Today I thought I’d do a post for those first time mums or those who have had children but don’t have a clue what to buy.
As you all know as time goes by things are changing all the time there’s stuff now that we didn’t have 2 years ago when I had my daughter so it can be a little daunting at times.
so here are some things I would recommend as a first time mum.
First of all when having a baby an ultimate decision is whether you are going to breast-feed or bottle feed. I bottle fed my daughter so the first few items are things I’d recommend for bottle feeding mums.
1. Prep Machine
I used my prep machine ALL the time! I actually had the old style prep machine and then a few months in bought the day and night prep machine. I actually preferred the day and night as you couldn’t do anything wrong it took you through step by step how to do the cleaning cycles, change filter and descale and I loved that it warned you that needed a filter before you needed one so I just used to go on Amazon and order one for next day delivery. It made my life so much easier and P was content so much quicker. I would just like to add I know that some people buy two and keep one upstairs for night time and one downstairs, however it’s what works for you and I actually found that having to get up and walk downstairs to make the bottle woke me up that little bit more. Which night time feeding actually brings me on to my next recommendation.
2. Pre-made bottles
I could have not lived without these and were an absolute lifesaver, instead of bringing loads of different things out with me, powder, flask full of hot water I’d just bring these out with me. One thing they do come in handy for is actually night feeds, they’re so quick and easy to use and definitely quicker than trying to count scoops whilst you’re half asleep!
3. Milton Steriliser
We actually had an Electric Steriliser when P was first born but we did not get on with it at all, it used to scale up so quickly and in the end I started to time the cycle and it wasn’t reaching the right temperature and would just switch off after a minute, meaning it wasn’t sterilising. Luckily I had been timing it and staying in the kitchen as I know that people just turn it on and then Walk out the kitchen. We actually went back to the ‘old school’ way of cold water sterilising and it was an absolute game changer for a start it is so much cheaper, when I bought mine it was around £12 two years ago but I just had a little research and they’re now around £18, all you need is that and fill it up to the line and pop a Milton steriliser tablet in its around £3 for 40 tablets so lasts a long time. Once you pop a tablet in you wait until it’s dissolved pop the bottles in and take them out when you need them! I loved this way of sterilising and was definitely a peace of mind.
4. Nappy Caddy
Perfect for keeping everything all in one places so you’re not rummaging for things all over the place, one thing I would also recommend is keeping one in your car with 2 pairs of spare clothes and sleep suits.
5. Sleeping Bags
we didn’t discover sleeping bags until P was around 6 months but I wish I had used them sooner, I felt so at ease knowing she was safe and warm enough. Definitely something I would recommend and would use again.
i loved the swing we had, it had sounds and different speeds and would help her settle so quickly, obviously every baby is different and some like vibrations rather than swinging.
7. Sophie La Giraffe
an absolutely lifesaver with P when she was teething I couldn’t recommend any other teether this was definitely the best for us.
Remember, there is no guide book to becoming a mum and every baby is different.
I will be writing a part 2 and also another post about the things I bought which I do not recommend.