Today I thought I’d have a little ramble about some of the things we bought which we probably didn’t need plus things I really wish we’d bought!
I wish we’d bought…
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: I’ve heard so much about these and seen a huge amount of people raving about theirs, but Dylan just couldn’t be persuaded this machine (which prepares a perfect temperature bottle in two minutes) was worth buying. They are pretty pricey but if you can get them on offer they’re not too bad. It just seems to easy and saves the hassle of having a crying baby while you boil water, then get it cooled back down to the right temperature. Luckily Alexandra is pretty consistent with when she wants feeding but for those times she catches us unawares and goes from fine to STARVING HUNGRY in the blink of an eye, I do wish I had one!
Isofix: This handy little device which stays in your car and enables you to pop the car seat in and out within a second is again something which we didn’t really consider buying. However, having seen people use them since and spent many a minute waiting for Alex to be strapped into the back of the car (with my hand I’m pretty useless at anything like this so it’s not normally my job!) I think they’re well worth forking out for. The only downside I guess is that it stays in your car and Alexandra tends to go in a few different cars when friends and family drive us anywhere so its use would be limited due to that.
I wish we hadn’t bought…
Hats: A lot of the hats we bought were part of a set with other items of clothing so I don’t feel too bad, but those little cotton hats which every newborn has went pretty much unworn in our house. She wore a couple the day she was born and a couple once or twice since, but I’ve got a stack of about 15 which never went near her head and never will now she’s grown out of them! However the thicker winter hats she’s got have proved much more useful and certainly will do over the coming months. Maybe it’s because she’s got so much hair and always gets compliments on it that we shied away from hat wearing!
Scratch mitts: I feel like scratch mitts are one of those items everyone tells you the baby will definitely need, however she’s never worn a pair and again I have a stack of brand new ones. In the early days she didn’t seem to go near her face and now she’s started discovering and using her hands a lot more, we’ve had a couple of scratches (before my sister kindly cut Alexandra’s nails for us!) but it seems such a shame to cover up her hands when she’s so interested in them! We didn’t even use the built-in mitts on her sleepsuits although I can see how they’d come in handy if you were using mitts and your baby had worked out how to get the loose ones off.
Next time I’ll have a little chat about the invaluable items we bought and why I love them so much! Come back on Thursday for that.
Harriet and Alexandra x