Got a new baby/one (or more) on the way? Here’s what you need…0-1y

A little help choosing products for the lovely little ones in your life…

Many people have lots of help with purchasing essential and luxury baby items. Friends and family buys often make up for the majority of items needed for your baby.

There is a lot of waste in the world and many items can be duplicated or just impractical so I recommend making a list of items you’re going to need over the months.

An easy way to get what you need without being pushy is to hand write your list, add tick boxes and take a photo of it. Post the photo to your social media and comment ‘Eeek…baby is on the way and I’m getting prepared with lists, here’s my first one…time to get saving up!’, or something similar. As items are bought (or given) tick the list and repost on social media, everyone instantly knows what you have and what you need!

I’ve had 3 children and I have been a part many more babies and small children’s’ lives as their childminder. After speaking with many parents and carers and using my own experiences with products, below are my recommendations. These items have been tried and tested against many others by me. These are my choices and I just thought I’d share them with you. This list doesn’t contain the larger essential items such as pram, cot and car seat…for my recommendations on these a post will be coming soon.

You can click on each link and buy these items on Amazon UK. Amazon is one of my favourite shopping sites and if you’re super impatient (like me) signing up for a month of free amazon prime is a really good way to save money on shipping costs too (super useful if you’re ready to purchase all in one go!)…just make sure you make a note on your calendar a couple of days before the end of the trial so you can cancel or you will be charged. If you do decide to buy from these links it will help me out, so thanks.

This list is in no particular order…

Wooden Teething Ring/Baby Hold Toy Great for young babies to hold, pass from hand to hand, and chew on. My youngest loved these!

Lovely Lamb Taggy Comforter Lovely and soft and super sensory!

Mobile This is perfect for suspending over baby to keep them stimulated in the first 4-5 months. Manhattan Toy products are a favourite of mine as they produce some lovely contrasting colours and shapes on their toys that will stimulate any baby’s imagination. Take it with you wherever you go.

Jumparoo This is perfect for keeping your baby entertained. Yes this does take up a bit of room, and when folded isn’t the smallest but it is one of the most used purchases we had. Suitable from sitting to standing. These are popular, so look after yours and sell on!

Treasure Basket Treasure baskets have been around for years now and are still going strong. Every child needs access to one. For babies that can sit to preschool plus…(you certainly get your monies worth here!). There are items that may not be suitable for a very young child in this basket. Please remove them and add them when your child is old enough to explore them. Always sit with your child and closely supervise when using a treasure basket…<3

Infant to Toddler Chair The best chair by far. Suitable from birth to around age 3! Affordable and long lasting…I’ve had mine for 10 years! EASY TO WASH

Cheeky Wipes Kit They claim to save you money, and you do (if you don’t go buying baby-wipes too!), but these cloths are super lovely. A perfect size, thickness and Essential oil blend that make them smell so lovely that you’ll not only use them on baby! We still use them today on our now 3 year old (at the sink, in the bath, as dolly blankets etc, etc) and on ourselves! Perfect for combining with cloth nappies too!

Sheepskin Rug Perfect for regulating baby’s temperature, keeping them cool in summer and warm in winter. Place into your carrycot and pushchair and onto the floor at tummy time. Oh and then use as a bedroom rug/chair cover 🙂

Ball Every small child needs a ball…this one is perfect! Vibrant colours and sensory for your super sucker and dribbler. Made from natural rubber and is Organic too! Only the best will do.

Geometric Cushion Covers You’re going to need cushions just for baby. Why not have a set that look cool, grab baby’s attention and will do a multitude of things that the expensive shaped cushions will do for much less money?

Floor Level Feeding/Play Chair from 3 months! Before you go and purchase a high chair, try this chair for as long as you can. This chair was fabulous for us, we were caring for two 9 month olds and just didn’t have the room for 2 high chairs. These did a fabulous job and when I had my youngest she used it from the recommended 3 months old! She enjoyed sitting upright safely and playing with toys on the little tray. It’s also easy to clean and look after.

Waterproof Suit age 6-12m Essential for the crawling baby. There is no such thing as bad weather…just bad clothing choices! Accessories to follow:

Waterproof Booties

Waterproof Mittens

Gruffalo Bag with Parent Strap Essential for the wandering toddling baby. I had so many comments on this bag because it is so cool! Easily fits inside a small drink cup, small snack, nappy and wipes, so perfect for a short walk to the shops etc. The strap detaches for when the toddler no longer needs it. I chose this bag for my daughter because I liked it…(well she couldn’t even see the bag when she wore it)!

Thank you for reading this post. If you think someone you know might like it, please share it. Take care and I’ll write again soon…

Alex 🙂

Author: Alex@ministryofminding

Hi! 2017 was my year! 2018 will be too! I’ve been a registered childminder for the past 12 years and have loved working with babies, children and their families. Ministry of minding is my passion...a service that allows parents and careers to have time away from the children to reboot their energy levels and to help them discover themselves again, and eachother! Parenting is a full time job, even when we go to work full time! Having at least 1 full time job means we need a break...not just once every 3 months or so...We need regular time away to be the best parent or career we can be, and by regular I mean at least once a fortnight! Ministry of minding allows you to have that time away without feeling guilty! No one does a good job when they are running on empty! By choosing me to come to your house, I’m giving you peace of mind your children are well cared for and the ‘sitter‘ has a valid paediatric first aid certificate, is fully insured, has a level 4 qualification and has more than 12 years of experience in childcare and more than 16 years experience of being a homeowner and parent! I’m a very proud parent of 3 very clever daughters aged 16, 14 and 3. I’m doing what I’m passionate about because I want them to see any parent can go and achieve their dreams, no matter their circumstances or age! Thank you for taking your time to read this...and if you’ve gotten this far you might as well get to know me even more! I love (a lot!) Christmas, Halloween, Harry Potter (clue in my business name), Disney, Autumn and walking (or cycling) through the beautiful places in this world. Now you have to meet me to get to know me even more!

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