This is a list of some of the best and worst baby products I have bought with the prices I purchased them at. They are my own opinions on how they have worked/not worked for us, but with other families it will be different.
Ewan the Dreamsheep (babiesrus £29.99)
When Mabel was around 12 weeks old she was starting to get a bit harder to settle to sleep. After seeing many great reviews about Ewan I thought I would give it a go, even though I think the price is quite expensive. Ewan has 4 different types of sounds that play for about 20 minutes, and there is a light which is a soft red glow that you can either have on or off. To start with Mabel absolutely hated it. It did not change a single thing when it came to putting her to bed. We persevered with it and she now loves going to sleep with her Ewan dangling off her cot. The musical tune, as well as the soft warm red glow from the light, gives Mabel something to focus on and within a few minutes, she will settle to sleep.
Dr Browns Natural Flow Starter Kit. (Mothercare £19.99)
I had heard so many great things about these Dr Brown’s bottles that when Mabel was struggling to drink from other different types of bottles, I immediately turned to these. The bottles are designed in a way to help eliminate air bubbles and therefore decrease the chances of developing colic. I am absolutely delighted with this product as Mabel took to them straight away and her winding problem decreased.
Playmat (ikea £25)
Angelcare Sensor Mat and Monitor (Mothercare £64)
I bought this as a recommendation from my brother who had used it with his two children. I absolutely love it and it is not as expensive as many other types of monitors. The main thing I love is the alarm that goes off when no heartbeat can be felt on the sensor mat. As a parent you want your children to be safe at all times, even when asleep. This gives me such a peace of mind. The monitor part has many functions including the room temperature and I just love how easy it is to use.
The Worst things are:
Medela Calma (Mothercare, teat on its own £11.99)
Baby Towels (free in baby packs and some in bundles)
Sangenic Nappy Disposable Bin (babiesrus £10)
Moses Basket(We are lucky and got ours from my brother)
I did not have to purchase this item but instead got it from my brother as his family have no use for it. Many sites I had been on before about what to buy or not to buy had the Moses basket as something not to get as it was useless. Mabel being my first child, of course, I assumed I did need one. With Mabel being such a big baby she lasted 4 weeks in the Moses basket and that was at a push. We then bought a crib in which we managed to get 11 weeks use out of it before she went into her cot. Thinking back if I had bought one at the prices they are these days I would be of been very angry as it does not get much use. I probably would have opted straight away for the crib as 1. It is bigger and can use it for longer. 2. The one I bought was a lot cheaper than the Moses baskets I have seen. 3. I feel it creates an easier transition from the crib to the cot as the crib is just a smaller version.
Yet again these are my opinions on how things have worked or not worked for our family. Everyone is different.