7 must-have products that all mummies should have by their side
Article by Cherlynn Ng
Being a mother is one of the noblest and hardest professions in the world. It seems like a never-ending job with no medical leave or off days — and you don’t even get paid. You are expected to multitask and take care of everything and everyone in the household 24/7. While there is no magic solution to raising a child, here are some products that can help to lighten your load and make your life much easier.
1. Moisture-wicking swaddle
Everyone will tell you to buy a snug blanket, but few people are aware that some swaddles get the job done better than others. It’s important to choose a moisture-wicking swaddle to prevent overheating, especially in Singapore’s humid climate. Ideally, it is also lightweight and can be custom-fit to match the size of your baby as they grow. Velcro tabs are a great bonus as they make it easy to adjust and re-adjust the tightness of the swaddle whenever necessary, as well as prevent your tot from kicking it off.
Remember that swaddling, when done right, helps to soothe your baby and ease them off into slumber faster for a good night’s rest.
2. Stroller and car seat combo
Rather than splashing out on two separate products, why not get something that acts as both a stroller and a car seat? Also known as a baby travel system, this versatile item can be transformed and maneuvered according to your needs.
The 3-in-1 Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Stroller Travel System, for instance, comes with convenience and comfort features such as a storage tray and protection from ultraviolet rays. It is also light and long-lasting, being able to seat your child for years from baby to toddler.
3. Baby cot
Newborns sleep up to 17 hours a day, which means they spend most of their time in bed. This makes it all the more necessary for parents to invest in a good cot to ensure their children’s maximum comfort and rest. Because there are so many options available on the market, shopping for a cot that’s both safe and cosy can be a challenge, so we have narrowed down a list of five best places for you to start your search here.
4. Baby monitor
For families who live in a big house, a baby monitor can be a lifesaver. If you have the choice between a regular monitor and a video monitor, go for the latter. Unlike internet cameras, there is no loading time to open the app. It is also lag-free and comes with instant playback. Some models even allow you to customise your viewing angle and zoom, as well as display the temperature of your baby’s room to make sure all is perfect.
5. Breast pump
No mother ever regretted investing in a high-quality breast pump, especially if it’s for daily or on-the-go use. Look out for one that is both durable and easy to carry around. Many mums opt for an electric pump because it’s quick, convenient and simple to use. Did you know that pumping your breast milk also helps to increase your breast milk supply?
6. Nursing pillow
You will be spending a lot of time nursing your little one, so it’s vital that you are comfortable and have a good posture. A nursing pillow can perfectly position your infant for latch-on while supporting your body where you need it most. Say goodbye to backaches!
Tip: Get one that is compact, easy to carry around, and which has a backrest and an adjustable strap with a silent release so that you can remove it without waking your snoozing angel.
7. Nipple cream
Nursing can be an extremely painful affair, which is why some mothers stock up on nipple cream. Besides soothing soreness and providing comfort to itching nipples, an effective cream also heals and moisturises the skin in between feeds. Ah, sweet, sweet relief.
There are also many other brilliant uses for nipple cream, such as reducing acne marks and stretch marks. It also acts as a balm for diaper rash, cracked lips, sunburn and chafing. This makes it a super handy item to have in the house.
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