Jess' additional newborn essentials, this time round
After having a couple of kids you seem to have all the usual faff that the web tells you that you need in the beginnings of parenthood. So this blog will not be about the usual snot suckers and sterilisers, but more things I have found that really make a difference, things that if we were to go away for the weekend I would probably pack into my very chic (sarcasm), very over flowing roof rack as I would prefer to sniff sweaty man balls than go without. Most of these are geared around helping sleep because lets be honest, thats all we want!
The Dyson fan. Not long ago Lauren wrote a blog on how she found putting Ronnie into a sleeping bag with arms improved her sleep as she was waking early due to getting cold. Same goes for babies, they are so used to being warm and cosy with blankets, sleep suits and central heating we forget when we are fast asleep at night this central heating normally clocks off and temperatures drop. This fan, although rather pricey is F-ing brilliant, it works both ways, hot and cold so can be used all year round. You set the temperature for the room and it keeps it regulated until you turn it off. It has lots of other fancy things that I have no idea how to use and I can think of many things I would much prefer to spend £400 on ..but it works!
A sleeping bag, on the theme of keeping warm. After swaddling the twins for the first few weeks in the gro company swaddle bags which are brilliant!! but don't get past new born size, so when my huge babies quickly grew out of these after sleeping so well in them I decided to find an alternative. They would, in no time unravel themselves if I just used blankets or muslins and soon would be cold and awake. So I bought Moris super soft summer tog sleeping bags, they really are super soft. The summer version are also lightweight enough for me to swaddle with a lightweight blanket over the top, meaning if they manage to escape the blanket the sleeping bag still keeps them warm enough to continue sleeping and eventually we will grow out of the swaddle completely.
Next up is Babymoov Humidifier. Babies are used to a moist ( that word makes my soul cry ) environment and are much more sensitive to the quality of their surroundings, the use of a humidifier can help with a list of problems that even the word makes a mother weep, colds, coughs, bronchitis, conjunctivitis.. it goes on. With the twins having two older siblings offering lots of slobbery kisses they were constantly suffering from colds and coughs causing sleepless nights. This humidifier maybe on the pricey side of humidifiers at £79.99 its the best one I have tried and comes with a life time guarantee - thats when you know they are not messing around. You can add essential oils, it works as a night light and has helped from day one. Need I continue?
This one is more for the twin mommas but I have found using a sling/wrap has given me those extra few minutes to get dinner finished or put a wash on or finish my wine before i start feeding. I can also have one twin on me and comforted whilst I feed the other. I have a brilliant and beautiful wrap by Artipoppe, I bought the extra long version so I could carry both twins at the same time. It also works for just one. I always get asked where it is from whenever I wear it, it is probably one of my favourite baby buys.
Lastly is Whisbear. Similar to Ewan the dream sheep, he is a white noise cuddly toy. Although Whisbear has a few more features I prefer. You can remove the noise box and stick him through the wash unlike stinky Ewan, one sickness bug and he is screwed. He has magnet legs to hold on to the side of the crib rather than cluttering babies sleep space and my favourite is a cry sensor, when baby cries Whisbear kicks in a blasts out white noise to help soothe back to sleep with out you even moving.