I’ve just had a baby and with such a big gap since having my last child, I’ve been absolutely amazed by the sheer volume and selection of products on the market for a new parent. I realise I should really be on top of everything on the market, but at the moment it especially seems so relevant to me, so I’ve been busy getting to grips with the new technology and exactly what’s on offer – soaking up all these new products like a sponge.
The radiation that every day products emits absolutely terrifies me, and that’s why I went for this genius Babymoov baby monitor. If you’re interested in that sort of thing it’s well worth a look at further information on their website.
I’m a huge fan of everything Withings, and this new thermometer is absolutely genius. You link it to an app on your phone and it can store the whole family’s temperature without the need for all those scraps of paper.
The Baby Bjorn bouncer was around when I had my other children, but on the say-so from Georgie at Sheerluxe, I bought one this time around and I’ve been really happy with it. It’s super slick and very easy to fold away.
A friend of mine bought me this Baby Shusher, and although I though it was a total gimmick, it’s fit into our lives and is a genius product.
I never like the sound of these products, but the Nuk Nasal decongester is absolutely brilliant. There are lots of versions of the market, but I find this suction ones easy to use and amazingly they really do work.
I’m a huge fan of Bamford Baby Oil because it just reminds me of sleep time and I’m still using it by the bucket full, but Childs Farm sent me their latest sensitive baby oil, which smells delicious and I’m really loving it.
I really wanted to find a good biodegradable nappy because last time around, everything I tried just seemed to leak. Kit and Kin have just arrived on the scene just in time and I’ve been majorly impressed. They offer a mail order service and it’s on my to do list to sign up.
Wet wipes are something that have really come a long way, and I’m getting through WaterWipes and Neutral 0% by the bucket load. Anita and I have also been making our own homemade coconut wet wipes, which are fantastic and amazingly, they’re very easy to make.
Last time around, I used a Medela breast pump, but it was just the single. This time I went for the double, and although more expensive, it’s been absolutely brilliant. I know you can rent these pumps and I’ve been told that the hospital grade one saves even more time, and I wish I’d looked into that.
One of my best friends sent me a Boba Wrap, and although I never saw myself as one of those earthy mamas with my baba strapped to me, I’m a complete convert, and I use it every day.
I know you’re not meant to swaddle anymore, but I like to for the first few weeks to keep them feeling safe and I love these aden + anais swaddles, they’re ridiculously soft.
I couldn’t live without the Love My Smalls swaddle blanket, which has a bit of a stretch to it.
I’m a huge fan of Baby MORI and all their super-soft baby essentials, and I adore taking their hospital collection in with me.
The Cocoonababy – I always thought this looked so bizarre, but you have to try it to believe it. It’s really light, and means you can keep the baby close and totally mobile around the house. I love the nifty little belt to keep them secure.
The Sleepyhead is another genius piece of kit for the first few months, and also doubles up as a great changing station. It’s a great alternative to the Moses basket for during the day.
This isn’t a new product, but it’s one that I’ve fallen in love with all over again. My baby’s really happy in the morning and I love that he can be a part of breakfast, sitting right up to the table from day one, with the newborn set for the Tripp Trapp.
This Meemoobaby Meelight might look like another faddy product, but I’ve absolutely loved it. You charge it up and you can clip it to your nightie for night feeds and changes. It has a few settings on brightness, and my daughter’s got her eye on it for when the night feeds are a thing of the past.
Again, this isn’t a new product, but the Babyzen YoYo extension is. The new carrycot means you can use this pushchair from birth, and I can’t tell you how obsessed I am. This pram is more like a pushchair, it’s seriously light and easy to manoeuvre, and folds up to nothing, making it the only pram that can travel with hand luggage.
I went for The Baby Jogger for use in the countryside because I needed something sturdy to go over all terrains. I’ve been really happy with my choice. They’ve also just launched the new carrycot which means it’s suitable from birth and that’s what I’ve been using.
Although this is a monster of a seat, the Joie Spin 360 car seat really is a revelation in car seat. With a flip of the button you can turn it to face you, so you don’t have to awkwardly clamber in the back, instead you can get yourself sorted easily from the pavement. The only downside to this isofix car seat is that you can’t take it out and carry it around. After reading all the horror stories of keeping babies in car seats for too long, I’m happy that it stays put.
I’m looking at new products all the time, and I’m excited to share with you all of my findings for each stage I’m hitting.