I don’t really believe in ‘must haves’ when you have a baby… sure there are some every day essentials that I personally couldn’t be without, but we all lead such varied lifestyles that you soon work out what works for you and your new family.
However, third time around there are some ‘nice to haves’ that maybe weren’t around with my other two, or make more sense when you have more than one baby!
1. The silent, portable, wearable breast pump from Elvie. I have pumped with both of my children and am pretty sure I will end up pumping again. Instead of that all too familiar sound of a regular breast pump, Elvie is silent. You pop it in your stretchy nursing bra and it records how much milk you’ve expressed in the time you’ve had it on. It’s not cheap at £249, but this is a piece of kit I am seriously coveting.
2. The sensory, reversible playmat by Etta Loves. I may not have the same time to dedicate to tummy time and sensory play as I’d like with no. 3…. This playmat isn’t only chic, it’s been designed specifically to support babies’ visual and cognitive development. Worth the investment I think (especially if it means they are super engaged and I get time for a hot cup of tea…. I can dream….) – £75
3. The newborn carrier – Caboo Close. I know I’m going to have to be as hands-free as possible with 3 under 5. I used this carrier with baby 2 and I think it’s great. It’s a kind of hybrid between a sling and a more structured carrier. It’s stretchy fabric means it’s super comfortable and suitable from birth (when some other carriers have baby weight requirements) and as it already has some fastenings already on place so it’s not complicated as putting on a simple piece of fabric – would highly recommend. £69.99
4. The double buggy – Phil and Teds Dot. There will be a 22 month age gap for no. 2 and no. 3 and although no. 2 is an excellent walker, she does get tired and a double buggy becomes more of a must. We used this buggy for a while with no.s 1 and 2. I know people have mixed feelings about them being stacked on top of one another BUT it’s super practical, compact and I found by the time the baby on the bottom was ready to be out of the newborn seat and in the upright seat, the next child was pretty much out of the buggy and it could be used as a single – win win! £399
These are just a few items I will be using over the coming months – if you enjoy these recommendations – let me know and I’ll continue to write a series!