Keep an eye and ear on your little bundle of joy with a baby monitor.
Pram, stroller, car seat, nappies, baby bottles, sterilising equipment… The list goes on! For first-time parents to be the list can seem overwhelming, if not expensive, and none of it offers anything to your own sanity or getting through the first year of sleepless nights.
We hope this list gives you some inspiration for a little ‘treat me wishlist’ for friends and family to get for you when that milestone baby shower comes along!
Keep an eye and ear on your little bundle of joy with a baby monitor. Extremely portable and packed with sophisticated technology, you’ll be able to relax and watch a movie or master that bottle temperature without skipping a beat. Many baby monitors come equipped with high resolution cameras, wireless portability, ability to playback ‘ambient noise’, and app connectivity. Baby monitors are no longer a one-way monitoring device.
Check out our top picks: Uniden BW130 Baby Audio Monitor With Temperature, Uniden 4.3" Digital Wireless Baby Video Monitor with Remote Viewing, VTech BM3000 Safe & Sound Video & Audio Baby Monitor, iBaby Monitor M6, iBaby Monitor M2 Pro, Netgear Arlo Baby 1080P HD Monitoring Camera.
You probably know 18-20 degrees celsius is the optimum temperature for your baby’s room - and some baby monitors come with thermostat technology to measure the temperature in the room… But how do you manage this? A heater or heat pump of course. Heatpumps are efficient, quiet, and a healthy way to heat a room. If you are looking for a more temporary solution panel heaters, oil heaters, and heated fans are great for heating up small spaces quickly. Remember to ensure any heating you use is accompanied by good ventilation.
Check out our top picks: Stadler Form Anna Ceramic Heater, Dyson AM09 Hot+Cool Fan Heater, Dimplex 2000W Portable Electric Fire, Dimplex Portable Air Conditioner, Heater and Dehumidifier, Fujitsu Compact Floor Console, Mitsubishi Electric Rapid Series Compact Floor Console, Fujitsu Premier Series Heat Pump/Air Conditioner.
Time goes so fast, and even faster when you have a little one to run around after every day. Don’t forget to slow down and capture the small moments to remind yourself of the joy you have created in your abode, and the learning and growth that is happening all around you. Moments come and go, but photos will last much longer - stay in the moment and invest in a camera that does all the hard work for you.
Check out our top picks: Canon EOS750D with 18-55 IS STM lens, Canon EOS 1300D with EF-S 18-55mm Lens, Canon Ixus 185, Canon SX60 Ultra Zoom Camera with Wi-Fi, Sony DSC-W810 Black Cyber Shot Camera, Nikon D3400 18-55mm Single Lens Kit, Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Photo Camera , GoPro Hero5 Black, Kaiser Baas X1 1080P Action Camera.
Not something you would consider at the beginning of your newborn journey, but definitely something you’ll need as time goes on. Once your little one starts craving solids, you’ll want a reliable blender or food processor that you can use to whip up the goods all day long. Plus, they are great for iced coffees - something you’ll be needing with all those sleepless nights!
Check out our top picks: Nutribullet 1000 Watt 9 Piece Kit, Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender, Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Complete, Breville Kinetix Twist Blender, George Foreman Mix and Go with Chill Sticks, Breville Control Grip Stick Mixer, Breville The Kitchen Wizz 8 Plus, Kenwood Multipro Classic Food Processor.
Speaking of coffee, and how much you’ll be needing… A coffee machine is definitely the way to go over instant - stronger, fresher, and that coffee smell alone could wake you up! As an added bonus, it means you can make homemade fluffies and have coffee dates at home with friends without the additional expense and trouble of packing up your whole house… just to leave it for a morning! So relax, and enjoy the aroma of homemade, delicious coffee.
Check out our top picks: Nespresso U Milk, Nespresso Essenza Mini, Dolce Gusto Jovia, Breville Aroma Style Coffee Maker, Breville Infuser Espresso Machine, Sunbeam Cafe Barista, Nespresso Latissima Red, Nespresso Expert & Milk Machine.
The last thing you want to be doing at the end of the day is cook. This is where the crockpot or slow cooker comes in. Not all heros wear capes, and this hero is a lifesaver - delivering delicious, nutritious, hot dishes all over to brand new mums and dads. Use that morning motivation and energy to create a dinner that you’ll thank yourself for later. Thanks to the internet, the recipes are endless and can be as simple or complicated as you like.