So here we are, 3 months in and things seem to be going really well (touch wood). Dexter has become such little character and every day he amazes me with his cheeky ways. Everyone who meets him says he super aware. I also like to use the word ‘crazy’. He’s an actual live wire sometimes and although we’ve had some tough times, I wouldn’t change his personality for the world.
Being a new mum is so much harder than I ever expected but with the help of some of these products, things have become a lot easier.
Next 2 me crib
Originally we planned to use a Moses basket next to our bed as that’s what people had suggested and it seemed like a good option. But as I said in this post, Dexter had some mucus for the first week and he couldn’t really lie flat. I got fed up of worrying about him choking so we went out and bought the co sleeper which can be raised at one end. And his sleepyhead fits inside it so he’s all snug and close to us in the night.
What I love most about the Sleepyhead is that Dexter can pretty much sleep anywhere in it because to him it’s all the same. He can be in any room or in someone else’s house, but as long as he’s in the sleepyhead he will feel safe and snug like he does in his room or when he’s next to our bed. This one will last him till he’s 8 months old but even once he’s outgrown it, I’m going to buy the bigger one because I love the thought of him being super cosy. The grande sleepyhead prevents older babies from rolling over in their sleep and waking themselves up, which means more sleep for me and I’m all about that life tbh.
I didn’t really have much of a birth plan except that I knew I wanted it to be as dark as possible in the room. So I planned to take some electric candles in with me and by coincidence Rich’s dad got us some for Christmas. They have been so useful since we had Dexter and we use them every night either in his room or in ours so we don’t have to use big bright lights when we are feeding at night. They are particularly useful during the dream feed at 10pm and the ones we have change colour so you can choose a colour light that won’t wake your baby, such as red. We go through batteries like there’s no tomorrow but I wouldn’t be without them.
I had big plans before dexter was born that I would swaddle him but it turns out he’s not so keen on having his arms pinned down by his side. The lovely Amy from Amy Jane & Baby offered to send me her swaddle up that she had on her little one so I gave it a go and I really liked it. And Dexter did too obviously and as he’s grown we’ve bought him a bigger one. When he’s fighting sleep he wakes himself up with his arms so this is perfect for helping with those crazy arm reflexes. We got ours from Amazon but Mamas & Papas do this similar one.
This is a recent purchase but I love it. Dexter has now started napping in his room and also spends half the night in there too so I wanted a monitor that I could see him on. I turn the sound off at night as I can hear him in the next room anyway and it means I get a better nights sleep. This is the Motorola one and you can also talk through it so when he’s older and is being naughty in his room, I will be able to see him and then tell him through the monitor to go to sleep! 🙂
ACTUAL LIFE SAVER. From day one we started playing white noise to Dexter and he now goes to sleep with it playing in his room. The funny thing is, it actually helps me sleep too. Before I had a baby I couldn’t sleep with any sound or light in the room but when you’re a new mum you’re so knackered, it really doesn’t matter. And now, even if I’m sleeping in the spare room alone (yes Rich encourages me to do this, probably because I’m an actual monster when I’m sleep deprived) I play the white noise app. I find it extremely therapeutic and easy to fall asleep to.
Friends of mine swore by the Dr Brown bottles so naturally I went out and bought a load. At my baby shower a friend bought us some Mam ones which I hadn’t heard of so was reluctant to try them. But as you know, you can never have too many bottles so we started using them and found Dexter preferred them. He seemed to be extra fussy on the Dr Brown teats and even though it bothered Rich more than me, we decided to sack them off and go get some more Mam ones.
Two friends recommended the tommee tippee prep machine to us before Dexter was born and swore it was a time saver. When I mentioned this to a few of my other friends, they seemed to have mixed opinions. One friend had seen this machine on watch dog and said it was potentially unsafe but when I looked into it, I read that this was because people hadn’t used the right filters for the machine or they hadn’t changed the filter frequently enough. I personally think it’s been one of the best purchases so far and we’ve just recently changed the filter as the machine lets you know when it needs doing. Because of the way the machine works, I use the same method when making bottles whilst we are out. For example, for a 6oz bottle, the machine will give you 2oz of boiling water followed by 4oz of cooled water. So if I’m out and about, I fill Dexter’s bottles with 4 ounces of cooled water and take a flask of boiling water to fill the rest. This means we never have to heat up or cool down a bottle as the temperature is perfect. We got ours from John Lewis because it was actually cheaper than in Asda, which I was really shocked about.
So that’s it– 8 of our most useful purchases so far and I’m sure the older Dexter gets I will have plenty more to add to this list. What things have you found helpful as new mums? Leave a comment below.
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