Baby Stuff I Love

April 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm 5 comments

 

When it comes to buying baby stuff, it really is a jungle out there. There are just so many gorgeous things to choose from. I was helping a newly pregnant friend put together her baby shopping list this week, which got me thinking about all the things that may be slightly outside the mainstream but that I think every new parent should have.

 

As an aside, for those of you that are interested, I found this great article on the Waldorf approach to newborn baby care.

 

So just for fun, here are my top picks for crunchy new baby essentials.

 
 Bedding

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photocredit: www.merinokids.com

Firstly, may I recommend a hammock rather than a cot. Its ideal if you are intending to co-sleep as it gives a baby somewhere safe to sleep for naps, and is a perfect alternative to a port a cot as you can hang it from any door frame. Naturesway hammocks accommodate babies well past 1 year, so you will get great use out of it.

I also have to mention the wonderful merino GoGo bags – you can see from the photo how beautiful they are. Its a real shame they are now made in China, but they are exceptional quality and I really haven’t found another sleeping bag that comes even close.

Out and About

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photocredit: dulceandzoet.co.nz

Whether you are AP minded or not, a sling  is a blessing not to be under-rated. I love my DulceandZoet sling, but I suggest you try to get in contact with a local babywearing group to see different slings in action. In New Zealand, check out www.slingbabies.co.nz. Intenational groups are listed at www.thebabywearer.com.

Even devout baby wearers usually end up with a pushchair.  If you are looking at pushchairs, give serious consideration to a Mountain Buggy. Made in clean green New Zealand, they have a great range of options for attaching bassinets, car seats, toddler seats, and they stand by their product even years down the track. We have a second hand ‘Terrain’ model, and I’m totally in love with it.

Toys and Things

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photocredit:www.tagyourbaby.co.nz

I have to confess we bought a rather revolting Tiny Love baby activity gym – where the baby lies on her back and looks at dangling synthentic fleece toys. I think it was a contributing factor to Munchkin’s very flat head which took months to come right.

But if I knew then what I knew now, I would have chosen one of these taggy floor mats from TagYourBaby.  It might be made of a synthetic material but this is one case where I don’t mind – little babies spill a lot, so polar fleece does come into its own for a playmat.

You can buy some very beautiful wooden and cloth toys appropriate for little babies. They will quickly start putting things in their mouth, so natural and preferably organic materials will be so much nicer.

Baby Care

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photocredit:www.babynecklace.co.nz

Its very anthroposophical to like Weleda products for baby, but that aside they really are lovely . I am a big fan of the calendula nappy hange cream. I also love the smell of ecostore baby products, especially their divine baby bath. And once baby starts teething, I think an amber teething necklace is a worthwhile investment.

Clothing

I really do feel that wherever possible newborns should be dressed in organic cotton – here’s some of the reasons why. It is expensive, but its one place that I think it is necessary. Second hand organic baby clothing has fantastic resale value on eEbay and TradeMe so if you think of it that way its not actually that costly!

For little ones, all-in-ones that snap all the way up the front are the easiest things to get baby in and out of. In colder weather add a cotton or wool singlet underneath, and a pure wool cardigan and hat for outings, you’ll be set for most weather.

While many people will advise you not to buy too many clothes in newborn sizes, you willeasily go through three changes of clothes a day. You don’t want to get stuck in the middle of the night with nothing to change baby into! 

Nappies

I could write a whole post just on cloth nappies (OK, OK cloth diapers for those of you in the USA).  The best advice I can give you is to find your local ‘nappy network’ – I know there are online cloth nappy communities in New Zealand, Australia, UK and US – and probably elsewhere as well.

My top pick for a little baby is a simple prefold and cover system. I love  bamboo prefolds (I use the double layered bamboo inserts – they are perfect as prefolds. For covers, wool is hard to beat. Its breathable, incredibly waterproof, and a lovely natural fibre to use. Its just a little more work than PUL but really, not as much as you would think. These are my favourite wool covers because they are just so pretty.  

I found the most useful information I found on cloth nappies came from the fabulous Snazzipants website. In particular, for newborns they say that “we usually recommend that to stay sane with your first new baby, you use disposables for the first couple of weeks. New babies are really small, and if you are going to have a fit issue, you are going to have it right at the beginning when your baby has teeny tiny chicken legs. And very explosive poo. Not the best mix!”

There is tonnes of cloth nappy information out there, and it can all be a bit confusing. But its only because they are so cute and so much fun – really, they are actually very easy to use.

I’d love to know what your favourite baby things are, so please leave a comment with any ideas that you have.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anemonecrafts  |  April 9, 2008 at 12:11 am

    wow so full of information

    thanks for all of this! I read through everything and I hope some of the info sticks for when we (someday) have a baby.

    -kimberlee

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  • 2. momsecretbook  |  April 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    wonderful 5 listers!

    i agreed so much on the sling department. i am a devout slinger…from hotsling now to baby bjorn. but i guess soon i’d be slingless coz i really hope my daughter walks soon enough before i have further backpain!
    hehe..

    i am also looking for twin pram. maybe u can help me out? thanks!

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  • 3. domesticallyblissed  |  April 9, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Mountain buggy do a great twin pram – very light and manouverable – but it is wide because its side by side. But people I know who love it swear by it. You can also get a Phil and Teds brand twin pram where one baby sits behind the other – I think the model is the Double E3. But I’m pretty sure Phil and Teds is made in China 😦

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  • 4. henitsirk  |  April 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

    I’ve found that it was impossible to really know ahead of time what would work for my babies. I had opinions, but they didn’t always work out. Like co-sleeping never worked for me or the babies, but we did keep them in our room with us until they were ready for a crib. Slings also didn’t work for me, but they have always worn wool underwear close to year-round. Cloth diapers washed at home and wool covers were great for my first child, then I used paper for the second one out of a need for convenience. I support Weleda and use a lot of their OTC products as well as RX remedies, but I wish their skin products were a little less scented. I tried to use their Skin Food for my son’s dry/excema-prone skin, but I felt the strong scent irritated his allergies. The products smell good, but strong!

    I would add to your bedding list a wool mattress cover. We got ones from a US company that are made of sheep’s wool sewn onto a cloth backing, and they are washable. They stay on the kids’ beds year-round. (Though now that we are moving very close to attempting to stay dry at night, I’m not sure if they will continue since we’ll probably have to get rubber-backed sheets. Maybe the wool will return after they’re staying dry.)

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  • 5. babyamore  |  April 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I love my [boys] cloth nappies (Oz here) and they have been a great money saver I hope with twins in cloth. Our wool covers have lost the eleastic inlegs and they wee too much now so overnight we are using huggies again -saves soaked PJ’s at night in our bed too.
    I love our twin pram – Valco Runabout but it is heavy – the upside is sturdy to withstand rough stuff.
    I love Bonds stipey cotton all in ones.
    On toys I wish they had been given less plastic/electronic whizz bang things – favourite toys besides TV remotes and mobile phones are kitchen things,spoons, empty bottles for the bath etc.

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