Preparing for the arrival of a baby is an exciting journey, whether you’re a first-time parent or have experience with children. Amidst the joy of baby shopping and envisioning your little one’s future, the overwhelming array of baby products can be perplexing. With the influx of parenting influencers and online ads, new parents often end up with unnecessary items that never see the light of day. To help navigate this maze of baby essentials, Victoria Percy, owner of Bump Nursery Boutique in Davenham Village, Northwich, and a mother herself, owner of luxury boutique, has curated a list of the top 10 must-have items for new parents. These recommendations range from strollers to baby monitors, aiming to make the transition to parenthood smoother and more enjoyable.
- Doona 2 in 1 Car Seat: Combining practicality and safety, the Doona car seat effortlessly transforms into a stroller, saving space and time. Additional accessories like the essentials bag, winter footmuff, and rain cover enhance its functionality.
- Cybex Cloud T i-size: This first-stage infant car seat stands out with its 180-degree rotation feature for easy boarding and fully flat recline option for use outside the car. Its compatibility with various pram chassis creates a versatile travel system.
- Owlet Smart Baby Duo Monitoring System: The Owlet smart sock 3 monitors your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels through a smartphone app, offering peace of mind while your baby sleeps. Coupled with the Cam 2, it enables remote viewing and sound monitoring.
- Ultra Compact Travel Stroller: The Cybex Coya stroller combines luxury with practicality. Suitable from birth, lightweight, and designed to fit in hand luggage compartments, it’s both stylish and functional.
- Snuzpod4 Bedside Crib: As a market leader in “next-to-me” cribs, the SnuzPod4 features compatibility with most beds, a gentle reflux incline option, and machine washable mesh liner, fostering close proximity for easier feeding and sleeping.
- SnuzPouch Sleeping Bag: Addressing the challenge of dressing your baby for bed, the SnuzPouch offers a convenient nappy change zip and comes in different tog ratings for varying temperatures.
- Purflo Sleep Tight Baby Bed: An alternative to traditional baby nests, this portable bed is approved for overnight sleep. Parents report improved sleep quality for their babies.
- Dummy Clips: Stylish and practical, dummy clips prevent pacifiers from getting lost, especially during travel. The Neutrum Bear dummy clip is recommended.
- Nappy Caddy: Streamlining nappy changes, the Neutrum Bear Nappy Caddy provides organised storage for essential items, making diaper changing quick and easy.
- Convertible Cotbed: Investing in a cotbed like the CuddleCo Clara or SnuzKot Skandi provides long-term value, converting into a bed suitable up to five years of age.
Victoria Percy also offers support to local parents-to-be through events. An upcoming Parents To Be Evening on September 3 will feature a variety of local businesses offering insights into birth education, baby massage, photography, and ultrasound services. This event aims to provide expectant parents with valuable information while creating a supportive community.
By focusing on these recommended essentials, new parents can streamline their preparations, making the transition into parenthood smoother and more enjoyable.