One of the things Ive been meaning to do for some time is to write a post telling new mums or mums to be, what I consider to be the top ten items for baby wrangling. Now, my baby is over one (just) I feel that I can speak with some authority, so here goes:
1) Muslin cloths; I still use tons of these, they have saved me a fortune in kitchen roll. They have many many more uses than just wiping up sick and milk. They can act as something for baby to lie on, a comforter, a duster, they can mop up household spillages, I could go on an on…
This really comes into its own once your baby can hold his head up. This time also corresponds with a major personal desire to go shopping. Unhindered by a pushchair, the shops will literally be at your feet. Alternatively its also very good for long walks on the beach.
3) Chocolate; You will need a never ending supply, if you see it on offer, bulk buy!
4) Baby Bath; Lots of people don’t like this, but it has been a godsend to us. Our boy is still using it and it saves a lot of water.
5) large shopping bag; I have no end of baby change bags, but the best bag Ive got and use the most is a large shopper that I got free with a magazine. There are no fiddly zips or pockets, its big but reasonably stylish and its easy to find anything. And more importantly find it quickly. With a wriggly baby you don’t want to get up and go, with a shopper, you can chuck everything in and go.
6) Maclaren Pushchair; If I had realised I would have bought the Techno XT which can be used from birth, thus avoiding my stock pile of pushchairs and having an ultimately practical (reasonably priced) pushchair.
7) Dummy; We got rid of ours just before the little fella was weaned but it really helped to comfort him.
8) Tea tree oil; There will be lots of baths post baby and you cant usually use bubble bath because of stitches, this is healing, smells reasonable and is natural. You will feel virtuous and it can also be used to disinfect the nappy bin. A few drops will kill any noxious smells.
9) Baby sleeping bags; The best invention for night-times, you know that they can’t suffocate, they are warm and when they start moving about the cot they are a little bit restricted.
10) Antibacterial wipes; I find these absolutely essential for when I’m out and about. Often highchairs and baby equipment at places like the doctors can be pretty filthy. Whip out a wipe- ignore the looks and you can be safe in the knowledge that you wont find yourself with a tummy bug the following week!