Are babies expensive? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question by friends who don’t have children yet.
My answer is … it depends! From the cot to the pram, the nappies and the endless amount of clothes, dummies and other stuff, babies come with a long list of things they “need”. All these things can range from budget-friendly to astronomically expensive.
As parents, the love we have for our babies is very innate and almost primal. We can’t help but want the absolute best of everything for them. Certain things we really do need and others just make our lives easier.
Here’s my list of things that have been worth the money for our household.
A really good baby monitor has been a lifesaver! It’s helped me in so many ways and allowed me great peace of mind. Primarily it gave me the freedom to cook and clean and do what I need to do around the house without worrying about the bub while he slept soundly.
We got the BT baby monitor 1000 which isn’t available anymore, the next model up is BT Video Baby monitor 2000. The reasons we got it was because it’s got amazing video quality that includes night vision and zoom. A range of 50Bm indoor and 300m outdoors (we had a BBQ in the garden and watched him sleep through the monitor – peace of mind) and a 2-way talk function which was very beneficial (I shhhhhed every time he got fussy and he went right back to sleep woo). The one thing it doesn’t have is pressure sensation: some other monitors will pick up if the baby hasn’t moved for a long time and will alert the parent.
A breast pump is very dependant on the situation you are in. I’m not one to say you must breastfeed especially if it’s not your thing. Each to their own really. However, if you do choose to breastfeed, and your baby does take a bottle a breast pump is a must.
Pumping has been a way for me to increase my milk supply and a way for my husband to bond with the baby by feeding him. On the plus side, it allows me some well-deserved mummy time away to do some work or even to squeeze in a massage.
The one we went with is the Nuby one . Its a mid range breast pump. I personally love it compared to other ones I’ve tried as its effective and has numerous settings to allow for maximum comfort while expressing.
When babies are born, the general advice is to use cotton balls and water. If I’m honest that’s not very feasible unless you’re at home at all hours, or you actually carry cotton and water with you!
Water Wipes my friends is the next best option! They are made with 99% water with a touch of fruit extract. They are very wet and clean extremely well. Yes, they are on the pricier side, we buy them in bulk on Amazon but they are absolutely worth it. Other brands contain chemicals that could potentially irritate your baby’s bottom (i.e cause nappy rash, we found that to be the case), so Water wipes saved the day.
If bottle feeding is the route you would like to go down, investing in good and effective bottles is key.
The Minbie bottles are brilliant for the introduction of bottles as the nipples are designed to reduce nipple confusion (I have said nipples too many times lol) They allow the baby to suck just how they would while they breastfeed enabling them to accept the bottle easier. These are brilliant for feeding the baby expressed milk.
If you go down the formula route or the Minbie don’t work for you, the Dr Brown bottles are gold! They are specially designed to control the flow so that babies feed at their own pace. It also is great for the relief of colicky symptoms.
Here you go!
To all the mumas out there, do you agree with me or do you have other things that are worth the money? Comment below 🙂