Let’s not beat around the bush – one of the perks of being pregnant is that you get to have a baby shower. Obviously it’s not just the presents; it’s the ritual – the hesitant shaking to the friend what’s in there, that first pull on the ribbon, the uncontrolled joy of tearing through pretty paper in a whirl of delight and anticipation – it’s utter bliss. Until, that is, you open up your fourth baby thermometer and realise that for the next few weeks you won’t just be lugging round a belly the size of a watermelon, but also a bag of items that need to be returned to baby boutiques all over town. Suddenly that baby registry seems like an awfully good idea. To help avoid a burst of gifts you can’t use, I’ve picked some great items to include on your wish list (hint, hint to friends and family). Put them on your registry NOW and that way your baby won’t end up with a wardrobe full of ill-fitting onesies on baby shower day.
As well as looking super-cute over your baby’s crib, this gorgeous mobile will transform a screaming monster to a contented little cherub in a matter of seconds
3 Sprouts toy mobile – Dhs135
From approximately twenty weeks into pregnancy, a baby can hear and recognise sounds in the womb, so wear this pregnancy chime to soothe baby before and after birth.
Babylonia necklace – Dhs129
New arrivals feed eight to 12 times a day, so be prepared with these Beaba baby bottles, which are designed with a slow flow, perfect for newborns.
Beaba 260ml bottles (set of six) – Dhs185
Baby food cook book
We all want to give our children the best start in life, which is why you need to get your hands on the Beaba Baby Cookbook. Bursting with flavoursome recipes your homemade purees will knock spots off any readymade mixtures from the supermarket.
Beaba Baby Cookbook – Dhs165
Expect your little one to protest the first few times you pop them in the bath, but they’ll grow to love bath time – and so will you!
Hoppop baby bath – Dhs449
This cute hooded towel is made from pure bamboo and cotton.
Just Essentials hooded towel – Dhs129
Help your little one put her best feet forward with these gorgeous leather shoes, which come in sizes of 0-24 months.
Just Essentials leather shoes – Dhs125
Even if you’re planning to exclusively breastfeed, it’s a good idea to have a breast pump on hand in order to stimulate your milk production and boost your supply. It also means Dad can step in with a bottle and do a few of the nighttime feeds when tiredness gets the better of you.
Madela Freestyle breastpump – Dhs2,100
Keep tabs on your little one from any part of the house with this 3-in-1 monitoring system for movement, video and sound.
Snuza Trio baby monitor – Dhs1,995
Swaddling your little one in the first few days and weeks of life is a great way to help them stay warm and toasty before their internal thermostat kicks in. It will also stop them from waking themselves up in the night with their own startle reflex.
Just Essentials Swaddle Blankets – Dhs130