When we were preparing for Ava’s arrival, I was pretty overwhelmed with what ‘things’ were needed to make life with a newborn easier. Every family is different, but these were the items that I absolutely loved for the first few months (and year) with a baby.
I love this thing. It’s a car seat with wheels, that you can pop up and down. It made life so much easier- I could pop her in a taxi or any car without worrying about having to fix it to a base, I could use it as a regular stroller when popping out, and it was fairly easy to use on the tube when she was small. The wheels pop out with the flick and click of a button at the back and bottom and comes with a change bag that can hook onto the back. We used to get stopped everywhere we went with parents wanting to know what and how it worked and I sang its praises. You can use it up to 12 months old or 13 kilos and I miss the ease of it now!
Number two on my favourite baby gadget list is the Sleepyhead. For the first six months of her life, she slept next to me in a Snuzpod and I used to just pop the Sleepyhead into it too. She felt snug and secure inside it I guess, and it also meant that she could pretty much nap anywhere; which meant she could sleep at anyone’s house too! We graduated up to a Sleepyhead Grand as she got older and it used to fit into her cot bed. She was around 8 or 9 months old when she started to wiggle around more in her sleep. That’s when I took it out and stored it away, but it really did help in transitioning her to sleep in her ‘big bed’. Sleepyheads aren’t cheap, but there are loads of good quality second hand ones on local Facebook groups and you can also buy new covers for them too.
I remember the early days of that newborn bubble and that mild panic over getting this little bundle to sleep. After another sleepless night one of our NCT friends recommended this very swaddle that had worked miracles for them. Robin got in the car that very morning and drove to the nearest Jojo Maman Bebe and came home with this- and thus, our first night of sleep. It’s pretty fool proof, there are velcro straps and sleeves to keep baby snug and stops them from waking themselves up.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine is another on my list. We formula fed Ava from her hospital days (long story, but we were in hospital for a little bit for a heart murmur and jaundice) I didn’t think that we needed it to be honest, but once we got it, it was a game changer. It’s like a coffee machine but for baby milk! You top up the tank with water, adjust the ounces you need and press the button- hot water pours out just the right amount, you add the formula, press the button again and then cold water pours out. The finished bottle is a perfect temperature and takes 2 minutes to make up (all important for a hungry baby in the middle of the night!) We still use it to this day!
Those are my little couldnt-live-without gadgets! They worked for us, and hopefully, maybe they’ll work for you too.5