My “Must Have’s” For Baby van Wyk

For some reason I have this very strong feeling that Baby van Wyk will be with us very soon. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s just wishful thinking? Perhaps its because we’ve already been waiting more than a year and with each day that passes we move another day closer. Or perhaps it’s simply because emotionally, spiritually and physically we are more ready that we have ever been. My marriage to my beloved is stronger than it’s been at any point in the 10 years of our marriage and 12 years together, we have weathered a massive storm that nearly ripped us apart and we came through it, stronger, more in love and more confident in our love and commitment to each other than ever before. So what does EVERY expectant Mom do? Well, duh, shopping for course. The thing is, with Ava’s placement, it all happened so quickly and I was SO gun shy from my past history with recurrent pregnancy loss, that I’d guarded my heart to such a degree that all I managed to buy for her when we were first told of our selection was a packet of vests and a hat. I was clueless. I never read up on any products, had no idea what to pack in her hospital bag, which products to get.  I knew nothing. Of course, we have a LOT of stuff for Baby van Wyk, but all of it is either pink or second/third hand, thanks to everyone who so graciously donated goodies to us. So we’ll be needing some new or newer second hand goodies when Baby van Wyk arrives. I’ve done a lot more research this time around and here are some of the things I’d just LOVE to have for Baby van Wyk:

Tiny Love® 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

Your Parenting have a competition running where you can win one of these!
Wrap Cover
I had one of these with Ava and it was an absolute life saver. I plan on doing a lot more baby wearing with Baby van Wyk so will have to get another one of these as my old one has since been used by another 4 precious newborns and I’m pretty sure it’s pretty threadbare by now!
A Rocking Chair
Tree House Rocking Chair
I always wanted a rocking chair, I envisioned quiet moments rocking my baby to sleep or doing a feed. Of course, Ava came along so quickly and we had nothing for her, so we had to prioritize what she needed and a rocking chair kind of fell by the wayside. During the difficult night’s and days, when I did need to rock her, I sat on Walter’s leather office chair and rocked but this time I’d love to have a beautiful rocking chair in Baby van Wyk’s room.
MAM Bottles
MAM Bottles
I have loads of bottles. Again, when Ava was born, there was no time to research anything. We literally just ran into Baby City and bought a variety. The NUK bottles she hated, she simply wouldn’t take the teet, the Avent bottles were awesome, but if you don’t turn the top just right it leaks, too tight, it leaks, too loose, it leaks and this was maddening during a late night/early morning feed.
I’d love to try these MAM bottles because I love the fact that they are equipped to be self sterilizing, so no need for an additional purchase of a sterilizer.
MAM self sterilising
I used these with Ava and they were amazing. Not only for keeping her skin dry and soft, but also for absorbing wet poo. We’ll definitely be using Pampers Premium Care the second time around.
And lastly, a must have for me – A Kindle!
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So that I can continue to read and enjoy a good book while wearing Baby van Wyk and rocking in our rocking chair.
What is on your must have for Mom & baby list?
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  • Reply Melinda

    Love all of the above….my favourite purchase for Jadakins was a camera monitoring system. It was awesome. We could sit (and still do) in the lounge with the camera next to us…when she goes “urrgg”, we look and see if she is awake or just niggling….

    June 6, 2012 at 10:43 am
  • Reply GAIL

    Things I just couldn’t have lived without:
    – Weleda bum cream – all natural and if any of my kids started with a nappy rash, this would fix it within a day.
    – Those stretchers for baby to lie on in the bath – so comfy for baby. We used ours with both kids, from bath #1 all the way until they could sit. Well worth the R100 or so we paid for it. (We NEVER EVER used our baby bath. Such a mission to fetch and carry water)
    – Breastfeeding shawl – This went everywhere with me. It was nice and lightweight so baby could breath and didn’t get too hot, and it went around my neck so baby couldn’t pull it off 🙂
    – Medela Double Electric Breast Pump – I could pump 300ml in 10 minutes. Need I say more (um – mooo)
    – Consol Glass Jars – Cheap and great to store breastmilk and homemade baby food. (IMO better than plastic)
    – Pampers nappies – Huggies leaked with both my kids. I’m a real Pampers mommy
    – Nuk Bottles and dummies – Both my kids used Nuk
    – Pigeon microwave steam steriliser – So quick and easy. Fits most bottles
    – Carry cot – I bought a cheap one of these (around R200?) and it was nice to put baby in during the day and carry them around whenever you move rooms
    – Moses basket – My MIL bought me one of these and it is so great in the 1st few months when that big cot is just soooo big for them
    – Angelcare baby monitor – The breathing mat is a lifesaver during those 1st few weeks when you are so paranoid. The actual monitor is great and has a huge range. I can hear my kids in their room if I am at the bottom of my garden (and I have a big garden!)
    – Maclaren twin stroller – I had to do a lot of begging to convince my hubby to get one of these but it is soooo worth it with 2 kids. I think you can use it from 6 months. My 4 year old and 19 month old sit happily in the pram while walking around the shops and both will even sleep in it if we are out at night.

    I will probably think of 100 more things once I have posted this but this is it for now 🙂

    June 6, 2012 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Laura

    The sling is the only thing I would put on there – honestly the rest all depends on baby.

    I loved my sling 🙂

    Oh and our Angel Care monitor – we have a double story so that has been great to have!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Shaz, you can’t go wrong with the MAM bottles. I absolutely LOVE mine! They are reasonably priced and the way they sterilise just makes life so much easier.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply cat@jugglingact

    And a Bumbo seat – loved those. And love the Kindle idea.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Angela

    Wow I am a Doc Brown bottle fan but the idea of a self cleaning bottle sounds awesome.

    June 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Get the Kindle!

    June 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Trish

    Agree with all of the above. Love my kindle and really needed the angel care monitor when the boys were babies. I also had a very similar day rocker which was a lifesaver! I am holding thumbs that you will get the call for baby Van Wyk very soon.

    June 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    LOVE the rocker napper!!! How glorious! I often wonder how our parents managed with the limited stuff that they had! We are so lucky to have all these delicious bits and bobs!
    The hug a bub was a LIFELINE for me and I still thank my lucky stars to this day for you having sent it to me! Thank goodness I have some pics of it too – she was so cute and so tiny when I carried her around in it!
    The Kindle is just … the very best thing. Maybe your delicious boy will get it for you for your birthday?!? Have you dropped sufficient hints!??? (aka nags…)

    June 11, 2012 at 8:19 am
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