Rather than a post about things that work well for Wilfred [I may well do one in the future], this is a post about things that worked well for me. I am now 7 months into this parenting business and feeling like I have it sussed [amazing how fast you learn], but in the beginning … I was a novice [like all new Mums] and some products really worked well for me when I needed them to most.
Lansinoh Ultra Thin Nursing Pads
When I was breastfeeding [particularly when my milk ‘came in’] I struggled to find a nursing pad worked for me. I wasted a lot of money on supermarket own brands … they just don’t cut the mustard. Eventually, I found Lansinoh pads in Sainsbury’s and bought 3 boxes [on offer] … I breastfed exclusively for 3 months, and supplemented for another month or two beyond that and I still have a full box left! They are amazing! Much more absorbent that other brands and most importantly, they stay put. Even during the night [honestly, there are nights when I’d wake up sodden before I found these] they kept me dry. Happy days.
Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump
Even though I was happy nursing, I knew I wanted a pump so that Wilfred could get used to a bottle from the get-go [I wouldn’t want to breastfeed forever, or in public and Richard could feed him too]. The first one I bought was a manual Boots pump – it worked brilliantly, for all of a few days then lost it’s suction entirely [a common problem with manual pumps]. I invested in an electric pump [they are not cheap!], it was Tommee Tippee and I hated it, the suction was too low to be effective and it was super-noisy. I returned it to the store [against their policy, as I had used it] in such a state that the woman immediately swapped it for a pump of my choice [don’t mess with a hormonal new mom!]. I picked an Avent pump which has worked perfectly from day one to the last day I used it. It is easy to take apart and wash [it’s even dishwasher-friendly] and re-assemble. I have stored it very neatly back in it’s box for next time.
Apologies in advance if this is TMI for some people, but new mothers experience some bleeding for a while after giving birth. It’s a fact of life. For me, even though Tena Ladies pads are for incontinence [don’t rule that out either!], they worked perfectly post-partum. I bought them initially before my due date as I was [obsessively] worried about my waters breaking in public. I wore them religiously for 2 weeks and when my waters did go [spectacularly, in a Hollywood-style gush] I was thrilled to find the pad had caught every drop. When I took my full pad to the hospital [they check to make sure your waters have definitely gone … although there was no mistaking what I’d felt for an accidental wee!] even the midwife commented on how good the pad was.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume [shampoo and conditioner]
My post-partum hair was pretty limp and lifeless [although this didn’t really bother me as I had a new baby to attend to and it was in a bun most of the time]. When I did get back around to looking after me … this shampoo and conditioner combo was the only one I was happy with. Hello root-lifting, thickening wonder serum!
Essie and Sally Hansen Nail Polishes
Again, it took a while – but when I was ready to play ‘well presented mama’, I wanted nail polish that was fool proof and quick to apply. Both Sally Hansen and Essie Polishes have a shaped brush that fits perfectly into your nail bed, as well as good colour pay-off/smooth formula. I can be done and dusted with these polishes in a matter of minutes! As a side note, Sally Hansen do a 60 second quick dry polish that is a must have! They are touch-dry instantly [useful for unforeseen nappy emergencies].
My pram of choice from the beginning, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a Quinny! I initially wanted the Moodd [their most recent design] but ‘settled’ for the Buzz as a compromise with Richard who couldn’t understand the extra expense. I’m glad we got the Buzz for a number of reasons; it is easy to operate [any pram will take time to get used to, but even in the rain with a screaming baby, I can handle the Buzz pretty efficiently from car to shops]. I chose a bright tomato red, assuming me have more children in the future, it’s pretty unisex and stands out in a crowd [just what you need in a busy mother and baby group]. The three-wheels make steering a dream, I can do a 360 with one hand! Wilfred loves it, from flat to fully upright, he is content in any position.