The Most Useful Baby Items – We’re Using These Again With Baby No. 2
As you might guess from the theme of this blog, I love testing baby products and finding the best and most useful products on the market. I have two children now and there are a few things that have been extra useful. These are things that I got for my first baby and loved so much that I kept them to use with Baby No. 2, too.
In this post, I will show you some of our favourite, most loved and most used baby gear.
Our Most Useful Baby Items
- Lindam Light My Way Night Light — I rave about this little gem all the time when people ask me about my favourite baby products. It’s a nightlight that looks like an owl (bonus!) and that gives you just enough light to see what you’re doing when feeding your baby during the night or sneaking in to check on your child or trying to get into bed without waking anyone else. We have used it every single night since our first child was born (over three years ago!) and have only changed the batteries once. Brilliant product! It costs just £7.99 and is available here.
- Hauck Viper Trio Set Travel System — I bought a Hauck travel system for our firstborn and it took us through to when she was done using a pram/pushchair and then we used it with Baby No. 2 for about 6 months. She had reflux so couldn’t use the carrycot that we used loads with our first baby for sleep and out and about but we used the car seat in the car and on the pram for short outings and that worked so well for her. This is a new version of travel system, it costs just under £200 and is available here.
- Brother Max 2-in-1 Digital Thermometer — A digital thermometer is a baby must-have for us and after trying a few different ones, this one is our favourite. It’s easy to use, accurate and the kids don’t mind it which is very important! It costs £19.99 and is available here.
- Clippasafe Harness Easy Wash — This is a weaning essential in our household. The harness can be attached to your highchair to keep your baby or toddler safely in place. You can use it as a walking harness too but we just use it at the table. We take it with us to restaurants and when travelling too as highchairs out and about never have proper harnesses for babies. The Easy Wash description is perfect! I’ve washed ours hundreds of times over the last few years and it still looks brand new! We throw it in on any cycle with any colours and put it back on straight away. It doesn’t even need drying. We just bought a second one for those few occasions when the original one is in the washing machine. Such a useful item! It’s available in different colours too, costs around £6 and is available here.
- Stokke Flexi Bath — We bought this when I was pregnant with our first baby and it was made by a different brand back then but it looks exactly the same. We have an orange one which is beautiful! This baby bath folds up so doesn’t take much room at all when not in use. It’s roomy for babies and toddlers and you can get an insert for newborns too, which we did. We didn’t have a bathtub (and a tiny bathroom!) when our first baby was little so this was a great solution! Now we have a big bath tub but we still used this when Baby No. 2 was a newborn. It costs £37 from Mothercare here.
- BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One — We used this very versatile and comfortable baby carrier when our firstborn was a toddler and then now with Baby No. 2. You can use it from birth to three years and you don’t need any special inserts. I can still carry my eldest in it. It’s great quality, washes well in the washing machine and is comfortable for parent and child. Great for getting our baby to sleep and a must-have for travelling! Available for around £95 here.
- Grobag Baby Sleeping Bags — These are so much easier to use and so much safer than blankets. We got a pack of two 0-6 months for our first baby that we used again for Baby No. 2. The quality is great! There are loads of different fun designs. A pack of two costs around £35 and is available here.
Other Useful Things
- Our cot that we bought from IKEA is still in use but our three-year-old still sleeps in it and uses it as a toddler bed. We have the Gulliver cot bed in birch (£55) and a mattress from IKEA too. I’m co-sleeping with Baby No. 2 but when she stops breastfeeding late at night and in the early mornings, I hope to transfer her to the Gulliver cot. Then our eldest will hopefully be sleeping in the single bed that we have ready for her! We also need to pick up a new mattress for Baby No. 2 next time we go to IKEA.
- We have a travel cot that we bought for our firstborn too that we have brought back out again and it’s so useful! It’s now a playpen in the daytime and then I put it away each night. Very handy!
Which are your favourite and most used baby products? Let me know in the comments!