15 Practical Items For Your New Baby

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These practical baby items are all products I have used with both of my children between 0 and 6 months. These items are all smaller purchases as the bigger items were all bought before my first baby was born and are included in Essential buys for a new baby.

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1. Clip-on Toys

These toys are really good quality and great to clip onto car seats, pushchairs and baby gyms. They come in a variety of designs in contrasting colours and textures. I bought two of these for my son and they have been given to my daughter 4 years later still in perfect condition.

2. Sensory Books

Cloth books are a great way to introduce your baby to reading. I always had one of these around from when my baby was born because I love to read and wanted my children to as well. I bought a variety of designs from different places but I really Lamaze toys as they are such good quality and very interactive.

3. An Activity Spiral

This attaches to the pushchair or car seat and has small toys that dangle down to entertain baby. This one is really cute and colourful with different sounds and textures. It even survived being put it in a pillowcase and washed it in the washing machine (reflux baby life!) and it came out in one piece!

4. Grobag

They can be bought in different sizes and togs to suit the age of your baby and the weather.  They make bedtime easier as you don’t need to worry about blankets or your baby getting cold. It is a really practical baby item because it easy to unzip so you don’t have to take it all off for those nappy changes in the middle of the night. Both of my children used a grobag until they were 12-18months.

5. Muslins

These are the most practical baby item I bought! I use these for everything and have them stashed all around the house and car. They have so many uses such as wiping up messes, blankets, covering car seat/pram, chewing on…the list is endless. I love the aden+anais muslins because they wash so well and last a long time.

6. A Play Gym

This Fisher Price one has music, lights, nature sounds and detachable toys which my children have loved especially the mirror. It can be folded up for storage and can be wiped clean easily. I have washed the mat in the washing machine a few times and it still looks like new.

7. Baby Swing

This one can be a swing or a vibrating seat. It’s a great way to put the baby down safely while you get yourself ready for the day, especially if you have a reflux baby who can’t lie down flat. It has a small detachable toy that can keep them entertained and I have also attached their favourite toys to it.

8. Breastfeeding Pillow

This is another really practical new baby item that I couldn’t have managed without. It supports your baby when you’re feeding baby and gives them a soft comfy space. This really helped me to rest my back during these long periods of brestfeeding. They are also great to support baby and some can be used as a pregnancy pillow too.

9. Bibs for Feeding

Tommee Tippee Closer to nature bibs are a great size for bottle feeding and protect their clothes well. They are really soft and I really like the padded neck for newborns as it is so gentle on their skin.

10. Bandana Bibs

These bibs are amazing for teething or sicky babies they soak up so much moisture and it doesn’t leak through the back of the bib onto the clothes. They come in loads of lovely designs and wash really well. My daughter wears one of these everyday as she has reflux and these help to keep her clothes dry.

11. Sophie the Giraffe Teether

This was such a good teether for my son that I purchased another one as soon as I found out I was pregnant for the second time. It is so easy for them to hold and get into their mouth I also purchased a toy strap to stop my baby constantly throwing it on the floor.

12. A Favourite Toy

A special toy –is really important. Both of my children have a jellycat rabbit from when they were born and I had to have one too. I love them, they are so soft and such good quality. My daughter also loves her Baby Annabel doll for babies and takes her everywhere.

13. A Dummy Strap

If your baby uses a dummy it is helpful to be able to attach it to your baby. This stops it landing on the floor every five minutes! You can also use it to attach toys to the pushchair or car seat and if it is made of silcone it makes a great teether.

14. A Jumperoo

This is a big investment but it is an amazing toy and has saved my sanity with both children. It has so many interactive features on it (lights, music, toys that move and make noise) and it’s great to encourage them to move and strengthen their legs. You can pop them in this when you need to have two hands! This was definitely one of my best buys!

15. Calpol Vapour Plug and Nightlight

This really helps if your baby is snuffly and needs help to get to sleep. Pop one refill pad into the plug and it smells of lavender and camomile all night. I have used this a lot with my daughter as she is often snuffly because of her allergies.

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