MAMA & BABY FAVOURITES | 3-6 MONTHS

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Matchstick monkey

This is by far Freddie’s favourite teether. It’s small enough for little hands to grasp easily and he loves exploring the different parts with his gums.  You can apply teething gel to the back of the Monkey’s head and this helps to get the gel to those hard to reach areas. It’s also easy to clean and I am now contemplating buying a back up!

Hey Baby (Baby Sensory Videos)

These videos are so great. When Freddie was around three months he really loved watching the red, white and black versions which gave me a few minutes to tidy up or grab a cup of tea. As he got older he enjoyed the more colourful videos more and was totally mesmerised. We actually paid for the download so that we could use it during fussy car journeys without worrying about the wifi.

Chicco Pocket Relaxer

Freddie didn’t get much use out of this bouncer until we had to start weaning early at five months. He was too little for a high chair so this provided the perfect stop gap. It is super portable and folds up really easily.

CBeebies Octonauts

The theme tune to this has been in my head for about the last two months but it’s Freddie’s favourite thing ever. Now obviously I don’t sit him in front of the television for hours on end but this ten minute show allows me to at least shovel some food down or try and make the house look halfway decent. It’s also been a lifesaver for many a car seat meltdown.

JellyBabaBaby Car Shades

This may seem like an incredibly boring favourite but these are life changing! Honestly. No more faffing with the ones that stick to the window and then fall off pretty much constantly. These go over your window like a giant sock and hey presto. No more worrying about that little bit of sunlight creeping through and irritating your little one.

Connecta Baby Carrier

The Connecta Solar Weave is a very, very thin and light carrier designed for hot weather. The fabric blocks 95-99% of the suns harmful UVA and UVB rays and during our very random British heat wave this was the only carrier that was bearable to wear. 

Fisher Price Jumperoo

We bought this Jumperoo when Freddie was four months old and had become a bit fed up of sitting in his MamaRoo, hoping it would enable me to actually have my hands free to eat lunch or do bits and bobs. Needless to say, it worked! Freddie absolutely loves it and now bounces around contentedly playing with the toys or just watching the word around him. He loves to be upright which is important if his silent reflux is bad, so this has been a life saver for us. 

Baby Swimming

For some reason I thought it was a good idea to take Freddie to baby sensory classes at about nine weeks old. Massive mistake and a waste of time because he didn’t have a clue what was going on and I caused myself a whirlwind of stress trying to timetable his sleeping/feeding around them. However at about three months old , we signed Freddie up for baby swimming and it has been the one class that has been utterly worthwhile. Freddie absolutely loves it and has never had a meltdown during swimming despite being tired or occasionally hungry. My husband goes in with him and it’s their little bonding time which is just lovely.

Love To Dream Swaddle up 50/50

At around five months, we felt it was time to start transitioning Freddie out of his beloved Ollie Swaddle. The Swaddle Up’s zip design made it a really convenient alternative and Freddie accepted the change immediatly. He seemed to like the extra space to stretch out a bit and it made no difference to the quality of his sleep. We will start unzipping an arm at a time over the next few weeks. Wish us luck!

 

Motorola MBP36S Video Monitor

We had originally been given the AngelCare Sensor Pad Monitor as a gift with the intention of using it with the sensor pad for peace of mind. However this is not recommended if your baby is sleeping in a co-sleeper or in your bed as it can pick up movement from you which makes it unreliable. I have to admit we love the video aspect of our Motorola monitor and it gives us both peace of mind when we are downstairs. I know this is a feature we will rely on even more when Freddie is in his own room.

Jumpsuits for breastfeeding

Finding summer clothes to feed in was a challenge I had not anticipated! My trusty nursing vest top under a top combo was far too hot for the heat waves we had during the early summer months. I managed to find a few dress options but jumpsuits have proven to be the easiest and most comfy solution. Just undo the buttons or pull the wrap to the side for easy feeding in public whilst staying relatively covered up- and in my case avoiding my rather contrary 5 month old from exposing me entirely…

That’s it! These are the things we really, really would recommend and we got a lot of use out of. Most of these things we are still using too. I would love to hear what your favourites things were for either a 3-6 month old baby or 6-9 month  old because that’s the stage we are heading into next. I would love you for to subscribe to stay up to date with all my latest posts and I hope this was useful.

Thanks for reading,

Amy

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