On this website, I mention various products, but I wanted to create a page for my top baby and toddler product recommendations. Somewhere to talk about the items that I just wouldn’t be without.
If it’s mentioned here, I bought it, I used it and I loved it. This page will be regularly updated.
1) LittleLife Ranger S2 Child Carrier
We bought the our LittleLife Ranger S2 Child Carrier when our son was around six months old and it was one of our best buys. Kids aged between six months and three years of age can use it, so you’ll potentially get up to two-and-a-half years of wear out of this, which isn’t bad going for a baby product. If you’re a family that enjoys walking, then this is a must-buy item.
2) Red Regatta Kids Paddle Rain Suit
We are massive fans of the Red Regatta Kids Paddle Rain Suit in our household. So much so, that we have actually bought it twice; in two different sizes. It’s great for all seasons, you can layer your child up underneath, of simply just put them in a vest and leggings. This suit is so handy and we haven’t just used it during family hikes; we’ve often pulled this one out of the bag (quite literally) when our son has been splashing in puddles in the park.
In my experience, the Red Regatta Kids Paddle Rain Suit is built to last. Once our son had out grown his first one, we donated it to his nursery, as it still had plenty of life left in it. The colour means that it’s unisex too, so if you do buy one, then you could always hold onto it for baby number two (if you’re considering having one).
When it comes to product recommendations, the Red Regatta Kids Paddle Rain Suit is a must buy for all. You might even end up buying it twice, like we did.
3) Buying secondhand
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I often buy secondhand. Previously I’ve listed 6 advantages to buying a second-hand pushchair and I’ve also written about 5 of the best secondhand baby buys, because sometimes new is not the way to go. For those instances, I’d highly recommend a site like Preloved. Not only can you find some corking bargains on Preloved, but you can also sell things that you no longer need.
4) The Rascal Romper by mog + bugs
I love all mog + bug stuff, but the rascal romper is my absolute favourite. You can order this in a range of fabrics and the sizing is really forgiving. My son is currently wearing two different sizes of romper, as although he fits in his aged 2-3 highland cow number (pictured above), his 18-24-month space bear rascal romper is also still going strong. In my eyes, clothing that outlasts growth spurts is always a winner. Especially when you can customise it!
5) Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump
Calling all breast pumping mummies! Here’s the queen bee of product recommendations. If you’re regularly using a breast pump, you need a Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump in your life.
If you’re a regular reader, you might be familiar with my breast-pumping story. I struggled to get my son to feed directly from the breast, so I ended feeding him milk that I’d pumped. I tried a lot of different pumps along the way, but the Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump stood out. This item is affordable (compared to other hospital-grade pumps), comfortable and reliable. I did my research before buying this and found that other heavy-duty pumpers were praising this product. When I invested in one myself, I realised why.
This pump plugs in, but it also has a battery, which means that it’s handy for pumping on the go. It’s also great because it pumps from both breasts and the pump has a range of different settings, aimed at encouraging milk production.
If you are a pumping mamma, then you should definitely check out my 11 top tips for expressing milk.
6) Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags
Whilst we’re on the subject of breast milk, I had to give Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags a mention. It doesn’t matter how often you pump, or what pump you use, you’ll want to make sure that each and every drop ends up in your baby’s mouth. So don’t skimp on breastmilk bags. It really isn’t worth it. Take it from somebody that tried different milk storage solutions and found herself crying over spilt milk on numerous occasions. Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags are a must buy. This is the only milk storage solution that never let me down.
7) White blank cards with envelopes
It might seem a bit basic, recommending a packet of white blank cards with envelopes, but quite honestly, this purchase has saved me a lot of money. Aside from the saving, card making has proved to be a brilliant rainy afternoon activity. If you have young children, you definitely need a pack of these in the cupboard.
8) LA Active non-skid cotton baby tights
I’m a big fan of putting all babies in tights. In my opinion baby tights are not just for little girls.
These LA Active non-skid cotton baby tights are a great buy. This neutral set will work with pretty much any outfit combination and they will look good on both girls and boys. They are made from cotton and I’ve found that they wash really well. I also love the grips on the bottom, which help to prevent babies that are finding their feet from skidding. Basically, I couldn’t recommend LA Active non-skid cotton baby tights enough.
9) Portable kids toy storage bag
If you’ve got a toddler then you need to invest in a portable kids toy storage bag.
My son uses his whilst playing with stickle bricks, but it would work well for Duplo, Lego, or any other toy. I tell my son to “keep all the bricks on the blue mat”. Then, when he’s finished playing, the mat turns into a bag containing the bricks. I then store them away in the wardrobe. This bag comes in handy when we go away too. This portable kids toy storage bag (and the bricks inside) even helped us to survive a rainy caravan holiday.