Essentials

Having been bamboozled after the birth of our daughters by all the marketing as to what we needed. We thought it would be useful to let new parents benefit from the experience of parents who have come out the other side. We have thus surveyed our highly knowledgeable customers as to what they would buy if they were to do it all again. Here are the results.
View:all | clothing | sleeping | feeding | bathing | nappies | transport | misc | entertainment
rank ▼product ▼catogory
Wash clothsessential 0%
useful 0%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Wash Cloths
Organic cotton or muslin soft cloths for washing baby.
bathing
Baby Monitor (Audio only)essential 100%
useful 0%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Baby Monitor (Audio Only)
Typicaly this product has a baby unit which is pluged into sockets near the baby and a parent unit that can either run off battires or mains and allows the parent to easierly hear when the baby starts to cry.
sleeping
socksessential 100%
useful 0%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Socks
To keep little feet warm. If you can get them to stay on. Personally, we found traditional booties better, with a tie or fastening round the ankle!
clothing
feeding
bootiesessential 100%
useful 0%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Booties
To keep little feet warm. Available in cotton, Merino wool, Merino fleece, and countless man-made fibres. Babies' feet do sweat though, so we recommend breathable natural fibres.
clothing
bouncy chairessential 50%
useful 50%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Bouncy Chair
A small cloth chair with a sprung metal frame that a baby can lie in and can gently be bounced to sleep
sleeping
jumpers or cardigansessential 50%
useful 0%
limited 50%
not useful 0%
useless 0%
non votes 0%
Jumpers Or Cardigans
A warm outer layer for your little one.
clothing
cot mobileessential 33%
useful 18%
limited 16%
not useful 15%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Cot Mobile
Attaches to the side of the cot, extends over the cot and generally goes round and round while playing music. I guess the idea is to entertain your baby while it goes to sleep.
misc
nursing brasessential 33%
useful 15%
limited 21%
not useful 17%
useless 11%
non votes 0%
Nursing Bras
Bras with easy release of the cups to make feeding easier
feeding
bath thermometeressential 34%
useful 15%
limited 23%
not useful 9%
useless 17%
non votes 0%
Bath Thermometer
Eliminates the guess work, getting the temperature just right for baby's bath.
bathing
cotton vests(bodies)essential 32%
useful 21%
limited 13%
not useful 13%
useless 19%
non votes 0%
Cotton Vests(bodies)
These are the first layer next to the skin, come in long and short sleeves, have no legs and have poppers at the crotch.
clothing
book of nursery rhymesessential 26%
useful 26%
limited 15%
not useful 15%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Book Of Nursery Rhymes
Handy if you've forgotten them all or decide to sing your little one to sleep in the evenings. If you've still got your own from Auntie Carol, complete with original toddler scribble, all the better for the nostalgia trips.
entertainment
nursing chairessential 23%
useful 25%
limited 25%
not useful 11%
useless 13%
non votes 0%
Nursing Chair
A low chair which brings the knees up making breast feeding easier.
feeding
vests/babybodies/bodysuits - cottonessential 33%
useful 33%
limited 0%
not useful 0%
useless 33%
non votes 0%
Vests/babybodies/bodysuits - Cotton
These are the first layer next to the skin -the things with long or short sleeves, no legs and with poppers at the crotch. Available in cotton and cotton mixes, organic, fair trade, long-sleeved or no sleeved, with cute animals on or bold stripes... you name it!
clothing
moses basketessential 26%
useful 18%
limited 22%
not useful 20%
useless 11%
non votes 0%
Moses Basket
Used for the baby to sleep in for the first few months
sleeping
breast shellsessential 29%
useful 15%
limited 21%
not useful 17%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Breast Shells
Shells that can be put over the nipple inside a bra that catches leaking milk for storage (or donation to local baby units)
feeding
nursing cushionessential 19%
useful 29%
limited 19%
not useful 17%
useless 13%
non votes 0%
Nursing Cushion
A semi-donut shaped cussion that suports the baby at the correct hight during breast feeding
feeding
cotton blanketessential 21%
useful 25%
limited 17%
not useful 28%
useless 7%
non votes 0%
Cotton Blanket
sleeping
steam sterilising kitessential 29%
useful 13%
limited 19%
not useful 23%
useless 13%
non votes 0%
Steam Sterilising Kit
For sterilising feeding and storage equipment using steam
feeding
bottle brushessential 33%
useful 11%
limited 17%
not useful 17%
useless 19%
non votes 0%
Bottle Brush
Brushes to specifically clean baby bottles.
feeding
cotessential 25%
useful 21%
limited 19%
not useful 19%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Cot
These come with varying features such as drop sides, adjustable base height and draws underneath
sleeping
nappy nippasessential 23%
useful 25%
limited 17%
not useful 19%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Nappy Nippas
Many cloth nappies come with poppers or velcro, but if they don't, the Nappi Nippa is a good alternative to the nappy pin. It's a plastic gadget which grips the nappy and keeps the folds in place without running the danger of skewering your baby's skin.
nappies
rattles, plastic teething keys, toys with lots of jingly bitsessential 19%
useful 25%
limited 25%
not useful 17%
useless 13%
non votes 0%
Rattles, Plastic Teething Keys, Toys With Lots Of Jingly Bits
Great for shaking and exploring and for chewing on,these types of toys seem to be perenially popular.
transport
entertainment
non slip bath matessential 21%
useful 19%
limited 34%
not useful 7%
useless 17%
non votes 0%
Non Slip Bath Mat
A mat to use in the bath to stop your baby slipping over in the bath
bathing
moses basket standessential 28%
useful 15%
limited 22%
not useful 15%
useless 18%
non votes 0%
Moses Basket Stand
A stand for a moses basket
sleeping
bibsessential 30%
useful 18%
limited 11%
not useful 18%
useless 20%
non votes 0%
Bibs
You can get bibs with velcro, bibs with poppers, bibs with plastic pockets, bibs with plastic trays, plastic bibs and cotton bibs and plasticised cotton bibs, bibs with sleeves and bibs without. Or you can fold a muslin diagonally and tie around the neck. The choice is yours, but your baby will still get food everywhere. including on you!
feeding
woolen blanketsessential 21%
useful 21%
limited 23%
not useful 17%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Woolen Blankets
Warm breatherable and temprature regulating blankets for when your baby is in a pushchair, pram or cot
sleeping
disposable nappiesessential 22%
useful 22%
limited 18%
not useful 18%
useless 16%
non votes 0%
Disposable Nappies
A wide range is available, from eco-friendlyish wool-pulp nappies to chemical gel nappies. Single use. Different brands may fit your baby differently - try to find one where the poo doesn't always leak up the back...
nappies
storage bottlesessential 24%
useful 26%
limited 12%
not useful 16%
useless 22%
non votes 0%
Storage Bottles
For storing expressed milk in
feeding
car seatessential 19%
useful 25%
limited 19%
not useful 21%
useless 15%
non votes 0%
Car Seat
Generally start of rear-facing for little ones, though you can get some that lie flat across the back of the car which is good for sleeping newborns. Many double as a baby-carrier as part of a pushchair/carseat combo.
transport
cloth nappy outersessential 21%
useful 17%
limited 25%
not useful 25%
useless 11%
non votes 0%
Cloth Nappy Outers
The cloth nappy will absorb the wee and poo, but most people use a nappy outer as a barrier between the nappy and the clothes. Previously known as "plastic pants", the plastic ones are now breathable and nicely fitted, with a range of cool colours, and there are woollen ones as well which are natural and breathable.
nappies


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