19 Absolute Essentials For PregnantNew Mums + Lansinoh Breastfeeding Bundle Giveaway at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

19 Absolute Essentials For Pregnant/New Mums + Lansinoh Breastfeeding Bundle Giveaway

March 19, 2018

Finding out that you’re pregnant is usually an amazing experience – you’re overjoyed, completely filled with an emotion you’ve never felt before and you find yourself floating on cloud nine. Everything is new and exciting and a whole new world has just opened up to you. Shopping is something that immediately takes over your mind. You need to buy a cot, toys, clothes…

Actually, you need to buy a lot of things. This is where it sometimes gets slightly less exciting and a bit more daunting. There are thousands of different products on the market aimed at pregnant and new mums, it can be a real minefield. You may find yourself spending hours comparing pushchairs and various ‘beds’ – do you want a swinging crib, a bedside bed, a moses basket or something else for those early days?

I’m pregnant with my second baby and, even though I have been there before, I still find myself in the same shoes. Luke is 4 and in terms of products available, a lot has changed since I was pregnant with him or I found myself desperately trying to work out what I needed to buy for him as a newborn when running on precisely 2.5 hours of sleep.

Together, with the help of some other mums and some fabulous brands, I have put together a list of must have essentials that are perfect for pregnant mums who are preparing the nest, and also mothers of newborns who may find themselves slightly overwhelmed. I’ve also included some products that just aren’t worth the hype – for me, that’s the nappy bin! But we’ll touch on those products later. I also have a fabulous giveaway for you at the end of the post, courtesy of Lansinoh.

19 Absolute Essentials For PregnantNew Mums + Lansinoh Breastfeeding Bundle Giveaway at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

*This post contains affiliate links*

Essential Items For Pregnant Mums and Mothers Of Newborns

The Absolute Must Haves

The two most popular items among the parents I asked were muslin squares and baby slings/carriers. Muslin squares are you best friends, they can be used for just about anything from protecting your shoulders from throw up to wiping up the cup of tea you just spilt all over the floor. I never got the chance to use a baby sling or carrier when Luke was small, I think I was scared I’d do it wrong, but with my second baby, I am definitely going to be taking the sling route – I’m currently looking at the award winning Ama Wrap.

Medicines

Next comes a collection of all the baby medicines known to man. My advice: buy these before you have your baby. If you don’t end up having a colicky baby or you don’t experience reflux, you may be able to gift your unused items on to someone else in need. However, I recommend stocking up on the must haves such as Calpol, Nurofen, Tixylix, teething granules, Infacol, Gripe Water etc before, as you just don’t want to be panicked and without something when the need arises. Don’t forget the “snot sucker” too! It’s also a good idea to buy yourself a non-contact forehead thermometer.

Keeping Baby Clean

It seems that the multi award winning WaterWipes are the way forward. Faffing about with cotton wool balls and water when you’ve got a huge poonami on your hands just doesn’t cut it. Save yourself some time and grab some of these instead. They’re just as gentle and suitable from birth.

Speaking of poonami’s, the Angelcare bath seat is also a big hit with mamas. It makes bath time a lot easier, keeping your baby supported in the bath so that you have your hands free to wash them and take cute pictures.

Feeding

When it comes to feeding, I honestly couldn’t give a rat’s bum whether you breastfeed or bottle feed. In my opinion, so long as your baby is being fed, that’s all the matters. That being said, if you intend to breastfeed, grab yourself some lifesaving (I am speaking from experience here!) Lansinoh lanolin cream for your nipples. You can buy this in loads of shops and, at the end of this post, there’s also a giveaway you can enter for your chance a Lansinoh breastfeeding bundle.

If bottle feeding is what works with you, a microwave steriliser gets your bottles clean and sterile in minutes (don’t worry too much about matching bottle and steriliser brands, microwave sterilisers will fit most bottles). Lots of the mums I talked to also heavily recommended the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine, saying that they wouldn’t have been able to cope without it! It’s a pricey item though, so if you think you can handle things the old fashioned way, don’t be afraid to give it a go.

Getting Out and About

When it comes to getting home from hospital or venturing out with your newborn, having an Isofix attachment in your car and getting a car seat that is compatible makes life a million times easier. Another item I wish I had bought when pregnant with Luke was a pushchair where the car seat clips in. Yes, too much time in the car seat can be bad for baby, but so is an unrested, over tired and grumpy, dishevelled mum. As long as you know the facts, you’ll be fine and save yourself a bit of stress.

Sleep Time

Another thing I wish I had bought when I was pregnant with Luke is something that plays white noise. White noise is heaven to babies and helps calm and relax them – perfect for helping them get off to sleep. There are lots of adorable animal characters available to buy that snuggle into baby’s bed with them – Ewan The Dream Sheep and Ollie The Owl seem to be the most popular. If you don’t fancy splashing the cash on a ‘character’ toy, you can also download white noise apps on your phone/tablet.

When it comes to sleep, babies do that a lot. Although many prefer to sleep on you, there are some products that make everyone’s life a little easier. Luke always used to fall asleep in his bouncy chair – if he started to stir, a few gentle bounces with my foot sent him right back into slumber-land for a few more minutes. Having a moses basket downstairs seems to be another life saving idea – that way, when the baby falls asleep, you can pop him/her down next to you without having to climb up and down the stairs.

Don’t Forget To Look After Yourself Too

Not everything is about the baby – you need to look after yourself as well! ‘Cool It Mama‘ cooling body spritz* from The Natural Birthing Company is an absolute must-have for your handbag. It works wonders for hot flushes, mood swings, anxiety/tension/stress, nausea, tiredness, restless legs, swollen ankles, headaches and even labour. All you do is close your eyes and spritz your face (or any part of the body) for an instant cooling effect. As I mentioned, I’m currently pregnant and I’m starting to experience some hot flushes and swollen feet – so far, the Cool It Mama spritz is really helping to keep me calm and composed.

Finally, the three things that every parent seems to agree are absolutely essential to newborn motherhood: Netflix, strong coffee and lots of chocolate.

Things That Perhaps Aren’t Worth The Hype/Were Totally Useless

Nappy Bins

I mentioned earlier how I hated the nappy bin – I know I’m not alone on this. Nappy bins seem like a great idea, but realistically, they’re just a box full of poop and wee sitting in your living room or kitchen until it’s absolutely full. In my opinion, it’s much easier to chuck them in your regular bin (which gets changed much more often), or throw them by the front door so you can just take them out when you leave the house.

Changing Tables

On the subject of nappy changes, lots of parents agree that changing tables are a (big) waste of money. There’s nothing wrong with a £5 changing mat on the bed/sofa/table/floor! Waterwipes were mentioned earlier as a great alternative to cotton wool balls…if you really want to know why cotton wool balls are just completely useless, buy some wipes, buy some cotton balls and see which ones your prefer when cleaning up sticky newborn poop! Also, whatever you do, don’t buy a wet wipe warmer; you’ll never have time to use it.

Baby Bath

The Angelcare bath seat I mentioned previously happens to be an essential because it means you don’t have to waste your money on buying a baby bath. They’re fiddly to fill up and move and you either have to be a super confident new mum to bathe a baby one handed, or you need two people around to get the job done. Also, don’t waste your money on top and tail bowls – any bowl will do, or even just the sink.

Too Many Clothes and Blankets

A common problem new mums seem to have is the excessive amount of new born baby clothes, blankets and baby shoes. Yes, newborns need newborn clothing, but don’t go mad – they grow out of that size very quickly. Baby shoes? Useless. They don’t stay on and your little one will most likely be in baby grows where the feet are already covered anyway. I found myself drowning in hundreds of blankets – a handful is all you need. If they get dirty, just wash them!

Lansinoh Give away: Manual breast pump, Lanolin and Milk storage bags

Lansinoh Lanolin was an absolute lifesaver when I was breastfeeding Luke. Even though I couldn’t continue to breastfeed him for as long as I had liked, I continued to pump breast milk and store it in Lansinoh breast milk storage bags. If you’re planning to breast feed or you’re a mama who’s already well into it, this Lansinoh breast feeding bundle is an incredibly helpful prize!

19 Absolute Essentials For PregnantNew Mums + Lansinoh Breastfeeding Bundle Giveaway at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

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A big thank you to all the lovely parents who helped me put this post together:

Jennie Beth Lyndsey Sarah Danielle Kate Julie Lianne Gail Kate Victoria Ayse Sinead Kate Catherine Emma Donna and Helen

*The Cool It Mama cooling spritz spray has been gifted to me. I’ve included it within this article as I genuinely think it’s a great help to both pregnant mums and mum’s of newborns. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The Pramshed

47 Comments

  • Kara

    March 19, 2018 at 9:22 am

    I loved lansinoh products when I had my babies. Great giveaway for new and expectant mums

  • Rhian Westbury

    March 19, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I’d have never thought about how much goes into breastfeeding x

  • Jenny

    March 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Haha – snot suckers – never could get those things to work! Definitely agree about too many clothes – so many got worn once (and some not at all).

  • Ana

    March 20, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Aw I definitely agree that mum’s need to take care of themselves so the nipple cream will be soothing if they breast feed. And water wipes will be ideal as well.

  • NMDIARIES

    March 20, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I think look after yourself is vital! Being a new mother comes with massive responsibilities but you must keep yourself one of those responsibilities! You need to keep yourself healthy & happy so that these emotions can be soaked up by your baby!

    http://www.nmdiaries.com

  • Emily / Babies and Beauty

    March 20, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Yes the perfect prep machine was our saviour with our second son. Saved so much time.

  • Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    March 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Great list of essentials – and a great give away too. Kaz

  • Laura

    March 21, 2018 at 1:20 am

    These are some fantastic tips especially for first time mums and also an excellent giveaway. Sleep is super important! I’m still trying to balance that with my 3yr old and 7yr old

    Laura x

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      March 21, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Yes, sleep is definitely an essential!

  • Sadiyya Maryam

    March 21, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Definitely baby wipes! But more importantly was having my mum around to help me. My daughter hardly slept night and day because of awful colic and then acid reflux and I was constantly shattered. Having my mum sort out cooking, laundry etc gave me more time. I think being able to ask for help is imperative as it can be so overwhelming.

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      March 21, 2018 at 10:45 am

      I had a few people suggest their mums, but I decided to leave it off this list because a lot of people, myself included, don’t have mums around/don’t have a relationship with their mother’s. Being able to ask for help is great, but I also felt like if you’re someone who doesn’t have a big support network around then, it could come across as a bit insensitive. Maybe I will add something in about support though! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  • Hannah

    March 21, 2018 at 6:52 am

    You’ve got some great tips for those expecting! I’m sure it will be very helpful 🙂

  • Chloe Ciliberto

    March 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I love, love, love this list. We are currently trying for baby number 2 and i have loads of these things on my to get list for when we are successful. Last time around I couldn’t live without lanolin cream. It was the best baby product I ever got. My nipples got so cracked and sore and were bleeding. Honestly, without it I wouldn’t have survived the initial few weeks of feeding.

  • Ger ( It’s Me & Ethan )

    March 21, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Wow ,what a giveaway ! Some absolutely brilliant essentials here. Wish there was a list like this when I was first expecting my little one , I had no clue what was what !

    1. Lukeosaurus And Me

      March 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thank you! I did it party for myself, so that I could research the do’s and don’ts for our upcoming baby! I hope it helps some people out 🙂

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    March 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Lanishoh got me out of more than one sore spot, it’s amazing for breastfeeding mums. and the other items on your list are amazing too
    Zena’s Suitcase recently posted…Awesome 6th Birthday Present Ideas: A Little Girl’s Perfect WishlistMy Profile

  • Mellissa Williams

    March 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    These are some brilliant tips and I remember Lansinoh being a fantastic brand for breastfeeding mums. This post will be such a good resource for mums breastfeeding or planning on breastfeeding.

  • Laura Pritchard

    March 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    I couldn’t have survived without muslins!

  • Maria

    March 22, 2018 at 7:05 am

    This looks like a great giveaway for expecting or new mothers!

  • Fran Back With A Bump

    March 22, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Great essentials. We had the angelcare baths eat too and I thought it was fab, so much better than those rigid cold plastic ones!! #coolmumclub x

  • Emma : Ettie and Me

    March 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

    What a great giveaway, lansinoh was my lifesaver with my daughter and im also pregnant with my second so would love to win #dreamteam

  • WhatLauraLoves

    March 22, 2018 at 10:42 am

    I must admit, I know very little about children and babies so when I come to have a child, resources like your blog will be so useful to me xxx

  • Fay

    March 22, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve not had a baby so I can’t answer I’m afraid. I would love to win for my best friend, who is expecting her first baby in 2 weeks

  • Talya Stone

    March 22, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Some wise words here and I would agree with the list of essentials. I would also agree with the fact that a nappy bin has to be the biggest waste of space also! Lovely giveaway too great for a new mum or mum to be. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub!

  • Jo

    March 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    My Morckk car seat blanket has been invaluable. If you’re having a winter baby, I can’t recommend them enough.

  • Maria hackett

    March 22, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    I bought this cuddle sry towel when my twins were born and i loved it. it’s a handsfree towel which has a button to put around your neck and you don’t have to juggle.

  • Solange

    March 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Baby wipes

  • Hannah

    March 24, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    My pregnancy pillow was a big love of mine during my pregnancy’s and even after the boys were born I’d use it to help support them whilst they fed!

  • Lorna Ledger

    March 25, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Babygrows!Essential! not fussy clothing, a baby grow is all you need!

  • Neha Chauhan

    March 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Nappies and Baby wipes

  • Amy Fidler

    April 2, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Def Nappies,Nappy cream x

  • Ruth Harwood

    April 3, 2018 at 9:57 am

    My sanity lol!! and a good washing machine

  • Katie Everett Everett

    April 3, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Baby wipes

  • Jessi

    April 3, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    This is a great list! Can never have too many wipes we get through loads!! Relaxing is my must for new mums, whether it’s taking time for a bath while baby sleeps or grabbing a nap!

  • Kelly B

    April 5, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Oh I have to say muslin cloths! When we were in hospital I seemed to totally forget the purpose of bibs and I went through the muslin cloths instead!

  • janine atkin

    April 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    baby wipes and the steriliser

  • olivia hinton

    April 6, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Co sleeping cot & angel care monitor. And biscuits. Lots of biscuits.

  • donna l jones

    April 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    muslins for me

  • paula cheadle

    April 6, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    breast pads, I started leaking just before I gave birth to my kids, would love to win this prize for my niece who has just had her baby, it would be very helpful to her

  • Rachel Craig

    April 6, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Healthy snacks being available. Fruit bowl being regularly stocked/ replenished.

  • Zoey P

    April 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Baby wipes never left home without them

  • Susan B

    April 7, 2018 at 8:19 am

    I can’t decide between baby wipes and swaddle cloths.

  • Kim Neville

    April 7, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Soft muslins and sleep whenever you can and rest. Housework can wait

  • Amanda Noble

    April 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Baby wipes are definitely an essential x

  • Lucy

    April 7, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Sudocrem!

  • natalie crossan

    April 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    My bottle steriliser – it was a life saver x

  • Danielle Graves

    April 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    A big massive pregnant/breastfeeding pillow – it helped me get comfy when sleeping whilst pregnant and after a csection it helped me get comfy to feed

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