Our Five Favorite Baby Items

There is a myriad of baby products out there, vying for the attention of mums-to-be, all with a promise that their product is the best. Well… tell you what, as a mum of a boy and a girl, I struggle to find clothes that do not lint/fade/change shape after several washes, or shoes that barely last a few playground visits. I tend to splurge on my kids where I can but the quality of products from say Target and Ralph Lauren, can be very similar. Only the kids look better in the latter!

Of course there are some products that are truly amazing, can’t-live-without, and worth raving about. I’m a huge admirer of all things pretty and innovative. Just because I’m a busy mum, there is no reason why bub and I can’t look our best. So here it is, Our Top Five Faves for bubs aged 0 and above. Tested by me and my precious two!

1. Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddle Wraps – http://www.adenandanais.com

These wraps retail around AU$55 for a set of three. They’re not the cheapest wraps but they are definitely the softest, most generous sized and are so beautiful I am tempted to wear them as scarf. I hated fumbling around with “wraps” that are merely the size of a handkerchief.. what is the point! With these, there is no more fumbling around. These wraps “grow” with your baby and will always cover every inch of him/her. Our son has doubled his birth weight and can still be wrapped in these easily. These wraps also double as a blankie for the car seat and pram.

Aden & Anais Wrap in Azure

Aden & Anais Wrap in Azure

 

2. Stokke Xplory Pram – http://www.stokke.com

From the moment I set my eye on this pram, I loved loved loved it! It is just gorgeous, definitely unique oh and yes, practical! Firstly, they sit up high so baby is closer to your eye level. Secondly, it can double as a high chair. The pros just don’t end there.. the pram carries lots of groceries in the shopping bag included and as your little one gets older, he/she wlll have lots of fun posting the mail, getting a straw, being greeted by other people. The handle is fully adjustable – hubby is 6 foot tall, I’m 5’4″ and we always use it on different heights. Another great feature is the seat – it can face you and also face out for when bub is older, and it reclines to three positions.

Now, as much as I love this pram, there are a few cons. If you have a small car, you will have to stack the seat on top of the chassis. This means, when mantling and dismantling, seat has to be placed on the ground whilst chassis is being erected. Not a huge deal but it does take a bit more time. If you are considering this pram I highly recommend adding on the cup holder and/or bag hook as extra convenience.

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Stokke Xplory Pram

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3. Gaia Natural Baby Products – http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com

If like me, you are super conscious about what goes on your baby as much as what goes into your baby, fret no more – these products are IT! Gaia products are pure, natural, organic and smells just divine. They do not contain parabens, mineral oils, or other nasties, making them perfect for sensitive skin. Their skin soothing lotion is my personal favorite and I keep one in the kitchen drawer for a quick hand moisturiser. Launched in 2002, with Gaia baby, the brand has expanded in their product range and are available, inexpensively via online, pharmacists and supermarkets.

Gaia baby products

Gaia Organic Baby Products

 

4. Nuna Leaf Baby Swing – http://www.nuna.eu

I was at the baby store choosing items for my registry when I saw an adult version of this baby swing. The lovely salesgirl encouraged me to try it out and after she swung me, I did not want to get out! It was comfy, smooth, quiet and just relaxing. Needless to say this went straight onto the registry (the baby size one that is) and boy was I excited when a good friend purchased it for our son. The Nuna Leaf is a great alternative to noisy, battery operated swings. Just a nudge and it rocks sideways! It’s really like sleeping on a leaf.

As good as it is the seat does not have recline positions so you can’t really sit baby up to feed. A bigger negative is that it can be a challenge to maneuver the whole swing from room to room. Although the base is heavy for safety reasons, the seat is very light so as you carry it by the seat, it is bottom heavy. Perhaps it is easier for someone stronger!

However the Nuna Leaf does look great, blends into any decor and if you follow home magazines, you may spot a Nuna Leaf Swing on a nursery inspiration page. One more thing.. I highly recommend the toy bar attachment for extra entertainment!

Nuna Leaf Baby Swing

Nuna Leaf Baby Swing

5. Bumbo Portable Baby Seat – http://www.bumbo.com.au

This last one is not a huge secret.. who hasn’t heard of Bumbo! But just to support all the good reviews, I am highly recommending it! And why not – Bumbo seats are great for feeding bub in (with or without the tray), it can be perched on the table to interact with bub at eye level (of course with much caution) and it gives bub more opportunity to observe his/her surrounding. What I love about this seat is we can leave it at the grandparents’ house for sleep overs or take it on a holiday, it is super portable! Bumbo comes in lots of different colours and now comes with a safety belt (for those without, one can be ordered for free via the website).

Bumbo Seat with Tray

Bumbo Seat with Tray

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LoveS

*Remember to always follow each product’s user guide*

About a Boy.

It has been a while since my last post. There is no excuse for this.. However I think I have a pretty good one – we’ve been busy having a baby! We are so grateful to have a boy this time and he perfects our little family. When we found out we were having a second, we were ecstatic. We already have a beautiful daughter and we knew that another child would fit in wonderfully. Then the anxiety kicked in.. Towards the second and third trimesters, I could not comprehend the thought of having two kids. Be it baby brain or hormones, but at that time all these thoughts felt logical to me. My main concerns included 1) I’ve spent the last two and half years looking after a girl, what the hell am I going to do with a boy? 2) I love my daughter so so much, where am I going to find more love for this new person? Well I can now say that I am coping with a boy (I can even clean and change his nappy without worrying if I’m doing it right!), and I love him just as much as our daughter. Motherly instincts kicked in the moment he was born and thank goodness for that.

However, now into our fourth week, life is not as easy as I had expected. Our daughter was an easy baby (perhaps I have selective memory?) and I was expecting our boy to be the same. Hmm.. One should always prepare for a not so smooth ride! For us, the first week was about continuous crying at night, the second week was about constipation and the third week was about staying up past our 7pm bedtime. We concluded that the crying was due to wind and the constipation, after many poo conversations, was due to wind and perhaps the formula he was having. As for the staying up.. Well, we are still hoping for the best with this one!

It pays to mention also, that despite re-reading the once helpful baby books – Tizzie Hall’s Save Our Sleep and Gina Ford’s Contented Little Baby, there is no way you can smoothly juggle two routines without getting flustered or yelling (whilst feeding newbie) at the older one to eat dinner by herself like she did pre-baby. This is why wine o’clock is very important! Please, baby authors.. write a book that incorporates tips and routines for more than one young child.

Last night I slept quite well for the first time in 3 weeks. Eight hours with a 25 minute feed break wasn’t bad at all. Perhaps little man should stay up until 10pm more often. Haha.. Maybe not.. Ahh precious sleep. Luckily my husband Mark has been great with giving bub his night feeds. He is a bit of a night owl so that helps when I’m feeling sleep deprived or upset about why our baby won’t stop crying. Ladies, if your husbands don’t help with the night feeds, I suggest you whack him one in the head – any help would be a great support for you.

My next obstacle to tackle is day sleeping. Less day sleep = more night sleep, right? According to the routines, baby should only sleep a certain amount of time each day and be awake after his feeds. How to keep a newborn baby awake is a mystery to me. So far no amount of wet wipes, a screeching little girl running a muck or a friend’s three year old accidentally kicking him have managed to wake him. On the other hand, if I can just remember how I managed to get daughter into her routine so easily.. Why is my memory so blurred?? Must be the lack of sleep! Or the baby brain!

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Ava and I reading up on baby books

LoveS

First Post. Where to start..

The thought of starting a mummy blog had always appealed to me. I wanted to connect and share with other mums my experience as a stay at home mum and all the fabulousness of my baby. I figured: I like writing, I love my life as a mum and I’m pretty good with technology. This blog could act as a journal to be published when I feel like indulging in the brilliance of my baby. So a while back I started posting.. only to find my points sounded better in my head. I deleted the narcissistic post immediately, started another, edited, deleted and re-started so many posts that the thought of RSI haunted me. Never content with the contents, I deleted the last frustrating post and didn’t look back.

There are so many brilliant mummy blogs out there – some informative, others funny, many educational. All offering to inspire and condition. I am certainly not aiming to be all of the above but I figured that I was perhaps approaching this blog idea from a wrong angle. How will my blog contribute to the world? Sure it’s great to brag about how brilliant baby is.. but whose baby isn’t? Don’t we all feel our baby/toddler/child is amazing, great at hitting milestones, precious.. even more precious than the vintage apothecary jar that she just broke? The blog needed to be more.

So, armed with a new blog host and a new goal, I attempt once more at starting a blog.

Have you ever had a stole-my-heart, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment that you wish someone had witnessed with you? One that doesn’t sound that exciting by the time you repeat it to a friend the next day? I have.. So many! And I wish I could diarise the moments then and there. Being a mum can be tough, often lonely, especially when none of your friends have kids and the only companion you have is baby, dog and yourself. But I love it and there is so much I want to share about being mum to Ava, our daily adventures and mishaps, experiments, successes – all the moments that put mummy-hood into evidence.