One item I would say that any new parent needs is a bath thermometer considering how sensitive newborns are to temperature. There are lots and lots of different ones out there, but I believe that this blows all the bog standard ones strait out of the water (sorry, couldn't resist).
Using a round, easy-to-read screen (about the size of a 50p piece), the Duckymeter screen lights up either blue, green or red to indicated temperature. Blue is cold, green just right and red too hot. The reading is displayed in farenieght and is clear enough to read from a standing position above the bathtub.
The thermometer is of a reasonably large size, bigger than an average rubber duck… Read more
I bought my midnight blue Babasling off of ebay origionally...it had been sold by a dad whose wife had developed back problems and so as a result, they had tried it twice and resigned to the fact that they were unable to use it. As I was unsure about baby carriers at the time (I really don't like the idea of carrying a baby on your front like that in case of tripping) so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. It cost me £12. I practised with a cuddly toy first like the instructions say before attempting it with my three-week-old. She didn't seem to fit comfortably and it put an awful lot of pressure on my shoulder. I practised again a couple of days later with my daughter and once… Read more