There are a few golden rules you learn when you become a parent, one of which is not to buy expensive toys or baby kit without doing some serious research first. So here’s a look at some of the best new baby products on the market with reviews from the real experts – the parents that use them.
Bugaboo Bee denim
What is it? The Bugaboo Bee has always been a popular pushchair, counting celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Gwen Stefani among its A-list fans. Owners rave about this nifty one-piece’s ability to navigate even the tightest spots while still being super comfy for your little one. But now it’s had a dark denim makeover so it’s even more stylish than before – and you’ll also be able to match your pram to your outfit.
Why you need one in your life: The height adjustable handles and stylish design means this pram will suit dads as well as mums, so he won’t feel embarrassed when doing his fair share of the pushing. Plus this little number can be parent – as well as outward-facing so you can either chat as you go along, or your toddler can watch the world go by.
What people are saying about it: The Bugaboo Bee is so good, it won the Mumsnet Best Award for buggies and pushchairs 2011. Mums loved the fact that it was parent-facing, “super light and tiny folded”, and raved about its gadgets – particularly the iPhone holder. A reviewer called ‘Teachermom’ said, “I’ve had mine for three years and love it. It’s easy to push and steer with one hand.”
Bloom’s ‘Alma Papa’ range of nursery furniture
What is it? Achingly hip baby brand Bloom was founded by four designer dads who created their own stylish and eco-friendly furniture after they found they couldn’t buy anything similar for their own kids. The company has a range of products designed to grow with your child, but the one tipped for the top is the Alma Papa crib.
Why you need one in your life: You may be sold just by looking at its sleek lines and beautifully curved solid wood, but the list of features just goes on and on. For a start, the cot uses Bloom’s signature ‘no tools’ assembly you can fold it away when not in use and, most importantly, its age adaptable, so can sleep a child from newborn to four.
What people are saying about it: Mummy blogger and advocate of healthy living Ms S reviewed the crib for her S Files blog, and said, “Living in small NYC spaces, I’m constantly on the search for multi-functional, flexible things to minimise our stuff. So I was thrilled to discover the Alma Papa Crib! Not only is it beautiful, but it’s slim enough to fit through doorways and its detachable wheels make it easy to roll from room to room. Furthermore, the organic Coco-mat crib mattress meets my low-toxic requirement!”
Iiamo self warming bottle
What is it? Many baby products claim to be ‘revolutionary’, but the Iiamo might just be that – especially if you’re the parent of a fussy little bambino who refuses milk unless it’s at the perfect temperature. This groovy-looking travel bottle uses the natural warming effect of salt and water within a hidden capsule, so it can heat its contents to 37c in less than four minutes. It can also be completely disassembled making it ultra easy to clean.
Why you need one: If your child just won’t drink cold milk (and many of them don’t), you’ll find this product seriously useful whenever you leave the house. Its stylish design and built-in heating element make it a major talking point, too –prepare to be the envy of Starbucks.
What people are saying about it: An independent review on the parenting hub Made For Mums called Iiamo “a fun, funky bottle that looks great and does a good job of heating your baby’s milk all by itself.” It went on to say, “the Iiamo Go looks the business. You really feel like you’re buying into something different.”