Our Favourite Newborn Buys.
I know baby buys are very personal and subjective but I thought I’d lay out what our best and favourite purchases for baby number two are so far, I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good list or appreciate a decent product recommendation?! It's what the internet is for! Feel free to ask me to elaborate about any of the products in the comments. As is all first time parents’ prerogative, we bought too much stuff on our first, things that rarely got used were: a cot (literally never got used, we haven’t tried it yet with #2!), tummy tub, cocoonababy (we got a month out of it on our first but I haven’t really bothered with it second time around), cellular blankets (depends on time of year but if your baby is small in summer you don’t really need many blankets), Bugaboo buggy (I still get mini bouts of rage thinking about how expensive this was and how much I disliked it, I sold it after 4 months of miserable buggy use), JPMBB wrap (it’s lovely but simply too heavy for summer, even an Irish summer) - so feel free to ask me about any of them too. All products are hyperlinked for your convenience! NB: this is not an ad nor do I have any affiliation with any of the companies/products listed, we bought everything ourselves! If any PR people are reading this though, 'tis well you're looking, *makes light-hearted and in no way desperate phone gesture with hand* call me!
Our best newborn buys:
Stretchy wrap. We would be lost without this, it is a magic baby settler. A nap is 100% guaranteed so far. I also do lots of dinners and bedtimes alone and the wrap is a godsend for freeing up my hands for dealing with all of that. Any stretchy cotton wrap will work though some are heavier material, Big T arrived in late April so I went for a lightweight one, from Joy and Joe.
Haakaa Breast Pump. If you watch my stories on Instagram you’ll know just how obsessed I am with the Haakaa, it’s so brilliant. I used a medela swing electric pump the last time, and while I got enough milk for nights away etc I found it both uncomfortable and really laborious. The Haakaa is NO work and I barely feel it, I just lash it on the other boob while feeding the little man and I usually yield about two ounces per feed, I try to do it twice a day and I’ve built up a lovely little freezer stash for when I’m ready to leave Big T for a night or even just a date soon. We got ours on Amazon. Tony Kealys and earthmother.ie also sell them if you prefer to buy from an Irish business, the prices vary pretty significantly.
Baby Jogger City Mini GT. Yes the name is a ridiculous mouthful, but I cannot say enough good about this buggy, it is fantastic, and when I spoke about its merits on Instagram stories a couple of months ago I got literally over a hundred messages from people agreeing hard, it truly is the best. It’s really compact and folds up and opens SO quickly and easily, a one handed job, brilliant when you’re wrangling smallies. It’s also just one piece, which I love, fits perfectly in the boot of our Qashqai while leaving room for the groceries or even a couple of suitcases for a road trip. It’s maneuvers brilliantly too, runs like a dream out and about and manages well on all kinds of surfaces. The canopy is really big too, so gives great shade for baba. We had a bugaboo travel system initially on my first and I hated it, it was awkward, cumbersome, and most importantly about goddamn THREE TIMES THE PRICE of the city mini. The city mini GT is also brilliant if you’re tall, I’m 5’11” and the height and adjustable handle are perfect for me. Can’t recommend it enough! We bought ours from Tralee Nursery, who were the best price I found at the time.
IKEA muslin cloths. Muslin cloths are a must for babies and my favourite are the IKEA ones, they’re fab: great quality, wash well, huge, all natural fabric (a personal preference) and inexpensive. If/when you’re in IKEA buying your other baby bits be sure to pick up a load of them.
Ruby and Ginger Mini Changing Bag. I personally dislike the specifically designed often bulky nappy bags so I use an Eastpak backpack to carry around all our kiddie paraphernalia. I picked up a Ruby and Ginger Mini Changing Bag in House of Fraser a couple of years ago and to say it doesn’t owe me a penny is an understatement. It’s brilliant and has all you need for nappy changing out and about: a nappy purse that fits approx 4 nappies, a wipes case and a travel changing mat. I often buy it as a baby gift it’s so handy. Unfortunately House of Fraser stopped stocking them but you can buy direct from their website here.
Baby Björn bouncer and toy. I love this bouncer, any bouncer will do the trick but I love the design and look of this one, they wear well with good resale potential and baba is so comfortable in there, he’ll often nap very peacefully in it. I debated whether or not to buy the attachment toy but I’m so glad I did, Big T is 9 weeks old now and he is fascinated by it, keeps him entertained for ages and great for his development. We got the bouncer as a gift but it was purchased on Amazon, as was the toy.
Mamas & Papas Essentials changing mattress. We have one of these in the bedroom and one downstairs. They’re dead handy for all the many many many nappy changes you will do with a newborn. I put it up on the kitchen table or the bed to do the changes (never leave baby unattended obvs folks!). Not much else to say about them really, they are what they are and I like them. This one is very cute and currently on sale for €13, bargain!!
That’s it for now. Big T is breastfed and we co-sleep. I know that not everyone can or does breastfeed and co-sleeping isn’t for everyone either, and that’s all totally cool, but because of those things we’re lucky that he just doesn’t need that much stuff. I’ll do another post like this again down the line as we move onto eating solids, teething, playing with more toys etc and the things I like to use at that stage!