Category Archives: Unnecessary Baby Items

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 – contactmoomboo@gmail.com).

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!

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!

Unnecessary Baby Paraphernalia

So you’ve out you’re having a baby – congratulations! After the excitement, celebrations, and day dreaming about your future little thing, the panic sets in. All the things you have to buy can become quite overwhelming. We’ve been there, so we want to help you avoid some of the same mistakes we made by sharing our no need to buy list to save you some money! Once moomboo hits the stores you’ll be able to eliminate more from your list all together, but for now, here are 3 things you can definitely do without (although there is 1 you may still want to buy anyway). This is the first post of our series called – “Unnecessary Baby Paraphernalia” so do keep coming back to visit us to learn more!

This photo showcases the Baby Jogger with 2 maxi cosi seats, but they can easily be converted to normal seats, or basinets

1. Two Prams/Buggies– you do not need a travel and a day pram. Don’t be suckered into buying two. Just find one that suits your family planning style. One of us fell for the trap and ended up buying the City Select Baby Jogger and the City Select Mini. While both prams are lovely, we could have just stuck to the first one as its compact enough to travel with and can incorporate the maxi cosi seat on it when you’re traveling by car or plane a further so you don’t have to take a pram plus a car seat. In addition, it fits two kids on the same frame so that when the family gets larger there is no need to buy another pram. The other one of us has the Bugaboo, which is sufficiently narrow to travel with anywhere. Having said that, its worth investing in a pram cover if you are traveling with the Bugaboo! (We will do a review of our prams in a later post for more details).

Korbell is a very easy to use, sleek design, but isn’t necessary!

2. Nappy/Diaper Bin– Besides being expensive, they are not that useful. We each bought one (a different model) and there was nothing wrong with them, but we could have saved ourselves the money. One of us lives in a house with various floors, and keeps the bin in the bathroom adjacent to the baby’s room on the top floor. Because the baby isn’t necessarily changed in his room every time, diapers end up getting thrown in the normal trash downstairs, or in the normal master bathroom bin. It makes no difference whether they are in the special bin or the regular bin – they are stinky anywhere!

I know we said SAVE money by not buying a nappy bag, BUT if you don’t buy all the stuff we mention on this blog, you can use the money saved to buy this one to use as your nappy bag for every day use! 😉

3. A Diaper Bag – Besides the fact that it is hard to find a fashionable, sleek, simple, well designed diaper bag*, it is just unnecessary  You can use a large bag that you already own. We’ve used a variety of bags ourselves but found that large open ended and easy to access are the best. You can always buy a  bag organiser for the inside if you’re one of those (as one of us is) that loves to have everything neatly stacked and easy to find. If you breastfeed and need to carry your bottles around you can always put your bottles in a bottle carrier inside your bag (you’ll have to invest in one of those anyway, whether it comes with a diaper bag or not).  It will be much cheaper and won’t cramp your style!

* Having said all of this, if you are going to buy one, the bottom of this blog shows an example of a diaper bag that doesn’t look like one (By Pitterpac)! It looks like a beautiful version of a Bottega Veneta bag, but is much cheaper; it has good internal organization system, and it comes in a stunning (unisex) individualistic color. What is not to love?

I know, we’re cheeky – good mommies who still want to look fashionable. But remember, there are many more things you can do without (who doesn’t love to have yet another gorgeous bag with the excuse that it is a diaper bag?). Stay tuned for more ideas on what you need not buy!

Pitterpac Changing Bag

 

We’d like to know what you wish you had saved up on too! Let us know – what are your top 3 unnecessary baby items?