Hi my loves, it’s time for Mummy Monday again. I cannot believe we just passed the six-month mark for baby Charles and he’s growing at the speed of light — 8.9kg heavy and 72cm tall.
I thought of coming up with a list of baby products that I found really useful thus far. You don’t know if something will work till you try it and these have become essentials for Charles. A lot of them were gifts from our lovely friends and family who knew better than us newbie parents.
Bumbo seat + tray is our way of sitting up our bub and feeling him his solids every morning. We also put him in this seat if we are eating at the dining table because he doesn’t like being alone in his play pen. The tray is definitely useful for holding toys and keeping him securely seated. We also bought the version with the safety belt (not intentionally) and it does give us a peace of mind because Charles has learned to lunge out of the seat.
Baby books are such interesting toys, especially if there are toys stuck onto them to pluck them out and suck on. He enjoys all types of cloth books and zeros in on the tags attached to them.
This organic rice trumpet toy makes noise when you suck or blow on it. The handles keeps Charles’ hands busy and he can spend ages grabbing and sucking on this thing.
Love To Dream sleeping bags are such an integral part of Charles’ sleep routine and keeps his busy hands well-secured during nap time. We tried using traditional swaddles but he always manages to undo them and the swaddle would end up over his face which used to scare me as it’s a suffocating hazard. They come in such cute designs and colours, too!
The Jolly Jumper was introduced to us by friends whose baby girl loves jumping. Charles had a go on this in their house and he squealed with joy as he bounced. It’s well worth the investment because it’s a great solution for when he’s sick of being on his back or sitting up. It also gets his heart racing which then always results in a nice long nap.
This hot water canister is an essential for us when we go out. I pour hot and cold water into this to get the right temperature so I can just mix up a bottle of formula on the spot and give it to Charles straight away.
License to drool is a plastic toy with groves and bright colours that gives Charles hours of fun licking, sucking, throwing, banging and staring. He has so many toys but this is definitely one of his favourites.
Philip Avent pacifiers are BPA-free and seriously cute. I think he prefers the more rounded shape of these pacifiers, compared to pointy types.
Clean Well travel hand sanitizing spray and sanitizing wipes are a must after changing diapers and I’m not near a tap. The wipes are good for cleaning toys that are dirty. This brand has a non-alcohol formula which is less harsh than conventional ones.
Aden + Anais swaddles are so commonplace and popular because they are such great multi-taskers. We used to swaddle Charles in them when he was a newborn but our little Houdini would always escape them as mentioned above — but I use these as a makeshift pillow when breastfeeding or napping the bub; it acts as a way to shade Charles in the stroller if it’s too bright; it can be a light blanket or a change mat if you are in a pinch and have forgotten to bring one. It even cleans small messes if you are out of burp cloths.
Lamaze butterfly toy has crinkly wings, bright colours, black & white stripes and dots, and a plastic medal that looks hideous to adults but absolutely fun and intriguing to babies. Charles tends to zoom in on this toy in his jungle gym, compared to the other prettier looking stuffed animals. I think the busier it looks, the better for babies.
Do you have any recommendations for very young babies between 0-6 months? Please share your experiences!