"Small people need a lot of stuff. But whether you are pregnant, a new parent or your children are at school, there are a host of products out there vying for your attention. It’s hard to know what you’ll need and to be honest, there’s a lot of things you won’t ever use depending on you, your baby or how much space you have at home.
Some items, however, are absolutely essential, such as car seats, buggies, cots, nappies, and clothes! And other things, well, they are just so lovely you can’t resist!
Here are some of my favourite items from my first five years of parenthood…"
I still use my Joolz buggy as the optional buggy board made it perfect for a mum of two. However, I also love my Nuna which is so compact it lives in the car boot and goes on holiday with us.
My car seat
When it came to car seats, I opted for the Maxi Cosi initially as it was compatible with the Joolz. Once onto bigger car seats I like to get the option that grows with your child so you don’t have to keep buying new ones. The Graco Nautilushas proved a favourite, quite simply thanks to the cup holder!
In the early days I made sure to get a stand for the moses basket that rocked, these are things you learn from baby number one. Swaddleups were also a good solution for nights without scratching before we moved onto sleeping bags.
In the winter months we were all about MummyMitts and cosy footmuffs. Then in summer it was Snoozeshades and Gro Anywhere Blackout blinds.
Bath time was made easy with a baby bath then a swivel bath seat when they could sit up.
Breastfeeding was made a million times easier thanks to my breastfeeding pillow, which came everywhere with us!
And in case you haven’t heard, you can get underwired nursing bras! Changed my life. Well, certainly lifted my spirit and made me look and feel more human again.
From early days to later years the perfect high chair is the Stokke Tripp Trapp, but there are some great clip on styles for those with less space or for out and about.
Now my children are older and like to read books in bed or just have a night light on I love the torch/night light combos, which even come on holiday with us!
By the way I’m judging this year’s Junior Design Awards and if you want to enter your product or brand this is your last chance! Entries are only open until 30th July.
Enter the Junior Design Awards 2015
Kirsty McCabe writes her weekly column here on www.juniormagazine.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @juniormagazine to keep up with the latest news
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