Monthly Archives: March 2013

Baby Proofing in Style

Oh yes. It’s that time. Your baby is around 6 months and you keep saying to yourself that it is time to start baby proofing. If you’re like us, you procrastinate as you think to yourself, surely they can start crawling this soon. Until one day, without sending you a memo, they do.

Then starts the mad dash to trying to figure out what you need to do to baby proof. The list grows, as does your anxiety about all the things you need to buy. You ask yourself how its possible that your life has changed this much (for the better with a much bigger to do list), and then, if you’re concerned about aesthetics like us, you worry about the impact baby proofing gadgets will have on your flat or house. Well, no more! You can now baby proof in style.

The bulkiest and most visible of all baby proofing components, are the dreaded staircase gates. Below is our selection of top gates, that strike the right balance between safety and beauty.

1. Numi Gates  – these retail at £50 a pop in the UK, but they are worth every penny if you have hardwood dark floors or dark-wood furniture. They blend nicely with modern furnishings and spacious rooms.

Aesthetics and safety go hand in hand

2. KiddiGuard Avant and now KiddiGuard Accent– the former retails for £145 (+VAT) and the latter is a new version, which rolls into a thinner aluminium tube but just as effective and retails for £99 (+VAT). These are a great option for the reception room, or places you’ll have lots of visitors, because they can easily roll into an aesthetically pleasing aluminium tube which can go unnoticed. Great for fireplaces, or white staircases that are “in your face”.

3. Custom Made – and finally, (you should know us by now, we will give you a splurging option just in case) check out these beautiful custom made stair case gates- you would have to splash out for these though (and find a good carpenter or builder – ping us we can help!)

Have you come across any beautiful baby stair gates? If so, we’d love to hear from you! By the way, if you live in London and need these installed we know the perfect people to do so for you, all you have to do is ask and we’ll forward their details to you.

Top 3 Messy Weaning Pain Points + Solutions

As your little one starts to wean, you’ll notice that the mess gets progressively larger not the other way around (until you’ve lost your mind!). The amount of gadgets you need to keep the house and your baby clean whilst eating can be too many to count (or store/clean for that matter). Don’t worry, because at moomboo, we are working on a solution to the problem. In the meantime, here are our tips for cleaner/tidier eating that is fun for your baby and more convenient for you (tidier and not expensive)!

Whether you are doing baby led or spoon led weaning, you’ll notice the three biggest points of mess accumulation are: (a) under the baby’s chin (b) on the floor (c) on the table/tray (obviously the hands and face too, but nothing you can do about that if you want your baby to experiment and enjoy the art of eating!)

Here are a few solutions:

For under the chin

(1) Put a cloth bib around your baby’s neck. The trick is that it goes all the way to the back of the neck (past the chubby double/triple chin!) We like a few:

Dribble Ons, Bandana Bibs, and IKEA Bibs (these work wonders under a plastic bib) – all pictured below. By the way, if you prefer disposable bibs to avoid the washing, we’ve also tried Tommee Tipee Explora Disposable Bibs, and they work rather well.

(2) Put on an all encompassing plastic bib that is soft on top of the cloth bib. Plastic bibs often don’t prevent water, or purees from going underneath the bib and running into the baby’s clothes. With a cloth bib that surrounds the neck area and a plastic bib over it; you’re golden. After a myriad trials (i.e. money down the drain), we found the best in the market from Jojo Mamman Bebe – the plastic is soft, and it can be washed (even though the label says not to, we’ve washed it and its fine!)

For the floor

Buy a floor mat unless you have hardwood floors and you can just wipe them clean and save yourself this expense. Below is the Prince Lionheart Catch All Floor Mat; if you have to buy one, we like this the best for its neutral tones.

For the tray/table

Both of us have the Stokke high chair, which allows you to buy its integrated little chair tray separately (but it is on the pricey side). We do not recommend buying the Stokke table tray – its also expensive and not very useful if you have a table that you can bring the chair up to. There are of course more portable placemats that can pick up the food from getting to the floor, but these don’t always catch the food. Rather than you stress out about whether the food will be caught or not (and pass on your nerves to the baby), best to let them drop whatever they want onto the floor and then just wipe the floor mat. I’m sure you will agree that the most important thing is to let your child play with textures and the best way to let them do that, is to give them a bit of free rein in the beginning!

Of course if you’re weaning on the road, then you should invest in portable things such as the above Summer Infant Tiny Diner Placemat (pictured in green).

In sum, no easy solution, but there is no need to splurge on paraphernalia – just be clever about what you really need (and watch this space for moomboo’s future solution- if you’re interested please send us your email and we will notify you as soon as our cover all bib is ready –

Send us your “keeping-things-clean-whilst-weaning” tips and we’ll post some of them in our FB page so our fans can learn from your experiences!