A whole group of my friends are expecting their first children in the next couple of months — it is like a second wave of babies. The first wave started about 5 years ago (I think Courtney was one of the first of my friends at the time to have a baby) and settled down after about 2 years and now it is all go again. Funny how babies arrive in waves.
I have been asked a few times by soon-to-be parents what items I found essential. I am by no means an expert, but here are my a few of my personal recommendations.
- The Bugaboo Bee is hands down my favourite buggy around at the moment. When I had little Coco 5 years ago it did not exist, so I had the Bugaboo Chameleon. It was great but a bit bulky. The Bee has a lot of the advantages of the Chameleon but is a lot smaller and a lot more flexible. Esther has the Bee for Baby Ava and loves it.
- A rocking chair was the best place for me to feed, be it with breastfeeding or bottle feeding. It was such a soothing feeling to rock my baby while she was feeding and then continue while she slowly fell asleep. I have the Eames rocker but I don’t find it that comfortable, even though it looks great. I have read a few posts about the Ikea Lillberg rocking chair which looks lovely and apparently is really comfortable. One of my girlfriends managed to snap up a beautiful vintage wooden rocking chair at her local “brocante”, for next to nothing. Or there are the rocking chairs Courtney posted about a few months ago.
- I was obsessed with getting a rocking base for a Moses basket when my second daughter Violette was born. I was sure that if I could rock the Moses basket a couple of times after I but her down to sleep, it would help her fall asleep. It worked like a charm.
- I think I must own about 6 different baby carriers in total. With one it was too difficult to take the baby out, and the second hurt my back too much. I think I could write a PHD on this subject. My favourite baby carrier by far was the Ergo. With the little baby attachment it worked really well for a newborn baby and it was great for carrying toddlers too, especially when I could strap them on my back.
That’s all I can think of, do let us know if you have any other recommendations.
The Lilliberg rocker is actually not on sale anymore on the ikea website, thanks esther for pointing that out, it has been replaced by the Poang rocker.