When it comes time to welcome a new baby, there’s a lot to buy, especially if you’re a first-time parent. So to help ensure you don’t end up with a bunch of baby items you’ll never use, we’ve put together a selection of pre and postnatal must-haves that will help get you through those all important nine months and beyond.
Favoured by the fashion set, Artipoppe was founded in 2012 by Anna van den Bogert who was on a mission to create a world where all mothers feel empowered, secure and confident. The first ergonomic baby carrier to combine comfort and aesthetics, the Zeitgeist is available in an array of chic prints including snakeskin, leopard and houndstooth and allows mothers to be mobile while wearing baby, effortlessly soothing them in the process. Comfortable on the shoulders and waist, the carrier can be used in multiple ergonomic positions (both on your front and back) and is suitable for babies from birth (3.2 kg / 7 lb) up to two years (20 kg / 44 lb). It has also been found “hip-healthy” by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.
The all-new Nanit Pro is the only smart baby monitor on the market that can track your baby’s sleep, breathing motion and growth. It also captures precious memories and provides parents with personalised guidance to help their baby sleep better and feel confident when putting their baby in their crib. With crystal clear day and night vision (1080P HD colour video and digital zoom), enhanced connectivity and security (an upgraded chipset allows for faster processing and the highest quality real-time video display as well as added security and on-board storage), and superior audio and sound (improved internal speaker delivers higher quality sound and audio for features including two-way talk, white noise and nature sounds, background audio and real-time sound notifications), the Nanit Pro really does allow parents to see and understand everything that’s happening in and around the crib.
Rive Droite Paris is a French eco-conscious accessory line founded in Paris by friends Yasmine, Sofia and Aurélie. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in Morocco, the Darcy The Anti Diaper Bag comes in the signature Rive Droite shape and style, with all the added technical extras of a diaper bag. Made from recycled cotton and denim offcuts, it’s available in nine colours and features plenty of pockets so everything has its place. There’s one large patch pocket on the back of the bag where you can keep your phone, an inside patch pockets for diapers, and an elasticated-top pocket for bottles. There’s even a detachable pouch that you can clip off and on in a flash. Darcy also comes with a discreet loop on the back of the bag so you can hook it onto a suitcase, plus a tie system so you can attach it to a pushchair.
Launched last year, Bumpsuit set out to create a line of maternity wear that was comfortable, polished and would simplify pregnancy dressing. Thanks to the celebrity baby boom of 2020, the brand has developed a loyal following with Emily Ratajkowski, Ashlee Simpson, Romee Strijd, Hannah Bronfman, Elsa Hosk and more already wearing the brand’s comfortable catsuits. But one of their most popular items is The Support Waist Trainer, which was designed to help with postpartum recovery and core skeletal support. It can also be worn as shapewear under clothing during the fourth trimester.
Malabar Baby shot to fame after Meghan Markle was spotted at a polo match with her then two-month old son, Archie, wrapped in the brand’s Erawan Cotton Dohar. The traditional Indian summer blanket is made of three layers of soft cotton and features beautiful block prints, all done by hand. Although the brand has its headquarters in Hong Kong, over 70 per cent of the label’s products are made in India, using quality fabrics like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved natural cotton, organic muslin and even bamboo. The great thing about Malabar Baby’s receiving blankets is that they are extremely lightweight, making them perfect for Singapore’s warm weather.
Made from organic cotton, this super soft and cosy baby nest comes in a range of charming and timeless prints and features drawstrings for adjusting the size, as well as four straps for easy carrying and a wooden board at the base to provide stability. Both breathable and air permeable, the cover can be easily removed for washing and is ideal for using in a crib, on the bed or sofa and even when travelling. It’s also free from harmful substances, phthalates, fire retardants and heavy metals. The fabric is OCS certified, and the foam in the mattress is CE tested.
Milk to Meals is packed with insights and tips on making the transition from milk to meals one of ease and fun, whilst knowing you will be setting up your baby’s eating habits and delicate digestive system the best way possible. It provides evidence based information regarding transitioning from mama’s milk, advice on choosing a feeding method to suit your family, navigating the top allergenic foods, which nutrients to focus on to meet your baby’s nutritional needs and when to incorporate certain foods in their diet in the most mindful way, as well as 80+ nutrient-dense, whole-food, nutritionist-approved recipes so that you can put your new found knowledge into practice.
Youswim was founded in 2018 in London, England by Australians Elise Wallbank and Julian Talijancich with the aim of creating a future where swimsuit shopping is less about fitting a size and more about adapting to fit the customer and their body’s natural state of flux. With that in mind, Youswim does not do sizes. Instead, they make three flattering styles (Eva, Aplomb and Poise) — in a one-piece and high and standard waist two-pieces — which all fit seven sizes in one. If you’re usually a U.S. 2 to 14 or UK/Aust. 6 to 18, these swimmers will fit you. They’re ribbed, crazy-flexible, feel soft, thick, super luxe, and the simple shapes will equally flatter big-busts, no-bums, and all the beautiful in-betweens making them a must-have for pregnant women.
Available in a range of different themes including dinosaurs and the Artic, the Glenn Activity Blanket has been designed to develop your child’s motor senses and curiosity through endless hours of play. Made from 100% organic cotton, it is perfect for tummy time and will help improve your little ones sensory and development skills thanks to its different colours, sounds and pictures.
Founded in Denmark in the 70’s, BIBS pacifiers are approved by doctors and orthodontists and have been trusted by parents for more than 40 years. The cherry shaped natural rubber latex nipple is designed to imitate the shape of a mother’s breast, while the round lightweight shield faces away from your baby’s face to facilitate a supply of air to the sensitive skin around baby’s mouth. Completely free from BPA, PVC and phthalates, BIBS pacifiers are also recommended by midwifes to help support natural breastfeeding by improving your baby’s sucking technique.
Nutra Organics provides real, honest nutrition that not only tastes good, but is also is easy to incorporate into your daily life. The brands Collagen Beauty is a natural formulation made from VERISOL Bioactive Collagen Peptides and is said to be beneficial in supporting the changes your body goes through when pregnant. Collagen helps support skin elasticity (healthy, hydrated, elastic skin will fare better throughout and after pregnancy), it strengthens joints and ligaments to help your body carry the physical load or pregnancy, and it has digestive benefits. It can also help encourage new hair growth and healthy, strong hair, which is important for women suffering from postpartum hair loss. Available in four flavours (flavourless, Lemon Lime, Wildflower and Waterberry), the powders dissolve in water and are pregnancy, breastfeeding and child friendly.
Designed to be used at any stage of pregnancy (from the moment it becomes impossible to lie on your tummy, right up until the birth), the Holo is an inflatable airbed with a hole in the middle that can be used in water and on land. According to professionals, lying on your tummy is not just an essential part of getting your baby into an optimal position for birth, but quite often a way of relieving aches and pains in the pelvis and allowing for total relaxation. So whether you want watch telly, take a cat nap, indulge in a pregnancy massage, relieve aches and pains, float around in the pool or read a book while lying on your tummy like you used to do, the Holo is the answer. Find out more here.
A proudly made in Singapore brand, Hegen believes in creating sustainable and high-quality products that provide a hassle-free nursing experience. Perfectly curated for newborns, this gift set allows mothers to kickstart their breastfeeding journey. Simply attach the breast pump to express directly into the Hegen PCTO Breast Milk Storage PPSU, then swap the lid with a Hegen PCTO Breast Milk Storage Lid, instantly converting it into an air-tight storage container for storage in the chiller or a storage bag. To feed, simply reheat to desired temperature and change the lid to our feeding top for convenience and no wasteful transfer of milk. Everything happens within a single container, minimising wastage and making every drop count.
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