Aveeno Body Lotion
Cameron developed some very dry skin when he was only a few weeks old and a lot of the creams that were prescribed for him made his skin worse. In the end, the one that worked was Aveeno, which you can in fact buy off the shelf in a lot of shops such as Boots. The cream really helped him and his skin went back to its usualy baby softness. I also used some of it on my stretch marks and patches of dry skin.
These were a godsend to me when I was breastfeeding. I had a lot of trouble with Cameron not wanting to latch on. Due to difficulty, and a huge amount of stress from not sleeping and constant feeding during the night leading me to start combination feeding, Cameron then became too lazy to latch on to my considerably smaller nipple than the bottle teats he had during the night. As a result I was tempted to just stop trying, but I persevered and a breastfeeding support midwife gave me a set of nipple shields. It was thanks to these things that I ended up being able to breastfeed up until Cameron was four months old. They work by slipping over the nipple/breast and the baby latches onto the teat of the shield, then drawing the nipple into the shield fully, and feeding the baby through the small hole. It worked really well for us, but obviously isn't for everyone, and should only be used as a temporary measure.
Cameron had 'Colic' for what seemed like forever! It is basically trapped wind and it makes the baby very unsettled, up all night, crying all the time etc. It can be very hard to deal with but someone suggested Gripe Water and it seemed to really help. Luckily the colic didn't last too long as it was such a strain, with Uni at the time as well. But I definitely would recommend gripe water for babies who are suffering.
This was, and still continues to be, a miracle worker! Cameron has been teething pretty much since he was a couple of months old, though his teeth didn't start coming through until around 6 months. He still only has two, and one trying to poke through! First of all I used Dentinox Teething Gel but this didn't seem to do much for him. Then I used Calgel Teething Gel which also was a bit rubbish in my opinion. I knew that I had heard good thing about Bonjela for babies but Cameron was just under two months when he first started teething. As soon as he was 2 months I gave him it and it really helped. I would definitely suggest it!
A Changing Bag that isn't a Changing Bag!
Changing bags are officially the biggest rip offs around. They seem to think that because they add the word baby in front of it, they can charge you a fortune for anything other than a boring standard bag. I decided to replace my free Boots Change bag with a floral bag from Primark which cost me about £8 and is lasting really well. It is very spacious, looks good and I have everything I need in it, so why bother spending £60 on a 'designer' changing bag? I have more important things to spend my money on...
This is amazing! I have two and they are just great products to take formula out with you. Sometimes I put it in them just because it is less fiddly to pour it into bottles rather than use a scoop when you have a hungry baby on your hands. I bought both of mine from Boots for around £5. Totally worth the money and have both lasted months. They are also easy to clean. Definitely my favourite baby related product.
At least one small portable, preferably noisy, toy
Car journeys, however short, can be incredibly boring for a baby. Cameron sometimes falls straight asleep, but other times he sits there and gets bored and grumbles due to this. I started giving him toys to play with and he has been so much better. They keep him entertained and he especially loves his 'musical instruments', a maracca and a set of jingle bells..
A Baby Walker
I have heard mixed reviews about baby walkers but since having one I really don't see what all the fuss was about. The only way they would be dangerous is if complete idiots were in charge... Common sense tells you not to leave a baby unattended in a baby walker.... That is the only time when they could cause damage to themselves. They can, however, hurt others a lot if they run over your feet! Ouch! Cameron loves his and I love the fact that it means I don't have to check he hasn't crawled out of the door whilst I check emails or tidy up. Win, win situation.
Fragranced Nappy Sacks
To avoid your flat/house/entire road smelling really bad, I would suggest using these sacks to put the dirty nappy in. Might sound like common sense, but sometimes I run out of nappy sacks and believe me, after an hour or so, you can totally tell! Great for when you are out or over someone else's house as well, because they are not going to want the smelly nappy to linger long after you have left...
So they are my favourite baby related products of the last 10 months. I have never had the need for a dummy as Cameron rejected his at only a couple of weeks old. But these products have got me through the first 10 months... If any of you readers with older children would like to give me some top tips on products for the next stages, then feel free to get in touch and do a guest blog on the topic (or just give me the heads up!)