Friday, 12 August 2016

Newborn baby products: The Useful v The Useless


A new baby brings about a whole new way of life. Things completely change, but of course, they change for the better. You just need to get your head around being a new parent and all that it brings. Before the baby arrives, you will want to get as many things in place as you can. Other than the obvious, like a cot, Moses basket and a pushchair, what items should you get? There are so many things out on the market that it can be hard to tell. Here are some thoughts on the things that I think are useful and those that are useless!

Newborn baby products: The Useful v The Useless

The Useful

Muslin Cloths
These are a great idea to stock up on. They are cheap and are extremely versatile. You can get them in different colours and patterns so you can find them for varying tastes. They come in different sizes too. They can be used for breastfeeding as a cover, as they are light and thin. They can be used as burp cloths, and for cleaning up with. As they wash well and dry quickly, they are a must for any mum-to-be!

Scratch Mitts
When your baby is tiny, they might get a little dry skin. They want to itch and scratch themselves, but that could make it all worse. So scratch mitts or scratch sleeves are a great idea to prevent them scratching themselves.

Large Changing Bag
I think we are lucky these days that there are so many stylish changing bags out there. You will want it to look good, but it is more important that it will hold everything you need. When you are having your first baby, you might not realise how much you have to carry around. So look for one with plenty of space for nappies, wipes, changes of clothes and bottles. Having a pull or fold out changing mat is handy too. Then it makes being out and about easier, as you can pretty much change them wherever you are.

Newborn baby products: The Useful v The Useless

The Useless

Baby Bath
I know that this is something that divides the parenting world, but if we were to have another baby I'm not entirely sure that I would bother with a baby bath because in all honesty, I found it much easier to pop my two in the sink and support them there. The other alternative is to pop a small amount of water in the family bath and wash them there.

Nursing Pillow
First of all, if you decide to bottle feed, then this wouldn’t be worth buying in the first place. Second of all, if you are breastfeeding, it can be a little awkward to use use as you need to keep using your hand to make sure that your baby latched. If you need a little extra support, then a normal pillow or folded blanket will do the job just fine and will be much cheaper.

Baby Food Blender
When it comes to weaning, there are all sorts of things out there to try. But you probably have a lot of versions already at home. Something like a baby food blender is, in my opinion, a waste of time as a normal food processor or blender will do exactly the same thing!

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