Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well.
Throughout my pregnancy, hours and hours were spent looking watching videos and reading articles on baby essentials and newborn must haves. It can be so overwhelming figuring out exactly what you need for your new arrival. I found this type of content really useful when compiling my list of things to buy. So I thought I’d share with you some of the items we couldn’t live without during the first 3 months of Oliver’s life.
Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine – A product I didn’t intend to buy. My plan was to breastfeed Oliver for as long as I could. Both directly from me and in expressed bottles. He decided otherwise and we made the decision to formula feed him after two agonising days of attempted breast feeding. This machine makes a bottle to the perfect temperature in less than 2 minutes and honestly made life so much easier. Oliver wasn’t left screaming while his milk cooled down and the convenience was worth the £115 price tag.
MAM Anti-Colic Self Sterilising Bottles- Another product I didn’t plan on purchasing. Prior to Oliver’s birth I bought a big set of Dr Brown Anti colic bottles because absolutely everyone said they’re the best ones. Oliver thought differently. He didn’t get on with the teat, at all. Milk dribbled out the side of his mouth, he couldn’t suck on them properly and it was all round a bit stressful. I had been given a 4oz MAM bottle at a private scan. We tried that one and he took it really well! We ended up buying a whole new set of these bottles and they’ve worked great. They’re so easy to sterilise too!
Lansinoh Therapearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy pads- Not so much in the newborn essentials, but during that time, mumma’s you’re gonna need these. When your milk comes in properly it’ll feel like you have two giant bowling balls hanging on your chest. It’s quite uncomfortable and at times, painful. A friend recommended using these frozen to help with engorgement and swelling. They worked a treat for me!