Today’s guest post is written by Alison at five little stars, if you want to know more about her, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.
Buying for a new baby is overwhelming. I remember writing a long shopping list that I had compiled from parenting books, Mumsnet and the hospital information packs. I was like a woman possessed; researching Amazon for best rated breast pumps and buying onesies in the Next sale.
My children are now aged 3 and 5 so that was a couple of years ago now. And most of the products from the early days have long gone now – sold off on buy & sell sites or given away to friends or charity.
But I want to tell you about 3 useful baby products that have stood the test of time. I still use them today and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
1. Digital Ear Thermometer.
This has been so reliable and accurate. I know because when my babies/toddlers/young children have a high temperature and I take them to the doctor, my readings are often the same. It’s easy to use and my children have never complained. The only pain is having to buy new plastic hygiene caps when the pack runs out but they are easy enough to obtain.
2. A good quality personalised bath and face towel with your baby’s name on it (or a picture).
This sounds a bit over the top but actually if you’re planning a second child, I can’t tell you how annoying it is when their towels get mixed up. Especially if one of them is sick and you are trying not to cross-infect! And a personalised towel is just a nice idea to have. It helps the baby get used to bath time and it’s something special and familiar to them. You might have guests over too so it’s good to keep the towels separate.
3. Portable blackout blind.
This is an essential purchase! Especially if you plan to stay at other people’s houses or go on holiday. When babies are new-born they’ll sleep through just about anything but as they grow into toddlers, they might start to wake with the sun for a while. 530am starts can be hell on earth. This won’t guarantee they’ll sleep longer but it certainly helps.
I know that money doesn’t grow on trees and, with essential big items like prams and cots to be purchased, the products on my list seem like luxuries. Yes, they are “nice-to-haves”, but if you can keep an eye on good deals and snap them up when you can, trust me, it’ll be worth it.
Alison is from five little stars, a product review and family travel blog about her life as an expat mum in Paris. She enjoys writing about 5 star family products that offer value for money, quality and style.