Like many other mums, as soon as I found out I was pregnant, my natural instinct was to shop and get taken in by the latest gadgets and gizmos. There are so many so-called ‘must-have’ items on the market that it’s really hard to distinguish what you genuinely do need. I’m a complete sucker for a gimmick, and someone with a fun personality could pretty much sell me some air in a jar and tell me it will make me look younger and I’m sold!
Expectant and new mammas; here’s a guide to a couple of things you definitely don’t need to waste your money on…
A Dragons Den success, it’s a blanket which turns into a bag that you can transport your baby in!
I remember buying this at a baby show and being so excited that I’d found something really useful. I told my mum friends about my purchase and how it would help me get Axel to/from the car- they really laughed! As much as I wanted to prove them wrong unfortunately it turns out you really don’t need a bag to carry your baby in.
I didn’t really know if I was going to bottle or breastfeed, so I wanted to make sure I was prepared for both. I ended up buying four different types of bottle (HUGE FAIL!), an electric breast pump, breast milk storage bags, nipple cream, nipple guards, breast pads, breast soothing microwavable pouches….and the list goes on! Basically, my one piece of advice would be, it’s best to just buy the absolute essentials for the first few days and then work out what you need after that.
I only breastfed for a couple of weeks (a story for another day) so all the paraphernalia ended up going to waste and now I just use one type of bottle- Dr Browns!
One of the most common baby clothing problems is socks falling off, everyone tells you how many pairs of socks you’ll lose so when I came across these I thought I’d solved it. Wrong, these little white elastics go over the top of your baby’s socks making them look like they’re wearing an ankle support- not a good look for a newborn!
Bedtime baby lotion, organic coconut shampoo, soothing bubble bath there are so many pampering products for babies out there. You could end up giving your little one a skin routine to rival even the most high maintenance adult. I bought the lot and it turns out Axel has really sensitive skin and now all I use is water and coconut oil. Again, just wait and see what their skin is like before investing.
The Babocush –
I spent £109 on this because I panicked in the first three weeks after Luna was born, thinking she had silent reflux. She didn’t, she was just crying a bit. This is great if your kid is suffering from colic or reflux as it’s a safe way for your baby to sleep on their front without you worrying. We used it once and then I realised she would just sleep on her front on the sofa with me sitting right next to her…Dammit!
Nappy Bins –
I just don’t understand why I thought it was a good idea to buy a nappy bin, when basically I was just putting dirty nappies in a bin in the bedroom, and then having to move those dirty nappies to a bin in the kitchen. I was awful with it and just kept ramming nappies into my nappy bin until it was so full, then I’d leave them for a while…then you can guess what happened! You are much better off buying some nice eco nappy bags (Kit and Kin do some great ones www.kitandkin.com) and just putting them in ONE bin the house!
A Moses Basket –
I got ours from Mothercare and spent £90 on this stunning white basket which looked so beautiful, I could have curled up to sleep in it…Luna however didn’t spend one night in hers and instead we ended up using it as a laundry basket! She was a sleepyhead fan and spent the first 8 months of her life sleeping in that.
New Born Dresses –
Yes they look pretty but you soon realise that they are the most impractical things out there. Baby grows for the first 6 months are the only items of clothing you need! When you’re stripping them off on the loo floor of a restaurant because they’ve done one of those up the back poos…an annoying, fiddly dress with buttons will frustrate you more than you ever knew possible!
A Breast feeding chair –
I became obsessed with trying to get a chair to go in Luna’s nursery that would specifically be used for me to breastfeed sitting in. I had these visions of us having these wonder moments in the middle of the night from this beautifully upholstered arm chair, when in reality I was so shattered I just used to pull her into our bed and breastfeed with one eye open until we both fell asleep. I so wish I’d saved the money!Zoe xx