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21/08/2013 at 10:30
I know this was done before but when I search on here I can't move past the 1st page of the items the search brings up for some reason and I remember this being a really useful thread, although I think it was 6months or so ago.
So ladies, what were your best and worst buys for your little ones? What can you recommend highly and what did you regret buying or just not use or need?
21/08/2013 at 10:44
I'm very interested to see this, it's a minefield so welcome views of those with experience.
21/08/2013 at 10:48
Best - Ikea antilope high chair £15
Sapling Katie crib
Worst - baby bath (barely used)
Cosatto high chair £200 total pita to clean and huge
21/08/2013 at 11:00
angel care movement monitor - peace of mind, helps ME sleep better
cosatto noodle highchair - a post to stop him wriggling down and very supportive on his back
Close caboo sling - for getting anything done in the early newborn days
moses - didn't like it he would not sleep in it. Luckily it was a gift and we didn't waste money on it. I'd go straight to cot next time
Grobags- I can regulate his temperature a lot easier with blankets without disturbing him. £60 on 2 grobags unused
21/08/2013 at 11:09
Best have been - crib, toddle pod, isofix, travel system, bouncer chair, baby bath, medela swing breast pump.
Worst - also grobags as it's been too hot to use the ones I've bought and he no longer fits them! We haven't used the pram carrycot like I thought we would - I imagined day time naps in it at home but he had other ideas! It was still worth getting for out and about but cost £100 and he's almost outgrown it at 12 weeks so if money had been tight I probably would have regretted that. We didn't get a Moses basket and am pleased.
Possibly the most useful thing has been our cooker extractor fan for getting our lo to sleep!!
Oh and I bought too many newborn clothes really. Some didn't fit after a week! And because we didn't find out flavour I wanted to buy lots of blue when he arrived so could have managed with far less neutral clothes than I'd bought!
21/08/2013 at 11:20
Sling(s) - connecta and wraps
Ikea Antilop highchair
Travel cot with a proper mattress (used in our room once she outgrew the Moses basket)
Pound land stacking cups - played with lots and only £1!
- Bumbo. Waste of money. Luckily I got it second hand for a fiver.
21/08/2013 at 11:25
Best - a pram with carrycot
Vibrating bouncy chair
Worst - baby bath
21/08/2013 at 11:31
I wonder if mine have changed from the last time? Will have to have a look. Now it would be:
Play mat - 8m and still loves it
Sensor pad and monior - I can't sleep without it
Jumperoo - Hours of entertainment
Cloth nappies and wipes
Oyster pushchair - LOVE it
Sophie the giraffe (probably because my H sterilised it and it doesn't squeak!)
Newborn bath support - Never used
Bumbo - Waste of money
21/08/2013 at 11:33
Best buys - a pram with a carrycot
Moses basket - he loved his Moses basket
Sock ons - absolutely fantastic for keeping newborn socks on
Dribble ons for when they get older - saves getting their clothes wet through when they are teething
In all honesty I can't think of anything that was the worst thing when Liam was a newborn as everything we got bought came in handy.
21/08/2013 at 11:59
Best: Sophie the giraffe, jumperoo, bouncy chair, sling, cloth nappies
Worst: slumber bear as it didnt work for us, not much else as I learnt from number 1!
21/08/2013 at 12:21
Best - muslins by the thousand, sockons, bednest, dream sheep, cheeky wipes (and once he started on solids cheeky wipes hands and faces kit), changing table, morrck hoodie, grobags (he kicks off blankets).
Worst - baby bouncer, baby swing (screamed every time he was in either), bumbo.
21/08/2013 at 13:03
Best - another one for the Ikea Antilop high chair, gro bags, Angel Care monitor, a gazillion muslins, Morrck, V-shaped pillow for feeding in the early days.
Worst - a high chair with a padded cushion (got filthy), Moses basket (would borrow rather than buy as he was in it less than two weeks), too many size 1 nappies (although that probably doesn't count!)
21/08/2013 at 13:07
Oh yes muslins!! Thank The Lord for those bad boys!
21/08/2013 at 13:13
Those with the Ikea high chair...I see this raved about a lot but am wondering the reasons why? We'll be after a high chair soon so would be grateful to know :-)
Our best buys: Play mat, bouncy chair, sleeping bags, Silver Cross Surf, feeding pillow.
Worst: Slumber Bear, sling.
21/08/2013 at 13:31
Slumber bear. The only thing that got N sleeping in his crib.
My Bugaboo Bee, I love it!
Sophie the giraffe
Mothercare 2.5 tog padded sleep suits. Perfect for a blanket hating baby.
Our Mothercare highchair, it's huge and I hate it.
Baby Bjorn sling that I was given, it just hurt my shoulders.
Baby bouncer chair, he hated it.
The tons of blankets and sleeping bags. He hates being covered!
21/08/2013 at 14:07
Grobags (second hand at £5 a time)
Oyster pushchair and base in car for maxi cosi
Medela calma teat
Chicco highchair (lucky sold it for what I paid for it)
I think I avoided most of what would have been worst bits thanks to hitched. A moses basket would have been a waste here as although I didn't use the moby sling that much I think I just didn't need it rather than it being a bad buy.
21/08/2013 at 14:20
Changing unit upstairs and downstairs
Travel cot for downstairs that vibrates and plays music
Pacapod changing bag
Concord travel system
Bath support like this www.mothercare.com/.../566276,default,pd.html
Feeding pillow was far top high for my boobs but its great to sit baby in it and used daily but not for the purpose intended
Given a baby bath and top and tail which as predicted wasn't used
21/08/2013 at 14:37
video camera monitor- perfect viewing not just sound
condensing tumble dryer- no kidding. Luke had horrendous reflux
ikea storage for inside chest of drawers
quinny buzz- triangle shaped basket too small to carry anything useful let alone a ventilator, oxygen cylinder, feeding pump and suction machine!
21/08/2013 at 15:15
The ikea antilope chair is brilliant because its so basic. It can be pulled right up to the dining table so that the baby can eat with you and not be really far back from the table the way larger more expensive seats are. It doesn't have loads of bits for food to stick in. The whole thing can be showered/hosed down when needed. The legs come off so easy to transport/store. The seat can go in the dishwasher.
21/08/2013 at 15:49
Vibrating bouncy chair - godsend to get E to chill out and allow me to do stuff
Anglecare monitor for peace of mind
Medela swing pump - works so quickly and easily without any faff
Cot air wrap to stop my very wriggly baby's fingers and feet getting through the cot
Aden and Anais large muslins - size gives so much use from wiping sick to sun shade etc
Tiny love small mobile to hang on car seat - E hates getting into the car seat and the rotation of the mobile and song calms him down
Isofix base which makes getting in and out of the car so easy
Travel gro bag - allows us to transfer E straight from car seat to bed. Perfect when I go and visit my parents an hour away
Swing chair - E cries in it each time I try and put him down in it. Luckily we got it second hand
Moses basket which he grew out of too quickly
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