I can’t begin to tell you how many of these kinds of posts I read whilst pregnant with my little girl. I was constantly wondering what I should and shouldn’t have. Whats the most important things I’ll need and more importantly, what will make my life that little bit easier when she arrives.
In my opinion, I don’t think any amount of reading or researching or Facebook/instagram stalking can every really prepare you for becoming a parent. What a must have is to one person, might be a complete waste of time and money to another. However, It doesn’t harm anyone getting a little insight into everyone’s different opinions and then forming your own.
So, enough waffling out of me and let’s get down to the list (lets face it, we all LOVE lists) 🗒
1. A Sleepyhead Of Sweden Deluxe Pod
Now, before I start, this must have of mine is not cheap at €140 not including postage which I think worked out at another €43.30 to Ireland and €37 to the UK. So €183.30 in total. As I said not cheap!! 😫
However, from the minute we got this pod my little one slept through the night. Having said that we bought it when she was 6 weeks old so not too confident it would have done the same job when she was born! The idea of this sleepyhead is to keep baby snug whilst sleeping, therefore mimicking the snugness of the womb. It’s also great as a portable bed, for lounging, for tummy time and as a transition into baby’s BIG cot.
At almost 6 months old, Dayna still sleeps in her Sleepyhead every night which fits perfectly into her rocking crib. The age range on the deluxe pod is 0-8m and I definitely think she will get to 8m out of it.
2. Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
What can I say? This machine is a God send. It does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a perfect prep machine for babies bottles. It takes 2 minutes and you have a freshly made bottle at perfect room temperature. Trust me when I say, at 2am with half-shut eyes and a crying baby it is literally the best thing EVER.
It has the option of 4-11 ounces. It gives an initial “hot-shot” which kills all bacteria in the formula, then tops the bottle up with cooled boiled water. The water is purified through a tommee tippee filter which lasts approx. 3 months and can be repurchased for around €15 or alternatively the Brita classic filters work well too for half the price.
I would definitely recommend one of these, especially for those first few months when night feeds are a regular occurrence and so is complete EXHAUSTION.
3. A Bouncer/Rocker
Now, this one I think is a common must have. We can’t hld baby 24/7, as much as we would like to, especially in the first few weeks, its not possible. So a bouncer/rocker is a must. The one I got for baby was the 4moms Mamaroo infant seat. I got mine here
This rocker has a mains plug with a pretty long wire. It sways and rocks in multiple ways and speeds and also have a variety of soothing sounds for baby. Again, this is not a cheap item, however at 6 months old, Dayna still fits in this with plenty of room. It still works perfectly and the upholstery has lasted really well. Its machine washable, which is defo a positive and can recline and incline. It also has a phone app which connects via Bluetooth allowing you to control the speed, sound and direction of the rocker. There is also an auxillary port that can allow music to be played from the rocker.
In my opinion, this is defo value for money and can most definitely be sold on once baby is too big for it!!
4. Car seat & Isofix base
Again, this is an obvious one. For me, I’m concentrating more on the isofix base as I think most people would purchase a car seat if they own a car themselves. However an isofix base wouldn’t be that common, well to me it wasn’t! We initially bought a Silver Cross Wayfarer travel system which came with a free simplicity car seat. When we picked the system up from the shop and got home to try it out, I realised I didn’t feel at all comfortable with the way the car seat was sitting on the seat. I felt it wasn’t safe!!!!!!
So, out came google and I came across the Silver Cross Simplifix isofix base here.
In my opinion, you can’t put a price on safety and at €180 thats very little to pay for peace of mind. If you would be using your car seat frequently, definitely think about investing in an isofix base.
5. Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor
This monitor is just 🙏🏻 We got this as a gift when Dayna was 4.5months old and I seriously regret not getting it when she was born. We had purchased a different make of monitor which didn’t have any video/camera which resulted in us never using it. However, since we’ve gotten this one, we can now put Dayna to bed at night, put the monitor on and sit down together and watch some TV. It has a full 360 degree rotation, excellent sound quality and even plays lullabies. We got ours here.
I can’t recommend this item enough. I Would highly suggest getting this one if your looking to purchase a video monitor. It’s so easy to use and great value for money 💰
So there you have it. My top 5 newborn must haves. As I said, everyone’s opinions are different. These are my preferences and things that make our life easier which I’m all for nowadays. I hope this helped if even a little and if you too are welcoming a little bundle of joy into this crazy world… I wish you Good Luck 😘