You’d think that by baby #3 you’d know what you’re doing but it turns out this isn’t the case at all.
The past four weeks have been tough. New baby = new challenges (mastitis, tongue tie, two other children demanding your attention etc etc).
Still, I’m not complaining. I adore the new tiny person, bleating in his bouncy chair as I type.
There are, however, certain things that have made the past few weeks bearable … as well as white wine and crisps.
Here goes… 10 things all new mums should have…
Look no further than Uniqlo for comfortable denim leggings that won’t make you feel any frumpier. Buy them a size bigger than usual as they tend to come up quite small.
Baby bath chair
Not essential… I know you can hold the baby in the bath perfectly well but a chair is so much kinder on your back. I borrowed one for my older children and it was great but this time I’ve splashed out on an Angelcare. He loves it! He happily kick his legs in the water – the mesh allows water to flow all around him but the seat keeps him perfectly secure.
Microwave steriliser bags
Just when you need to pump/ top up with a bottle you remember that no washing up has been done all day. Cue Medela microwave sterilising bags which do the whole job in three minutes. Sadly you still need to do the washing up first though.
All my babies have loved the comfort of being swaddled. I’ve got three recommendations: Bebe au Lait muslins are soft and extremely pretty;
Growbag newborn swaddles are great if you’re not a confident swaddler as they’re shaped to fit the baby;
and if you’re feeling flush, Marloe London tie-dye scarf swaddles are about as luxurious as a muslin can get.
NIDO carseat sleeping bag
The NIDO by 7am Enfant is a revelation. No more worries about baby getting two hot in snowsuit in the car/ too cold in babygro when you take him out. The backless sleeping bag can be left open in the car to keep baby cool and then wrapped shut once you get outside.
A Cuddledry towel
Mine is a special animal print WWF version. It is super soft and acts as a kind of apron, so I don’t get soaked when I lift baby out of the bath. He looks very cute all wrapped up in it, plus £1 goes to WWF with each purchase.
I’ve got a BabyBjorn One which I love but while baby is still so small I’m using a Close Parent Caboo. It’s soft on baby’s skin, very comfortable to wear and allows me to get on with stuff while the baby sleeps.
A night feeds nightlight
I found this wireless lamp on Amazon and it’s brilliant. I can take it around with me when I’m doing night feeds and it’s dimmable so I can can keep the room as dark as possible. To charge it up I just plug in to my computer.
A decent place for baby to sleep
I recommend investing in a Chicco Next 2 Me crib
and a Sleepyhead.
If only I’d had these for my other children. Instead of having to haul myself out of bed every time baby cries at night, this time I simply lean over and lift him out of his crib. The Sleepyhead mattress fits into the crib to ensure he feels completely secure.
Some “me” time
I’ve had both reflexology and reiki since baby arrived. Even if you just sleep through them it’s incredible to have a few minutes of peace to help your body to heal