Baby Essentials

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One of the most over whelming tasks when you’re expecting, is figuring out what you really need once the baby arrives. There are countless baby products and brands on the market and everyone has a different opinion on what works best for them and their baby.  I thought I'd share a list of products that I couldn’t live without during the first 2 months of having Max. Although the list can get a lot more extensive than this, I wanted to keep it simple and stick with the basics. Every baby is different and comes with their own set of needs, even though I found these items useful, it’s possible that other mothers had success using other brands. Please share your must-have items for newborns if you have them!

Bugaboo Cameleon The Bugaboo Cameleon is definitely at the top of my list. After having a c-section, the only exercise I could do for 6 weeks was walk and walking every morning with the baby in this stroller was a lifesaver. Going out for a walk was a great way to get in some exercise but also helped to de stress and get some vitamin D. The Bugaboo Cameleon offers a smooth ride, has so many useful adjustments, the suspension adjusts as baby grows, you can flip the handlebar to use back wheels for terrain, the handlebar height can also be adjusted. The toddler seat can face you or the world after the first 6 months. A car seat adapter can be purchased separately to make trips to and from the car a breeze. Bugaboo provides a 3 year warranty from the original date of purchase. It is one of the pricier strollers on the market, but in my opinion it is worth the investment.

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Maternity Bras Maternity bras or nursing bras make life a whole lot easier, they are comfortable, easy to unfasten and make feeding less stressful for you and baby. I’ve made the rookie mistake a couple of times and worn a lace bra out and had both my boobs leak, only to realise once I got home. Not the best look walking around the mall with milk dripping down your top. Two brands of maternity bras I’ve loved are Hot Milk and Caden Shae. Hot Milk bras are super comfortable and they have great designs. I live in active wear because it’s so comfortable but since having my baby I barely fit into any of my sports bras. I’ve started wearing the Caden Shae sports bras which are designed so you can nurse wearing it.  These bras allow you to still be active but also give you the freedom to feed your baby when you need to.

Haakaa Breast pumpBreastfeeding is hard work and it took me a while to get the hang of it. Something so “natural” can be so damn hard. For the first 6 weeks I was feeding every 90-120 minutes and when I wasn’t feeding, I was pumping. This breast pump cost $29 which is a huge saving compared to some of the electric ones. This pump works on suction and some days I can get up to 150 mls of milk from one let down. I had mastitis for 2 days and this breast pump saved my life. I had extremely sore engorged breasts that needed to be pumped before they exploded and the Haakaa pump got rid of the milk painlessly. Its easy to clean and simple to use.

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You Simply Can’t Spoil a NewbornI’ve mentioned this book before but I’m going to mention it again because it has truly been a lifesaver. ‘You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn’ by Dorothy Waide is an essential guide to nurturing your baby in the first three months. She is one of the world’s most sought after sleep consultants. This book has helped me so much! It has information about feeding, sleeping, bathing, burping, childcare, advice on managing time, relationships and emotional demands. If I ever have a “what the hell do I do” moment, I always find the answers in this book. As a first time Mum, there are days when I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing so it's reassuring to open this book and find helpful info.

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Manuka Health Breast PadsThese were recommended to me by several people when I posted about having sore nipples. I have to agree with everyone as they are amazing. These Manuka Health breast pads contain Manuka honey dressing specially made to relieve the discomfort of cracked or irritated nipples. They are reusable and can be kept in the fridge between use for extra cooling. When I had mastitis these made a world of difference. I wear these most days in my maternity bra to also stop milk leaking.

Dimples night gownThese nightgowns have made my life so much easier. When Max started sleeping for longer periods through the night, I started dressing her in these for bedtime. They made the middle of the night nappy changes quick and easy which is a bonus at 3 in the morning.The gown has a drawstring around the bottom that you pull to create a bag like closing which keeps babies feet snug and warm and it can be worm as nightwear or during the day. These night gowns are made in New Zealand from 100% merino wool. Merino has the ability to respond to changes in baby’s body temperature, keeping baby warm when the weather is cold and cool and comfortable when weather is hot. Dimples also make beautiful snuggle-sacs which mimic the snug feeling in the womb. They also allow the baby to be able to move naturally, just like they did in the womb.

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Swaddles I had no idea how many swaddles blankets you needed with a newborn, I thought I was stocked up but within the first 3 weeks I ordered more. My favourite swaddles I purchased were from Early Riser and Bondi Baby, they have a big selection of gorgeous, bright prints and are made using 100% organic cotton. These are used to help your baby feel safe and secure by wrapping them up in them. Swaddles can also be used as a feeding cover, pram cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket, car seat cover, blanket and changing table cover. Some days I can go through four swaddles so I make sure I have some in my hand bag, baby bag and in the car.

Weleda Nipple CreamFeeding a baby every 2 hours can leave your nipples feeling sore. The Weleda Nipple Cream helps to heal and soothe nipples. It contains Calendula and Chamomile to support the healthy renewal of tender, cracked skin. It can also be left on before breastfeeding and can be applied during the last 8 weeks of pregnancy to help prepare the nipples for breastfeeding.

Haaka Glass Bottles Whether you are breastfeeding or forumla-feeding, you need some bottles. Even nursing mums who exclusively breastfeed need bottles. What I love about the Haaka bottles is that it is BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Lead free. They are made of borosilicate glass which is a material that is resistant to shock temperatures. It can also be easily converted to a sip cup, by applying the Haakaa range of interchangeable accessories. It is so easy to clean and it comes with an anti colic nipple which allows baby to drink continuously without gasping for air or drinking bubbles.

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