5 Baby things I can’t live without in my Nursery is a guest post is a by Erika Atwill from Ever-changing Life of a Mum.
Setting up your baby’s nursery can often feel overwhelming.
With so many baby products on the market these days, it can be really confusing to work out what you really need, especially if you’re a first time parent.
After three children I have developed a few favourites … some of which I surprisingly only discovered recently. Of course, there’s the essentials like the cot, pram, car seat, nappies, baby clothes and so on. But here are a few other items I have found really helpful that you might like to consider.
1. Cloth wipes – I bought a set of Cheeky Wipes when my third baby girl was born more than 18 months ago and they have quickly become one of my favourite items in the nursery, as well as the kitchen. I so wish I knew about these with my first child as I would have saved an absolute fortune on baby wipes over all these years!
I have both the bottom wipes and face and hand wipes kits. They clean really well and wash well too, which is just as good. I love that they use essential oils to keep the wipes smelling fresh before using them on baby or popping them in the washing machine.
Recently, when I went on a family holiday I had to use regular baby wipes during nappy changes and it really made me realise just how much I love cloth wipes. You could easily make your own, but I really love these kits and after 18 months of solid use they are still going strong.
2. Night light – Can you believe it took me 11 years to find type of night light I was after? After more than a decade of searching, I finally found a night light that gives a nice soft warm light to comfort baby while she slept, but wasn’t too bright to affect her sleep.
I only purchased this might light about a month ago, but I’m totally in love with the Aloka night light. It comes in all sorts of designed for boys and girls but I went for the toadstool design. While it has multicolour function, I tend to set it on the orange light. The best thing is that it has a night time function that dims the light right down so it’s perfect for sleep. I can see the light will also be able to grow with my child as the light can also be made bright enough to read by on its highest setting, so will work perfectly as a bedside lamp in years to come.
3. High chair – Forget high chairs with all the bells and whistles, soft padding and so on. Trust me when I say it’s better to go with a simple plastic high chair with a five-point harness that can easily be wiped clean ready for next time. No nooks for food to fall into and fester, and nice and compact to keep in the kitchen or dining area of your home. Personally, I have the Childcare Fizz high chair which I picked up on sale at Target before my youngest daughter was born, but I have also heard really good things about the IKEA Antilop high chair.
4. Homemade bibs – I totally believe you can never have too many bibs, especially when your baby starts on solids. The bigger the better too! Not satisfied with the bibs I was finding in the shops – most were too small, did up with velcro which lost their grip after a few washes or were pop-over and difficult to get on and off – I decided to put my novice sewing skills to the test and make some of my own.
It took a few goes to get it right, but in the end I used a pop-over bib that I liked the size and the shape of to create a template for a bib made with cotton fabric on the front, soft minky lining on the back and fastened with plastic snaps to make it a cinch to get on and off bubs. I’ve only made several for my daughter, as well as a few gifts for friends expecting babies, but every time I use them I tell myself I need to make more because they are by far my favourite. Stay tuned for a blog post!
5. Baby bath – With all three of my girls I have used a basic flat bottomed baby bath. Nothing fancy and definitely no moulded seat for a newborn baby to sit. That way you can continue to use the bath when the child is sitting on his or her own. My daughter is over 18 months and she still had her baths in her baby bath, I just place it inside the larger bath and fill it up. I did the same with all three of my girls – it’s so much quicker to fill, saves water and still provides more than enough room for some bath time splashing and fun.
It seems that while younger children have to slot into existing family life, they also gain so much more from the lessons, knowledge and wisdom learned from having their older siblings.
I could go on but this post forms part of a #MyFiveThings series so I’ll leave it there and hope this helps when pulling together much needed things for your nursery as you prepare for the arrival of your little one.
About Erika and her blog Ever-changing Life of a Mum
Erika is a Melbourne-based freelance writer, blogger and editor. She is a mum of three children and recently made a major decision to leave work to spend more time with her family. She shares her personal and parenting journey towards a simpler, less stressful lifestyle for her and her family through her blog EverchangingLifeofaMum.com.au.
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