Kid’s stuff worth getting… baby equipment that’s actually useful

This isn’t meant to be a sales pitch for baby equipment but I have added the links to examples of the products I’m talking about just for illustration purposes, there are other makers and I would definitely advise you to shop around to find a good deal from other makers/second hand etc.

  • Swiss ball, I have yet to be unsuccessful (of course I’m guaranteeing an epic fail next time I use this technique!!) in soothing a fussy baby on one of these. Swaddle baby tightly and hold them securely in your arms with their head well supported and bounce. Not weedy little bounces but a decent up-and-down rhythm. This is essentially the same as walking round and round your coffee table but you wont get as tired.
  • Muslin’s, great for burping and then later for removing the constant stream of snot and baby food.

http://www.thelittlegreensheep.co.uk/search/default.aspx

  • Sleeping bags, the ones for babies obviously. Keeps them warm without having to unravel a tangle of blankets in the dark and when they’re older stops Baby kicking of their blankets in their sleep.

http://www.greenchild.co.uk/p0/all-baby-sleeping-bags/395213.htm

  • Bumbo, try and get one second hand as they don’t need them for long but I found them invaluable for they age when babies want to see what’s going on but are getting heavy to carry about all the time. Also good for them to sit in when weaning and to sit on the table (attended by an adult at all times obviously) while Mum and Dad eat, give them some finger food or a spoon. Eating as a family can only be a good thing and it’s amazing how fascinated babies are by something as simple as watching mum and dad eat.

http://bumbo.com/products/

  • This is a more general one; you need a light in yours and then your baby’s bedroom, which gives you enough light to see by without leaving you wired. (It’s worth noting the quote from Dr Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre that the light from a mobile screen has the same effect on your brain as a double espresso.) I use this as a nightlight for my kids, it does the job and I don’t need to worry if I forget to turn it off, as it doesn’t get hot.

http://www.ecozone.com/products/moonlight/Muddy Bums

  • Waterproof waders, these were a god-send when my kids were toddlers, with a pair of wellies they can splash about and fall over in the mud as much as they like

http://www.muddypuddles.com/girls/collections/waterproofs/all-in-ones/puddleflex_bibnbrace_navy.htm

  • Sunsuits. So I think I need to be clear on this one, sunsuits are great as a way of avoiding the chore of covering your child in thick, usually sand-filled sun lotion from top to toe every 2 hours (especially if your child has sensitive skin, allergies, eczema, etc).

However, if you live in the UK, your child needs to have some sun exposure to produce Vitamin D, I have spent time with a child who suffered from rickets which isn’t simply the knobbly knees you see in the history books and it’s not something I would wish on my worst enemy, let a lone a child so please make sure you’re clued up on this.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/vitamin-D-sunlight.aspx

  • Booster seat and rucksack. This is for older children and I would say it’s totally worth it if you travel reasonably regularly with your kids. Downsides are it’s not comfy to sleep in without a lot of additional padding and it’s also fairly heavy for small children so you will inevitably end up carrying it yourself but still 100% better than lugging a traditional car seat about!

http://www.trunki.co.uk/EN/categories/boostapak_9

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