Category Archives: Changing Tips

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.

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Our tips for newborn personal care

baby turcoiseSo you are finally home from the hospital with your new baby….! It is the most amazing time until the panic sets in….how do I look afer this little creature? Here are some simple tips as gathered from experience, and in the case of one of us, the assistance of a very experienced (and scary) maternity nurse.

  • All you need is water! When pregnant and preparing for the arrival of your baby, do not get carried away into buying loads of lotions, baby bath products and wipes. For the first few months, all you need is water. For nappy changes, use warm water and cotton. We found the oval cotton pads much easier to use than the thick cut cotton wool which leaves cotton residue. Clean from the front to the back and do not forget those little creases under the legs. Dry extremely well with a muslin. For the bath, which for newborns is not recommended on a daily basis, just water will do. Many new parents agonise over the temperature of the bath. Invest in a thermometer or use your judgement. The midwife at the hospital told us that the water should feel comfortable to the hand; we found this more helpful than a thermometer.
  • favourite baby in bathSudocream – also ideal for mum’s spots! The maternity nurse would add a little sudocrem at every nappy change. Views vary and the health visitors recommend a more limited use. We settled in the middle, using sudocrem for the last nappy change before putting the baby down for the night (as that nappy tends to stay on the longest) and once during the day. As an added bonus, sudocrem works wondes on spots. A friend suggested this and it made my spot almost vanish – just try to remember you have it on when the doorbell rings.
  • Olive oil. This is not the kind you add to your salad, but a more purified form ideal for baby care. You can find it in most pharmacies and you should use it after the bath, to moisturise the delicate baby skin which due to the harsh water in most cities, has a tendency to dry. Babies develop special skin habits and conditions, so it is best not to invest in any baby moisturising lotions until much later. Both our babies had different skin irritations and we ended using specialist products recommended by the health visitor or the doctor.
  • babies in cuddlesThe umbilical cord is scary! Here at moomboo corner we are always honest and we are not afraid to admit that the umbilical cord scares us. Logically, you know that it is not hurting the baby but it looks painful….Make sure you keep it clean and dry. Only use warm water and cotton and dry off very well with a muslin. Any umbilical cord discharge with a funny smell should be checked straight away.
  • Top and tail. Another one of those terms you hear a lot. All it means is that, as newborns do not need a bath every day, the head and bottom should be cleaned on a daily basis. There are special ‘top and tail’ containers in the market. We do not think you need this. Fill a bowl with warm water and clean around the eyes (from the centre out and using a different cotton piece for each eye), clean behind the ears and the whole face. Then move to the bottom and give it a good clean.

We know its tempting to stock up on all sorts of branded, hypoallergenic, soft, baby products. And we understand its part of the overall experience, but there really is no need to splurge! In fact, if you wait until your baby comes home and is a few weeks old before investing in creams and things you will be better off.

baby in bath

One of us had a baby that suffered from eczema (a severe dry skin condition which is rather common in young babies). As it turned out we had to throw away all our goodies and buy prescriptions and a few over the counter little gems of products. In case you are wondering those were (keep in mind these are for when your baby is little older): (1) Epaderm – this a great vaseline like cream which can be applied all over the body (and is great for mommy’s dried up cuticles from all the washing and cleaning) and (2) Aveno bath oil water emollient  particularly good to soften London water for the babies bath. Just add a few drops before you put your baby in and you’ll see it will help your baby’s skin stay smooth (and also smell nice!) (3) Dermol– although it is another water emollient, it also works as a soap (which doesn’t lather and thus doesn’t dry up your baby’s skin). Of course, before you treat your baby’s eczema make sure to check with your pediatrician or GP, but these creams are great to keep older baby’s skin feeling nice and soft!

Our list is by no means exhaustive, but we’ve tried to minimize the expense for parents while maximising the comfort for babies (and softness of their skin – who doesn’t love to kiss those smooth baby cheeks?)  Please send us your tips for newborn care and any pictures of your cuties in the bath!