So it has been a while since I have posted anything so I thought I’d do a catch up while summing up my best and worst baby buys. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert at raising children but I have so far had 9 months experience and we have spent a lot of money on this little one! Not only would it be good to remember for next time, but also maybe it might help other first time parents!
1. Chicco Next2Me Crib
This is by far the best item we bought for Robyn. Not only is it modern looking and practical, it is very spacious, adjustable and cosy. I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want a moses basket as I wanted to co-sleep safely, and this was the best co-sleeper I could find. You can have it free-standing, or with the side down attached to your side of the bed. We had it attached to the bed from day one and it was a life saver. When Robyn would wake in the night for feeds, I could just slide her back into her bed when she fell asleep, just one thing that made the sleep deprivation bearable! It is suitable for your baby to use until they turn 6 months, unfortunately we had to move Robyn into her big bed when she was 5 months old, as she was rolling all over the place and getting stuck on the sides!
My amazing view for 5 months!
In at number two is the wonderful Perfect Prep machine this was a godsend! Since breastfeeding didn’t work out and Robyn went 0-100 in seconds when she was hungry, waiting for a bottle to be ready was just torture. Robyn has never slipped into a routine and its only recently that we can predict when she’ll have a bottle! To have a bottle ready in 2 minutes just makes life with a newborn a little bit easier, especially when she was suffering with reflux and was crying most of the time any how!
- Quinny Buzz Xtra
I made the mistake of buying my first pram for its value for money rather than quality of product. More about that in my worse buys! The Quinny Buzz is a gorgeous pram, with a cosy structured seat, easy fold and unfold. lovely to push and easy to control on the bus. We do have to take the back wheels of to fit it in the boot of our new car, but its no trouble and its not actually that much wider that the back wheels of the other pram (half a centimetre, I checked!).
- Nursery Furniture
Despite wasting money on the pram, I did manage to save money on other things and that includes all of the nursery furniture. With exception of the cot bed, I bought non nursery furniture for Robyn, and I love it all! The wardrobe and chest of drawers are from Argos and the chair is from Ikea. I also got a bargain with Robyn’s cot bed. I didn’t buy it until she was 4 months old, as she was going to be sleeping in our room I didn’t see the point of buying one earlier, and I’m glad I waited as I got the style I wanted for under £200 with mattress included. The cot turns into a toddler bed and sofa so technically it should last a few years and then some! I also managed to build most of these while heavily pregnant..
Sleigh Cot Bed £169.95 Online4Baby (Disclaimer: I did remove toys from the cot after sneakily taking pics!)
- Fisher Price Jumperoo
We bought the jumperoo when Robyn was around 4 months, she had excellent head control but she had to have a cushion under her feet and behind her! Although you’re not really meant to use the jumperoo until baby is 6 months old, Robyn loved being on her feet and she only used it for a few minutes at a time. She absolutely loved it. However now that she is mobile she isn’t as fond of it, but it is such a great toy, we’ve packed it up to store it away for future babies!
- Play Pen and Stair Gate.
Since Robyn started crawling (5 and a half months!!) she gets in everything. As soon as she was off she started to sit up by herself and pull herself up to stand up on everything including the sofa, foot rest and TV stand! We soon bought the stair gate and thank goodness they sell pressure fit ones! As we rent our house I really didn’t want to put holes in the walls and wood work. Next we ordered a play pen, I didn’t want one at first but we found quite a big one that can also be used as a room divider. It is better used as a play pen when she has a friend to share it with, but when she is on her own she soon realises she is! So we mostly use it as a divide so that she can crawl about safely.
Stair Gate £15 with £8.99 extension both Argos
Naughty sausage standing by the TV!
Best picture of the Play Pen with Robyn and her best friend Oscar £44.99 eBay Cheeky monkeys!
7. Convenient storage
One of the things we wanted to do was to make sure that our house didn’t become too messy with a whirlwind child, we’ve so far succeeded and it is all because of smart storage when it comes to nappies/wipes and toys. I had the idea before Robyn was born to have a changing station both upstairs in her nursery, and downstairs in the living room. We bought an Ottoman from Dun Elm (£20) for the living room to store all of the nappy changing supplies, and a fabric basket with handles to store all of her toys, from eBay (£17.99) During the day the living room is a baby proofed, toy explosion, and at night it is back to normal so we can relax together and watch a film. It only takes a couple of minutes to transform a messy room into a relaxing space to wind down in.
8. Sleepsuits and sleeping bags
Seriously, you cannot have enough sleep suits, especially for newborns. They are comfy and convenient, especially during the night time poosplosions! And sleeping bags are safer and easier to use than blankets, now Robyn isn’t a newborn any more I do put a little blanket over her during naps, as she is a hot bod and a sleeping bag would be too hot for her at the moment.
Argh, totally miss the exhausting newborn stage!
9. Sophie la Girafe
This is definitely the best teething toy around. Robyn loves it, she chews it to death while she is in her pram, in the car, in her high chair. I totally get the hype now!
Having a good ol’ chew!
10. Memory foam mattress topper.
Last but not least is the amazing mattress topper I bought for Robyn’s cot, it has saved our lives! Since having this cheap bit of foam Robyn has been sleeping through the night! We will have the odd night where she does wake up, usually when she is teething, but that is to be expected. We can finally catch up on months of broken sleep! eBay, I love you!
Coming soon is my Top Ten Worst Baby Buys!