Mums, Parent, toddler

Baby buddies

My best friend is having a baby. The girl I met on a school trip, the girl who I had (landline!) telephone conversations with, the 20-something who I stayed out until 2am with, and the woman who was bridesmaid at my wedding is having a little girl of her own.

I couldn’t be happier for her. She will be an amazing mum and I can’t wait to have baby chats with one of the most important people in my life. We have (of course!) already made provisional plans for her little bundle to marry TJ when they are older but, before we start wedding planning, I have a baby shower to think about.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time and money planning purchases in preparation for TJ’s arrival. Much of what I bought hasn’t been more than a metre away from me for the last two years. Some of it was absolute tosh which I question my rationale for buying in the first place (stupid wipe clean floor cover to go under a high chair, I am looking at you.)

The internet is to blame (probably). Mums are a (metaphorically) rich market and we are bombarded with lists of ‘essentials’ which we won’t be able to keep our children alive without.

However, there is one website I have come across which offers up a perfectly honed baby shower range – uncommongoods.com This lovely American company (which does ship to the UK – hurrah!) specialises in handmade, recycled and organic products. They also don’t sell leather or fur, strive to maintain a small carbon footprint and even donate to charity. Tick, tick and tick in my book. Here’s my picks from what they have to offer.

That best friend of mine is seriously super duper intelligent – she has an actual PhD – so this little scientific beauty should appeal to her sense of humour.

Not all restaurants, or indeed friend’s houses – come kitted out with a highchair. So this clever invention can make any venue ready for feeding time at the zoo.

I had a baby memory book. Like most parents, only the first few pages are filled in. Whenever I catch sight of it, I am racked with guilt about the wasted opportunity to chart TJ’s development. But, funnily enough, I haven’t had much free time with all the actual parenting I have been doing. This wishing ball solves that problem. Scribble something down once a week and by the end of the year you’ll have plenty of special stuff to reflect on/cry over.

Every parent needs to be able to laugh through the ups and downs which inevitably come with raising a small person. This flow chart could be just the comedy antidote required.

Instagram is full to the rafters of parents snapping pics of their kids with these signs. Whilst my iCloud is packed with pictures and videos of TJ, I regret not getting some of these to remind me of just what was happening as the days of maternity leave blurred into one.

I use one of these food mats every single meal time – it’s the only way I’ve found to ensure crockery and food don’t end up (completely) all over the floor.

So whilst I don’t profess to being able to impart any wisdom when my bestie becomes a mummy, I can help her to buy some stuff which will make life with TJ’s future wife just that bit easier.

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