Category Archive : Baby Care

When it comes to figuring out the things you need when you have a baby, it’s pretty overwhelming to know what is actually needed versus what is just gimmicky and going to collect dust. And considering the cost of some items, you want to know whether you will get your moneys worth. So in this post I’ve put together a list of items related to sleeping and the bedroom, based on my experience, that were essential to our first year with our daughter. My main criteria for whether something is a necessity is if we got a good amount of use from the item, it made life easier and it was worth the price.

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When prepping for baby to arrive, you want to make sure that you are well equipped to tackle any poo, pee, spit up and everything else that comes along with caring for baby. Because now, you have this little tiny human who can’t look after themselves, and need our help to do all the things that we as adults often take for granted. The challenge though is figuring out what you actually need, and what my wife and I found through this journey is that you don’t need a lot! We thought that this was the most important aspect of caring for baby, and that we would need a lot of things, but after a few weeks in, we realised that there were only a few real necessities.

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When we were preparing for baby to arrive, my wife and I had no clue about what to buy. And to be honest, it was a little overwhelming. She was doing the research, I was doing the research, but we kept asking ourselves – do we actually need any of these things? Now at the time, because we were unsure we thought to ourselves ‘OK we’ll get these things anyway’, but now that we look back, half the stuff was either unused, or used a handful of times only, and even then there are alternative options for some things they try to sell you. And while all of our circumstances will be different, in many cases it will be better to wait until baby is here to purchase those few extras. So in the first of a series of posts, lets start with the essentials for transporting baby.

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