Since having my daughter in mid-March, it’s taken a few weeks to figure out which are the essential products to get me through these first few months. From nappies to wipes, and products to support breastfeeding (which isn’t always easy in my opinion), I wanted to share my thoughts on the brands and baby items that make life that little bit easier.
Aldi Mamia Nappies
These nappies are amazing! They are great value, easy to put on and hold their own during even the worst explosive nappies (sorry for TMI!). I had seen rave reviews of them when I researched nappies while I was pregnant, and can definitely see why they are so popular. We are just about to move onto size 2 from the newborn size, and I’m confident in the ability of the Aldi Mamia nappy to keep my little one dry as she gets bigger.
I know wipes aren’t for everyone and some people prefer cotton wool and water. Personally I’m not that organised so wipes are a much easier solution for this mama. Waterwipes are a brilliant concept, wipes made moist with just water (99.9%) and 0.1% fruit extract, so their cleaning ability is superb while remaining nice and natural for baby’s soft skin. They have been a firm favourite on our changing table since birth, and the small packs of 10 wipes are perfectly sized for the changing bag or popping in my handbag.
NUK Luna breast pump
I have been experimenting with combination feeding, trying to express a bottle every now and again to give me a break and also let my husband get involved in feeding. The NUK Luna breast pump has made this so much easier; it’s comfortable to use with clear instructions. The two speeds of the pump help with the process and it is very straightforward to take apart in order to sterilise the different parts. I have also recently invested in a set of NUK bottles as little miss seems to prefer the NUK teats to any others we have tried.
Wimmer Ferguson Grasp and Grow rattle
Wimmer Ferguson toys are very cleverly designed for newborns, making great use of black and white images. We discovered this is because newborns only see in black and while during the early days of their development. This Grasp and Grow rattle is brilliant for engaging with little miss, she loves the face on the rattle and it holds her attention for ages. We also have a small mobile for her cot which keeps her entertained for a few minutes while I slip off to make a cup of tea or nip to the loo!
My Boppy breastfeeding pillow has been great since my baby girl has got bigger and therefore heavier. The pillow is very sturdy and secure to take the weight of baby, which takes the strain off my arms especially during long feeding sessions. I’m looking forward to using the pillow as my little one grows and can use it for tummy time, and then helping her to sit up.
Vital Baby Aquaint Sanitising Water
This has been a fantastic find for cleaning up after nappy changes, wiping baby items clean, sanitising hands at home and on the go – you name it, this water can take on the cleanliness challenge! With no alcohol or harsh chemicals, this sanitising water is perfect for our skin and sensitive baby skin. We use the big bottles and keep one in the living room and one at our changing station, although I know there are small bottles available for handbags and changing bags.