What’s the secret to handling two children in less than two years?
A supportive partner, helpful family close by, patience (good god, lots of patience) and a whole pile of stuff.
Everyone says new babies don’t need much, just love. I kind of agree with that but there’s a few things that have made my life a hell of a lot easier. So yeah, bring on the love but also I would suggest requesting these goodies if any of your kind friends or family asks what you need!
This is a follow-up to my best baby products post from a few weeks ago as I reaslised there were lots more goodies helping me keep this parenting lark under control.
Angelcare bath seat
We had this with our first and I actually didn’t use it all that much then. Newborns can sit in it and it means you can wash them hands-free. I found I preferred holding my eldest in the water with one hand and washing her with the other.
But with number two this is essential when you’re bathing both at the same time. You need your hands. It cuts bath time in half if you can sling them into the water together and it’s great sibling bonding time. Bonus!
Tiny Love giant play mat
We have this out in our lounge every day. Both my babies have loved rolling all over it. The different square have colourful patterns and sensory features, such as a crinkly pocket, leaf for chewing when teething strikes and a mirror.
Now there’s two of them playing on it together but plenty of space for both!
Cosatto Noodle Supa high chair
Not only is this high chair bright and cheerful, it’s also extremely practical. It has multiple recline and leg support positions and the tray has three different positions too. It folds up easily for storage as well.
As we know weaning is a messy affair, so I’m pleased that this is so easy to wipe clean. My only negative is that the straps get very mucky over time and they’re not machine washable. It’s still a fab chair!
What would I do without Sudocrem? It has been a total miracle worker at times. Nappy rash is a terrible thing to see on a tiny baby. Sudocrem has frequently cleared up outbreaks after just one application or at least within a couple of days. It’s also great at protecting baby’s bottom altogether.
Now the makers have come up with Sudocrem Care and Protect, which I got to try out recently. It has a much lighter texture than the original Sudocrem and offers triple protection – a protective layer, conditioning for skin and guard against infection – for babies. It’s very smooth to apply and has kept my youngest daughter’s bottom free of any red or sore patches. My eldest is still in nappies so she occasionally needs a bit of this magic cream too.
Lansinoh Lanolin nipple cream
I love this stuff. When I had my first baby I received tubes of it from three other mums. At first I thought, how am I going to use all this? I ended up having a tube in every room where I fed the baby. The nursery, our bedroom and the lounge.
My nipples were so sore and cracked with both babies in the early days of breastfeeding. Lansinoh Nipple Cream provided instant relief, I would always give a tube to new mum friends in future.
It’s totally natural so can be applied just before feeding and you don’t need to wash it off. It also makes a lovely lip balm and I’ve used it on patches of dry skin too!
A friend passed on her Bumbo to us. It’s been amazing. My youngest has loved sitting in this while watching her big sister play.
It’s great for taking over to other people’s houses for on-the-go feeding as well.
Dentinox cradle cap shampoo
Both of my children had cradle cap but my second baby’s was particularly stubborn. Nothing would shift it; olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, scalp oil, Epaderm.
When I finally tracked down a bottle of this shampoo in our local Tesco after reading recommendations online I was at my wit’s end. This stuff cleaned it up within just two weeks. I washed her hair with it every day until it was clear. It’s amazing stuff and she now has a full head of hair again!
Maxi Cosi Axiss car seat
This car seat is particularly great for when you are pregnant and already have a toddler.
It swivels to the side so the seat faces the car door and you can get you child in and out of the car so much easier. It makes such a huge difference when you’re heavily pregnant.
Now my toddler can climb into it all by herself but I still find it really convenient for getting her strapped in. I’m sure it’s saved my back a whole world of aggravation.
I have tried a LOT of different bottles and teats. Many of the most popular ones on the market have incredibly complicated designs with multiple parts to the teats. I spent way too much on Dr Brown’s bottles only to find they leaked no matter what we did, it was a total pain.
In the end I found the simplest design was the best. Medela do just simple teats that fit under a screw cap. No fuss over creating vacuums or anti-colic technology. They don’t leak and my babies have loved them.
Lansinoh nursing pads
Whether you breastfeed or not, at some point your milk will come in and you will leak everywhere.
These breast pads are the best ones I’ve used. They come with two sticky pads, unlike most others which only have one and are likely to slip out of place. They also come in little plastic sleeves which makes them easier to pop in your bag so you have spares just in case.
They’re much thinner than other pads too, so more discreet, but have never let me down.
Tommee Tippee sippy cup
I’ve tried lots of cups with my two but find this one is the best for six months and up. It doesn’t leak from the rim when you tip it up for your child to take a sip, unlike lots of others I have tried.
It’s also light and the handles make it easy for baby to grab and practice drinking. The spout folds down so you can bung it in your bag when you’re on the go.
Do you have any must-have products for handling two under two? I would love to hear your recommendations.
Disclaimer: I was sent Lansinoh nipple cream and nursing pads in exchange for an honest review. I had already used both products before. I was also sent Sudocrem Care and Protect in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.