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5 products all first-time parents need

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Here is a round-up of essential products every first-time parent should have on their wish list.

As we eagerly await news of the newest addition to the royal family, take a look at these products first-time parents should try out, royal or not.

Britax Römer Baby Safe2 i-Size Car Seat

Britax Römer Car Seat, £190

Choosing the right car seat for your baby can be challenging. With all the different brands and models out there, it can be overwhelming for new parents. But you can take comfort in Britax Römer’s latest and excellent car seat, the Baby Safe2 i-Size. The seat offers comfort and protection for newborn babies up to 15 months. While it boasts a newborn insert offering both energy absorbing protection in case of impact as well as extra comfort your baby. The insert can be removed, which is handy, and the height can be adjusted as your little one grows up to 83cm. And with its lie-flat technology, you can not only adjust the headrest height but the lying position as well. Perhaps the coolest feature of the Baby Safe2 i-Size, though, is that it’s also aircraft approved – so there are no limits as to how far you can safely travel with your baby.

And while we’re at it, Britax Romer is making their book debut in the commemorative Our Royal Baby. Published this summer (RRP £29.99), it charts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s journey from romance and engagement, through to marriage and parenthood,

£190 |britax-roemer.co.uk

VTech Drive & Discover Baby Keys

VTech Drive & Discover Baby Keys, £10.99

Press the three colourful buttons or shake the keys to hear sing-along songs, phrases or other lively melodies. The house key feature beads and a spinning disk, while the car key includes bead spinners and a mirror. The soft bear key will help soothe your little ones gums when teething time arrives.

£10.99 | vtech.co.uk

Joolz Day3 Stroller

Joolz Day 3, £849

Joolz has pulled out all the stops for their newest plush, premium stroller. We love its ability to comfortably handle any surface, be it a bit of rough concrete on the street or bobbly grass in the park, without discomforting your little one. The sturdy back wheels in particular where impressive when taking on big curbs. It comes with both a carrycot and seat unit and what we adore about the carrycot is the handy ventilation panels around it to help air your baby while also letting them see the world around them. It has a nice fold action to it and stands upright so you can easily store it away in a cupboard or bung it in the car boot for when you’re travelling. Taking your baby in and out of the seat is simple, too, as the harness is one of the better ones we’ve tried. The adjustable footrest is a nice feature as well. It’s suitable from birth all the way up to 20kg – so you’ll have years of good use out of it.

£849 | my-joolz.co.uk

Leapfrog Butterfly Counting Friend

Butterfly Counting Friend, £19.99

Welcome the warmer weather with a flutter of colour this Spring. Five colourful number buttons play a variety of songs and will also help your baby fall asleep with soft, classical melodies. This cute butterfly also includes straps so you can secure the it to infant carriers and strollers – perfect for springtime walks.

£19.99 | leapfrog.com

VTech Birdie Travel Mobile

Leapfrog Birdie Travel Mobile, £26.99

This mobile comes with a claw fastener and clamp so that you can safely attach to prams, baby carriers and cots. Includes a soothing night light, three adorable soft birds, plays four songs and 40 melodies. It can also play nature sounds or white noise with a timer option. A remote control is included so you can change the volume or play/pause music. The voice sensor detects your baby’s cry and responds with melodies to lull your little one back to sleep.

£26.99 | vtech.co.uk