“Babies are expensive” – this is a phrase you hear alot! And it can be very true. You can get lured into the trap of buying every accoutrement going – especially if you’re a first time parent like me. You’re not entirely sure what is essential and what isn’t so I can totally see how you’d end up buying everything in sight! Obviously, however, most of us need to buy within a budget. We’ll do our research, look for deals and maybe even choose to buy some things second hand to save a bit of money. If you’re lucky, parents and grandparents can be very generous and buy key items like a cot or pram. And you’ll find many friends and family members only too happy to give you baby items they no longer have use for. When you know babies grow out of things so quickly then it totally makes sense to utilize ‘previously loved’ items!
Of course, buying new items is part of the joy of preparing for baby but deciding on the likes of a pram can be equal measures exciting and overwhelming. I made sure to do lots of online and offline research before committing to my choice of pram, nursery furniture (see my separate nursery blog post here)…even the play mat! I composed a ‘baby buys’ pin board of my favourite items and then slowly whittled my choices down.
With six weeks to go until my due date I feel like I have most of the big baby buys sorted. Some of the items listed above I have purchased myself, others have been kindly gifted to me.
Clockwise, from top left:
- Chicco Hoopla Bouncer – Bouncer or Rocker – the big debate! In the end I went with this Chicco Bouncer. I liked that it looked comfy and well-padded for baby and wasn’t too garish to look at. As much as I want my baby to be stimulated when sitting up, I’m also keen to have baby items that fit in with my home decor and be something I enjoy looking at too!
- Withings Home HD Camera – Phill is in charge of the techy side of baby buying and after much research he decided the Withings Home HD Camera was the best baby monitor for us. Using the Withings app we can both keep an eye on the baby when they have been put down to sleep. The built-in speaker allows you to talk to your baby as a way of soothing them without having to go into the room. Environmental sensors also monitor the temperature, humidity and levels of organic compounds. Pretty nifty.
- Pacapod Changing Bag – I looked online at ALOT of changing bags and in the end it was between the Pacapod backpack and this Lassig changing bag. I wanted a bag that Phill and I would both be happy to tote around, would be robust and stylish at the same time. I still haven’t made my final final choice but the decision is imminent!
- Vennici Travel System – Prams were the first big baby item we looked at months ago. We mainly did first hand research for prams as it’s so important to feel and push a pram in person. With Phill being 6ft 3in and me just 5ft 3in, we knew our decision probably wasn’t going to be very straight forward. However, we did know we wanted a travel system (where the car seat and carry cot can be used interchangeably on the pram chassis, and once the baby is old enough, the pushchair element can be added). However, most of the travel systems are dinky and looked a tad ridiculous in Phill’s grasp! Also, once you add up all the required and ‘nice to have’ elements, many end up costing over 1K and we just couldn’t justify that spend. In the end we went for the Venicci – a Polish pram brand that are really on the up-and-up, having won and been nominated for many awards. Big thanks to my parents for buying our pram for their first grandchild.
- Mamas & Papas Octupus Playmat – After my Mamas & Papas Personal Shopping Experience, I fell in love with this colourful playmat. It’s looked so plush, fun and entertaining for baby. I waited until there was a big 50% sale on at Mamas and Papas before purchasing this item a few weeks back. Go me!
- Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier – I knew from early on I wanted a baby carrier/sling. I’ve always liked the idea of carrying my baby close to me and I think it’s a really safe, secure and hassle free way to transport your baby. I know some people/babies aren’t fans of baby carriers but I’m hoping my baby and I love the baby carrying experience. I’ve been very fortunate to have been gifted a Baby Bjorn Miracle by a friend who used it just once or twice. This has saved us about £100!
What are your top big baby buys? Leave a comment and let me know.