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Which Wipe Is Right For You?

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When I had my second baby I decided to review my choice of wipes.  I mainly used Bambure and then Ecoriginals with my first baby and I wanted to review that decision. 

Without going into tremendous detail, my base requirement is that they contain no nasties. With that in mind, these are the wipes I bought to try out.  I though having them all at once would give me a better perspective on each one.

Overall, I found that there is not much difference between them.  They all held up well, were strong enough for big jobs, soft, good size.  As you can see from the comparison there is not much difference in size, Wot Not is slightly larger.    

Below are the key characteristics and the cost per sheet (current).

What is excluded from the below, is the recent Thank You Wipes launch and the TOMS Tushies.  I am really impressed with their wipes, they are a good thickness and wetness. I really like that the Thank You Wipes do a lot more than just wipe a bum! It feels good to help others.  For me, now, I alternate between Thank You and Ecoriginals.

Remember to check out bulk buy deals for these.  You use a lot of wipes, there is no point paying more than you have to for them!

Bambure

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Made from bamboo
  • Not as moist as some of the other brands
  • $6.95 for 80Wipes ($0.09 per wipe)

Ecoriginals

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Thick wipes, really durable
  • Just the right amount moisture in each wipe
  • $6.75 for 70Wipes ($0.10 per wipe)

 

Water Wipes

  • People with baby’s with sensitive skin rave about them
  • 99.9% water
  • For me they are too wet.
  • $7.50 for 80Wipes ($0.13 per wipe)

 

Wot Not

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Larger size than other wipes  (Thank You Wipes are also this size)
  • Just the right amount moisture in each wipe
  • $7.95 for 80Wipes ($0.10 per wipe)

Nursery Inspiration

The next installment of the Nook Look, nursery inspiration is below. If you need any help setting up your nursery, please give us a buzz!

Safe Sleeping

baby safe sleeping

Safe sleeping practices for babies are a favourite subject.  It’s been a while since I’ve given any updates, so I thought it would be worthwhile doing a round-up. I have included not only safe sleeping tips but also general tips on better baby sleep.

1.       Let’s start with SIDS & Kids and their recommendations:

a.       Mattress firmness reduces SIDS deaths fivefold – make sure the mattress yu choose has passed the voluntary standard for firmness (AS/NZS Voluntary Standard: Methods of testing infant products – Sleep surfaces – Test for firmness)

b.       The mattress should be snug to the sides of the cot – ideally no gaps between the mattress and cot sides; and absolutely flat

c.       Maximum breathability in and around cot – eg no bumpers, breathable mattress

d.       A baby should sleep on their back, ideally in a safe cot or bassinet next to adult care givers’ bed that meets current Australian Standards

e.       The baby’s feet should be at the bottom of the cot or bassinet

f.        Keep baby 'smoke free' before and after birth, ie away from cigarette smoke

g.       Avoid keeping a baby in the parents bed or on couch – for long or short sleeps

h.       Keep head and face uncovered

i.         Bedding should be kept to a minimum - no: pillow, cot bumper, loose lamb’s wool, soft toy e.g: teddy, doona

j.         If using a blanket, then ensure it is firmly tucked into the sides of the cot or bassinet.

k.       If using a baby sleeping bag, swaddle or wrap ensure that it is the right one for your baby’s age and current weather conditions – e.g. babies who are rolling should not have their arms constrained; use only a singlet/light romper and nappy in warm weather or light grow suit in cooler weather

l.         Baby sleep bags or wraps should be made of muslin or light cotton.  Do not use bunny rugs and blankets as they may cause over-heating; no hoods

m.     A baby sleep bag or wrap needs to be firm but not too tight to allow for natural hip and chest wall expansion. Wrapping legs tight, straight and together may increase the risk of abnormal hip development. Loose wraps are hazardous as they can cover baby’s head and face

2.       No strings: Keep any type of string or rope away from the cot or bassinet – i.e. Position the cot away from curtain cords; do not put dummy ties or teething necklaces of any sort into the cot with a sleeping baby; decorative garlands should be at a safe distance; no toys with strings

3.       No head cover: Don’t put hoods, hats or bibs on the baby while sleeping; and if baby has fallen asleep in the pram make sure they are not covered in any way and are supervised.

4.      Temperature control: make sure that the baby and the room are at a comfortable temperature.  An overheated baby is dangerous; a baby that is uncomfortable won’t be sleeping peacefully.  Ensure that you have a non-synthetic breathable mattress and the baby is dressed appropriately for the weather and room temperature and is, ideally, dressed night attire that is made from organic or natural materials.

5.       Wrapping:  Studies have shown that wrapping can have a calming, sleep-promoting effect, increasing sustained sleep and reduce the frequency of spontaneous awakenings. There are different wraps for different age groups and temperatures and to get the maximum benefit from wrapping and keep it safe, you must use the appropriate type of wrap.  Keep in mind, also, that every baby is different and you may not get the right wrap the first time. You may have to change the style you use until you find one that baby feels comfortable in. And don’t be frustrated if your baby just doesn’t like being wrapped. It happens.  The below is a quick guide

a.       Muslin or cotton unstructured wraps are great for newborns but harder to use for growing babies as they are very loose and come undone quite easily. You can keep using an unstructured wrap for as long as it works for baby, by not wrapping the arms once baby has started to show signs of rolling.

b.       Structured wraps for newborns restrain the arms so that baby can sleep and not wake due to startle reflex. It should not be too tight, natural movement of chest and legs should be maintained.  A wrap with restricted arm movement should not be used once baby is rolling. 

c.       Structured wraps for rolling babies – you can buy wraps that have gradual introduction of arms for transitioning i.e. one arm at a time.  You would start using this at around 4 months and transition to a bag or wrap that has complete arm movement.

d.       TOG ratings help you choose the right bag for the weather and room temperature.  The smaller the number the less warm the sleeping bag is.  Eg ergoPouch – 0.2 rated is for warm weather, summer conditions; 2.5 tog for colder, winter temperatures.

6.       No distractions – babies need mobiles to play not to sleep.  Keep distraction in or around the cot to an absolute minimum. The cot must be a restful place.

7.       Burp well – An uncomfortable baby is a wide-awake baby. Make sure that you spend a good amount of time burping the baby during and after the feed.  

8.       Additional peace of mind can be bought – you can buy under mattress monitors or pads that react if baby stops breathing. The simpler, more common monitors are the video monitors that either connect to your mobile or to a compatible monitoring device.

source: http://www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping;  kidssafe.com.au

Nursery Inspiration

The next installment of the Nook Nursery Inspiration is here.  Get loads of ideas about how to style and theme any nursery.

Nursery Inspiration - Get the Nook

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Home made skin care and general use products

What I have discovered is that for almost everything you need in the home there is a home made and natural option. Almost everything that I have fallen in love with revolves around coconut oil and essential oils.

Here are some oldies and new ones to try.

Organic Coconut Oil
  1. Great uses for coconut oil – it’s an amazing product great for mum, dad and baby.
  2. If you want something more than just coconut oil than this might be worth trying: body lotion 
  3. Homemade vaporub
  4. Something for me – an essential oil shower bomb
  5. Aurora Spa – shower uplifter: Put 3-5 drops of the Aurora Spa Replenish Oil in a shower, turn on the warm water and then step in.  Take in the beautiful smell.
  6. Liquid Hand Soap



Buying a pram?

There is a lot of choice in the pram department.  Here are the top 10 things to look for when buying a pram.

  1. Big basket – Benefit: you can be out for extended periods of time going shopping or just in the park without having to carry anything. 
  2. 1 piece pram solution is possible from birth up – Benefit: You don’t need extra money or car boot space for a pram and bassinet.
  3. Easy close – Benefit simple, one handed closing is best; and a saviour when you have baby in one hand.
  4. Good suspension – Benefit: comfortable, stable ride for baby.
  5. Lightweight – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of the car, up stairs etc…
  6. Adjustable/extendible handle (for height) – Benefit: no one is hunched over while out for a walk – comfort.
  7. 3 point turning – Benefit:  easy to get in and out of tight spaces
  8. Accessories pack – Benefit: easy to fit to the pram rain/sun canopies, coffee holder are just useful.
  9. Ability to add second child at a later date (optional) – this one is really up to you!
  10. Reversible handles/bassinet/seat (optional) – Benefit: you can look at baby directly while you are out walking.

PS. Don’t forget to make sure it complies with all safety standards and fits in your car.

  Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

Images courtesy of Baby Jogger and Bumbleride

Baby Essentials Checklist - Feeding Baby

The feeding cycle is changing constantly and you will need to add and subtract from your "feeding collection" as you move through each phase. There is certainly one things that will or should last you for a while and that is a good nursing chair and pillow.  They are expensive, but getting the right one will be worth it.

From Left to Right:
1. Joya Rocker;
2. Aden & Anais Bibs;
3. Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair;

4. 201 Organic Baby Purees Book;  
5. Lansinoh Nipple Cream;
6. Grow Diana Dream Breast Pump

Baby Essentials Checklist Feeding Baby

Papa Bird talks... Buying a car seat

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A few months ago we made the decision to sell our increasingly impractical convertible and get a grown up family car. We loved our old car but with our now 2 year old girl it was becoming more and more difficult to get her in and out of her seat.

In the process of selling the old car, once we found a committed buyer, it was time to take the baby seat out and prepare the car for the new owner. It was still few weeks before the delivery of the new car so I decided to do some research of the latest car seats, given that ISOFIX had finally (officially) landed on Australian soil. Honestly, it started with me looking for a seat that had a smoother base which would not destroy our new car but it ended up being a little bit more.

Before I go on, you need to understand that I have never felt comfortable with the seatbelt mount of car seats, particularly when I think about the protection required in the case of a side impact. Cars these days employ seatbelt tensioners that tighten the belt in case of an impact – which works great in case of a front or rear collision but less effective in side collisions. And, frankly, no matter how well the belt type installation of your child seat is, there is still movement when you give it a push. (Go out to your car and test it for yourself.)  I had seats installed by a licensed, professional installer in both of my cars and in both cases I had to tighten the installation myself as either the base was still sliding or the sideways movements of the seat were too great when I gave it a nudge. It just shows how much room for error (and improvement) there always is with seatbelt type installations - I call it the "grey area". 

That issue simply doesn't exist with a rigid connector ISOFIX car seat.  And ANYONE can properly install a baby seat - it's black or white, on or not. Being an IT geek I can compare it to a difference between analogue and digital.

The original, rigid connector, ISOFIX technically bolts the seat through its base to the frame of the car, similar to the way a driver or passenger seat is. I say original, because some manufacturers offer a flexible connector system which simply put is two ISOFIX attachments connected with a belt that's threaded through the base of the seat, similar to what the old style seatbelt system does. The latch based ISOFIX is still better than the old seatbelt system because it minimises the risk of incorrect installation. It's as simple as click, click and tighten the belt, but it's not regarded as secure as the rigid connector, built-in ISOFIX where there's nothing to tighten. 

Unfortunately, the differences have not been explained well and some people do not realise that there is a difference. Frustratingly, as I found out, neither do some of the sales staff at baby stores. Many, if not most, parents are coming there looking for the best advice and end up hearing sales staff saying with a straight face that Australia is leading the world, when clearly we are 15 years late in adopting ISOFIX.

Do your research yourself – work out what kind of car seat your car can actually fit.  But certainly as a parent I would (and have) chosen to go with the rigid connector system.

If you want to read further here is what the manufacturers have to say:

Baby Essentials Checklist - Bathing Baby

We believe less is more in the bathing area.  Skin is sensitive and needs gentle care.  Here are some of our bathing essentials.

  1.  Gaia Organic Sleeptime Bath And Massage Oil;

  2. Eco Lavender Essential Oil for a calming before bedtime - just a  few drops should do it;

  3. Boon Naked Collapsible Bathtub if space is an issue or if you have a surface on which to put a bath. Otherwise go with something on a stand; 

  4. Boon Bath Toy Storage And Toys;

  5. Little Bamboo Hooded Towel;

  6. Kuu Konjac Natural Sponge

Baby Essentials Checklist Bathing Baby

Baby Essentials Checklist - Linen for the nursery

It is very easy to buy too much linen. Maybe because there is so much beautiful linen available or because you think more than what you actually need. My suggestion:

  • have three or four fitted sheets to make sure that you have enough for night time clean ups 
  • have two or three swaddles (or sleep sacks) 
  • have one pram blanket
  • have one indoor blanket
  • and have either a small plain blankie (eg Little Giraffe) or one that is a toy/blankie combo (eg Apple Park)

 

Baby Essentials Checklist Linen for the nursery

Baby Essentials Checklist - Sleep space

There are lots of products to choose from for the nursery sleep space.  The Nursery Bird sleep essentials are:

  1. Oricom Babysense2 Baby Monitor And Sensor Pads;

  2. Nook Pebble Pure Mattress;

  3. A Clean And Serene Colour Palette For The Sleeping Area;

  4. Bednest Bassinet;

  5. Love To Dream Swaddle;

  6. Nook Organic Cotton Cot Sheet 

Baby Essentials Checklist Baby Sleep Space

Baby Essentials Checklist - Play Spaces

Play spaces are an important part of the nursery set up.  They are developmental areas for baby, and they also help mum have free hands every now and again.   Arrange play time as part of your daily routine and have multiple play areas with different toys.

Play areas should be flexible - to change with bubs as they grow and develop.  

Here are just some essential items for your baby play spaces.

  1. Musical Pillow Pals Range;

  2. Well Organised Play Space With Different Areas For Different Activities;

  3. Nuna Leaf Bouncer;

  4. Tiny Love Pram Toy Jittering Jay;

  5. Wooden Baby Gym Frog Toni;

  6. Nook Lilypad Playmat

Baby Essentials Checklist - Play spaces

Baby Essentials Checklist - Baby Clothes

If you are able to resist all of the gorgeous baby outfits than you are better than me. I went a bit overboard with clothes - and blankets! And in addition to all the things I bought, friends also passed on their beautiful things.  All that I can say is when everyone says to you, "they grow out of everything so quickly," they are being absolutely honest. Blink and the moment for that gorgeous dress is gone!  So, below is an baby clothes essentials checklist. Of course, I wouldn't dare spoil the fun of the cute outfits, I am just putting out what you need as a base.  

  1. Kimono Bodysuits Are The Best (Example Is Mama Maternity); they are so easy to get on and off a tiny little baby;
  2. Leggings, Cardigans And Long Sleep Tops Are Your Best Friends (Pure Baby);
  3. Earthwise Laundry Detergent for a environmentally, non-toxic washing options;
  4. Two-Way Zipper Body Suits Are Best (Example Is Pure Baby);
  5. Newborn Mitten from Pure Baby are so soft;
  6. Hats – Newborn Hat for the first month (Pure Baby shown), Hunt And Gather Winter Beanie, Sun Hat from Pure Baby
Baby Essentials Checklist Baby Clothes

Baby Essentials Checklist - Nappy Changing Station

This is a new series on baby nursery essentials.  It can be used a baby essentials checklist.  We are starting the series with the nappy change area.

When we had our little girl, we decided on a change table.  There are so many more options for changing trays these days and I would go that way next time around.  They are especially great if space is in short supply.  

For products that spend a lot of time on or near the baby's skin we suggest a non-toxic solution.

  1. Weleda Nappy Change Cream;
  2. Eco Originals Biodegradable Disposable Nappies;
  3. Bambeco Bamboo Wipes;
  4. Change Tray For A Dresser Instead Of Buying A Change Table;
  5. Diaper Caddy;
  6. Ubbi Diaper Pail (so HOT!!)
Baby Essentials Checklist Nappy Changing

Baby Nursery Room Accessories - Rugs

Here are 5 of our favourite rugs. You can click through to the stores.

 Felt ball rug, in many colour options from The Little Kidz Closet

Felt ball rug, in many colour options from The Little Kidz Closet

 Great shapes, colours (and plush!)

Great shapes, colours (and plush!)

 Great for a girls room.

Great for a girls room.

 Chevron rug that comes in many colours from My First Room.

Chevron rug that comes in many colours from My First Room.

 Sheepskin looks amazing and feels amazing.  Get it from Snug Australia.

Sheepskin looks amazing and feels amazing.  Get it from Snug Australia.


Baby Nursery Ideas - Creating points of interest

Create different spaces in the baby’s nursery which will work as baby grows. For example, a room can have a reading nook, play space, little discoveries throughout for when she grows as well as the functional feeding/calm space, sleeping and dressing area.  

It sounds like a lot but is manageable in even the smallest of rooms.  

Keep eating and sleeping spaces consistent with limited distractions (for as long as you can) which will help add calm, comfort and focus for bubs. 

Make sure that around the room, there are little point of interest that will keep bubs enjoying her room and always making new discoveries.  Keep in mind that spaces should work for you to spend time with her as a baby and then for her to be able to enjoy on her own once she is older.

Little discoveries in a room can be as simple as using wall stickers of animals and shapes etc.. at various heights in the room for baby to find.  Remember is doesn't have to be complicated.  Just try and imagine how fun it is to discover hidden treasures. Try having a crawl around on the floor yourself.  And also think about things hanging on the walls. 

Reading nook

hint: IKEA spice racks secured to the wall for little book nooks.

Play Space

Little discoveries

Hint: Etsy is amazing for these kinds of cute finds.

Sleeping

 

Feeding

Images sourced from Pinterest

Nursery Room Accessories – Animal lights for the nursery

Here are our favourite animal lights for the nursery.  

Any of these would make a beautiful room accessory.  

For night time feeds choose small, not too bright lamps. 

 Bunny  nursery lamp

Bunny nursery lamp

 Deer and birds  nursery lamp

Deer and birds nursery lamp

 Panda  nursery lamp

Panda nursery lamp

 Bunny  nursery lamp

Bunny nursery lamp

 Bambi  nursery lamp

Bambi nursery lamp

 Teddy bear  nursery lamp

Teddy bear nursery lamp

 Woodland animals   nursery lamp

Woodland animals  nursery lamp

 Penguin  nursery lamp

Penguin nursery lamp

 Bunny  nursery lamp

Bunny nursery lamp

  Squirrel nursery lamp

Squirrel nursery lamp

 Lamb nursery lamp

Lamb nursery lamp