These are things, people and resources that I used as a mum-to-be and a mum throughout different stages, and found them more useful / better designed than others. Chances are, if you are a new parent and like my photography and my website, it hopefully means we like similar things overall, so this is going to be mildly useful. I will try to update this page as my baby grows and I buy yet more stuff – some useful, some – not so much.
Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow
It simply saved my back and my pelvis. We did not part for the last 3 months of my pregnancy and the first 6(ish) months of Alex’s life.
New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural Childbirth
This book was given to me by a friend and led me to better understanding my body, finding a local Active Birth teacher, enrolling onto a pregnancy yoga course and having a natural and completely drug-free and intervention-free birth experience, something I never expected of myself (me and pain? we don’t mix very well. like at all).
The Attachment Parenting Book
The No-Cry Nap Solution
Top Tips from the Baby Whisperer: Secrets to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby
Everyone has different approaches to parenting, and I’m not the once to judge, but these three books aligned with my natural mother’s instincts the most.
I love this blog. It is just one woman’s perspective on breastfeeding and attachment parenting, and all the misconceptions about them. Honest and beautifully written.
5 Words Babies Use
Learn to understand your newborn’s cries. I wish I’d stumbled upon this when my son was a newborn.
Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultant Anna Page
She is simply brilliant and will help you if your baby has a latch problem, or you think you are not producing enough milk. No website as yet, but call 020 8255 9117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. She is based in Kingston-upon-Thames. Anna also runs a FREE breastfeeding clinic at Kingston Hill Children’s’ Centre, Fridays 2-4pm. No appointment necessary, just come.
Cranial Osteopath Matthew Schrock
He helped with my son’s latching issues and I cannot recommend him enough. Call 014 8375 6392. Based in Woking.
Ergo Baby Carrier
I really liked this sling, only wish I didn’t get out of habit of using it!
Mothercare AquaPod Bath Seat
One of the best things we’ve ever bought. Period.
Loved this stroller and so did my son, it is perfect for long city walks with stops at cafes and shops.
IKEA’s Antilop Highchair
At £16, this beats most more expensive high chairs hands down in ease of use, cleaning and comfort.
Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food
I am lazy, okay. And I don’t like cooking. This method ensures not only that baby truly shares family’s meals, but that you eat more healthily, too. Did I mention it also saves a TON of time (you don’t have to cook twice). Only downside? Initially requires a bit of imagination to adapt normal food to what your baby can manage.
Tommee Tippee Essentials First Cup
There are so many cups on the market, my head was spinning. If it’s more expensive, it’s got to be better, right? Wrong. Out of a dozen of cups I tried, this is the most leak-proof, convenient, easy to clean and easy to drink from cup. At 19 months, Alex is still using it when out and about.
Tiny Diner Placemat
Oh.my.goodness. A tip-off by one of my lovely clients, this is a must for babies and toddlers, especially when eating out. No more worrying about the cleanliness of surfaces, no more embarrassment about the mess your baby makes when eating out. Love it.
OXO Tot Feeding Gear
I found their designs the most ergonomic, simple and truly made with babies and their needs in mind.
Vital Baby Unbelievabowl
If your baby is more interested in throwing a plate off the highchair than trying new foods, this is a must. In my experience, the only bowl that truly sticks to the tray and cannot be moved by a baby or toddler. Once Alex realised the bowl will not move, he got more interested in food and actually started eating some.
Baby Jogger City Mini Stroller
When my son became more and more mobile and instead of long walks by the Thames I started driving to places more than ever, packing a bulky Stokke Xplory into the car (or taking it on a plane) became an inconvenience. The Baby Jogger nearly changed my live and helped my back massively.
Autobiography Of A One Year Old
Just for laughs, because parenting is damn hard.