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Must-Have Baby Items, That Are Actually Worth The Investment

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A quick internet search for ‘baby checklist’ will probably leave you feeling a little overwhelmed. There’s hundreds of baby items out there that are deemed ‘must-buys’ for your little one – from car seats and sleeping bags to baby monitors. In those sleep-deprived early days, it can be easy to feel like you need every gadget going. Especially when most of your scrolling is done at 2am in the morning during a night feed.

But what are the newborn baby essentials that are actually worth buying? The ones that you’ll be still using past 6 months and that you’ll get the most use out of? All road-tested by the Absolutely Mama team, here we round up our favourite multi-functional buys.

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Stokke® Tripp Trapp® chair with Newborn Set



A high chair is a key purchase, but most parents don’t think about it until they get to the weaning stage. A high chair that can be used from birth and then past toddlerhood is a really good investment.

The Tripp Trapp® is a much-loved design classic for a reason. The only chair your little one needs, it can be used from birth with the newborn set, all the way into adulthood. The stylish design fits seamlessly into your home, and it comes with a rare 7-year warranty. All of the Absolutely Mama team have used the Tripp Trapp® for their little ones (with the oldest still using it in their teenage years!).

It’s brilliant for bringing your little one right up to the table, helping to involve them in family mealtimes right from the word go. The cosy newborn seat is also a safe place to sit your baby if you need your hands free for quick household tasks. Once your little one is ready to start weaning, you can convert the Tripp Trapp® to a classic high chair with the Baby Set. After that, the genius design easily converts into an adult dining chair.

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Stokke® Nomi® chair

Play Time


Baby bouncers, playmats, and play gyms are all great for the early stages, but your little one will grow out of them quite quickly. So you might want to think about items of furniture that they will be able to use for activities as they grow.

The Nomi® is the newest addition to the Stokke® seating family. Just like the Tripp Trapp®, it’s an award-winning chair designed to be used from birth all the way into adulthood. Peter Opsvik designed the Nomi® with the same iconic design principles as the Tripp Trapp® – that little ones feel more relaxed at the table and have more freedom of movement.

What we love most about the Nomi® is that it’s super lightweight and can be moved easily around the home. It can also be hung on the dining table for easy clean-up. The ergonomic design is supportive and comfortable, so it’s brilliant for activities up the table such as arts and crafts. It’s perfect for homework as they get bigger too.

The Nomi® is a really hard-working chair that you’ll get so much use out of for years to come.

Stokke® are the seating experts, and we also love their other high chairs – including the Clikk™ and the Steps™. These are both available in new colourways.

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Stokke® Limas™

On the go


Babywearing has been proven to build a close bond between caregiver and little one. It also gives you some all-important hands-free time. The Limas™ Carrier can be used from birth up to 15kg. It’s super lightweight and portable and easy to put on. A similar design, The Limas™ Carrier Plus can be used from one month, up to 18kg. Both give you three carrying options: front, back, and hip.

The Limas™ Carrier Flex (suitable from one month), is a full-buckle carrier that is great for extended back wearing. All three carriers are backed by experts – including midwives, psychomotor specialists and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. They are also all made with 100% cotton or cotton-linen mix, making them super comfortable for you and your little one.

Like all of the products in the Stokke® range, the Limas™ is super stylish and ultimately designed to make parenting easier.

Final Tips

There are, of course, some baby items that you’ll only use for a short amount of time that you will still need to buy – like a Moses basket and a baby bath. We always recommend passing these on, selling them, donating them, or storing them for your next little one.

However, it’s definitely worth thinking before you buy those big items and looking for something that will grow with your little one. Whether it’s a cot that you can convert to a toddler bed, or a highchair like the Tripp Trapp®.

This is a sponsored post created in collaboration with Stokke®

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