1. Nappy bag. Until I was around 36 weeks pregnant I was planning to skip the whole nappy bag thing and just use an oversized handbag. Then I saw a mama at our local mall with a black Skip Hop Duo hanging neatly from her stroller handles and I knew I'd found my bag. It has nifty compartments to hold wipes, nappies, changes of clothes, wallet, phone, keys etc and comes with a portable change mat. Made from super hardy canvas, it has an appealing unisex utilitarian look. But the best thing about it is the removable messenger strap. I can take off the strap and clip the bag straight onto the stroller handles -- no slipping off! With the advice of the teen I chose the red one to match the red Bugaboo Frog pram we nabbed on eBay.
Skip Hop Duo Nappy Deluxe Nappy Bag in red, on sale for approx $55.95 AUD plus postage from Moo Said the Cow.
2. Swaddle. I am hopeless at swaddling babies. The preschooler was wrapped (very ineptly) in a swaddle that fastened with Velcro. The teen wasn't swaddled at all. This little miss is lucky because now Love To Swaddle Up are around and I can just zip her into one every sleep time with no fuss. Because she was a summertime baby we've used the Love to Swaddle Up Lite which has been perfect even on sweltering nights as the fabric is lovely and thin.
3. A place to sleep. Which in this lady's case is an Amby Baby hammock. We chose this hammock for the preschooler and the lady has inherited it. She loves it. It's supposed to be particularly good for colicky babies (which she isn't) but it's very cosy and light and the swinging motion is meant to replicate the swaying sensation similar to a pregnant mama's walk. It doesn't take up too much room which is a bonus with two kids sharing a teeny space. Wee ones can sleep in it for around 9 months.
Amby Baby Hammock, from approx $298 AUD plus delivery from Amby Baby Hammocks.
4. Stroller. We bought a Bugaboo for miss baby but I had to mention the Maclaren because it has served us so well with the preschooler. He was able to ride in it from day dot, it's incredibly sturdy, yet light and easy to fold up. I love the Bugaboo's cosy pram capabilities but it does drive me batty any time I want to adjust the seat or heaven forbid -- put it in the car. No such nightmare with the Maclaren. The Ryder model pictured (that we used for the preschooler) isn't available anymore but the Techno is also fabulous.
5. Bumbo. She's not quite big enough for it yet but if she's anything like her super-curious big brother she'll love sitting up amongst the action rather than having to lay back on her baby blanket.