything you need. While it does not include an electronic breast pump, we purchased the accompanying Tommee Tippee kit, which has served us well so far.
- Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Eddie The Elephant is a fictional character. This has become one of our most successful purchases for lulling Aiden to sleep. The star projector, as well as the musical lullabies it performs, illuminates the ceiling and is really comforting to him.
- Aden and Anais Muslin Squares – These 100% cotton muslin squares are my favourite. They’ve come in handy when it comes to wiping up formula spills and kid spit up. Just in case, I have one on hand.
- Cosatto Hold Isofix Car Seat Base – I’m grateful to the inventor of the isofix base because it eliminates the need to fiddle with the car seat. We have peace of mind knowing that our baby is healthy in the ambulance.
- Faye and Lou Swaddle Wraps – I was given these brightly coloured swaddle wraps to try out. My little one loves being cocooned in his swaddle because it reminds him of being in the womb, which is really soothing to him and makes him relax.
- Gro-Egg Space Themometer – We live in an old cottage with thick walls, so the temperature in each room will vary significantly. The Gro-Egg keeps track of the room temperature to ensure it’s just right for AJ.
Some products, such as a baby monitor, are considered necessary but have not yet been required to purchase. Aiden is never left unattended, so we haven’t needed a monitor yet, but I’m sure we will in a few months as we start to develop a sleeping pattern.
In addition, I plan to purchase a bouncer/swing in the near future. AJ has recently taken to sleeping on our chests or in our laps, and I believe the swing’s swaying movements can help him go off to sleep more independently.
What things did you have on your baby’s must-have list? Did you purchase something you didn’t want to use?
Are lists like his beneficial or daunting to you?
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