Having your first baby can feel overwhelming to say the least. It doesn’t matter how many tutorials you’ve seen or how many books you’ve read – taking care of a tiny baby, while everyone around you offers their opinion on what you “need” to buy, can become stressful.
Kevin Tucker from price comparison website PriceCheck has come up with a list of items that will make life a little more comfortable for new moms.
This electric portable nasal aspirator’s continuous nasal suction helps to remove the mucus in an effective and gentle way, and offers better relief compared to the traditional manual aspirator.
The Wisu Tear Less Nasal Portable Aspirator is available from takealot.com for R899.
Help lull your baby to sleep with the voice-activated Nursery Projector and Sound System by Munchkin. Not only does this nursery projector provide a relaxing environment with four soothing sounds (heartbeat, ocean, white noise and rain), three lullabies, three Mozart songs and three dreamy images to project onto nursery walls, it also has a night light with a soft glow that’s perfect for night-time check-ins and diaper changes. You can also set the projector to trigger sounds and images in response to your baby’s cry.
Available from wantitall.co.za for R1 620.
There’s no need to carry around a large container of powdered formula when you and your baby are out and about. With the Munchkin formula dispenser, you can prepare feeds on the go. It comes with a flexible seal designed to keep the carefully measured formula in one place. The dispenser also works really well with baby cereals, so you can prepare your weaned baby’s meal wherever you are.
Available from takealot.com for R69.
This nifty bottle warmer plugs into your car adapter and warms a bottle evenly in minutes. A digital display indicates temperature and remaining warming time. It’s designed to fit most bottles and car cup holders – perfect for road trips or quick outings.
The Babymoov Universal Car Bottle Warmer is available from buyanyting.co.za for R434.
Of course, you’ll need a stroller to move from A to B, but a travel system will get you a lot more mileage. if you’re cruising around town with your baby in the backseat, ready to start your next errand, and the little guy dozes off, you think “abort mission” right? Wrong. With a travel system you’ll be able to slide baby swiftly into the stroller in a matter of minutes.
The Chelino Speedy Black Travel System is available to rent for R419pm from teljoy.co.za
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