what’s your essential, cant live without it, baby item?

Although I haven’t started shopping (yet) for baby or nursery items, I’ve been asking every mum I speak to what product they could live without. 

As yet, nothing’s stood out (apart from a baby bouncer which most agreed was a godsend).

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In fact, the answers I get are so different that I’m more in the dark than I ever was.

One major point of difference is baby baths, where people seem to be split into two definite camps:  waste of time, space and money (use the regular bath, sink, sponge bath etc) OR couldn’t live without out, back-saving device that is so much easier than the other options.

Another is a bassinet.  Both of my sisters swear by them saying their five babies (between them) went to sleep so much easier in a bassinet and they gave them so much more options for where to place the baby for optimum sleep.

Others say they’re a complete waste of money, the baby outgrows them too quickly, and it’s better to get them settled into a cot (or whatever) sooner rather than later.

One friend highly recommended a bumbo seat – another (who hadn’t tried it with her son but had seen them around) thought they were ridiculous.

A post a little while ago on Essential Baby had a LOT of responses, and hardly any of them were the same – although there were a few repeat mentions of baby wraps.

Has anyone out there got any must-have or must-avoid items? Or do you think it comes down to personal choice (and the temperament of the baby)?

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5 Responses to “what’s your essential, cant live without it, baby item?”

  1. I loved my sling and wraps. We had a jumper, swing, bouncer etc never used them. I wore baby for pretty much everything – easy to nurse while wearing baby – and still get things done if you want to. Baby also rarely cries and tons of health benefits.

    Oh and for bathing – we used our popcorn bowl if we didn’t use the big tub with mommy or daddy in with baby. A kitchen sink is also nice – perfect height – just warm the sides up first, then fill with the proper temp water.

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