Lately I’ve found myself thinking a lot about Rei Baby’s first year. There have been many ups and a few downs (those first 4-5 weeks were some serious kind of fresh hell) and along the way we’ve come to rely on a few baby products, designed to make our lives easier.
So I thought I’d share my Top 5 Baby Products with you.
Top 5 Baby Products
1. Nuk Dummies
Although I wasn’t keen on using a dummy, Rei baby was pretty keen on using my nipple 24/7. For my own sanity, we insisted she get off the boob and start using a dummy for their intended purpose – to pacify. It wasn’t easy finding a dummy she would take though, but at about the 4 week old mark we were recommended Nuk Dummies and never looked back. $11.95 for a pack of two.
2. Large Bibs
We were lucky enough to recieve a large bib as a baby shower gift. Initially I thought it was a bit ridiculous, but once Rei Baby moved to solid foods all I wanted was a large bib. Those small bibs may look cute and be economical, but they don’t do much in the way of protection when you are trying to keep a self feeding baby clean. I love the range of bibs from Cotton On Australia. $15.00 for a pack of two.
I love this high chair! Not only is it economical, but boy is it easy to clean! A friend of mine has a very fancy high chair, but wowser do all the scraps of food have lots of places to hide. Not with the IKEA Antilop chair, you just wipe it down and you’re good to go. We bought Rei Baby’s when she was about 6 months old, with the inflatable insert cushion this was the perfect size. From $24.99.
I’ll be honest. Before Rei Baby was born I thought this was pretty much just a gimmick exploiting gullible parents. When Rei Baby was born, we were both unprepared for the constant fear that something would happen to her, and as a result we kept her in a bassinet by our side until she was almost 7 months old. Or was it 8? So when it was time for her to move into her own room, we needed a safety net. Now I can get so much done and sleep better at night knowing that her breathing is being monitored and we will be alerted if it stops. Approximately $339.00.
I actually found it quite stressful buying Rei Baby’s pram. I talked to so many people, tried lots of prams in store and must have read upwards of 1000 reviews on different prams. I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money, but I also wanted something that was versatile and easy to use. We eventually settled on the Baby Jogger City Mini GT and I’m so glad we did! It is a dream to push and manoeuvres through the tightest of spaces. It’s also big enough to cater for Rei Baby as she grows. Although we ended up going over budget, I don’t regret the extra money we spent on buying such a great pram. $699.00.
Moving forward into the next year, I’m sure we’ll discover some new items that become essential to our everyday lives. What are your best recommendations?