My bambino is 24 weeks and in that time I have brought and tried out a lot of stuff and I have finally compiled my favourites.
Grobag Swadling Blanket
Some people don’t understand the need to buy specific swaddlers but after attempting to do it with an ordinary blanket and making a pigs ear out of it, and doing it in a matter of seconds with the Grobag Swaddling Blanket, I am very much a converted. It definitely helped to make my bambino more settled and I highly recommend one! Â£13.95 at Bump to 3
Brights and Stripes blanket
Mine is in blue and brown which they don’t seem to sell anymore but so many people have stopped me and asked me where I got it from, even when we were in the US!
From Purple Pink Red for Â£18
Cowboy Changing Mat
This is a cloth changing mat but it has a waterproof bit in the middle to prevent soakthrough. As a lover of the unusual, I love the vintage, nostalgic appearance and there’s nothing run of the mill about this!
From Mangobaby Â£12
Grobag Sleeping Bag
I can’t say enough about these sleeping bags but if you don’t own one, get one. My days of stressing about whether she’s warm enough or has kicked off the blankets are long gone.
I buy all of my basics from John Lewis – They are really good quality, 100% cotton, and wash really well. I know people who have gone for slightly cheaper and paid for it by having basics that lose their shape rapidly and look cheap to boot. I actually think that the basics are very good value at John Lewis where you get plain white packs of items such as sleepsuits at Â£12 for a pack of 5.
Baby Bjorn Active Carrier
Trust me when I say that I think its impossible not to feel the weight of your baby in these things after a while and the easiest time is when they’re little, but my bambino LOVES this carrier. I loved the closeness when she faced me and would fall asleep within moments but where it really came into its own is when she started to face out to the front. She’s a nosy parker and loves checking out everything. I like it because it’s quick and easy to use this when I want to go out locally or just nip out for a few minutes. RRP Â£72.50. From Bump Maternity Wear for Â£59.95 Look out for my forthcoming review.
I love this cute little thing and so does the bambino. It’s rechargable and low energy and wherever our baby stays, we bring this so we can give the room a familiar feel. When she’s old enough to walk herself to the toilet, she can carry it with her to guide herself. Â£23 from Lullabys
I have several products from this brand and I highly recommend them. We own a Baby Einstein Discovering Water Activity Mat, classical music CDs, teething books, and a very cool mirror book. Everything they make is so engaging and stimulating. Check out John Lewis for items
Early Learning Centre’s Busy Bugs Activity Bug
She absolutely loves this toy which I first saw another friends baby playing with. Known fondly as Mr Bee, she can often be seen stroking him when she’s sleeping in her pushchair and never fails to get enjoyment out of the colours, textures, and sounds. It also has a handy loop so that it can hang from the pushchair or bouncing chair bars. Fantastic value for money at Â£10.
I started out with a Tommee Tippee Nappy Wrapper and now own one of these and it’s fantastic as well as being kind to my wallet in the long run. Read my thoughts about it here…
Daniel Galvin Junior Haircare and Skincare Products
I was given these as a gift and love the smell and the fact that they’re organic and kind to your baby too. The only place I have seen them in is John Lewis/Waitrose
Â£3.49 – Buy online from Ocado
Green Baby Nappy Balm
I recently reviewed this and I think the fact that I have 6 jars of this upstairs goes to show how much I love this organic nappy balm which smells fabulous in a “i made this with my bare hands and it’s still fabulous” kind of way and I have also started using their Cradle Cap oil and the Green Baby Shampoo and Bodywash. Check out Greenbaby for more info