Now that Adam has hit the 4 month mark I’m in a bit of a better position to give my opinion on what products we actually couldn’t have lived without and what we probably could probably have saved on.
I’ve recently published a post about the MAM bottles and Breastfeeding starter set so if you’d like to know more about what bottles we’ve used and then I’d recommend giving that post a read but in a nutshell, Mam bottles are self sterilising so we’ve literally bunged them in his changing bag and had them sterilized in restaurants and cafes when out shopping, anywhere that has a microwave and you’re sorted. Their anti-colic technology has worked wonders for Adam and the silk teat has meant we’ve easily transitioned from bottle to breast and back again with absolutely no issues. When you’re a first time parent its hard to decipher what will be useful and what will work for your baby and we’d never heard of Mam before so we took a chance but it has majorly paid off for us and I will continue using Mam products for any future babies we may have too. I’d just like to put it out there that we are in no way sponsored or endorsed by Mam, we just really love what they do.
Another product I couldn’t have survived breastfeeding without is the Medela Symphony I rented from the Medela website. I’ve tried a fair few breast pumps (Mam manual pump, Tommee Tippee Electric pump, Ardo Calypso, Medela Swing and Medela Symphony) and this has to be by far the best pump I’ve used. It helped when I was having major breastfeeding issues in keeping up my supply and filling up my freezer with milk. The symphony was the easiest and quickest and it was so quiet I could express in the middle of the night while Adam slept and it didn’t disturb him at all. If I could do it all again I wouldn’t have bothered buying any of the other pumps but hindsight is a wonderful thing!
When I first found I was pregnant I didn’t buy any clothes for Adam, although it physically pained me I restrained myself until I was about 28-30 weeks gone and then I picked up everything I liked in ages 3-6 months. We were also lucky enough to recieve lots of clothes from family and friends and I didn’t really need to buy much anyway. When he was born he was so tiny that none of his clothes fit him, even the newborn and first size bits were literally hanging off him and in true first time mummy fashion I went out and picked up lots of tiny baby clothes. They lasted him about a week before he grew out of them and he hadn’t really needed them in the end. My favourite clothes on him are the Next sleepsuits, they just look and feel so comfortable and have the nicest designs but I found they just didn’t wash as well as the Mamas and Papas ones. He got the most use out of his Mamas and Papas vests and sleepsuits as he literally wore them from birth until just a week or two ago when they eventually grew too small. I’d definitely recommend them as they seem to get slightly looser with every wash hence why they still fit him for so long whereas I’ve found the Next sleepsuits tend to get a little bit smaller with every wash and he’s grown out of them much quicker.
Maternity and Nursing clothes
If you’re anything like me and had been dreaming of being pregnant for as long as you could remember you probably got just as excited about maternity clothes as I did! I remember finding out I was pregnant when I was just 5 weeks gone and my bump was non existent but I spent hours in Topshop maternity picking up a whole new wardrobe…I bought new jeans, tops, bump bands from Asda, fancy nursing clothes and in reality I didn’t put on enough weight throughout my pregnancy to fit into 95% of everything I bought. If I could go back now I’d say wait it out and stretch it out as much as you can. Maternity clothes are extortionate because companies know that women will spend the extra bit of money for fancy maternity clothes. At the very end of my pregnancy I just bought regular clothes is a size or two bigger and I still wear them to this day as the loose fit makes nursing much easier.
The only thing I would advise picking up is some nursing tops and bras if you’re planning on breastfeeding and lots of cheap leggings, you’ll spend most of your pregnancy in them! I’ve tried nursing bras from Asda, M&S and H&M and I’ve found the H&M ones to be the softest and most comfortable and have the most room for movement when you’re a little bit fuller before a feed. Also I found they were a good size during the day and had enough stretch after a night of no feeding with room to grow. All the others always become too tight and I wake up ready to burst, LITERALLY!
Adam has always been a snuggly sleeper. When he was very small his sleep was always much better when he was swaddled but when he got too big for a regular blanket swaddle he’d break free in the night, his bastard moro startle reflex would kick in and he’d be awake screaming. So I did a bit of research and found a product called a woombie. I literally want to kiss the person who invented this because the second he went into it he started sleeping through the night without even waking for a feed until early morning (hence the need for stretchy bras!). I ordered my woombie from JoJo Maman BeBe as it seems to be the cheapest place to sell them and although we joke that it looks like a straight jacket for babies, it saved us hours of night time rocking back to sleep. The material is stretchy so Adam always had room to stretch but he couldn’t break out of it and if he did startle in the night he’d immediately fall back asleep and the vented section at the front meant he didn’t overheat while asleep. This works best for newborns and now that Adam can roll onto his side I’ve transitioned him into a normal sleeping bag which he sleeps in just as well. This just happens to be the one I picked up from Marks and Spencer but there are hundreds out there, just be sure you dress your little one appropriately for the tog rating of your bag.