Monday, 22 May 2017

Pregnancy Bucket List

I have talked already about how this will be my last pregnancy and I really don't want it to end, although I want my baby to cuddle! When I was pregnant with Fred I was like a rabbit in the headlights, afterwards I felt like I hadn't cherished it enough, or done enough to remember what a magical time it was. This time around I have really embraced and enjoyed it. Even during the tough times I have still relished being pregnant. I have said before how I feel like I want to do something to remember this forever how it feels to have a little life wriggling inside me. Although I don't want more than two children I know one day I will yearn to be pregnant again, so to help me when that time comes I have written a pregnancy bucket list, so I can hold my baby in my arms knowing I made the absolute most of my last pregnancy. 

1. Write 2 week pregnancy updates and take weekly bump photos 
If you follow me on Instagram and here on the blog you will know I've pretty much kept up with this already and I am so pleased with what I've captured. It's not always been possible to get the perfect weekly bump shot but I've pretty much got one for every 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

10 Newborn 'Must Haves' Under £50


I have always loved reading these kind of posts and I have always loved seeing what other parents rate on the baby product front.  When I had Freddie I  read tons of blogs seeing what the must have baby products were and to be honest the recommendations did not let me down and I never felt like I had bought things that were a waste or I didn't need. So I have written a list of my top baby favourites under £50! I also have another post with my top higher ticket items.  Now I know 'must haves' will always get people saying "well you don't need those things, babies used to have a drawer and a blanket and were fine" and of course you don't need all these things for your baby but if you do have money to spend on your new arrival these are the top ten items under £50 that I couldn't live without.

1. Milton Dummy Steriliser 
The cheapest of my baby must have items at only £5, I loved this milton dummy steriliser when I had Freddie.  If your baby has a dummy, you will begin many month of picking dummies off the floor! This portable dummy steriliser is brilliant. I always set it up in the morning as part of my packing the bag routine and attached it with the handy velcro strap.  I would keep the dummy inside whilst not in use and if you need to sterilise on the go, you just pop it in, twist it and voila.

2. The Gro Company Gro Egg Room Thermometer 
This product appears on pretty much every baby must have list. I loved this with Freddie, especially as our flat gets very hot and very cold it was invaluale to have a product that could accurately tell me the room tempurature.  It glows blue, yellow, orange and red to which means you can quickly identify whether the tempurature is ok without having to actually check the screen.  They are also a pretty handy nightlight! You can pick one up on Amazon for £13/£14 so a pretty good price too. Definitely an item I wouldn't be without. 

3. Whispbear The Fluffy Humming Bear
Ok so I'm not going to tell Mr P how much I spent on this but I have seen rave reviews about this product everywhere recently! For Freddie we had a Ewan the dream sheep, which was invaluable but he hasn't lasted for this baby and he had his downsides. However the Whispbear has magnetic legs so you can attach to the side of the crib without worrying it will fall onto baby, it also has a sensor so when it hears baby crying it fades in a humming/shhhing sounds for 40 minutes and then a further 20 minutes if it detects further sounds. No need to turn on and off, as soon as it hears baby, it's on it! With this being baby number 2, I won't be able to always rush straight to baby if I'm sorting Fred out so I think this is going to be super helpful and we were a big fan of white noise etc last time. At £39.99 it is expensive but not much more than Ewan and my only expensive luxury item I think. 

 
4. Cot top changer 
This one is a practical item and I know not everyone sees the interest of having one. I had a changing table with Freddie and I found it invaluable, it was one of my favourite baby items. This time with baby and F sharing a room, there is no room for one, until I discovered this cot top changed from Toys are us for only £24.99! It is bigger than I thought and does stick out a bit from baby's cot as she has a standard cot not a cot bed, but I know it will be worth it. Being able to change baby without clambering on the floor when i may have had another c section, and also being able to change baby out the way of her cheeky big brother is going to be so helpful. I have all the nappies etc in baskets right beside the cot, organisation and simplicity is the key to an easier life with a baby! 

5. Feeding pillow
Despite breastfeeding not working out last time I still loved my pillow. It was so helpful after my c section to take the pressure of my tummy. It's also great for smaller guests to cuddle baby on, I know Freddie will be able to cuddle baby girl properly using this. And I plan to breastfeed again so it will mostly be super useful for feeding. I LOVE this floral print one I found on Amazon for only £20 and it has removable foam so you can make it as firm or soft as you like. It's lovely quality and I just love it even more because it's floral! 
 
6. Shnuggle Cosy Bath Tub
I know not everyone uses a baby bath, but annoyingly our bath lets heat out so quickly it's impossible to get the bath temp right for a baby. I loved our baby bath last time, and enjoyed using it in the lounge with the lights turned down of an evening followed by lovely massage etc. Problem was even the baby bath you needed to hold baby with one arm and use a support. With this bath it's a different shape and has  bottom rest to stop baby sliding down and a soft back rest so baby is comfortable, giving you two hands to wash those tiny bods. I can definitely see why it's won lots of awards! It's a much better size for storing too, and definitely safer than baby being in with F, who  seems to think he is Shamu at every bath time! If your an Amazon prime customer you can get the bath in pink for only £19.99 too! 
 
7. Muslins
Are you even a parent if your don't LOVE muslins? Is there anything you can't use muslins for?! They are definitely my number 1 must have item! Freddie's have become his comforters and he has a drawer next to his bed of about 50 haha so I'm sure he will be pinching baby girls! this time I have also got some extra large muslins for swaddling, perfect for a summer baby. I have picked up some gorgeous prints from Matalan and Asda and the XL swaddling organic cotton muslin for LuLuJo Baby that is so so soft and light. You can pick up packs of 3 for £4 in Asda and primark too so they are a bargain too! 

8. Bath thermometer 
For some reason I didn't buy a digital one last time I had one of those ones that like plastic and the temperature shows on a black strip (90s style I know!) problem is by the time you lift it out the water the temp had gone, so I found it a bit stressful never quite knowing. This Tommee Tippee one is great and only £9 on Amazon so a much better price than its Phillips competitor! 

9. Tommee Tippee Steriliser
This is the exact same as I had last time, and although it hasn't lasted for another baby (I don't think I would expect it to though!) I knew I would buy the same again. I never had any issues or complaints with it. I liked the design, super easy to use and the starter packs also comes with some bottles, a dummy and a cleaning brush. Which means I don't need to buy any other bottles straight away etc unless breastfeeding doesn't work out. I loved Tommee Tippee products last time and hopefully will be just as happy with them this time! I got this on offer on Amazon for £32.99 half price. I've still included it in my under £50 list though as they run the offer a lot through the year so I am sure you can also pick one up for that price. 

10. Swaddle blanket
We swaddled Freddie from day one and will definitely be doing the same for baby girl. I didn't have an official swaddling blanket last time as I thought they were expensive and unnecessary however wriggly fred always managed to escape his swaddle and in my sleep deprived state it would often take me a couple of goes to get it right. I saw this for £10  from mothercare and decided for that price it was worth a try! I love the pretty floral pattern and it's light breathable fabric. It has velcro in place to make it nice and easy and I can't wait to snuggle baby girl up in it ready for bedtime. I'll definitely be packing this in my hospital bag too! 
 
I would love to hear what other products under £50 you love! Am I missing any 'must haves' for my newborn?