10 baby items to help make life easier for new parents

10 baby items to help make life easier for new parents 




Having a baby is an exciting time, there is much to plan and even more to buy.  It’s very tempting to run out and purchase every ‘must have’ item you can find but babies can be expensive!  So it’s often better to plan ahead to avoid making any unnecessary purchases.

At Bednest we value feedback and ideas from other parents to help improve and develop our service, and when we decided to put together this list, parents were the first people we turned to for inspiration!

So if you are looking for some pointers on what items to add to your new baby collection, here is a list of 10 things that we’ve been told will make life easy for new parents;

  1. Bednest – obviously!

Well we weren’t going to leave out our own product were we?!  

In all seriousness, a bedside crib – particularly the Bednest – can make night times much more restful and reassuring for parents of a newborn.  The Bednest helps mothers to breastfeed more successfully and is also incredibly helpful to mums who are recovering from a C-section.  

If you are working to a budget and trying to avoid unnecessary purchases, our unique rental scheme is the perfect solution.  Bednest is the only bedside crib that you can rent for a one-off payment of £89 - and it is yours for as long as your baby needs it.  Furthermore, every Bednest rental comes lovingly refurbished with your own new mattress, 2 new fitted sheets and 2 new fabric sides (which saves you having to buy extra items!)  The price includes the cost of delivery and return to and from your chosen address in the UK too.  

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  1. Muslin Squares

These handy little items proved incredibly popular with the parents we spoke to!  They serve a multitude of uses – shoulder protectors, mopping up milky messes, a lightweight cover for baby and a handy breastfeeding cover for mum if she chooses to wear one.  Some parents told us how their little ones use their favourite muslins as a comforter too.

  1. Feeding Pillow

This was another popular item for mums whether they breast fed or bottle fed their babies.  A nursing pillow provides a comfortable resting place for tired arms, and one mum told us how useful hers was following her C-section.  Newborn babies feed regularly and often for long periods, so it’s very important to make sure mum is comfortable!

  1. Nursing Bra/Pads and nipple cream

If you choose to breastfeed then these three items will help to keep you comfortable and clean!  It’s advisable to have your nursing bra fitted by a professional to make sure you have a correct fit.  The pads and cream will ease any discomfort too, breastfeeding is busy work.

  1. Cotton Wool and Baby Wipes

Babies are super cute – but super messy too!  Expect to be changing a lot of dirty nappies in those early weeks and while baby wipes are incredibly versatile, cotton wool and water can be much kinder on baby’s sensitive skin. 

  1. Changing Bag

A well-stocked changing bag should accompany you for every excursion from home!  Babies are unpredictable at the best of times, and you can be assured that whatever you have forgotten is the one thing you will need!  Nappies, a change of clothes and something to wipe up with are essential for every changing bag and once you find your feet, you will learn what else you can’t leave home without. 

  1. Changing Table

Not only does a changing unit keep all of your essentials in one place, it will also save your back from bending over to change all of those nappies!  A changing table should also have safety guards to help you keep baby in place during nappy changes (remember to never leave your baby unattended on a changing table) and is much more hygienic than using your own bed!

  1. Nightlight

A newborn baby’s stomach is the size of a walnut so it is inevitable that they will need to feed regularly – and night time is no exception!  Aside from a Bednest – which we have already told you about above! – many mums mentioned keeping a night light close by to help prevent any awkward fumbling in the darkness as you try to feed and comfort your little one.

  1. Baby Bath or Support

Babies are wriggly little things – especially when they are wet! – a bath support or baby bath will help make bath times much safer and calmer for you and baby.  Remember to never leave your baby unattended in the bath.

  1. Baby sling or carrier

Many second time parents we asked told us how handy they found their baby sling when baby number 2 arrived.  This handy item keeps your precious bundle close to you - which is their favourite place to be – and also frees up your hands so that you can see to child number 1 at the same time.  Multitasking is something every parent learns very quickly!

Hopefully this list will give you some helpful pointers when preparing for your new arrival, send us a message with any items you found useful when you had your baby.  And if you have any questions about the Bednest, we would love to assist you – please visit our contact page to get in touch.