Parenting / 2 April, 2024 / Christina Walter

Essential Products For A New Mama

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!

 

 

Starter Kit, The Nappy Den

Kits include items in the birth to potty sizing, which may vary across different brands. Nappies can be pocket, all in one, all in 2, and will always be a complete nappy.

The benefits of starting with a kit means you have a variety of options to try out on your little one. Coupled with huge savings from buying separately, each kit comes with a fit guide and how to wash your nappies.

 

Sweet2Sleep, Graco

Sweet2Sleep is the perfect bedside companion to keep your precious newborn nearby while also giving them a safe space to dream. Whether you are recovering from birth or taking care of all those night-time wakings, baby is safely in their crib when you need easy access. Sweet2Sleep can be used when you bring baby home from the hospital up to approximately 6 months (9kg).

Taking the night shift with your newborn has never been easier. The easy-access side rail raises and lowers with just one hand, making it possible to do everything you need from the comfort of your bed. When not attached to the bed, tilt Sweet2Sleep to any of the 4 positions to help baby digest that middle-of-the-night feed more easily. With the 11 height adjustments, you can make Sweet2Sleep fit perfectly to your bed. The folding feet can bring the crib closer to your bed if you have a divan or an enclosed space under your bed.

 

 

 

 

 

Elvie Single Electric Breast Pump, John Lewis

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.

 

 

 

BellaMoon Breastfeeding Privacy Cover, John Lewis

This stylish nursing cover is structured with a boned neckline so that it provides your baby with an airy, private environment for them to feed, with enough space for only you to have a full view of your little one. The nursing cover is extremely lightweight and portable. Its overhead loop makes it incredibly easy to put on even when your hands are full.

Breathable Pram Covers, Coperi

Coperi has launched with breathable pram covers to help you take naps to go! Made from three layers of mesh, the covers help to create a positive sleep association for your little one to help them nap in their prams as well as keeping them out of direct sunlight and protecting them from bugs. Conceived by a mother who wanted to keep her baby on a sleep schedule while out and about, Coperi was founded with the aim to free caregivers from the restraints of the house while also facilitating their child’s naps. With a focus on materials and colour, the sleep covers were designed to be not only safe and practical but also fun and distinctive.

Sustainability is also central to Coperi’s mission, and all of the covers are composed of a variety of recycled materials from the mesh lining, to the zips, to the velcro and thread. All Coperi products are also made in the UK in small batches to avoid wasteful overproduction.

 

Glow Sleep Easy, Glow Dreaming

Glow Sleep Easy, the sleep aid and winter bug buster is a must-have for every family this winter.

This 5-in-1 sleep aid is backed by science and engineered for sleep. Controlled via an App; combines light therapy, aromatherapy, pink noise, and a humidifier, which work together to relax and calm babies and children and help them fall asleep.

The humidifier function is the key to help combat the winter bugs. Supported by the cool mist technology which helps ease congestion and creates the ideal environment to stop the spread of airborne viruses. Optional aromatherapy calms the mind and the nervous system to enrich the quality of sleep.

 

 

Omni Breeze, Ergobaby

Omni™ Breeze Baby Carrier brings breathability to the next level. The Omni™ Breeze uses SoftFlex™ Mesh fabric to maximize airflow, keeping you and your baby comfortable and dry all day. Adjustable from newborn to toddler.

It’s important to note that choosing the right carrier is an important decision, as everybody is different.

Organic Blackout Blinds, Pure Earth Collection

Introducing the Pure Earth Collection Organic Size-Adjusting Blackout Blinds. Designed to revolutionise the sleep experience, these blinds offer more than just darkness—they provide tranquillity and create a serene atmosphere, for optimal rest. Crafted from 100% organic, plastic-free, and non-toxic fabrics, they ensure a healthier environment for your little ones.

Say goodbye to restless nights and hello to enhanced sleep quality and fresher air. Recognised with multiple awards, including the prestigious ‘Best Nursery Accessory’ of 2023, they’re trusted by parents and experts alike. Elevate your sleep sanctuary with Pure Earth Collection and embrace a new standard of comfort and wellness.

Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow, Dreamgenii

At the top of our list of must-have products for pregnancy has to be this pillow from Dreamgenii.

This uniquely designed pillow is the only patented pregnancy positioning pillow that’s recommended by UK midwives. The dreamgenii® moulds comfortably around your bump whilst supporting your back and knees as your pregnancy progresses and sleeping becomes more difficult.

The dreamgenii® is specifically shaped to encourage left lateral sleeping (the optimal foetal position), to support the health of both you and baby.

Dr Brown’s Clean Steam Bottle Steriliser and Dryer, Baby Central

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.

 

 

Lansinoh Washable Nursing Pads, John Lewis

These reusable nursing pads offer comfort, especially for sensitive skin, due to their ultra-soft fabric layer that ensures excellent absorbency. They provide consistent leak-proof protection with each wash. Established over 30 years ago by a breastfeeding mother, Lansinoh breastfeeding products, such as Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, have earned the trust of mothers and healthcare experts alike for delivering safe and effective breastfeeding support for decades.

 

Dr Brown’s Options+ Anti-Colic Gift Set, Baby Central

Dr. Brown’s is a long-established, tried and tested bottle brand. The specially designed Options+ Anti-Colic Bottles can help prevent colic – and we all know prevention is better than cure! These bottles are clinically proven to reduce windy colic due to the unique 100% vacuum-free vent system. This system reduces the amount of air swallowed during feeds by cleverly channelling air away from baby’s feed, lessening gas bubbles in the stomach, and slowing down food intake.

Moonlight, Shnuggle

Shnuggle’s new portable night light ‘Moonlight’ is the ideal choice for newborns 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 works 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.

 

Sleek Changing Bag, Thule

This thoughtfully crafted bag is a must-have for parents on the go, offering a range of features to make your parenting journey more convenient.

One of its standout features is the inclusion of a changing mat with built-in storage pockets, ensuring that you’re always prepared for on-the-go nappy changes. The bag is equipped with inside and outside pockets, providing a well-organised space to keep all your child’s essentials within easy reach.

What sets this changing bag apart is its adaptability. It easily converts from a shoulder bag to a backpack, offering versatile carrying options to suit your comfort and needs. This flexibility ensures that you can carry it in a way that’s most convenient for you and your child.

 

 

Pebbly, Shnuggle

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.

Mum Bundle, Kit and Kin

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.

Push Partner Perineum Massage Oil, Mama Mio

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.

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