10 products you don’t need for your new baby

Earlier I shared with you a list of essential items that you would need for your little one. In this post I am sharing my top 10 non-essential items. Again this is based on my personal research and from speaking with recent new mums and dads.

Be sure to pin this list on Pinterest as a resource and if you have a friend or family member who is expecting, be sure to pass along the link!

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Nappy stackers and disposable bins.

Some new mums think these are a god send only to discover they don’t use them or become more of a hassle than regular nappy bin sacks and throwing items straight away.

Cot mobiles / white noise machines 

If used from day one these items can actually cause more issues than first thought. Your baby could become reliant on these devices for soothing and as such you may find you are unable to sooth your child when travelling.

Wipe warmers 

Warm moist environments are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria so why would you want to expose your baby’s sensitive bottom to this. Parents have managed for many years with water and cloths / cotton wool balls.

Breast pumps 

Some breast feeding mums get a manual breast pump to help store breast milk into individual pouches but then never use the devices. Your breasts will produce as much milk as required for your little one throughout the duration of breastfeeding. For more advice on breastfeeding see: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/breastfeeding-help-support.aspx 

Fancy bottle drying racks or designer changing bags 

They might look great and give you a happy feeling but they really are necessary.

Reclining / non-reclining chairs 

As great as they sound these are actually an non-essential item to rush out and purchase. Your little one is likely to be in your room for the first 6 months so you will probably be sat on the edge of your bed most evenings. During the day you will probably be sat on your sofa so why purchase additional furniture.

Baby baths

In the ‘olden’ days mums made do with the kitchen sink. These days you can do the same or purchase a bath mat. Just remember to always check the water temperature beforehand.

Baby shoes / newborn clothes

Your little one will start to grow very very quickly and something that fit yesterday will unlikely fit tomorrow. Baby’s cannot walk so shoes seem pretty pointless when socks will do. 0-3 month clothes seem to be the acceptable purchase size range for most new parents to receive. Your little one might looked swamped the first couple of days but after a couple of weeks the clothes may become nice and snug. You might as well purchase a size you’re going to get a couple of wears out of.

Door bouncers / swings

Usually costing between £20 and £30, door baby bouncers provide a bouncing sensation which some babies love. However, a panel of researchers found that this item was voted number 1 non-essential by 2000 parents. Most said that the devices often collected dust in the corner of the room or  never taken out the box.

Bottle prep machines and bottle warmers

Handy devices but can set you back up to £100 for some brands. The idea of the bottle prep machine is to take the hassle out of preparing your own bottles. The NHS don’t recommend these machines because of how the actually make the bottle. There is an injection of hot water then the formula is added then cold water. The cold water isn’t heated first so it has the potential to contain nasty bacteria.

In early 2017 a lady from the North East posted an article on social media that soon went viral showing the dangers of these machines. Read more here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4315378/Parents-say-Tommee-Tippee-120-machines-mouldy.html

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Complete new baby checklist

Hi everyone, we are pleased to share with you our essential item checklist to help when preparing for the arrival of your little one. As I am expecting my first in November, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you the essential items that I have purchased. I have also listed a few of the items that I have purchased to give you some inspiration.

I should point out that these items are all based on my own personal research. This was based on information from health care workers / new mum websites and of course my yummy mummy friends and family members.

Be sure to pin this list on Pinterest as a resource and if you have a friend or family member who is expecting, be sure to pass along the link!

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Clothing

It all depends on the season you will be having baby in which decides some items such as snow suits / pram suits or sun hats.  You will likely receive a lot of baby clothes at a baby shower or just as gifts when the little one is born.

 Washing your baby’s clothes

There’s no evidence that using washing powders with enzymes (bio powders) or fabric conditioners will irritate your baby’s skin.

Sleeping

For the first few months, you’ll need a cot or Moses basket (a light, portable bassinet). Your baby needs to sleep somewhere that’s safe, warm and not too far from you. The NHS advises that baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first 6 months so the item you purchase would depend on the room you have.

Baby nests are not suitable for your baby to sleep in when you’re not there because of the danger of suffocation.

If you are borrowing a crib or a cot, or using one that has been used by another of your children, you should buy a new mattress. If you can’t do this, use the cot mattress you have, as long as it’s firm (not soft), flat, fits the cot with no gaps, is clean, and waterproof.

You will need:

  • a firm mattress that fits the cot snugly without leaving spaces round the edges, so your baby cannot trap their head and suffocate
  • sheets to cover the mattress – you need at least four because they need to be changed often; fitted sheets make life easier but they can be quite expensive, so you could use pieces of old sheet
  • light blankets for warmth
  • Pillows and duvets
  • Don’t use pillows and duvets – they are not safe for babies who are less than a year old because of the risk of suffocation. Duvets can also make your baby too hot.
  • Sheets and layers of blankets tucked in firmly below your baby’s shoulder level or a baby sleeping bag are safe for your baby to sleep in.

Cot safety tips:

  • Your baby will spend many hours in a cot, so make sure it’s safe. If you’re buying a new cot, look for the British Standard mark BS EN 716-1.
  • The mattress must fit snugly, with no space for the baby’s head to get stuck.
  • The bars must be smooth, securely fixed, and the distance between each bar should be not less than 25mm (1 inch) and not more than 60mm (2.5 inches), so your baby’s head can’t get trapped.
  • The cot should be sturdy.
  • The moving parts should work smoothly and not allow fingers or clothing to get trapped.
  • Cot bumpers are not recommended as babies can overheat or get tangled in the fastenings.
  • Never leave anything with ties, such as bibs or clothes, in the cot as they might get caught around your baby’s neck.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot in the same room as you for the first six months.

For more information on safe sleeping, see Reducing the risk of SIDS. You can also visit the Lullaby Trust website, which has lots of information on safe sleeping.

east coast hudson cot bedWe opted for the East Hudson Cot Bed  £139.99 The cot bed grows with your child and has three base heights. This particular model was ideal for hubby as he already has a bad back. This model requires a cot bed mattress 140 x 70cm. It was also really easy to put together I even managed to do it on my own.

 

 

Out and about with your baby

Spend some time looking at what’s available for getting around with your baby. Think about what will suit you best before you make a choice, and ask other mums what they’ve found useful.

Before buying a pushchair or a pram, check that:

  • the brakes are in good working order
  • the handles are at the right height for pushing
  • the frame is strong enough

Pushchairs

Pushchairs, also known as strollers and buggies, are only suitable for young babies if they have fully reclining seats, so your baby can lie flat. Wait until your baby can sit by themselves before using another type of pushchair. Choose a light pushchair if you will be lifting it on to trains or buses.

Prams

Prams give your baby a lot of space to sit and lie comfortably, but they take up a lot of space and are hard to use on public transport. If you have a car, look for a pram that can be dismantled easily. Consider buying a pram harness at the same time, as you may need it to strap your baby securely into the pram.

01-153291.p20.Shopper-SLX-Trio-Set_Caviar-AquaThree-in-one travel system

This is a carrycot and transporter (a set of wheels) that can be converted into a pushchair when your baby outgrows the carrycot. Shopping trays that fit under the pushchair or pram can also be very useful when you’re out.

We purchased the Hauck shopped SLX trioset Travel system in aqua/caviar £299.99 We liked the ease of putting it together and popping it down for transporting in and out the car. Plus I love the colour.

Joie_i_Anchor_Advance_01_in_Two_Tone_BlackCar seats for babies

If you’ve got a car, you must have a baby car seat. Your baby must always go in their seat, including when you bring them home from the hospital. It’s illegal and also very dangerous to carry your baby in your arms in a vehicle.

The best way for your baby to travel is in a rear-facing infant car seat on the back seat, or the front passenger seat as long as it is not fitted with an airbag. The car seat is held in place by the adult safety belt.

The following advice should help make sure your baby’s car seat is as safe as possible:

  • Make sure the car seat is fitted correctly.
  • It is illegal and extremely dangerous to put a rear-facing infant car seat in the front passenger seat if your car is fitted with an airbag.
  • Ideally, buy a new car seat. If you’re planning to get a secondhand seat, only accept one from a family member or friend so you can be sure it hasn’t been involved in an accident. Don’t buy one from a secondhand shop or through the classified ads.

Although we got a car seat with the trioset we decided to get another one that was more permanent i.e. didn’t have to keep taking in and out of the car. We purchased the Joie i-Anchor Advance 01 in two tone black, available from Kiddicare for £169.99 What appealed to us was that the car seat is great from birth to 4 years old. It can be rear and forward facing and is part of the new I-size product range. The only downside is you have to purchase the I-base advance separately at a cost of £124.99

I will share more items I have purchased in follow up blog posts so make sure to keep coming back.

Katherine xo