The Which Magazine List of most useful and biggest wastes of money in the world of baby shopping really irritated me. Loads of our ‘couldn’t live withouts’ ended up on the least useful list and know it’s exactly the sort of thing I’d have read and been swayed by when preggars.
Here, according to Which magazine, are their lists of what to and what not to buy:
1 Door baby bouncer
2 Baby washing bowls
3 Manual breast pump
4 Baby hammock
5 Fabric sling
6 Nappy stacker
7 Bumbo seat
8 Cot mobile
9 Swaddling blanket
10 Nappy disposal bin
1 Stair gate
2 Baby change bag
3 Audio baby monitor
4 Electric steam steriliser kit
5 Microwave steam steriliser kit
6 Video baby monitor
7 Baby sleeping bag
8 Digital ear thermometer
9 Baby bouncer or rocker
10 Travel cot
…and here are mine – you’ll see a lot feature on either of the above lists!
Couldn’t live without:
Pink noise – it’s catnip for Martha. No idea why pink noise works where white doesn’t but it can’t just be Martha as someone’s gone to the trouble of uploading 9 hours of it to YouTube
The nappy bin – might be one of Which’s least useful but nearly tops my list of best baby innovations. It needs to be emptied every couple of days but doesn’t smell and refills last ages – even with a power pooer as I can attest.
Pacapod changing bag: Fab.
Once left the house without it: not fab and not a mistake to be repeated.
The rocker – lets me nip to the loo and fill the dishwasher on the odd occasion.. Martha loves it – the vibrate function does nothing fpr her but she has a mad crush on the lion.
‘Baby Faces’ book from Amazon. Mirror on the front and all black white and yellow. Cloth book with 4 pages. First thing Martha could obviously see as would stare and focus on it from being tiny.
Groswaddles. Another one to be frowned upon by Which while rocking our world. Easy swaddling blankets that have had her sleeping at least 6 hours a night from 4 weeks. Now trying to wean her in to the gro bags but only because of the heat of our flat not being ideal for swaddling – our room with the balcony door wide open was 25 degrees at 11 PM last night.
Boots non contact thermometer. Uber. Just point at their head from 5 cm and it gives you an accurate temperature. Even relaxes a panicky granny and no struggles with tongues or armpits required.
Nipple shields were my life saver when first breast feeding. Binned them at 2 weeks when she could latch without them but I’d have given up by day 3 if I wasn’t armed with the little heroes of silicone. While we’re on nipples – the Johnson breast pads have been ace for me and way better than Lanisoh or the sodden disasters that were Sainsburys’ own. Lanisoh nipple cream is epic – have only needed it on the boobs for about 4 days I think, but it’s a lush lip balm and wonder cream so you get your money’s worth.
My baby week by week is probably our best book. If you don’t have a baby with colic you also get to feel blessed each week when looking at the ‘hours a day your baby could cry’. Other info includes weekly development and also info on how much they should be sleeping and eating.
The Nipper Clipper. Don’t write it off as an over-priced gimmick just because it’s made by the nail file geek who won ‘The Apprentice’. IT’S AMAZING. The giant and I both tried cutting her nails(/death blades) with the Tommy Tippee baby clipper – both had harrowing experiences and left a bleeding finger each. Guilt on a new level. Since getting the Nipper Clipper her hands have remained blood free and less like baby torture tools. The clippers are curved, have a spy hole so you can see what you’re cutting and most crucially the blades don’t meet. Cuts the nails really short but flatly refuses to get friendly with the skin. Win.
11. Tried to keep this to ten but I couldn’t leave out what probably seems the most ‘new parents will buy literally anything’ item my life would definitely be worse without – the baby wetsuit. We took Martha for her first dip at 6 weeks – it’s safe to say the water temperature wasn’t to her taste and lasted about 30 seconds before thawing her out in the showers. Desperate to keep the water baby dream alive we clutched at an Amazon straw and got the wetsuit. She’s loved every swim since.
Just missing out…
The baby hammock. Another of Which’s no-no items, but one that would have probably made our list above. Looks so comfy and was the first place she’d properly nap during the day while not on me.
Infacol. We swore by it when we started using it. I’ve now stopped completely and see no difference in her whatsoever so the jury’s out on that.
Video monitors. Fab and another one I’m sure would have made the list if she wasn’t glued to my side (or boob so much). Foresee them jumping to #1 when she moves into her own room.
The paddling pool. Brand new so we’ve only had her in it once so far but she LOVES it, so sure we’ll have loads of fun with it this summer.