As I was putting away the dishes this week it dawned on me how much ‘stuff’ is actually dedicated to Oliver. Plastic plates, cutlery, bowls and cups fill my cupboards and drawers. Up until recently I thought this was totally acceptable (maybe it is), but there are two things that are slowly changing my mind: –
- He never uses plastic plates or cutlery anywhere else.
- If he really needs plastic plates etc, does he really need so many of them.
Since this revelation I have started to give him proper plates and cutlery (I’m sticking to plastic cups, I’m not totally crazy) and surprise, surprise he is managing absolutely fine.
Looking through all the ‘stuff’ made me think back to all the ‘stuff’ I was duped in to buying since the time he was a baby. It started right at the beginning with bottle choice, everyone had an opinion of which ones were best. As an extremely anxious parent I bought a lot of them, however it turned out as long as he was being fed and getting it fast enough, Oliver wasn’t too fussy about which bottle he used.
There was one bottle related gadget that was and still is the favourite item I purchased, the Perfect Prep machine. Who wouldn’t want a perfectly prepared bottle in under 2 minutes, especially at 4 in the morning. My machine is currently with its 3rd owner and still going strong.
The next stage was weaning and the ‘stuff’ available reached new levels. I bought bowls with masher included (I own a masher, but of course I needed a special one), specially designed pots for portioning puree (what is wrong with normal Tupperware), bowls that claimed they would stick to any high chair tray (they did not). These are only the tip of the iceberg, there were plenty more items I, allegedly, couldn’t live without. Most of these items inevitably ended up at the back of my cupboard collecting dust. I swear if you want to make your fortune, design something that claims to make parenting easier and your child happier (don’t even get me started on Sophie the giraffe).
As Oliver approaches his 3rd birthday and I reflect of the things that I found truly useful, it turns out they weren’t the most expensive ones. My two favourites were silicon ice-cube trays for freezing purees (muffin ones as appetites grow), once frozen they can be popped out and placed in my all time favourite parenting item, the zip lock bag.
I can’t tell you how much I love a zip lock bag. I used them as a changing bag, nappy sack, snack bag, clothes bag, the list could go on and on. It is the one item I still can’t live without.
Now excuse me while I go and try to come up with the next big thing that new parents like me just won’t be able to live without.