Ten essential buys for your baby in lockdown

During this uncertain time, what are the things you need most for your newborn?

If you are expecting a baby right now, you’ll probably be a little apprehensive about going into hospital to have your baby while we have a pandemic. However, you do still need to plan for all the things you will need for your little one. Here are the top ten things to get now, from lovely baby companies who are working hard to get products to you during lockdown.

1. Snuz SnuzPod3

A safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep that can be placed right next to your own bed at night is a must. The Snuzpod3 is a lovely little bassinet on a stand that has a couple of modes. On the stand, it’s the ideal height to sit next to your bed at night, making night time feeds easy. Lift the basinet off the base and you have a small crib that you can take into another room with you when your baby needs a nap. The base can rock to help you soothe baby to sleep and there is a new feature that allows you to recline the mattress a little, helping ease the discomfort of reflux. It can be used from birth to around six months.

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2. Silver Cross Dream i-Size Car Seat

One thing that’s essential is a car seat to bring your baby home from the hospital and you can choose one of the safest around. Silver Cross only brought out its new car seat range last year, so it’s a great accolade that their Dream seat has won the best ever score in the ADAC safety tests. The seat will be available from 29 June and is suitable from birth to 13 kg or around 12 months. It has a newborn insert that has sections that you can remove as your baby grows, ensuring the seat always fits your baby. The insert is made from soft bamboo fabric, which is not only anti-bacterial but is temperature regulating too. The seat comes with an optional base that installs with a simple on-click attachment. There’s a five-point harness for safety and a five-position headrest.

3. Uppababy Vista Pushchair

Once baby has arrived, you’ll both want to get out for some fresh air and some exercise, so choose a good pushchair that will take you from birth right up to three years or when your baby doesn’t need a pushchair anymore. With a sleek chrome pushchair and leather handle accents, the Vista comes with a carrycot to use from birth that is suitable for overnight sleeping and can be attached to the pushchair with one clock. The hood has a UPF 50+ sun canopy to protect your little one from the elements and the back of the canopy unzips to allow for extra air flow in warmer weather. The seat unit can face the front or the parent and has recline positions for naps. With a telescopic handlebar, it’s suitable for parents of all heights and it has a good fold and stands alone when folded.

4. Bluebell Baby Monitor

As your baby grows and goes for naps, you’ll want to ensure you keep a close eye on them even when you are not in the same room. The Bluebell Monitor helps you keep track of your baby’s breathing, temperature, crying and position. It has lullabies and a soothing nightlight to help get your baby off to sleep and also white noise. It keeps track of the temperature of the room to ensure your baby is comfortable and not overheated. You can also track other aspects of your baby’s care like feeds and nappy changes too.

5. Vital Baby Pro UV Steriliser

You will be even more aware than usual about the importance of keeping all your baby’s things clean and all the parts of your breastpump and feeding equipment need to be sterilised. This steriliser uses UV to kill 99% of bacteria in just 11 minutes, without the need for chemicals or heat. It uses very little power and will ensure you keep all your baby’s feeding items super clean.

6. Medela Freestyle Flex Breastpump

If you have decided to breastfeed, one of the most useful things you can get is a great quality breastpump. Once feeding is well established, you may decide to allow your partner to give a night feed to help you sleep, so you can express some milk for them to offer a feed. Then you’ll want an evening out occasionally, so it will help when you leave your little one with a baby sitter. Finally, if you have to go back to work and want to keep feeding, this is ideal. It’s compact and lightweight and has a SB re-chargeable battery. You can pump wherever you are.

7. Nuna Leaf

A place for your baby to sit is a great buy and you can take this clever little seat with you wherever you are in the house – and also when you visit friends and relatives. The Leaf is a comfortable and generous seat that sways to the slightest push. It locks in place for a stationary chair – great for early weaning and play time! It has a good, solid base that won’t slip and you can attach a plush toy bar to entertain your little one. It grows with your baby too, so is a good investment. The fabric is soft and organic, with an Oeko-Tex certification and there’s a GOTS certified organic insert too, so the fabric that touches your baby is soft and free of chemicals.

8. Babybjorn Baby Carrier One

Tiny babies want to be held all the time, while is completely natural – yet sometimes, you need your hands free! This ergonomically designed carrier will allow you to hold your baby close to you at all times and as your baby is held upright, also helps with colic and reflux too. It can be used from newborn up to three years in different positions, so it’s a great choice for those who love baby wearing. Made from a soft cotton blend, it is soft and flexible to hold your baby in comfort. The carrier has good support for your baby’s body and head, with the legs held in the best ‘hip healthy’ positions and the head supported well. It grows with your baby too!

9. Angelcare Aqua Soft Touch Baby Bath

You will need to keep your little one clean and so bath time will become one of the important times of your day with your baby. It can also be a time for fun and games too! This clever little bath seat allows you to have your baby in a reclined position in the bath so that you can then wash them – as many new mummies know, trying to hold and wash a tiny slippery baby is often quite a feat! It can be used from birth to six months and keeps your baby’s head above the water. It’s soft and supportive and can be hung up to dry when it’s not being used.

10. Jem + Bea Jamie Changing Backpack

A great changing bag is a must when you’re a new mummy and one that will hold all you need and leave your hands free is fabulous. This bag created in regenerated eco nylon made from old fishing nets offers a sustainable option for eco-conscious mummies and has plenty of room for all baby’s gear. It comes with a wristlet pouch in matching fabric and it has a thermo-insulated pocket at the side. Inside are four compartments including one with a secure zip for your precious items. There’s a padded changing mat and adjustable shoulder straps too.

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