When I was about 7 months pregnant, it really hit home that we were about to have a baby and it also really hit home that the only things we had for her were adorable outfits. Gorgeous, but clothes wouldn’t be enough!
In an attempt to get organised, Ian and I went to the mall to buy some essentials for our bump. I naively thought that it would be easy; that we would just wander into the baby stores and step out a few hours later with everything we could possibly need to get us started on our journey into parenthood. Oh how wrong I was! I couldn’t believe how much choice there was and how many different brands there were (all claiming that they are the best of course). I remember standing in the middle of Babyshop in the Mall of Emirates and feeling really lost. Should we get a microwave steriliser or a steam steriliser? Should we get Dr Brown bottles or Tommee Tippee bottles? Do we want a baby monitor that connects to our phones or do we think that its more important that we monitor her breathing? NOT.A.CLUE! We definitely needed to go back home and do a bit of research.
Now, anyone that knows me will tell you that if someone recommends something to me, it’s as good as bought so I relied heavily on my mummy friends for their advice on what to buy. I bombarded them with messages about their favourite products and I also spent hours online trawling through recommended lists, award lists and reviews. There are so many amazing products out there and some that really are just a complete waste of money. My insecurities meant that I wanted to buy my unborn child every single product that they might possibly ever need. Stupid I know, but I was a first time mum and I really wanted to do my best.
I’ve decided to tell you about some of my favourite purchases in the hope that it might just help you on your journey into motherhood. These products are not necessarily award winners or the best rated in reviews but these are the products that worked for me and in turn might just work for you!
1. SLEEPYHEAD DELUXE
The Sleepyhead Deluxe is definitely one of my firm favourites. It is a portable baby bed that ticks all the right boxes. It is 100% breathable, hypoallergenic, non-heat harbouring and has a firm mattress which reduces the risk of SIDS. When your baby outgrows the Sleepyhead Deluxe, there is a Sleepyhead Grand, recommended for 9-36month olds. (I bought this one too!)