Now that Florence is officially out of the new born stage – *sobs!* – I though I would give you a bit of a run down on the products & other things which made our lives a whole lot easier in those early days with Florence, our newborn essentials which I’d recommend to anyone who is about to have a baby, be it your first, second or tenth.
We used this every single day for the first couple of months and Florence still goes in it now at least a few times a week. It was a bit of a life saver in the beginning as I could lay Florence down next to me and she’d still feel cuddled and snug meaning I could eat my dinner while it was still warm or even pop to the loo baby free! We also use it as a tummy time aid. I wrote a full review when Florence was four weeks old which you can read here.
We used this so much in the early days and we’ve recently got it back out to use for day time naps as the Poddle Pod is getting that bit too small now. It’s a fully breathable sleep nest designed to keep babby feeling safe & snug. I often lay Florence down in her cot inside the nest which we hope will help with the transition from crib to cot in months to come! She loves looking at the elephant pattern too1
These are an absolute God-Send! Be it catching projectile sick, wiping dribble, swaddling baby, covering up while you’re feeding or acting as a makeshift changing mat, picnic blanket or play mat these are your best friend and a total must have item for your changing bag! We love our starry ones from Zippy.
The newborn safe sleep alternative to a sleeping bag, the Gro-Snug is an essential for babies who like to be swaddled while encouraging a healthy hip position at the same time. We used our Gro-Snug every night until Florence grew out of it and it takes away the need or worry of blankets or cot bedding!
Holly Willoughby – Truly Happy Baby
I bought a whole bunch of parenting books while I was pregnant and yet only actually read two of them. Truly Happy Baby is so honestly written and completely demonstrates that when raising children, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. It’s jam packed with lots of tips and Mum hacks and it was such a comfort to have in those early days when we weren’t sure about something.
This might seem like a no brainer but a whole bunch of sleep suits are essential for a newborn. We had lots from different brands but our favorites are mothercare & Boots Mini Club. They just seem to wash better, keep softer for longer and fit well so worth paying that little bit extra for.
The hours spent batch cooking, cooling & freezing meals while I was pregnant were SO worth it! We could relax in the knowledge that come dinner time there would be an easy no fuss meal to heat up every night for the first two weeks.
Florence suffered with mild colic in the early days and so we turned to infacol which really helped her bring up that wind.
Ewan the Dream Sheep
Granted, we’ve been so so lucky as Florence is a brilliant sleeper and uber chilled baby, but on those days when we just couldn’t get her to settle we turned to our friend Ewan! He plays four different cycles of white noise and is a super cute little night light too.
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Steriliser & bottles
We’ve bottle fed Florence from the very beginning and with that comes a daily cycle of washing, steralising & preparing bottles, often on next to no sleep or late at night when you’ve totally forgotten about them! The electric steam steriliser is really good and super easy to use.
Last but not least, I would recommend a SnuzPod to any new parent. A fab alternative to a moses basket, the SnuzPod is a bedside crib designed with comfort, ease and safety in mind and can be used as a stand alone crib or co-sleeper. I love waking up and seeing Florence through the mesh window in the morning & the zip down sides make it easy to lift / transfer baby in and out.
I have been sent some of these items for review purposes however all thoughts are my own & we really do genuinely recommend all of the above products for new parents!