My 8 Best Baby Purchases - Best Baby Items for Newborn onwards

It seems that every mum is inundated with baby items to buy! Advice from well-meaning friends, family, advertisements, the odd salesperson, or even the random stranger on the street! 
 
As a new mum, I bought into many things that people said I needed, especially because my boy was a fairly difficult newborn. The result was lots and lots of wasted cash.
 
Not all baby stuff is a waste of time and money though! Here are 8 of the best baby items that were worth their weight in gold!
 
Check them out and save yourself some time and effort momma, you need it

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1. Baby Carrier!

I love babywearing!

I love the freedom it gives me, I love the fact that my baby is nestled up against me, and I love the fact that I know for a fact that my baby is safe at all times while I Get. Things. Done.

Why faff around with a stroller when you can have the convenience of your own two feet? Why isolate yourself from the world simply because your little one is now in your life? My baby carrier will always be my #1 baby purchase and my ultimate baby item.

Get the best baby carrier now! This is the current favorite of both my husband and I, the Boba X.  I like the fact that it is so adjustable and is able to go from newborn setting all the way to a wide toddler setting. Great longevity and value as baby grows!

 

Boba X – My current favourite carrier
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2. Water Dispenser

The single most useful item for a newborn, hands down. Not only that, adults get to make full use of the water dispenser as well! It is so useful that although it is a more pricey item, I just have to recommend it as one of my best baby purchases!

Hot water, cold water, or room temperature, the water dispenser supplies! I had a terrible time getting my milk in and my husband had to top up often with formula, sometimes in the middle of the night. I will always be thankful that we have such easy access to water that is kept at the perfect temperature for mixing formula, warming up food, or making a cuppa. 

If you hate boiling water everytime you need hot water, a water dispenser should be on your list! As a bonus, it filters all the nasties out of your tap water so its safe for baby to drink!

This is the model that I use. 

Brio Self Cleaning Water Dispenser
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BTW: This is a Quality of Life purchase that vastly improved my quality of life due to convenience and ease of use! Not strictly a baby purchase but that was the main reason we bought it!

[Water dispensers] filter all the nasties out of your tap water so it safe to use to make formula! No more boiling water in the middle of the night!

3. Swaddle Bags

Swaddles are great, until you realise that somehow your baby seems to wrestle his way out of every single one! I swear, some babies are just mini escape artists that promptly scare themselves awake with the Moro Reflex -_-|||

Luckily there is a simple solution! Swaddle bags are another great baby purchase as they make it so easy to surround baby in the perfect swaddle, even in pitch darkness! 

By far the most effective swaddle bags of those that I tried were those by Nested Bean! They have a little in-built weight that mimics maternal touch and keep babies sleeping for longer, plus they look adorable!

Get the Nested Bean swaddle bags now!

 

Nested Bean Swaddles – for a restful sleep!
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Baby not in swaddles any longer? Get the Nested Bean Zen Sleep Sack!

Nested Bean Sleep Sack
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4. Sophie the Giraffe (Sophie la Girafe)

The BEST teether, your baby will love her, guaranteed!

My boy just loved chewing on her. I think it was the varied nubs and things to chew on that fascinated him haha! Even now when he is past his chewing stage, he will still play with her. Best baby purchase ever.

She is made of 100% rubber and hand-painted with baby-safe paint. I love the fact that each Sophie is unique. I actually had two and both had different-coloured spots, though both were still super cute! 

Get Sophie now.

Pro tip: I actually bought a gift set with a mini giraffe teether as well, which I clipped to my baby carriers. Baby chewed on the teether whenever we were out instead of the carrier. Win!

 

Sophie the Giraffe and Teether Gift Set
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5. TinyLove Take-Along Mobile

If you have a baby who cries in the car, this mobile is for you! This mobile was life-saving(literally) for my husband and I because it stopped all crying in the car!! Plus, as it was so small and compact we brought it for our overseas trip and baby was able to nap to its twinkling songs, awwww.

It has a mini-stand and a velcro tab so attaching it anywhere is a breeze. Plus, it is super inexpensive for such a quality product. Our boy pulls at it all the time – not only does it still work, I don’t even remember changing the battery since we got it a whole YEAR ago! This mobile is just that amazing! It totally deserves to be on this list of best baby items!

TinyLove Take-Along Mobile in Meadow Days

FYI, there is one another design, but that one is all pink. 

The BEST Baby Mobile!
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6. Travel Bottle/Food Warmer

One of the most useful items for spending the day outside! I didn’t need to use it for bottle warming (breastfeeding for the win!) but having the food warmer on hand was amazing for warming up thawed baby food quickly and safely on the go.

This is the bottle and food warmer I used. The concept is a simple one and other brands have a similar travel warmer as well! Clearly this is a winning baby item.

 

Tommee Tippee Travel Warmer
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7. Baby Food Processor

My baby’s first puree was broccoli puree!! He hated it haha, but by the third day he was eating happily and asking for more! 

My peeve with commercially available baby food is that there are so many sweet tastes. Even when something is advertised as spinach or broccoli, a quick look at the ingredients list will show that the bulk of the food is something sweet like apple, banana or pumpkin. As a mummy who did not want my boy to develop a sweet tooth too early on, the only solution was to make my own baby food!

Because we do not actually cook in my household (takeout where I live is cheap and good!) I purchased a baby food processor that is definitely one of my top baby purchases! The food processor steams the food and then blends everything up, all at a touch of a button, no further effort necessary! A bonus was that it was so easy to clean after use!

This is the baby food processor I used, the Tommee Tippee Quick Cook

PS.: This was actually the second food processor I purchased, The first was the Avent 4-in-1 and I personally hated using it, though I know it works well for others. Regardless of your preference, a baby food processor is definitely a great baby purchase!

I Love this Baby Food Processor!
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8. Silver Gel

Last but not least, one of the best baby purchases I have made is silver gel.

What in the world is silver gel, you may ask?

Silver is known to have healing properties, and silver gel harnesses these powers in a moisturizing and healing form safe for adults and children.

Whenever baby has a rash, I dry the area and dab a little silver gel on it. It will be gone the next day! Magical stuff for the whole family!

This is the silver gel I use to maintain baby’s soft and lovely skin. 

Amazing and Natural stuff!
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And there you have it, my top 8 baby purchases! 

If you liked this post, be sure to check out my series of Budget Baby Essentials to check out other amazing and useful things for newborns, babies and toddlers!

Looking for important organising tools and checklist for baby’s arrival? Look no further! I have a whole page of printables available for download right here. You’re welcome!

Drop a comment if they worked well for you, or if you have others to recommend. Sharing is definitely caring among new parents! Till next time!

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