There are a lot of baby products out there on the market. Some of them are all hype and no substance. We asked our antenatal team of professionals which products they highly recommend as professionals and parents.
Recommended Products for new parents
Lansinoh breast pads
These disposable nursing pads from Lansinoh are super thin and very absorbent. They also remain in the same shape when wet, making these pads very discreet under clothing.
Decent nursing tops
Nursing tops work really well when breastfeeding and are discreet. There are a number of brands out there, but we recommend Mamaway, Seraphine and Breastvest.
Breast gel packs (can go in freezer)
Breast gel packs can help with breastfeeding challenges such as engorgement and mastitis. These pads can be cooled or warmed, depending on your needs, and then placed inside your bra.
Arm’s reach co-sleeper
The Arm's Reach co-sleeper is a drop-side baby cot that attaches to your bed and adjusts to different bed heights. It's the safest way to co -sleep with your baby. It's worth spending the extra getting the larger cot as it will last much longer.
Recommended products for babies
This hooded baby garment ties at the front and lets you lift and lay your baby in and out of car seats, prams and pushchairs without waking them. Snugglebundl is also great for wrapping and lifting a baby after having a c section and you can use it as a swaddle too.
The Sleepyhead is a cosy nest that's portable and offers a secure boundary to stop startle movements waking up your baby.
With this lightweight baby sling you can carry your baby on your front, hip or with them lying down. It easy to carry around with you and can be used as a breastfeeding cover too.
Amby nature's nest baby hammock
This hammock is ideal if you have a colicky baby or if they suffer from reflux. It maintains a neutral spine position and supposed to mimics the comfort of the womb.
John Lewis muslin squares
These are a must and will be a constant companion for the next few months. They're useful for protecting your clothes from baby drool and mopping up after a possetting baby.
Baby bouncer chair
There are a lot of baby bouncers to choose from; some bouncers come with toys attached, a rocking or vibration motion, or music. When considering which one to buy, think about what is likely to preserve your baby’s interest. Regular nappers and very young babies will enjoy a swinging/vibrating motion whereas active babies will benefit more from hanging toy bars, bright colours and musical sounds.
Many babies fall asleep better listening to white noise as this sound closely emulates the noisy sounds your baby would have heard in the womb. The cheapest and easiest thing to do is use a white noise app (for babies) on your phone.
Lambskin has temperature-regulating properties to keep babies warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Research reported in The Lancet found that it also has a soothing, swaddling effect that can result in better sleep, reduced stress and improved weight gain. They double as playmats and then small rugs once your baby has outgrown theirs for lying on.
Bumbo baby chair
The Bumbo Floor seat was designed to seat young babies who can’t sit up by themselves yet. As soon as your baby can support their own head you can seat them in the Bumbo Floor Seat. The seat has many technical design features that support the baby's posture allowing them to interact with their surroundings.
Newborn babies' skin is 5 times thinner than adults, and in the early days parents need to change their baby's nappy up to 10 times a day. Water wipes are great for nappy rash and other sensitive skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis because they don't irritate the skin.