Product Reviews / 12 April, 2023 / Christina Walter
If you’re an expectant mama you can be forgiven if you feel baffled by the amount of stuff there is geared towards pregnancy, birth and caring for your newborn. We’ve sifted through the best products for new mums and come up with these key essentials we think you’ll find useful once your baby arrives, and in many cases, before too!
The White Noise naptime Tonie in the form of a cute white cat figurine is fabulous for lulling tricky sleepers seamlessly into the land of nod.
White noise contains many frequencies with equal intensities. It’s brilliant at masking noises outside of your child’s sleeping environment, whilst mimicking the continuous sounds your child would have heard in the womb.
It’s this comfortable, womb-like environment that soothes unsettled children to calm them for sleep. What’s more, the repetition of white noise helps kids stay asleep by drowning out noise from the outside world.
Running time 120 minutes.
The Omni Dream™ Baby Carrier is Ergobaby’s softest cotton carrier that does it all. Made with SoftTouch™ Cotton, its brushed fabric was made to keep you and your baby cozy. Its upgraded, premium features provide ultimate comfort & convenience on adventures big and small.
It’s important to note that choosing the right carrier is an important decision, as everybody is different.
The Elvie breast pump is a genius product for us working mums, whether you’re having to go back to work, or are busy with other children, keeping the house or just life in general. You can do it all with Elvie while keeping your gold top following flawlessly.
A fabulous essential for pregnancy and beyond, the bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow available at Mori is a key product for new and expectant mums.
The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow was developed by three Norwegian female chiropractors to help pregnant women sleep better by supporting the belly, pelvis, lower back and legs. The pillow can be adjusted to find the perfect firmness and shape for your body as it grows and changes using the pebbles at each end. Due to the pillow’s versatile design, it can be used as a full body pillow, backrest or doughnut shape allowing you to rest on your stomach. The pillow can also be used post-pregnancy as nursing support or to lay your baby in. The washable cover is made from cotton with stretch so it’s soft against the skin.
The Lola & Lykke Curved Bamboo Nursing Pads are an essential for breastfeeding mums. Made from sustainable bamboo with a waterproof layer, the pads can be washed and used again and again. The curved shape gives them optimal comfort and ensures they sit discreetly under clothes, and their three layers of protection mean they stay dry and comfortable against the skin.
The Lola & Lykke Core Restore Postpartum Belly Band provides support for weakened, unstable core muscles and pelvic floor muscles after childbirth. With dual compression technology to support the core, hips and back, it helps to alleviate back pain and improving posture. The band is designed to gently realign your abdominal muscles too. It’s safe and comfortable to use during all your daily activities as well as use during physical exercise.
You’ll need a decent changing bag from day one, and you can pack yours full of hospital essentials for when you have your newborn. It’s worth considering what you want out of your changing bag, whether you prefer to wear a backpack, a shoulder bag or one that can clip to a stroller.
We love Béaba’s gorgeous Genève II. It’s an adjustable changing bag with a large capacity in a decidedly modern style. It has a detachable pouch which is ideal for short trips, and its integrated stroller straps with snap links are adaptable to the majority of strollers with handlebars or handles.
The Beaba Babycook® Neo is a 4-in-1 next-generation baby food maker that steam cooks, blends, defrosts and reheats. Cooking food in just 15-minutes, it’s the only baby food maker that comes with a large (1,250ml) glass bowl, which preserves flavours and won’t degrade with time. Plus, the increased capacity stainless steel steam basket enables parents to prepare up to 600grams of food in one go. Also included is a pasta/rice cooker which fits into the Babycook bowl for fast cooking; glass conservation jars made from superior quality glass, with measuring scale for accurate portion size and airtight supple lids to preserve flavour and aroma, plus The Beaba Babycook Cook Book, which provides simple and creative recipes for using your Babycook® Neo.
Shnuggle’s new portable night light ‘Moonlight’ is the ideal choice from newborn right through to childhood, as it has settings to suit every eventuality.
The Moonlight emits a sleep-friendly soft glow with low blue light levels, which work to promote a restful sleep for your child. It also has a clever temperature sensing dock to help ensure the ideal room temperature.
Dual Parent and Child modes provide a comforting light perfect for those newborn night feeds, as well as being the ultimate in soothing bedside lights for your child as they grow.
If you’re planning on breastfeeding, you’ll want to be prepared, and we think Kit and Kin’s Mum Bundle is the perfect go-to.
Kit and Kin’s body butter contains a blend of naturally nourishing butters and oils in a deeply moisturising thick and creamy formula that leaves your skin hydrated and gloriously silky smooth. The breast balm cools, heals and protects sensitive nipples whilst their stretch mark oil contains 15 naturally nourishing oils that will keep your skin supple and stretch mark free.
Approved by dermatologists and certified natural by the soil association, all of Kit and Kin’s products are made without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Nature at its best.
Lingerie experts Bravado Designs are thrilled to introduce the truly revolutionary Pose Underwire Bra. Say goodbye to the underwire bras of the past that were painful and dug in, Pose has arrived to restore women’s faith in underwired support – with a flexible twist!
The clever hidden underwire has a unique stretch and flexibility, providing the wearer with the closeness and support of an underwired bra without any of the discomfort it is traditionally known for. Seamless and soft with 360° stretch fabric that adapts to every fluctuating body shape, you can achieve the shape you want without any discomfort.
Medela is thrilled to launch new, compact and super-efficient single electric breast pump, the Solo. A favourite for mums globally, the iconic Swing Flex has been reborn with a sleek new look, with even more features to keep single pumping simple and straightforward, fitting into mum’s life as easy as it does her handbag!
The Solo is light, compact and quieter than the previous generation, now also including an integrated USB rechargeable battery supporting up to six pumping sessions on full charge. Featuring a closed system to prevent milk from entering the tubing, the new model is easier than ever for mums to use at home or when out and about.
Shnuggle has launched Pebbly, an innovative and stylish bath thermometer. The advanced digital thermometer uses easy to read glowing LED lights which let you know when baby’s bath is too hot, too cold or just right.
We love it, and as you’d expect from Shnuggle, it’s super stylish and looks like a beautiful pebble when not in use.
The Dreamgenii Feeding Support Pillow is a godsend to all new mamas. It’s designed to fit around the waist to help you nurse your baby, and gives just the right amount of support for the comfiest feeding position for both of you – breast or bottle.
C-section mamas will find Dreamgenii support pillow extremely useful as it will help to relieve pressure from the abdomen when feeding. It’s also brilliant to help you find the correct feeding position for a healthy latch, angling baby’s head above their tummy to aid digestion.
According to the NHS, it’s essential to sterilise your baby’s bottles and teats and any other feeding equipment until they are at least 12 months old. It sounds like a faff, and let’s be honest, it is, but Dr Brown’s new Clean Steam Bottle Steriliser and Dryer is on hand to make life so much easier.
This nifty piece of kit allows you to steam sterilise and dry up to six baby bottles at once, plus breast pump parts, soothers, and teethers. The Clean Steam promises to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria, mould and yeast that causes thrush. All contents stay sterilised for up to 24 hours if the lid is unopened after the completion of the cycle – meaning you can keep your bottles and parts stored inside with no contamination until you need them. It couldn’t be simpler.
The Clean Steam gives you options. You can choose to sterilise only, dry only, or combo sterilise and dry. Just press power, your preferred setting, and you’re all set. The product includes a handy measuring cup to make adding new water easy, while the included accessory tray lets you keep it all organised when loading. The removable basket is designed to fit all Dr Brown’s bottles perfectly.
The two included HEPA filters capture up to 95% of airborne particles, ensuring purified air for superior drying. Each HEPA filter lasts for up to 6 months so you’ve got a full year of filtration!
Mama’s Perineum Massage Oil is clinically proven to help increase skin elasticity to lower the risk of tears during labour. Formulated with Omega-Rich Skin Stretch Complex and Coconut Oil, this lightweight oil is advised for use during your third trimester, from 34 weeks onwards, with the best time to perform a perineum massage straight after a bath or shower.
94% of mamas agreed that their skin felt soothed and soft after use, while 90% stated that their skin felt more elastic. A 5-minute massage in combination with this oil every other day will help blood flow and prepare skin tissue to become more flexible. At 50ml, it’s also the perfect travel size so you can slip it into your hospital bag.