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21/08/2013 at 16:09
Mine have been different depending on my baby. What was a worst buy for C turned out to be a best buy for S and the other way around.
Video monitor - great for that quick check if they make a noise in their sleep without disturbing them by going in their room etc. I now use the 1st one I had to keep an eye on my 3yr old if she's in her room too.
Vibrating, bouncy chair - C liked it, but wasn't that bothered about the vibrating. S loved it and it was a god send for the 1st 5 months.
Gro-bags, great for night feeds and not worrying about them getting wrapped up in blankets, particularly for S who does night gymnastics.
Jumperoo -more so for C who was late moving. S started crawling at 9 months so isn't as bothered about it anymore.
Wooden box activity walker. Far sturdier than the plastic ones and with the clock on the side it means C is still using it 3 yrs later and S loves it too.
Manduca baby carrier - great for the school runs and now I now also use it to contain S when I'm dealing with C and can't put a moving baby down! Particularly handy in soft play places and toilets!
Galt inflatable ring. S used it more than C as it was somewhere I could pop her in safely when she was first sitting up and no longer able to go in the bouncy chair.
Chicco highchair. C can still fit in it now and it has such a large tray she has always sat in it to help me bake etc.
Plastic travel high chair. Great when they have those highchairs at pubs without a tray. We also use them for them to sit at the dining table with us (C is very small, so still needs to use hers to sit at the table properly, so we bought another.) If you've not enough space for a proper high chair, I'd highly recommend these.
Bumbo - C used it a bit, but used to pop herself out of it. S used it once as she was sitting up quite early so didn't need it.
Loads of baby Lamaze style toys - We've far too many and they've hardly been used. Bought as I felt bad that C didn't have many toys. A young baby doesn't actually need many toys! Actually, I'd say that I wasted a lot of money on new toys. Have now started buying them 2nd hand as they're hardly used and for the time they use most of them, there's not much point buying brand new and full price.
Small outfits - baby gros are easier in the early days, particularly when you've more than one child to dress and keep clean.
feeding pillow - never managed to get comfortable with it.
Padded snow suits - was bought loads for S, but they were all in the same size and useless in the car seat anyway. I'd probably find them more useful this winter with her crawling etc.
There's not much that I didn't use that I'd bought, but obviously in the early stages they grow and develop so quickly, they're soon out of things. My biggest waste was buying everything brand new. I'd not realised how little babies would use some things and could have saved a fortune if I'd bought more things 2nd hand. (We weren't lucky enough to be given anything.)
21/08/2013 at 19:18
Best - grobags, ikea Antilop highchair, carrycot, Maxi Cosi cabrio car seat, muslins (for Tate), swing (for Flynn and Tate), bouncy chair (for Rafferty), Funky Giraffe dribble bandanas, Amby Hammock.
Worst - bumbo, Mamas and Papas car seat, Chicco Polly highchair, swing (for Rafferty), bouncy chair (for Flynn and Tate), muslins (for Flynn and Rafferty)
Things I found a godsend for one or two of my boys just weren't needed or not tolerate by the others which isn't too helpful lol.
21/08/2013 at 20:19
Thanks Lavender Rose, helpful info.
21/08/2013 at 20:44
Best buys - jumperoo!! I would never be without this now for any future children. A vibrating bouncer chair. Rainmaker toy. Squircle (wire toy for teething), Sophie for teething. Wrist on the buggy. Hundreds of spoons/Tupperware for weaning. Play gym brilliant for non-moving babies. I'd have an isofix for the car seat next time. An electric breast pump saved my sanity on more than one occasion. Grobags/sleepbags. Z kicked off blankets from being a few weeks old.
Worst. Bath support - by the time he was out the baby bath he wanted to wriggle around in the bath. However, the baby bath was equally wasteful as we could have easily put him in the big bath. My advice is choose one and use that. You don't really need both. Feet/ankle finders not brilliant for him. Wasn't interested and just thrashed until they fell off! I love it and won't sell it but the pram part of my travel system barely got used but he was a December baby so we never really got much walking weather. The next one hopefully will get more use out of it.
21/08/2013 at 21:05
Best - moses basket (A is still in it now (just) at 5 months), grobags, ewen dream sheep, dribble bibs, isofix. Things others have said were worst buys that we actually found useful - bath and bath support, and 100% our bumbo...A had great head control from early on and hated lying down, so she loved being upright. Ours has the tray so she'll sit for ages playing with toys etc on it.
Worst - bouncer (she hated lying in it), 'outfits' before about 3 months (she was, and looked, very uncomfortable).
22/08/2013 at 06:02
Thanks so much everyone for replying, I'm bookmarking this thread! It really does show that all babies are so different, it's a great post to refer to though.
There's things on here I've never even heard off so I'll have to google!
22/08/2013 at 06:57
I love this thread - sooooo helpful! And Missdeedee I googled stuff too!! Not got monitor yet - i like look of angel one but OH wants an Ipad/Iphone compatible one so not sure - definitely not bothering with a baby bath but should I get a sponge thing to go in (dont know its name) also advice re blankets...do I need a quilt as most cot sets have quilt cover?? Also.....winter baby, is a parasol a waste? X
22/08/2013 at 07:00
I forgot to say and not sure if anyone has mentioned it but buy some sort of cot mobile that plays soft music and has a lightshow that plays on the ceiling. I had a Tomy one for N that was part of his bedtime routine for 2 years! For A we have a chicco one and it's good for distracting her when she fussy and crying.
22/08/2013 at 07:29
Duvets aren't recommended til they're over one, not sure why they sell them in nursery bundles tbh. When he needed a duvet I just went straight to a single duvet for my son, easier to get hold off.
Monitor you don't need til 6m when the baby can go in their own room, I wouldn't be in a rush to buy one before the baby's here.
22/08/2013 at 07:33
Mine have been different for each baby namely bouncy chair which big s lived in and little S hates (so glad I paid out for a new one this time )
Best: nappy disposal system. Still going strong 2nd time round and saves trips downstairs all the time.
Upgraded pushchair tyres- I do a lot of buggy runs and off road walks and haven't had a flat yet compared to loads last time so well worth the £45 I paid.
Pacapod changing bag/ so organised with different sections for everything I need
Lansinoh nipple cream/ my poor nipples struggled early in!
Worst: bumbo- both have hated it
Moses basket this time only lasted 3 weeks
Bath support- I just lie him flat in an inch of water instead
Baby bath- didn't last
Top and tail bowl- haven't ever used with either
22/08/2013 at 07:34
Oh yes, not used monitor yet at 14 weeks as he's always in with us
22/08/2013 at 07:39
We used our parasol loads when D was over a year old. We got a universal one from mothercare.
22/08/2013 at 19:33
Our best buys: Gliding crib, air wrap for the cot, white noise bear, icandy peach carrycot which lasted until 28 weeks with my huge chunk, slings (originally got the baby bjorn and now the connecta, absolutely fab), groegg for peace of mind, morrck hoody which I absolutely adore! Carseat base, Sophie the giraffe. MAM bottles and dummies.
Worst buys: movement monitor (tommee tippee, gave hundreds of false alarms when we move to cot), tommee tippee bottle (gave her wind), TT sterilise.. broke by 12 weeks. Yummy mummy bag... too small so had to sell on!
Stuff that is fab but I'd in hindsight buy as cheap as possible second hand... jumperoo (E crawled at 23 weeks and it was then redundant, given it shouldn't be used until 6m I'm glad we started using it before), grobag (E hated hers but was good to have one to keep trying her in), boucy chair (grown out of by 16 weeks), play mat (used for matter of weeks until she could roll), same for tummy time mat and baby gym.
22/08/2013 at 21:15
Best Buys: loads of muslins! Cheeky wipes, isofix base (although we didn't buy one, we were loaned two!), BabyBjorn balance bouncer - A loves it!! . At 6 months our best new buy is the baby dam for the bath - we have a hot water tank so if I do a lot of washing up during the day we have limited hot water at night, this means we don't have to fill the whole bath.
Worst buys: electric steriliser - still BF at 6 months and use cold water steriliser for pump, so sold it on ebay.
Most things we bought were on recommendations from Hitched so we don't have many things we don't use!
24/08/2013 at 11:44
I bought nearly everything 2nd hand or free from free cycle which is good if your baby doesn't like something.
Ikea Antilop high chair
foam swimming woggle
baby bath - too slippery
travel system - wish I'd just bought the sling & hadn't bothered with the pram/pushchair
door bouncer - too fiddly to keep using & she was walking by the time she was actually tall enough to use it properly!
Swimming ring for her to sit in, took too long to blow up & was a waste of money
24/08/2013 at 16:56
Best buys: slings (Moby and manduca), morrck for carseat, bedside-dropside crib (big baby so would have outgrown Moses v.quickly - used until she was 8months) cheeky wipes, cloth nappies (especially Charlie Banana) oh and bigger house - LOL.
Worst - tough one this as never did buy bath baths, bumbos or jumparoo (probably on the basis of a thread like this!) So Ill say newborn size clothes - outgrown within 2weeks
24/08/2013 at 17:16
Just to say I thought the bumbo was a waste of money too, however mine fight over it now at 5.5 years and nearly 2, they both love to sit in it to watch tv, so actually now it's been very good value for money and was going to get a second one.
24/08/2013 at 23:30
with all 3 of mine some have been different..,
best...muslins, connecta for p (others hated carriers), carrycot, bath support/seat, medela swing, J loved his bouncer the most, slumber buddy, gro bags, maclaren buggy from birth, carrycot for p, Dr brown bottles, infacol for j and l and gripe water for P. microwave steriliser, isofix base, lanisoh and washable breastpads! V shape pillow, philips baby monitor,
worst...manual pump, tomee tipee bottles, baby bath, bulky pram, tiny dresses/jeans (gifts)-very cute but never get worn! cheap breastpads, scratch mitts-bought for all 3 and never got on with them and got sleepsuit with fold over hand mitts.
24/08/2013 at 23:37
oh and my favourite gift was a box of baby milestone cards, little cards with things like 'I am two weeks' or 'I smiled for the first time today' on them. There great to keep with dates on and for using them In photos. I just wish i had them for my other two and they will be my baby gift for everyone now!
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