Having a baby is ultimately the most exciting time of your life. Whilst exciting it is also overwhelming and daunting. With so many products and gadgets out their on the market it can be a difficult talking task choosing. Add on top of that the endless information and advice you are given. But always remember what may for work someone else, may not work for you and vice versa. After having two babies I have learnt along the way what has worked well for us. Today on the blog I am sharing my top 5 baby must-haves.
Some of these baby must-haves I have only discovered with Scarlett and wish I had had them first time round with Aria! If you have a baby shower coming up or perhaps looking for the ultimate gift for parents-to-be then note some of these down.
MY TOP 5 BABY MUST-HAVES
THE GRO COMPANY
I cant pick just one item from their range so I am going to say everything! We are huge Gro Company fans so just add it all to your baby must-haves list haha. A company I have come to love since having Scarlett these are the products I wish I had first time with Aria! We have been pretty lucky to try just about the entire range.
The Grobags are the only swaddle like bags and sleep bags I have ever used on Scarlett. I admit all the sleep bags I kept of Aria’s went straight in the charity bin! We started using the swaddle grobag when Scarlett was around two months old (maybe less). Uniquley designed to allow for their natural sleeping “frog leg like” position. The adding touch of arm poppers allowed for easy transitioning to arms out! She is now up to the 6-18month Grobags all various togs. I must mention these dry super fast.
From the Gro Nursery range the Gro Egg is an essential for every nursery. A digital room thermometer which changes colour to let you know if the room is too hot or too cold. It also doubles as a great night light! Our other favourite product from the range is Ollie the Owl. He will become little ones new bestfriend. Scarlett loves her Ollie, although she has figured out now how to turn the light on/off and make noise! You can read more about our love with Ollie here.
Lastly from the Gro Company range they have a gorgeous selection of Gro Friends. If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen in my stories Scarlett carrying a bunny around. That bunny is Boppy the Bunny. The one toy I have let her have in her cot from a very young age to fall asleep with. Made with air flow technology allowing ventilation and she washes up really well in the washing machine (and dries fast!). She has since become really attached to Boppy. Boppy comes just about everywhere with us. (Im contemplating buying 3 more as back up as we have already lost one)
I love Purebaby. Purebaby always have the most beautiful collection of clothing. Everything washes really well and lasts and last. But the one item to add to the baby must-haves list from their range is the Sleepsuits. Pop these on the list to pack in the hospital bag list!
Having one baby born three days shy of winter and one right in the middle of winter, my girls were forever rugged up as newborns. I used to feel so bad taking those teeny little newborn legs out of onesies and exposing them to the cooler air. This is where sleepsuits made change time so quick and easy, particularly in the middle of the night. With two different styles a simple elasticised hem or pouch style allows quick change of nappy. So simple no need to unzip, pull their legs out of the onesie which quite often results in one screaming newborn!
I used these with both girls and had them packed in the hospital bag with me. I even had the midwives in hospital comment on how amazing these sleepsuits were!
ALF THE LABEL
Ok mama’s this one is for you too! Welcome to mamahood, along with dirty nappies, projectile vomit, leaky boobs and loving loungewear, your handbags will have a little vacay. Squeezing multiple nappies, nappy wipes, baby clothes, purse, keys, blankets and multiple creams into my Chloe Paraty Bag is just not going to work. Sorry Chloe you have to go away for awhile I promise we will be reunited soon. Cue you need a stylish nappy bag. One that you will love carrying absolutely everywhere with you every single day for possibly the next two years or more!
I had fabulous black Witchery baby bag that lasted me a good three years. I was waiting for the day they would bring out another (never happened). One day scrolling Instagram I stumbled upon the most stylish baby bag I had seen Alf The Label. Many of you on Instagram would be familiar with Stella popping up in a lot of my posts! Not only is she super stylish but she also has plenty of pockets to keep your bag super organised.
While the price may seem super high remember this a bag you will be taking with you everyday and everywhere. I believe it is a baby must-have worth investing for all the wear and tear it will be put through. If you have your baby shower coming up its a great idea to tell your girlfriends or family to put in together to purchase
To check out more of The Alf The Label range click here
AST + CO : TIDY TOT
Honestly I do not know where I would be at mealtimes without the Tidy Tot! So genius, cleaning up after a messy meal of pasta for example, it has never be so easy and so much cleaner! No more food stained clothes, a highchair covered in food or food allover the floor. I have previously posted an article on just how amazing the Tidy Tot from AST + CO is, you can read about it here. This is the kind of product that makes the most practical gift for a baby shower!
LITTLE TURTLE BABY
Little Turtle Baby has such a gorgeous range of blankets, cot sheets, change mat covers and more. Suitable for both boy and girl in simple tasteful designs. I have tried many bath towels over the years and Little Turtle Baby’s are by far the best! Made of 100% cotton terry towelling and cotton jersey they are super soft, thick and absorbent. Generously sized they are neither too large or too small. Keep a look out on their website and social media as apparently there is a new range of hooded towels coming in December!
(This article is not endorsed nor sponsored by any of the above mentioned brands. All products I own and personally use myself)