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A little while ago I had a comment from someone called Natasha, asking me if I would mind posting about what my newborn essentials are. Now, I pretty much NEVER get asked to post about things, so I was really happy to think long and hard about the subject. It’s taken me ages to come up with my list… that’s what newborn sleep depravation will do for you.
So Natasha – this is for you! But please note I pretty much have no clue what I’m talking about here, so take it with a pinch of salt
The Bednest: we got this with Elfie and it has been a lifesaver on so many occasions. With a moses basket your baby is always on a different level to you so to feed them you need to get out of bed (URGH), but as the Bednest is on your level. The baby is simply scooped over to your bed, fed, and then scooped back. It’s only now that Hux is almost 5 months that he’s starting to outgrow the bednest, and not because he’s too big, but because us getting into bed is becoming a bit too noisy for him and he can’t sleep through it.
Lanisoh: this saved my breastfeeding, I’m sure. And chatting with four other women in the feeding room of John Lewis last week I’m pretty sure it saved theirs, too. It’s pricey but it works, slapped liberally on your nipples as much as possible. Disclaimer: you should probably use it with nipple pads otherwise you may end up with greasy patches on your bras/tshirts. It’s cheapest to buy it from Amazon for just over £7.
Good TV shows: you’ll be surprised how boring it can be to feed a newborn baby. That’s basically what you’ll be doing for the first six weeks of its life – the sofa and TV remote will be your best friend. During Elfie’s early weeks I became obsessed with Masterchef Australia, this time around it’s been The Real Housewives of the OC/NYC. Oh, and if you’re breastfeeding it will make you REALLY thirsty, so make sure you have a big glass of water along with the remote.
Help: when I was in hospital having Hux we had so much help. My mother-in-law cleaned our house and washed our clothes, my dad brought lovely meals into hospital for me and mum babysat Elfie. When I was in hospital having Elfie we lived 100 miles away from any family and the difference in the two situations was amazing. If you are offered help, TAKE IT.
A Baby Carrier: when I had Elfie I bought a Baby Bjorn and Babasling and they have both been worth their weight in gold. My favourite is the Baby Bjorn and we pretty much use it every day. It’s really handy to strap Hux into when we’re popping to the shop rather than wrestle him into the buggy.
Quick-cook recipes: having a new baby is hungry hungry work. I always have a bunch of pizzas, frozen stews/bolognaise/risottos in the freezer, as well as the ingredients for quick, fresh recipes. My absolute favourites at the moment are Spaghetti Carbonara, BBQ Chicken Quesadillas and Asian Prawn Broth.
Red lipstick: see here.
Napisan: you will be dealing with a LOT of shitty nappies. That’s just the way it is. It’s pretty nasty when these nappies leak all over the gorgeous clothes you lovingly selected for your newborn baby but for me Napisan has never failed to remove the poo. You can get it in Supermarkets or Chemists.
What do you think? Have I forgotten any newborn essentials?