With George now being over 3 months old, I thought this was a good time to take a look back at what we’ve experienced and pick out our top 5 essential items from his newborn stage. If you’ve just had your baby or are a mum-to-be then I hope this list gives you some ideas and if you’ve already gone through the newborn stage too then leave your essentials in the comments.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine – £59.99 on Amazon
The first item on my list will only make sense to you if you’re formula/combination feeding. The Perfect Prep Machine from Tommee Tippee is probably the favourite of my newborn essentials purely for the fact of how easy it makes my life (lazy, I know). Now, there will be some sceptics that say you don’t need one of these and they’re probably right but for me this saves time and also leaves the bottles at the perfect temperature to feed straight to your baby; there’s no need to wait around having to warm it up or cool it down.
It dispenses a hot shot of water, add the formula, shake it up, and then it tops up your feed to the requested amount with cooler water. I think it’s 10x quicker than using a kettle to make your feeds up! We’ve got the original model but I know they’ve released a newer one called the ‘Day & Night’ machine which has a little light and volume control for the night time feeds. I love the Tommee Tippee brand in general but should your little one prefer a different brand when it comes to bottles then don’t worry, you can use any bottles with it. You can find more information on the machine on the Tommee Tippee website by clicking here.
Poddle Pod – £49.99 from Poddle Pod Website
The Poddle Pod has been an absolute lifesaver throughout the newborn stage. One of our friends was lovely enough to lend us the original size (0-6 months) just to see how George got on with it. We have it downstairs on our sofa for nap time and with the raised sides not only do they feel snug but you know they’re safe when lying in it. Now we never used this overnight as I don’t think you’re meant to use things like this for unsupervised sleep (please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong) but as he naps so much it has been invaluable to have for during the day. As well as this we have also used it for tummy time activities, allowing him to strengthen his neck and back muscles – he normally hates tummy time but with this is makes it so much easier.
George is quite a big chap so we did upgrade to the bigger size (6-36 months) so he fits in it a bit more comfortably and we get the most use out of it. They do a great range of cover designs for each size too and you can buy extras if you want to change up the style. Their full product range is on their website.
Black & White Books – £4.99 on Amazon
In terms of keeping George’s mind stimulated from an early age, black and white books have been great. I believe it’s something to do with their eyesight and things with really high contrast are clearer for them.
This little set from Amazon is wonderful and contains easy words as well as pictures. My favourite would be the ‘faces’ one and I use it to teach George what all of his facial features are all called. There is also ‘babies’ which shows little ones doing different activities, ‘animals’ which is pretty self explanatory and ‘going out’ which is a collection of things you might see out and about.
Noise/Projector Turtle – £27.00 on John Lewis
We use this turtle projector and noise machine as part of our bedtime routine – it plays a great lullaby and also projects stars onto the ceiling in a rotation of colours. It calms George down and allows him to relax in his crib and drift off without tears.
There’s a huge range of lullaby and projector toys out there so it may be that this one doesn’t work with your baby. It may be worth trying to borrow one from a friend or get one second hand so that if it doesn’t work out you’re not out of pocket. White noise machines are also great for babies such as Ewan the Dream Sheep however you can just get an app on your phone that work just as well.
Sleep suits with Mittens (and lots of them!) – £-£££ from all over the place
There’s lots of places that you can buy sleep suits from but it’s always worth checking if they come with integrated scratch mittens. Babies may be small and uncoordinated but they know how to take off mittens and socks by the time they leave the womb – don’t ask me how they do it! Having integrated scratch mittens means that they can’t wriggle them off when they’re fidgeting around. Also, as most sleep suit have built in feet you have the added bonus of not worrying about socks.
In terms of brands, we have found that Next have been the best for George. The sizes come up slightly bigger than other shops and so you get a little bit more wear from them and they also wash really well.
So, that’s my top 5 newborn essentials for ages 0-3 months. As George develops I’m sure the essentials will change and so I might do this every 3 months to see how it evolves. Let me know what you think in the comments and tell me if you’ve got any essentials that aren’t on my list.