Recently we have been talking bout weather or not to transition our youngest into a toddler bed. Our daughter was in a toddler bed from about 15months, I know it might seem young but she was ready and then at 21 months she was in a full sized single bed. This was because we didn’t see the need to buy another cotbed as she was already using it as a toddler bed.
So with my son now 21months it seems to us the right time to take the bars away!!
But oh and it’s a big but. My son Is a typical boy he’s naughty and cheeky and we stil have no idea how he managed to get onto or on top of the things he does. So I am petrified of him turning bed time into a game and constantly getting out of bed.
We never has any of these problems woth our daughter she has for the most part has always been a good sleeper. She went through a stage at about 18months of hysterically screaming and refusing to get into bed but we soon snapped her out of that. We’re as my son has been a terrible sleeper who has only really been completely sleep trained about 3months and so I don’t want to go backwards of I can help it.
So there it is the dilemma!!!!
This is my opinion if you love any of these items then that’s amazing and id love to hear from you. These are just things that didn’t work for me and my children.
1.Baby bath with top and tail bowl.
Every new baby hates having a bath no matter how fancy the baby bath is. Baby baths price around £10-£20 and they grow out of then really quickly. What’s wrong with just bathing them in the bath weather it’s with you ?or with just a few inches of water. Or a washing up bowl which can be brought in the pound shop.
When it comes to stupid top to tail bowls you have to options here as well just use to plastic container or wash your baby like you was yourself… top first bottom last as an adult you would never was your nether reason then your face so why do manufacturers of top to tail bowels think you would do it to a baby?
2. Anything that goes inside a cot? Toys night lights etc.
If I start with the most simple reason….. your baby is there to sleep not to play
But more seriously tho, SIDS is so important to be aware of more than 250 babies and toddlers still die every year from aids in the UK. So adding additional items to the cot is just increasing the risk in my option.
(SIDS IS such an important thing to be aware of I will write a separate peace about that in the next few weeks. )
3.Moses basket! Shop wisely
Moses basket or cribs are a new born essential but be weary there price varies hugely from around £30 to £200. The key thing to remember is they grow out if it really quickly so don’t break the bank on it.
4. Baby food processor !
Come on talk about a gimmick not only is it a total waste of money as most of us have a food processor or a hand blender in our cupboard but they also hold such a little amount. Most mum’s bulk cook baby food, blend it and freeze it in appropriate portion size
5. Nappy bin.
Personally I just find this rather disgusting , keeping nappies in the babies room for a prolonged period of time. Just put them in a nappies sake a put them in the bin!
I hope you found this useful.
Top 5 nursery/ new baby must haves.
Here are my top 5 nursery must have!
- Cot bed.
For me this is essential. Cots are amazing but I feel a cot bed Is a better buy as your not going to have to buy a bed. They can stay in a cot bed (transformed into a toddler bed) until there are aprox 4? They vary hugely in price so no matter what your budget there’s something for everyone. Plus going from a cot to a toddler bed to a single bed not only feels like a huge waste of money but a lot of hassle.
2. Full size wardrobe
However adorable these little child size wardrobes are you need to look forward to the future… small toddler wardrobes firstly will not hold enough clothes especially as the get older and the items become larger and secondly I don’t know about everyone else’s children, but I certainly wouldn’t want my little darlings to be able to empty there wardrobe full of clean ironed clothes all over the floor in a blink of an eye.
3. Microwave sterilizer & Formula dispencer. (This is mainly for bottle fed babies)
I must say I loved my microwave sterilizer You can take it anywhere and it only took like 5mins to sterilizer 4 bottle, teats & lids. The portable milk dispencer OMG I bottle fed my 2nd child after only around a month so this for me was amazing! You get 3 feeds worth if space it’s so easy to use although I would recommend buying a branded one as I brought a second (just as a spare) off the internet and it was rubbish if I hadn’t have known how good they should have been I would have never recommended it to so many people or used it ever again for that matter.
4. Reclineable highchair
Where do I start these are amazing for numerous reasons. I found when you begin weaning my children just didn’t sit right in a straight highchair so being able to recline just one notch help with feeding no end. Also bring a mum of two unfortunately my son didn’t always get undivided attention during feeds he probably should have. So being able to feed him (highchair fully reclined) at family meal times whist stil being with my eldest was a god send. Now that hes 18 months he still sometimes falls asleep during meals times so being able to lean him back whilst we all finish our meals just makes life easier.
5. Room and bath thermometer
tesco baby bath and room thermometer
I think every mum should have a bath thermometer. I still use mine every day. Although to be honest I’ve never felt the need for a room thermometer though.
This Tesco loves baby & toddlers one in particular is my personal favourite it’s only £5 and I’ve had mine for 3 1/2 years without any problems. Others on the market so exactly the same and are ridiculously expensive…. I just cannot Justify spending around £20 on something that does EXACTLY the same job.
I hope you have found these tips helpful, I hope to do a post soon about the top 5 things I feel are a total waste of money. If there is anything you would like me to post about inparticular or you have any question please leave a comment.
Thank you ,