The Products All New Mums Need To Know About

A maternity nurse for 17 years, Louenna Hood has looked after hundreds of babies – including those of high-profile clients and even royal families. With an in-depth knowledge of language development, sleep routines and potty training, when it comes to the must-have items no new mum should be without – she’s the expert. Here are her top nine…
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Baba West Vitamins, from £14.95

Loved by industry experts, Baba West vitamins were created in tandem with top fertility expert and midwife, Zita West. Expect to find a concise edit of supplements that support your baby, toddler and child’s development with all the right nutrients inside. From multibiotic powders to oral drops and sprays, there are plenty of options available to ensure your child builds a healthy respiratory system, as well as good gut and immune health, too. 

Louenna says: “Without fail, I always recommend these vitamins. They’re my favourites for both formula and breast-fed babies because they don’t contain anything untoward – just the essential nutrients your baby needs naturally.” 

Available here

Dreamegg White Noise Machine, £29.99 (was £37.99)

Struggling to get your new-born off to sleep? This handy machine boasts rave reviews – and for good reason. With soothing sounds (up to 21) and gentle lullaby tunes, it’s incredibly calming, while the soft, warm light is just enough to help you see, but not blind you every time you want to move or turn over in bed. You’ll love how easy it is to control, too – plus, it remembers the settings once you’ve turned the power off – handy when time is of the essence. 

Louenna says: “This white noise machine by Dreamegg can really help little ones get to sleep fast – especially if you have a noisy household. The night light feature is also useful when you want to do a night feed.” 

Available here.

Memory Books by Meminio, from £18

A thoughtful gift for yourself, or a loved-one, these personalised journals are a great way of keeping track of everything. They allow you to document your child’s first memories and steps as they develop and grow into themselves. There are pages for notes, but there’s also a section  dedicated to personal letters from you to them – a nice token for when they grow up.

Louenna says: “These books are a lovely way to document your baby’s first few months. Meminio have a great range all for different ages and they can be personalised, too.” 

Available here. 

Hayi Home Medicine Chest, £16.49

Storing all your medical essentials has never been easier. With several compartments, you can store pills, plasters, liquids and everything in between so that when your baby is unwell, you can find things with ease. It’s small and portable, too, so it’s great for keeping out of arms reach. What’s more, the sealed design locks out moisture and dust, so everything inside stays clean and protected. Plus, it looks quite stylish compared to other first aid kits on the market. 

Louenna says: “I always advise parents to have a fully stocked and lockable medicine box in their home. It saves them rushing to the shops when they have a poorly baby – or if they are poorly themselves.” 

Available here.

My Zellie Baby Bag, from £65

It’s easy to see why this is so popular – stylish, it’s a great bag for on-the-go, but also for storing multiple items. With various sections, it’s easy to access and open at speed, too, while the storage space available inside is impressive. You’ll find plenty of pockets and corners to store baby items in, so that when you need to get something out quickly, you’re not left rummaging around. The adjustable padded shoulder straps are practical, too, for some much-needed comfort.

Louenna says: “These baby bags are brilliant. They’re a great size and are very easy to access when they’re attached to your pram as they have a large opening, too.” 

Available here.

Kokoso Baby Newborn Essentials Kit, £19.99

This award-winning kit contains a host of products to cater to delicate baby skin. From organic coconut oil, to a fragrance-free wash and natural konjac sponge, it’s the ideal set for sensitive skin in need of some nourishment. The formulas are especially effective at treating things like nappy rash, inflammation and soothing dry, red patches, too.

Louenna says: “The Kokoso range is very gentle on a new-born baby’s skin – I can’t recommend it enough. It also happens to be one of my own favourite skincare brands, too.” 

Available here.

Aden + Anais Muslin Cloths, From £19.95 

Dubbed ‘the perfect security blankets’, these useful cloths serve multiple purposes. From acting as a baby bib to a burp cloth and much more, they’re incredibly soft, yet absorbent, too. Unlike similar options, they come in fun prints – so they make a great, useful gift for friends or family with new-borns.

Louenna says: “Muslins are a necessity for every new parent – you will go through a lot of them daily. I love this brand as they’re so soft, wash well and absorb any little spillages.” 

Available here.

The Louenna App, £24.99 For An Annual Subscription

It’s no secret parenting can be daunting – especially when you have a new-born baby. That’s where Louenna’s clever app comes in. Designed to answer all your burning questions at the touch of a button, it offers a range of advice from top industry experts, as well as direct contact to Norland nannies. Expect to find everything from paediatric first aid advice, to speech and language tips, as well as post-natal fitness inspiration. 

Louenna says: “My app is available to purchase as an e-voucher or a gift voucher to be sent in the post. The idea of it is it gives new parents everything they need to know about their impending arrival at the touch of a button – from what to buy, to feeding, bathing, sleep routines and much more.” 

Download here.

To get in touch with Louenna, visit Louenna.com.

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