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!
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, Mothercare, Mamas and Papas
What did you find invaluable in the early days?