Newborn Essentials

When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, I think it’s really easy to get completely caught up in a shopping.  Everyone is full of advice of the things you need and you can easily think things are essential and then end up never using them.  My best advice is:  don’t buy anything but the bare essentials till baby is here and you know what you really need. 

The things we’ve found really useful this time have included:Snugglebundl – This genius invention has been worth it’s weight in gold for us.  It’s particularly fantastic post c section – I was able to get Amy in and out of her hospital crib without doing more than sitting up – I didn’t have to twist, get out of bed or call a midwife to help.  I honestly can’t recommend this highly enough if you’re going to have a section and genuinely think that hospitals should have a stock of them ready to lend to section mummies during their stay in hospital.

Lansinoh – I don’t care what the official advice is (something about expressing a bit of milk onto your cracked nipples and leaving them to air dry . . . pah)  I’ve breastfed three babies and Lansinoh is a life saver in the early days. It only takes one feed to be poorly latched and you can end up with a really sore nipple.  I’ve always said that breastfeeding is a bit like wearing in a new pair of shoes – your nipples aren’t used to it, the may well end up cracked and bleeding – Lansinoh is like pure magic when it comes to healing that.  (I’ve also discovered it’s great on a sore nose if you’ve had a cold!)

Poddle Pod – This was a new one for us and Amy loves it.  We use the Poddle Pod downstairs on the sofa for her to sleep on during the day and she always looks so comfy.  Chloe likes to have a little lie on it as well! I like that Amy has somewhere safe to lie and sleep!

Decent Nursing Bras – If you’re going to breast feed it’s really worthwhile getting yourself a few decent bras – bear in mind that you will need to have at least one on and one in the wash – you will probably leak, you will almost certainly be vomited on and you will likely need to sleep in a bra (I have to wear pads at night and also sleep on a towel to cope with leaking!)  Check out these lovely bras that I’ve reviewed: Bravado Essential Embrace Nursing Bra and Amoralia Nursing Lingerie

Muslins – You will need loads of muslins and they serve so many purposes, the main one being moping up baby sick or protecting your clothes from it!  (Check out Faye and Lou Cozios)Lots of sleepsuits & vests! – I’ve always had a bit of a “sleepsuits only” rule till at least 3 months.  They’re the easiest thing to dress baby in and wash easily (this is always a winner if there’s a poo / puke situation!)  I also think babies just look really cute in sleepsuits!  Some of our favourites have been from The Essential One, MothercareMamas and Papas

What did you find invaluable in the early days?


  1. katefever
    December 5, 2013 / 11:19 am

    I agree with all of the above – Lansinoh is MAGIC stuff, and the Poddlepod was a lifesaver in the early days. I love sleepsuits on little ones too, Max is 7 months and still wears sleepsuits more than he wears clothes lol

  2. December 6, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    There is so much more that I would have if I had another one. I must admit that sleepsuits where mostly worn with us unless we were going out. You get given so much stuff that they never get around to wearing.

  3. Morgana @ butwhymummywhy
    December 6, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    This is a great list. I agree with you about Lansinoh, that stuff is amazing!

  4. December 6, 2013 / 7:01 pm

    the snugglebundle is new to me.. sounds great though!

    • December 6, 2013 / 8:00 pm

      It really is wonderful – such a simple idea

  5. December 6, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    These are great tips – I absolutely agree about sleepsuits and vests – you can't have enough! x

  6. December 8, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Great post, I love the snugglebundl. Lifting a newborn out of the hospital cot after a section isn't the easiest thing in the world. This would have made things so much easier! x

    • December 9, 2013 / 5:44 pm

      It really is fantastic – you don't have to twist etc.

  7. December 10, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Oh yes completely agree with this. You could spend a small fortune on things for a baby that you don't actually need! The poddle pod looks sooooooo comfy. Do they come in adult sizes?!

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