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Top 11 must-have baby items for mums-to-be

HELLO!'s round up of the baby equipment you won't be able to live without!

Holly Nesbitt-Larking
Holly Nesbitt-LarkingPA to the Editor in Chief and the Business Director
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Baby Carrier One Air (2018)   Black, Mesh (3)

BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air

The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Air is ideal for helping you get out and about with your baby while keeping your hands free. The One Air is designed with the help of 100 real families, along with paediatricians, babywearing practitioners and medical experts. Every feature has been analysed and created for the ultimate comfort and support for both you and your baby. It's made almost entirely from an airy 3D mesh which helps to cool the places most prone to perspiration – the parts of the baby carrier closest to you (the shoulder straps) and your baby (between their legs). Mesh fabric is softer and more lightweight than many other materials, so it's easy for you to see and feel that that you are supporting your growing baby's neck, hips and spine perfectly, while you have your hands free.

Price: £159, available at

Bouncer Bliss   Anthracite, Mesh 2

Babybjörn Bouncer Bliss

Lots of parents call this a lifesaver! The Bouncer Bliss is a cosy place for your baby to play or rest close by you if you need to pop the baby down while you take a shower or prepare a meal. When your baby kicks their legs or waves their arms, the baby bouncer rocks gently. No batteries needed – the baby bouncer runs on pure fun! Playing in the baby bouncer also helps your baby to develop their motor skills and balance. Bouncer Bliss can be used from newborn and up to the age of 2 years.

Price: £137, available at


Doona Infant Car Seat Stroller

The Doona seamlessly combines safety, style and simplicity. Since its launch in 2014, the ingenious car seat has been greatly received by families across the UK; having been recognised for more than 20 prestigious awards and seen with top celebrities including Coleen Rooney, Ronnie Wood, Russell Brand, Conor McGregor and Rochelle Humes. Designed to simplify family life, the car seat transforms into a stroller in less than ten seconds, making short trips to the shops, the school run and even flying truly simple. This highly convenient Infant Car Seat Stroller is the first 2-in-1 car seat stroller with fully integrated wheels. Doona provides a safer, simpler and more convenient alternative to other Group 0+ car seats available and is currently the only product on the market to have passed 3 EU safety standards; for car sear, stroller and reclined cradle. You'll never have to struggle walking with a heavy car seat again!

Price: £279.99, available at

ErgoPouch Ergo Cocoon

ErgoPouch ErgoCocoon Swaddle Sleep Bag

If you want to swaddle your baby but can't quite master the art of it, then the ErgoCocoon 'no origami' baby swaddle sleep bags are for you! Designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from, the swaddle bag will keep your baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. The two way zip ensures easy nappy changing and the finest natural fibres and skin- friendly breathable materials, make sure that littles ones will sleep soundly without the risks of itchiness, overheating or sweating associated with synthetic fibres. All ergoPouch products offer excellent hip heath and the ErgoCocoon has been recognized by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

Price: £ 34.99, available at


Groegg 2

Making sure the temperature is correct where you baby is sleeping is hugely important. The Groegg2 is a multi award winning, iconic nursery thermometer, which will ensure you know what the temperature is. Suitable from birth, the innovative room thermometer allows parents to see at a quick glance that their child is resting at the correct temperature, let alone now being a handy nightlight. Thanks to its highly sensitive external temperature gauge, the Groegg2 ensures that the temperature reading is accurate to +/- 1 degree, making it one of the most sophisticated thermometers on the market. A yellow glow suggests a comfortable temperature for children to sleep in, whilst a blue glow suggests it’s too cold and a red glow suggests it’s too warm.

Price: £29.99, available from John Lewis

Medela Freestyle

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

If you want to express and your time is precious, the Medela Freestyle breast pump is for you! The world's smallest high-performance electric breast pump gives a mother more time and flexibility in her everyday life. It's ideal for daily and frequent use with a single or double pumping option. Highly praised for its reliable, research-based, efficient and user-friendly design, it not only enables mums to express breastmilk, but its double design has also been proven to express up to 18% more milk compared with single pumping. With smart technology which remembers mums' most frequently used settings and an LCD screen, Medela makes it easy to express morning and night.

Price: £329.99, available at


PacaPod Loreto changing bag

Changing bags can be big and bulky but this one is stylish and practical! The Loreto Changing bag by PacaPod is expertly designed, bringing together all of our favourite features into a sumptuous, twenty first century tote perfect for full on family adventures and romantic weekend babymoons. The rear cargo section contains PacaPod’s multi award winning 3 in 1 organisation system, allowing parents to plan, pack and find essentials in a flash when on the go. This genius design means food and changing items can be kept hygienically separate, and also provides the opportunity to use each element of the bag on it’s own for unrivalled versatility.

The Loreto is the first of it’s kind to have adaptable shoulder backpack straps helping to distribute weight when you just can’t decide what to leave at home.

The relaxed silhouette is beautifully enhanced by luxurious leather and adorned with gold hardware giving you a bag that is utterly functional without anyone ever needing to know.

Price: £300, available at


Sleepyhead® DELUXE+

The sleepyhead  DELUXE+ is a multi-functional, portable baby bed you can take anywhere. Softer than a blanket or Moses basket, the Sleepyhead® DELUXE+ offers a safe and comfy spot that lets your baby sleep, rest, co-sleep, lounge, play, cuddle, have some tummy time or simply have their nappy changed. DELUXE+ pods are lightweight and portable, allowing for easy travel, from room to room, grandma's house or on vacation. All materials used are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic and offer excellent air-permeability.

Price: £130, available from John Lewis

Snuza Hero MD 2

Snuza® HeroMD Portable Breathing Baby Monitor

The Snuza® Hero MD Portable Breathing Baby Monitor can reduce anxiousness by helping parents effectively monitor baby movement and breathing. When a baby is born, their natural breathing patterns fluctuate - this is particularly the case with premature babies who are more likely to experience irregular breathing patterns than those born at full term. Uneven breathing patterns can be a huge cause of concern for new parents and this is where a breathing monitor can offer parents complete reassurance. This baby monitor is a wearable device which attaches to baby's nappy and monitors abdominal rise and fall. The multi award winning monitor detects the slightest of breaths and will alert parents if breathing is weak or less than eight breaths per minute. If no breathing is detected for 15 seconds, it will vibrate in an effort to rouse baby. After three vibration/rousing incidents, a 'Rouse Warning' will alert parents that breathing has stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If an additional 5 seconds of no breathing is detected a sharp audible alarm will sound.

Price: £79.99, available at Argos


SnüzPod3 Bedside Crib

The SnüzPod3 Bedside Crib is perfect for those first months when your baby is sleeping in a room with you. Boasting a stunning new look and brand-new features, the all-new SnüzPod3 includes a reflux incline, wider and and dual-view breathable mesh sides, making it the perfect sleep solution from newborn to 6 months. The lighter lift-off bassinet is great for use around the home meaning your baby has one consistent sleep environment wherever it's sleeping.

Price: £199.95, available at

10th Anniversary mini   Baby Jogger

City Mini and City Elite 10th Anniversary Edition

Ten years after Baby Jogger changed the way the world strolls with the launch of the City Mini, they've now released an all new, limited edition, anniversary fashion. 

The package includes everything you love about the standard model city mini® GT with the addition of special edition fabrics inspired by fashion and lifestyle trends, soft cognac leather accents and a free removable belly bar as an anniversary gift!

Taking the city mini® to the next level, the city mini® GT gives you the ability to pave your own way. All-terrain wheels let you decide how far you want to go off the beaten path. And with little touches like an adjustable handlebar to adapt to the parent's height, and a hand-operated parking brake, the city mini® GT is very accommodating.

Available for £289 (City Mini), £379.99 (City Mini GT), £469.99 (City Elite) and £209.99 (Deluxe Carrycot) from

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