Top 10: Parenting items we couldn’t live without….
I’m going to start a Top 10 feature on the blog and would love you to join in and suggest top 10’s, some will obviously be parent / child focused, some will be gadget related (of course) and others will just be for fun.
I’ve decided to start off with a top ten of all the baby or toddler products Mrs F, H, D and I have benefited from since becoming a family…
10. Mam Anti-Colic self sterilising bottles
Having tried several bottles first time round in search of a cure for H’s silent reflux (which was diagnosed as colic for a long time) we couldn’t pick out our favourite. However as Mrs F was super successful with breast feeding second time round with D, we needed a quick and simple bottle which worked well for “Daddy feeds” of expressed milk so that Mrs F could still continue to go out and enjoy the things she loves without having to worry about being back in time to feed D.
Mam bottles are fantastic for this as you don’t need a massive steriliser, these little beauties all come apart and sterilise in a microwave individually meaning within 3 minutes you can have a sterile bottle ready for use.
Price: £18 (pack of three)
9. Bibetta Ultra Bibs
We won one of these bib’s when we had H and once we received it, we didn’t bother with any other bib again. These bibs are made out of Neoprene meaning they are waterproof, absorbant and so easy to clean. With a food catcher below these are a god send when both out and about and also within the house. We will definitely be purchasing some pink ones for D once she begins her weaning adventure…
8. Sophie La Girafe
I admit to being sceptical about this when Mrs F suggested we get one for H when he began teething. The main reason is I had never heard of them and thought at first glance they were a little expensive. Well I’m glad to say I was wrong and H absolutely loved his Sophie, chewing it like it was going out of fashion, it certainly helped to stimulate his gums during times of need. We still have his Sophie as it is extremely durable, although Daddy did get in trouble for popping it in the steriliser hoping to re-use for D, only to find it killed off its squeak. Thankfully the giraffe is still fine but I suspect we will be buying another “squeakable” version for D.
7. Julia Donaldson Books
These are fantastically written and easy to read books with excellent illustrations. I have lost count at the number of Julia Donaldson books we currently have (although H reminds me every time we read them that he still doesn’t have Superworm) but given the choice, H would read at least one of these every night given the choice.
6. Ewan The Sheep
I stumbled across Ewan at a Baby Show I attended on my own back in May last year and loved the look of it. Cue lots of research and I decided we should purchase this cute looking sheep for D when she was born… Ewan can attach to anything thanks to its velcro loop but its main feature is it plays out audible white noise along with a calming red light for 10 minutes at a time prior to automatically shutting off. This has been a great aid to sending D off to sleep at bed times, where we can set it off go back downstairs and know that D will drift off sweetly…
5. Stokke Tripp Trapp
Another product I won more recently and I wished we would have realised how versitile this chair is. With the newborn attachment, this chair can be used from 0-100 years old and we have all used it at some point since we had it. Stylishly looking and extremely sturdy, we have already talked about getting another when we move into our new home (once we find it).
4. Baby Bjorn Baby carriers
We have had baby carriers with both children and have tried several types. What is different with Baby Bjorn is their carriers are not only built to last but are extremely supportive and comfy for BOTH baby and parent. They also look stylish too which is a bonus.
Price: Around £85
3. Gro Company
I tried to pinpoint a product within their catalogue which I favoured most but of the ones we own (Gro-Egg / Gro-Clock / Gro-Bag / Gro-hush) I cannot fault any of them. The Gro-Egg is brilliant for letting you know the room temperature of any room in a fun and easy to understand way. The more recent Gro-Hush is great for calming a baby, particularly one like ours with silent reflux. Gro-Bags have always been used by us as these are such a simple and effective way of ensuring your little ones are cosy enough at sleep time. Finally the Gro-Clock is fantastic for H as he started waking up earlier in the mornings, this simple, easy to understand clock enables H to know when he was supposed to wake as well as giving Mrs F and I that all needed extra hour in bed.
Price(s): Range from between £20 and £35
2. Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Bath Centre (now called Rinse ‘n Grow Tub)
We only bought this by chance with H first time around as it looked like it could be a good starter bath for him and boy were we right and more. This bath is fantastic for newborns through to when they can sit up in the bath. It comes with a handy sling which is ideal to allow hands free bathing. Once your little one is bigger and beginning to hold their own head up, the sling can then be removed and still allows hands free bathing thanks to a wedge within the bath holding your child up. We have used this endlessly with both our children and would recommend buying this above all other baby baths when you have a baby.
1. Bugaboo Bee
Having had no less than 7 prams / pushchairs / buggies with H, we fell in love with our Bugaboo Bee. This has it all, style, comfort, ease of use, compact, lightweight and the ability to customise and use with future children. It folds down in one piece incredibly easy, has adapters to use with your chosen car seats, has a cocoon to allow use from birth, both forward and rear facing and is extremely easy to push. We recently changed the colours in preparation for D and it looks a brand new pram again. Mrs F and I regularly argue as to who has the pleasure of taking it in their car for journey’s out. The Bee is definitely Mrs F and I’s favourite item…
Price: Around £540
Do you have any products you would recommend to new parents, or in fact current parents? Please leave your comments below…