If you are soon to welcome a bundle of baby joy, then you are bound to be bombarded with lists of kit no new mum should be without. While breast pads and arnica are indeed a good idea, our list of essentials will help keep your style and sanity intact post birth.
The Homebirth Handbook.
The fabulous midwife behind this book, Annie Francis, safely delivered all the Our Edit babies, and trust us when we tell you there is nothing this woman doesn’t know about childbirth. Whether you are planning a homebirth or not, Annie’s book is full of helpful and insightful advice for a calm, controlled and joyous birth. A must read for all bumps out there.
For some new mums a changing bag is a right of passage, but we just couldn’t see a world without our favourite totes. Instead of a wipe clean satchel, opt for a Mama sized clutch that can house all those baby essentials and can be moved from handbag to handbag. We love the range from The Gray Store, say it loud and proud with the Mama bag, or opt for the initial of your new arrival. Stylish and practical –tick!
Whatever your feeding plan, formula may feature at some point in your future and when a night feed calls you will want that bottle ready, pronto. This dream machine makes a baby bottle to the perfect temperature in seconds, no mess, no fuss. Think of it like an espresso machine for your bub. You can thank us later (probably around 2am).
When we were expecting, the thought of fluro play mats left us cold, but having somewhere safe, clean and soft to pop your baby down is an essential part of early motherhood. So if scandi neutrals are your thing then let us introduce you to Gathre. These bonded leather mats come in a range of sizes and colours, they fold up small and are waterproof. Oh and did we mention they are achingly chic!!
We are practically positive that a Moses Basket will be on your list of must buys? Well cross that off and buy the Sleepyhead instead. This squashy cushion is the perfect cocoon for newborns who love to feel snuggled, it can be used as a co-sleeper, its portable for nights away and ultimately fits in to a cot. We believe its your best shot at a good night’s sleep.
And while we are on the subject of sleep…. you won’t be getting much in the early days. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create a calm, relaxing atmosphere that will be more conducive to sleep for you and your mini. We swear by the This Works Deep Sleep range, from bath salts, to hand cream and a pillow spray, the calming, natural lavender scent is the perfect way to unwind. There is also a baby pillow spray to help your little person drift off to dreamland. And breathe….
In the new mum fog, the last thing you might feel like is keeping a diary, but the weeks and months fly by and soon you’ll want to savour every moment. A five-year mummy diary allows you to capture just one line a day, charting milestones and emotions as you and your baby grow together. You will look back on this precious time and treasure these days, we promise!!
At Our Edit we are huge advocates of the capsule wardrobe, and yes, that does apply to our little people. While you are likely to be given a huge range of pink or blue attire, the Baby Mori range has got you covered for all essentials in neutral, butter soft bamboo cotton. The perfect way to kit out your new little sidekick in style.
As amazing as new motherhood is, sometimes all you really want is an extra pair of hands. Enter the Helper Bees. From cooking and cleaning to a light spot of nappy changing, this specialist team of newborn nannies offers help when you need it most. Save the number to speed dial and make the call when you just need a moment to yourself. Happy Mummy = Happy Baby!