Sunday, June 28, 2015

Choosing a Comforter for your Baby

Some things to think about when choosing a comforter for your baby:

A comforter for a baby and toddler is, I think, a vital part of growing up. Every child attaches themselves to something, so it is important for you, as a parent, to choose something for them that is SAFE and easy to wash and indeed replace if something goes wrong and it gets lost or ruined.

The most important factor when choosing a comforter for your baby is to make sure it is safety tested and meets all safety standards for your country. Many on the market DO NOT have the necessary testing done, so I'm sure you would not want one of those for your baby!

So, with these points in mind I think it is a great idea to buy more than one! I personally have 4 for my daughter and they get rotated around so one is not more washed than the others. You never know when your baby's favourite toy may be lost, or just need washing! This also is good as sometimes manufacturers change the style/colour/shape of the comforter you use for some reason, so if you buy enough to start with you don't have to worry about that down the track.

Choose a comforter which is simple and consistent, the less fussy the better. Babies and children (most children use comforters well into school age) love simplicity, consistency and routine. A round shape like a ball is the first shape a baby familiarises with, so the shape of a Cuski head is perfect for growing little fingers to discover and hold. The familiarity of a special comforter will help your child find their place in the world, and will help immensely with any changes or transitions in their lives. An infant needs simplicity and consistency and most importantly safety, so do Mums and Dads. For the first few months make sure this is the only toy in your baby's cot and pram while going to sleep. Otherwise he/she may adopt something else which may be impractical or difficult to replace!

If you've chosen a particular toy for your newborn baby's comforter, try to avoid anything bulky or furry, with loose fibers, removable parts or fussy adornments. Choose one made of natural hygroscopic material such as soft cotton toweling as this is the best material for retaining your scents and it is also breathable if bub puts it over her head for some reason. Teddy Bears and other soft toys are NOT recommended as a comforter, they are just too dangerous.

Before introducing your baby to his or her new comforter, sleep with it in your bed or carry it around in your clothes to absorb all those comforting mummy/daddy smells. When you place it in the cot it will help to soothe and calm your baby, feeling secure in the knowledge you are always close by...
Choose a different coloured baby comforter for your second baby so that there will be no confusion.
Keep a note of name and place purchased from or take website address off packaging, then if you need to buy another comforter exactly the same, it will make it easier to track down! Otherwise buy at least two I can assure you it will be a sound investment. 

So choose your child's comforter wisely and your baby will grow up contented and secure. It will make life a lot easier for you as parents if your child has their own special comfort item (while allowing you to be happy knowing it is safe for them to have), giving more precious quality time to spend with your little treasures.

Some safety issues to think about when choosing a comforter:

There are a few things you really need to be aware of when introducing comforters to your baby. 

  • Some babies like to sleep with their comforters over their faces. If this is your baby, make sure she can still breathe (a natural breathable cotton or bamboo fabric is ideal). 
  • Make sure your baby cannot get the comforter tangled around his neck. A good comforter size is about 38cm by 38cm. 
  • Soft toys are not the same as comforters. When choosing a comforter, please avoid ones with bean fillings or long fur that your baby might pull out and accidentally inhale. Pull at the fur a little to see how easily it comes away. Some companies specialise in making baby comforters. They have usually conducted a lot of research into the best comforter features for you and your baby. 
  • We also recommend that you have more than one comforter, and that they are machine washable for hygiene reasons. This also enables you to rotate and wash them periodically, as well as ensuring you have a back-up comforter in the event that you misplace one. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Product Talk: Crayola Color Wonder

If your household is anything like mine, you would have left your toddler or pre-schooler happily doing some colouring, then, as life tends to get busy, the phone or doorbell rings. What happens next? Yes, when you go back to your little one (even after just a couple of minutes) they have drawn either all over themselves or around your house. I personally have kids 'artwork' down the walls of the hallway and all over the back of our tan leather lounge. Not to mention the amount of times my kids have merrily coloured in themselves (usually just before we are due to go out to dinner).

Many times I have wished for a solution for these situations! Little ones do love colouring, but on the other hand it is impossible to watch them for every second they are sitting doing their drawing.

Luckily I now know about Color Wonder from Crayola - A handy pack you can pick up which contains a gorgeous 18 page Colouring Book and 5 Markers which ONLY work on the book. When I first unpacked the book and pens, my husband found it amazing that the markers are clear - but when you use them on the book the colour appears.

So it is with much excitement I don't have to deal with this again ::::::----------

And can leave my 3 year old happily drawing away with her special book and pens. And as she is so obsessed with 'Frozen' at the moment, she is taking her Color Wonder book with her everywhere!! Plus they are available in other designs such as Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so there is something to suit every child.

After a week or so now of having the Color Wonder in our house, I can say the product truly is mess-free and won’t color on skin, furniture or carpets! The special ink in Color Wonder Markers is clear on most surfaces, yet each marker 'magically' shows up a different color on Color Wonder Paper. This makes it an easy craft that children can do without supervision and also makes cleanup a breeze! Plus I love the peace of mind know they are also non-toxic (essential if your little one still has a tendency to put things in their mouth).

Check out my little video to demonstrate the clear marker tips and how the colour appears on the paper -

Our verdict: What an awesome product! At $13.99 per pack these are a very affordable item, your child will spend many hours happily colouring - And you can rest assured the colouring book is ALL they are colouring in, even if you get distracted with something else! A big thumbs up from us :)

This product talk is bought to you by Nuffnang and Crayola

Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: Spry Gems Mints - Lollies that clean your teeth!

Spry Gems Mints from Sweetlife

When I first heard about Spry Gems Mints I thought they sounded a very interesting product. A lolly that is not only sugar and gluten free, but also cleans your teeth and assists in the development of healthy teeth and gums!

So how do they work? The little lollies are pH balanced and are sweetened with natural xylitol and are totally sugar free. Xylitol in turn also produces an environment in the mouth that discourages the harmful bacteria that cause teeth decay. How clever is that!

Spry Gems Mints come in 4 flavours - Berry, Cinnamon, Spearmint and Peppermint. My kids (of course) love the Berry and I am very partial to the Spearmint! They are a yummy crunchy little lolly that you don't feel guilty about eating. I also like how fresh they leave my breath and mouth feeling.

I plan on keeping some of these in my bag for when we go out to dinner for the kids to nibble on after dinner when it gets late.... then when we can just pop them into bed when we get home instead of bothering them to brush teeth when they are so tired! I wouldn't do this every night of course, but what a great solution for those times when its just too hard to get the kids to brush their teeth. They would also be great for bed ridden people or the elderly.

I also love that they are suitable for vegans - I gather a lot of lollies etc are not suitable for vegans so their choices can be quite limited sometimes. They are also gluten free!

You can buy these great mints in packs over at their website - Only $23.70 for 6 packs of the ones I have pictured here in this blog post. It's a pretty good price for a great product! The leaflet also advises you can get them at health food shops, and some pharmacies and independent supermarkets. Our verdict - Definitely check them out, I think they are a super idea for a truly guilt free treat.

Disclaimer: I was sent some sample packs of Spry Gems Mints to try out for the purpose of this review. I received no payment for this review and any opinions expressed are my own.