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I R E L A N D ’ S 2019/2020

Y O U R U LT I M AT E S H O P P I N G G U I D E - H E L P I N G PA R E N T S M A K E S M A R T C H O I C E S

180+ baby products tested by parents & experts

PRAMS

NAPPIES

CAR SEATS

STERILISERS

BABY TEETHING RELIEF

AND MUCH MORE...

Must-read advice plus real mums’ product reviews


BEST BABY BUYS WELCOME

Hello...

W

elcome to Ireland’s Best Baby Buys – the first consolidated source of information for parents and parents–to–be in Ireland trying to select the right products for their babies. Now in its sixth year, this guide will help you navigate the great big world that’s geared at little people because choosing baby products can be very confusing, particularly considering the vast array of product choices and conflicting advice out there! Based on this observation as well as our experience in the parenting category (as publishers of easy parenting magazine, The Ultimate Maternity Guide and everymum.ie), we teamed up with Kantar to develop the National Parenting Product Awards – the objective being to independently and rigorously test products in this category, amongst consumers and experts. Forward-thinking companies who distribute baby products all over Ireland submitted their products for testing by consumers and experts, the results of which are included in this useful guide. You can find a detailed description of the methodology on page 7. Ireland’s Best Baby Buys is divided into five chapters that cover almost every eventuality when it comes to mum and baby. There are products for everything from getting out and about (e.g. best car seat, best pushchair etc.) to products for baby care (e.g. preferred treatment for relief of colic, best nappy cream etc.) and products for mum (e.g. best beauty product, best breast pump etc.) plus many more. In fact there are over 180 products that have been tested in this guide. The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are highlighted and include consumer and expert ratings. You’ll also find all of the runners up (in random order), with their stockist and pricing information. To help make your baby product shopping even easier, we have included informative articles in every section, plus mum tester’s verdicts on every single product. We hope that this handy little guide becomes your constant companion as you make purchasing decisions for you and your baby!

Contributors ELMA HERBERT

Nursery/Baby Product Expert

Previous nursery store owner, Elma Herbert shares her expert tips and knowledge on baby products.

AISLING SLOYAN Senior Road Safety Promotion

Officer in the Road Safety Authority

Aisling has expert advice on buying car seats for new parents.

SELENE DALY

Dermatology Nurse Specialist

Selene advises what parents need to look out for when buying skincare products for babies.

CAROLINE O’CONNOR Consultant Dietitian

Caroline shares her expert weaning product advice.

FIONA O’FARRELL Occupational Therapist and Sleep E xpert Gina Miltiadou Publisher and Managing Director Zahra Media Group

Fiona advises on sleep safety guidelines and baby products.

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BES T BABY BUYS

contents OUT & ABOUT Buggy basics Best Travel Product

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Best Infant Carrier Car Seat

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Best Car Seat Over 1 Year +

14

Best Travel System

16

Best Pushchair

19

Best Out and About Accessory

20

Best Lightweight Stroller 8 things to know before you buy a car seat

22 23

Expert advice: car seats 25 Expert advice: buying your buggy

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BABY CARE

Preferred Vitamin D Supplement for Babies

78

Best New Product Launch

80

A guide to second hand baby products 82 Buying baby products advice

84

Expert advice: baby skincare products

86

TIME TO EAT Best Bottle Feeding Range

88

Best Bottle Feeding Accessory

90

Best First Cups/Training Cups

92

Best High Chair

94

Best Product For Weaning

95

Best Baby Food Range

96

Best Baby/Toddler Snacks

98

Tried and tested mums’ weaning product tips 102 Expert advice: weaning products

104

Sterilising basics

106

Best Nursery Product

30

Best Product For Sleep

32

Best Baby Sleepwear Product

34

Best Bathtime Toiletry Product

36

Best Bath Time Accessory

38

Best Nappy Changing Accessory

39

Preferred Supplement for Pregnancy

108

Best Baby Skincare Range/Product

40

Preferred Iron Supplement for Pregnancy

110

Best Nappy Pants

43

Best Breast Pump

112

Best Baby Nappy Treatment

44

Best Product For Breastfeeding

113

Best Disposable Baby/Toddler Nappy

48

Best Post-Pregnancy Product

115

Best Disposable Newborn Nappy 0-3 Months

51

Best Beauty Product For Mum

116

Best Toilet Training Product

53

Best Baby Wipes

54

Quicky beauty tricks from real mums 118

Expert advice: Safe sleep 58 Best Sun Care Product For Babies And Children 60 Best Hygiene Product

61

Best Baby Soother Range

62

Best Developmental Toy/Product

64

Best Baby Newborn Essential

65

Best Baby Treatment For Relief of Colic

68

Best Baby Pain Relief For Teething

71

Best Supplement/Multivitamin For Babies, Toddlers And Kids

72

Essential Support For Baby Digestion

74

Preferred Omega Supplement For Toddlers and Kids

76

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FOR MUM

Mum’s skincare 120 Pre and post pregnancy tips 122

CLEANING Best Home Cleaning Product

124

Best Fabric Conditioner

126

House cleaning hacks 128 Buying for baby: Top tips from real mums

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Service List Winners NPPA

133

Note: The product prices in this guide were correct at the time of going to print. Each product entered into the NPPA 2019 was tested against approximately 15-25 key category metrics. Please note that the score rating information that is included with each winning product in this guide only includes a selection of these key category metrics.


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A NOTE FROM OUR RESEARCH PARTNERS

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his is the sixth year of the National Parenting Product Awards (NPPA) and Kantar Millward Brown is delighted to be working with Zahra Media Group once again in overseeing the administration of the consumer tests and conducting the analysis of the results. This year, a total of 181 child care products across 47 different categories were tested by both consumers and a panel of experts.

METHODOLOGY

This year we moved to an online approach for non- hardware products which allowed us to go national with incredible participation rates with over 2000 parents taking part. We continued to use the well-established hall test approach for the hardware products and over 80 parents along with our panel of parenting experts tested these products. Testing each variant in a category one at a time, a sequential monadic approach was adopted which means the respondent rates the first variant on a series of product attributes before moving to the next variant. The order of testing each variant is strictly controlled to neutralise order of testing and eradicate any bias.

CENTRAL LOCATION

Each respondent was invited to spend up to a two-hour session assessing a selection of products across 9 categories. Each product questionnaire was three minutes long ensuring parents were able to give their responses due consideration. Additionally, adequate breaks were allotted between different categories to ensure respondent fatigue did not occur. Trained Kantar Millward Brown interviewers and researchers were on hand to assist any questionnaire related queries. Each day of testing had a dedicated product instructor on hand to demonstrate the more complex categories’ functionality.

Parents were shown a photograph visual and detailed description of each product which included size, price details and where the product was available to purchase.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE

The questionnaire consisted of 15 questions per product that included trial, awareness, previous purchase and frequency of use. Consumers were then asked to rank the top three most important considerations from a pre-coded list when purchasing in this category. These were then followed by questions on overall liking and likelihood to choose the product. Consumers were also asked to rate performance of the products against category importance drivers and finally against metrics that were generic to parenting and child products, and metrics that were specific to the category. This year we also included some new questions which focused on Baby Boxes and gifts.

A DIVERSE EXPERT PANEL

The views of the experts who are from a broad range of areas relating to parenting and child well-being and from other fields including product design and healthcare remain key to this project. The questionnaire completed by the expert panel collected a mix of both quantitative and qualitative information, with testers providing details on what they liked/ disliked about each product. These responses were invaluable in adding additional insight to the judging process. Experts rated all 181 products across each of the categories in a strict rotation. Kantar shares Zahra Media Group’s dedication and commitment to creating a trusted source to help parents navigate the myriad decisions in relation to selecting the right products for their babies.

ONLINE

Parents were invited to take part in the online survey and screened for eligibility and usage within the category and then served at random the selected category and asked to rate up to five different products within the category online. All products were rotated within each category.

DAVID BERRY Managing Director

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OUT AND ABOUT

OU T & ABOUT The best out & about products as voted by our panel of parents and experts.

07 Buggy basics 08 Best Travel Product 10 Best Infant Carrier Car Seat 14 Best Car Seat Over 1 Year + 16 Best Travel System 19 Best Pushchair 20 Best Out and About Accessory 22 Best Lightweight Stroller 23 8 things to know before you buy a car seat 25 Expert advice: car seats 27 Expert advice: buying your buggy

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OUT AND ABOUT EXPER T ADVICE PRAMS

Buggy basics Use these pointers to create a checklist of what you’re looking for in your pushchair or pram Questions to ask yourself before you choose a pushchair

Are the following features important to you?

Where you live • I live in a busy town centre • I live in an urban area but close to countryside • I live in a rural location • I live in an apartment • I live in a house

• A five point harness • A multi-position reclining seat • A sun canopy • Swivel wheels for mobility • Easy folding system • Basket for shopping • Easy to clean fabric • Lightweight frame • Easy to use, one touch brakes

Where you will store the pushchair? • In your car boot • Standing upright in your house • Folded up and stored in your home • Don’t know, as not enough storage at home

And finally …

Consider your lifestyle and the following practicalities:

What do you consider to be most important when choosing a pushchair?

• It needs to hold more than one child • It can be used from birth until three • It’s lightweight and can be stored in a compact way

What type of transport do you use mostly? • My car – I drive everywhere • My feet – I walk • Public transport – Buses, trams, trains.

How do you plan to use the stroller most often? • Long walks and jogging • General errands, short walks • Moving baby from the car to stroller frequently

Are you looking for more features, or a lighter weight? • Extra storage for shopping and accessories • Lightweight and easy to fold • A balance of both of the above

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• Will it fit in the boot of your car easily, and will it fit in after you’ve done the weekly shop. Be sure to measure your car and then size up pushchairs that will easily fit the dimensions of your boot. • Is it easy to clean? Spills are bound to happen, so it is always best to look out for a pushchair with covers that can be easily removed and washed. • Where do you live? For urban areas, you’ll need something lightweight and easily manoeuverable. • For more rural areas you’ll need to look for a pushchair with air filled tyres, flexible front wheels, and good suspension. • How much space do you have available at home? Are you going to leave it folded in your car boot, or under the stairs, and will it fit? Or do you have a living space large enough that you can just wheel it in and out when you need? • Do you require a large shopping basket? If this is something important to you, be sure to look for a model that comes with a decent sized shopping basket underneath, or that can be added on, as well as having space for a changing bag. N AT I O N A L PA R E N T I N G P R O D U C T G U I D E 2 0 1 9

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST TRAVEL PRODUCT

Travel Gear

The Gro Company Gro Anywhere Blind

These travel products will make life easier when you’re travelling with young kids.

Very practical, easy to use store and transport, good price point.

Sudocrem Life’s Little Emergencies

The Gro Company Gro Anywhere Blind

I use and find them so handy they take up such little room in the changing bag but yet has enough product to last multiple changes.

A versatile, size adjustable black-out blind that creates a dark sleeping environment wherever you are. Top features: The Gro Anywhere Blind can be put in place in minutes, attaching directly to glass using suction cups which ensure a close fit that blocks light properly. Velcro fastenings make it easy to adjust from 130x198 cm to about a third of the size. Comes in a handy travel bag.

Nuna SENA Aire Travel Cot Good size and comfort of the cot make it easier to travel with.

RRP: €31.99 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland, Smyths, Arnotts, Bella Baby, Tony Kealys and selected nursery stores. DELIVERS ON MAIN WILL MAKE THINGS MY CHILD WITH NEEDS (INLCUDING TRAVELLING BABY EASIER SAFETY/COMFORT)

1.7 / 5

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

1.5 / 5

5.0 / 5

1.8 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: EASILY TRANSPORTABLE. HANDY TO INSTALL.

Sudocrem Life’s Little Emergencies

Sudocrem mini tub, suitable for hand bags, wash bags, travel bags, in fact all bags. Top features: With you on the go for any of life’s little emergencies.

RRP: €2.00 Stockist: Penneys, Dunnes, pharmacies nationwide.

An easy to fold travel cot that folds and unfolds easily is a very handy item to bring on holiday. If you don’t have one, and you’re unsure about the cot provided from a hotel/ holiday apartment, always bring a folding/travel style mattress, and a mattress protector.

Nuna SENA Aire Travel Cot

The design of this cot allows it to pop open easily into a soft, sturdy cot and can be refolded with just one hand. It grows with your child, from newborn through toddlerhood, and can double as a play space.

Elma Herbert,

baby product expert

Top features: The mattress’s zip-off design is machine washer and dryer safe.

RRP: €220 Stockist: Leading independent nursery stores nationwide.

DELIVERS ON MAIN WILL MAKE THINGS MY CHILD WITH NEEDS (INLCUDING TRAVELLING BABY EASIER SAFETY/COMFORT)

1.4/ 5

1.5 / 5

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

1.4 / 5

3.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: SMALL SIZE HANDY FOR PURSE.

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DELIVERS ON MAIN WILL MAKE THINGS MY CHILD WITH NEEDS (INLCUDING TRAVELLING BABY EASIER SAFETY/COMFORT)

1.7 / 5

2.1 / 5

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

2.1 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: STURDY AND HAS DIFFERENT LEVELS DEPENDING ON CHILD AGE.


OUT AND ABOUT BEST TRAVEL PRODUCT

RUNNER UP

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser

Maxi Cosi Jade Car Cot

microwave or cold water steriliser, ideal for sterilising

cot that travels laterally-facing with baby in the car.

when travelling or away from home.

Top features: Jade is very easy to install in the back of

Top features: Sterilises from two minutes in the

the car on the 3wayFix base, providing safe ISOFIX

microwave and in 15 minutes with cold water. Contents

and a highly convenient Slide & Go installation.

stay sterile for 24 hours.

RRP: €229

RRP: €13.49

Stockist: Mothercare Ireland and good nursery

Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide, Supervalu, Tesco,

retailers nationwide

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser is a portable two-in-one

The Maxi-Cosi Jade is the first ECE R129 compliant car

Dunnes Stores

TOP TIP Flying with kids Timing is key when travelling with young kids, and if you can at all, plan to breast or bottlefeed your baby during take-off as the sucking action will get their jaws moving and reduce the chance of pain in their little ears. Also, try to change their nappy before take-off so that if they do happen to fall asleep, they won’t wake wanting to be changed.

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STER’S MUM TE T VERDIC

Steriliser lo Travel Milton So easy not sterilising “Makes n travelling but only whe me also, I’ll be ho when at hasing.” purc

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST INFANT CARRIER CAR SEAT

Car seats - infants

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and Easyfix Base

A properly fitted child restraint system is so important for your child. Check out these infant carrier car seats.

Nice and long, good for my daughter who is quite tall, realistic price point.

Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus and MaxiCosi 3Way Fix Base

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix with EasyFix Base

Well-known brand, light weight safe, visual and audio tells it safely clicked in.

The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat is lightweight and can be quickly and easily transferred from the car to any Maxi-Cosi or Quinny pushchair. Enhanced comfort is provided by extra padding and a seat size reducer for newborns, while the Side Protection System optimises overall safet Top features: CabrioFix can be secured with either the car seatbelt or the Maxi-Cosi EasyFix base. The base offers very high safety performance. A colour indicator shows when the seat is safely secured.

Cybex Cloud Z i-size with Base Z I like the fact you can turn it 180 which makes it so much easier to take the kids in and out.

RRP: €159 DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EASY TO INSTALL THE BASE

EXPERT RATING

1.6/ 5

1.6 / 5

1.8 / 5

3.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD VALUE. WORKS WITH/ WITHOUT BASE

Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus and MaxiCosi 3wayFix base The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus is a baby car seat with excellent safety performance, complying with the i-Size (ECE R129) car seat legislation. The Pebble Plus includes a comfortable baby-hugg inlay for a better lying position for your newborn.

RRP: €494.90 Stockist: Bella Baby, & leading nursery stores nationwide.

RRP: €229 - €239 Stockist: Leading nursery stores. DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EASY TO INSTALL THE BASE

EXPERT RATING

1.4 / 5

1.6 / 5

1.6 / 5

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOOKS WELL. SOFT, AND ROOMY FOR AN INFANT

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The Cloud Z i-Size is a rotating infant car seat which features 180 degree rotation for easy access (when used with Base Z) and an ergonomic lie-flat position outside of the car. Top features: Featuring the integrated Linear Side-Impact Protection System, it reduces the force of a side-impact collision by approximately 25%.

Top features: Compatible with all Maxi-Cosi and Quinny pushchairs, as well as many other brands, the CabrioFix can be clicked onto a pushchair.

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Cybex Cloud Z i-size with Base Z

DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EASY TO INSTALL THE BASE

EXPERT RATING

1.6 / 5

2.1/ 5

2.1 / 5

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE WIDE HANDLE

Try before you buy! Look at the way the car seat fits your car / the ease of taking it in and out - remember it will be up to 15kg with a little one inside it at some point. Elma Herbert, baby product expert


OUT AND ABOUT

Meet our award winning car seats

CabrioFix

≤ 3 KG

0M 2M

Rock

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• Conforms to R44/04 regulation • Lightweight car seat with side protection system • Weighs only 3.5kg • Belt or Click & Go installation with compatible Maxi-Cosi® bases • Flexible travel system with most pushchairs

45 CM 75 CM

0M 2M

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• i-Size (R129) safety • Belt installation or Click & Go installation with 3wayFix base • Side Protection System • Airplane approved • Comfortable baby-hugg inlay offering a better lying position for newborns • Flexible travel system with most pushchairs

Pebble Pro i-Size

45 CM 75 CM

0M 2M

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• i-Size (R129) safety and part of Maxi-Cosi 3wayFamily • Belt installation (R44/04) or Click & Go installation with 3wayFix base • Soft touch impact-absorbing material and Side Protection System • Airplane approved • Reversible comfy baby-hugg inlay • Memory buttons allow for one hand release from compatible pushchairs

Find out more www.maxi-cosi.com

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST INFANT CARRIER CAR SEAT

R UNNER UP

BeSafe iZi Modular Infant Carrier and Base

Uppababy Mesa I-Size Carrier

The BeSafe iZi Modular range is the new child safety

intuitively designed to easily install, thanks to innovative

system, suitable from birth - 13kg. The iZi Go Modular

features that remove the guesswork.

i-size is easily installed in your car using the iZi Modular

Top features: Advanced side-impact protection. Features

i-Size base.

the “SmartSecure System” providing visual and audio

Top features: It has improved side impact performance

confirmations that guarantee your MESA i-SIZE base is

which exceeds side impact criteria and creates a safer car

installed correctly.

seat environment for your child.

RRP: € €530 (infant Carrier _isize base)

RRP: €249

Stockist: Mothercare Ireland, Bella Baby, Tony Kealys and

Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores nationwide.

stockists nationwide.

The MESA i-SIZE Infant Car Seat is R129 compliant and

TOP TIP Safety is key Remember car seats are designed to keep babies safe while travelling, not as a main sleeping place. Take frequent breaks on long journeys to get the baby out of the seat, even if this involves waking the baby up.

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OUT AND ABOUT

TOP TIP Premature babies & car seats If you have a premature or low birth weight baby, ask the hospital to tell you if it is safe for the baby to travel in a baby seat when going home.

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST CAR SEAT OVER 1 YEAR

Car seats - over one year

Joie i-Spin 360

When your child grows out of the first infant carrier car seat, make sure you do some research on what’s out there. Check out these car seats for children aged one year and over.

I trust Joie for everything car seat, they are tested to high speeds and have extended rear facing. I like the feature of the spin.

Nuna REBL Plus Car Seat

Joie i-Spin 360

Very well designed, optimum comfort for baby, clear instructions, not too bulky but provides nice 360 swivel, designed to fit up to four years.

Suitable forward facing from 15 months to 105cm/4 years .Smart Ride™ lock-off helps keep baby rearward until it’s safe to turn forward (15 months). Top features: One-hand, 360° seat rotation makes for an easy in, easy out. Simple Swivel™ turning activator positioned where you naturally reach. Sleepytime tilt™ includes 6 recline positions usable in both rear facing and forward facing modes.

Maxi-Cosi Titan Pro Looks amazing, 10/10 for comfort and very easy to use and clean.

RRP: €399 Stockist: Available at leading independent nursery stores nationwide. DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

1.3 / 5

1.5 / 5

1.4 / 5

4.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THE ROTATE FUNCTION – SO HANDY

Nuna REBL Plus Car Seat

A seat that rotates through 360 degrees makes it easier to get them settled in. And the REBL plus also allows your baby to ride rearward facing until they’re around four years old. Top features: Steel strength technology, ultra resilient plastics, true lock™ installation technology with 9 position ISOFIX anchors and all over side impact protection, combine for premium i-sizeprotection..

Before you buy your first car seat, consider if you want an infant carrier that can attach to your pushchair/stroller, or if you want a car seat that will last up until age four and be left in the car.

Maxi-Cosi Titan Pro

With the Maxi-Cosi Titan Pro GrowSafe headrest design, you know exactly when it’s safe to move up to the next age level - from approx. 9 months all the way to 12 years old.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: Titan Pro is first used with a comfortable toddler inlay and a 5-point safety harness to fasten the child, before becoming a High-Back booster that uses the regular 3-point car seatbelt. .

RRP: €399.99 Stockist: leading Independent nursery stores nationwide

RRP: €299 Stockist: Available at Mothercare Ireland and good nursery retailers nationwide

DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

1.5 / 5

1.7 / 5

1.8 / 5

3.0 / 5

1.8 / 5

1.8 / 5

1.6 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: THE SWIVEL IS VERY EASY AND I LIKE THAT THE HEAD PROTECTION IS ADJUSTABLE. 14

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EXPERT COMMENT: LASTS UP TO 12 YEARS. EASY TO USE HARNESS - ONE OR TWO HANDED.


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BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

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All systems go

Uppababy Vista

OUT AND ABOUT

A travel system can be a very wise investment for a new parent to make, A travel system is a pushchair frame that you can easily fit other parts to. It normally consists of a carrycot, a pushchair seat unit, and a car seat.

Like the shade hood, and that it adapts to a twin. Lightweight in comparison to some, big basket, big seat, lasts long for toddler.

Mothercare Journey Edit Pram & Pushchair

UPPAbaby Vista The Vista stroller adapts to your growing family, allowing for multiple configurations to transport up to three children at once. The included bassinet features a slightly longer mattress to create a more comfortable environment for a growing baby, with full size front and rear facing toddler seat.

Stylish - looks very neat and easy to use/push. I like the extendable handle, really like the removable inset padding for colder climate.

Quinny Hubb

Top feature: It features one-handed, multi-position recline and one-hand, adjustable handlebar with full-grain leather cover. Adjustable canopy with viewing window and extendable UPF 50 sunshade.

A lot of extras with this pram and I love the height adjustment, that means a lot when your back is sore, it looks very comfortable for my baby.

RRP: €1,079.90 Stockist: Leading nursery stores nationwide. DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE AND ASSEMBLE

ALLOWS YOU TO BUY EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE GO

EXPERT RATING

1.7 / 5

1.8 / 5

1.9 / 5

5.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: EXCELLENT ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR A GROWING FAMILY.

Mothercare Journey Edit Pram & Pushchair Suitable from newborn to toddler, the Mothercare Journey Edit includes a pram liner and apron, cosytoe with soft lining and full-coverage weathershield that can be used in all modes.

Top features: The reversible seat unit can be used in forward-facing or parent-facing mode. Compatible with a range of car seats, which can be attached using the included adaptors.

RRP: €439 Stockist: Mothercare DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE AND ASSEMBLE

ALLOWS YOU TO BUY EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE GO

EXPERT RATING

1.8 / 5

1.8 / 5

1.9 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: VERY LIGHT WEIGHT – PERFECT FOR ON THE MOVE AND TRANSPORTING 16

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Pram weights are a good investment, as they can be attached to the front wheels of your stroller to stop it from tipping over.

Quinny Hubb

You’ll be able to take on anything with the new Quinny Hubb – it’s an ideal pushchair for parents to be, and growing families.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: You can use three matching frombirth solutions to make the Quinny Hubb perfect for newborns. One frame fits all, so you can easily switch between them.

RRP: €699 Stockist: Available in Mothercare Ireland and leading nursery stores nationwide. DELIVERS ON MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INLCUDING SAFETY/COMFORT)

EASY FOR ME TO USE AND ASSEMBLE

ALLOWS YOU TO BUY EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE GO

EXPERT RATING

1.8 / 5

2/5

1.8 / 5

3.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO PUSH AND TRANSPORT


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OUT AND ABOUT BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

Nuna DEMI Grow Travel System

Cybex Priam

Top features: 23 ride modes and can convert from single to double or even twin.

Top features: . A 4-in-1 travel system, it can be customised to suit parents’ individual taste.

Nuna DEMI Grow has dual suspension, which makes it an easy and comfortable travel system. Featuring cosy padding for winter, which unzips to reveal airy mesh for summer months.

RRP: €979 Stockist: Leading nursery

The PRIAM is perfectly adapted to the challenges of active, modern life, offering smart functions. It has a number of features including a one-hand fold so that the pushchair can be easily folded into a compact package and a reversible seat unit.

RRP:€999 Stockist: Bella Baby and selected nursery stores. stores.

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TOP TIP Pushchair safety Never overload your pushchair. Don’t hang too many shopping or other heavy items on the handles, as it could tip your pushchair over. Make good use of the shopping basket underneath or invest in special bags that are designed to sit on either side of the buggy.

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST PUSHCHAIR

Pushchair per fection

Joie Mytrax

Your child will spend a lot of time in the pushchair, so it’s important that you make the right choice. Take at look at these winning and finalist products.

I like the overall look, it’s very simple, it’s good value for money and a decent size, it’s not bulky or heavy.

Maxi Cosi Adorra

Joie Mytrax

I like how adjustable everything is, the height of hand, leg rest up or down, long hood to cover baby.

Suitable from birth with flat reclining seat. Adjustable adapters pair perfectly with gemm or i-Gemm infant seats and ramble carry cot. Pushchair seat snaps off for a sleek travel system.. Top feature: One hand flash fold located in middle of seat. Automatic fold lock. Stands when folded. Height adjustable telescoping handle.

Out ‘n’ About Nipper Single V4 I like how easy it is to push and it would be great for jogging.

RRP: €299 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

SAFE AND COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

EASE OF LIFTING NOT TOO HEAVY

EASY TO FOLD

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Maxi-Cosi Adorra

By combining best-in-class comfort for baby and convenience for parents, Adorra is perfect for the suburbs and city. Baby stays wrapped up comfortably while parents can use the large shopping basket when going into town or shopping

RRP: €449 Stockist: Available at Mothercare Ireland and good nursery retailers nationwide.

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Lightweight, multipurpose and effortless to push whether over flat or rough terrain, this pushchair is suitable from newborn to toddler..

Top features: With just 2 clicks, add a Maxi-Cosi carrycot or baby car seat to transform the Adorra into a 3-in-1 travel solution, suitable from birth to 3.5 years.

SAFE AND OF LIFTING COMFORTABLE FOR EASE NOT TOO HEAVY MY BABY

Consider getting a pram hook for your pushchair so you can hang your handbag, or shopping bags from it.

Out ‘N’ About Nipper Single V4

Top features: With its range of travel system options, bespoke carrycot and multi-position reclining seat, the Nipper is suitable from the newborn years.

RRP: €359 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores nationwide.

EASY TO FOLD

EXPERT RATING

2.6 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE IDEA THAT IT SUITS FROM NEWBORN TO 3 YEARS AND IT CAN TAKE THE CARSEAT FOR EASY ACCESS IF NEEDED

SAFE AND COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

EASE OF LIFTING NOT TOO HEAVY

EASY TO FOLD

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST OUT AND ABOUT ACCESSORY

On the go

Little Luca Baby Car Mirror

It’s always handy to bring along items when you’re on the go with baby that make life that bit easier. These products below certainly fit the bill.

Easy to see baby in the mirror while travelling instead of having to turn around properly or pull over etc.

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

Little Luca Baby Car Mirror Little Luca Baby Car Mirror Mirror gives you the opportu-

I like the idea of a nice space to store soothers and you know where they are.

nity to always keep an eye on your baby without having to turn around and take your eyes off the road.

Top feature: When your child sits in a child seat because he/she is getting older, Luca can be attached to the front seat. This way your child can see themselves in the mirror. You can see your child through the driving mirror and the convex mirror attached to the front of Luca.

Moby fit Hybrid Carrier It keeps the baby close you, you’re able to interact more with your baby, it’s comfortable for both me and the baby and it’s excellent quality.

RRP: €35 Stockist: Available at leading nursery retailers nationwide. SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS SOMETHING I WOULD USE REGULARLY

IS PRACTICAL

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Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

The important things for parents-to-be of twins is to firstly think about longevity, and will it fit in your front door? Also, consider whether it will be easy to push when your kids are older.

Moby Fit Hybrid Carrier This award-winning, hybrid carrier combines the closeness of a wrap with the ease of a carrier. You simply put it on like a t-shirt and tug the fabric through the easy-adjust rings to get your perfect fit.

The Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser has been designed for sterilising soothers on-the-go, used with Milton’s new Mini Sterilising tablets, the Mini sterilisers will kill bacteria and viruses in just 15 minutes and keeps soothers sterile for 24 hours.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: Cleans and sterilises soothers on the go.

Top features: This smart, one-size-fits-all design allows mom, dad, grandparents, and caregivers of all sizes to join in on carrying and keeping baby close.

RRP: €9.99 Stockist: Dunnes Stores. Tesco, Supervalu, pharmacies nationwide.

RRP: €64.95 Stockist: Happy Baby, Gorey; EarthMother; Mum n Me, Waterford; nursery store, Limerick.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

4.2 / 5

IS SOMETHING I WOULD USE REGULARLY

IS PRACTICAL

3.4 / 5

4.1 / 5

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EXPERT RATING

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS SOMETHING I WOULD USE REGULARLY

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

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EXPERT COMMENT: LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO PUT ON


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TOP TIP Pregnant public transport users ‘Baby on Board’ badge from Transport for Ireland (TFI) offers women a discreet, convenient and universal means of communicating the message that they may be in greater need of a seat during their commute. You can order a free badge simply by emailing info@nationaltransport.ie with a delivery address and one will be posted out to you. No other personal information is required.

Elma Herbert, baby products/nursery specialist, gives her take on musthave travel products for parents.

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLER

Super strollers

Joie Pact Flex Stroller

A good stroller needs to be comfortable and safe for your baby, and easy for a parent to manoeuvre and push. Check out these three strollers.

Uppababy Mini Stroller

Joie Pact Flex Stroller

Easy to fold/open, lightweight, decent size basket.

The Joie Pact Flex Stroller features a one-handed flat fold and is suitable from birth (up to 15kg). It can take a car seat with adaptors included. Top features: Full size UPF 50 canopy and eyeshade visor.multi-position recline, two position calf support, and full size easy-access shopping basket. All wheeled suspension for a smooth ride

Mothercare Nanu Stroller Very good value for money for stroller for toddler, lightweight good value for money, still keep main travel system if needed.

RRP: €200 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores. nationwide.

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS EASY TO FOLD AND MY CHILD NEEDS IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT STORE (INCLLUDING COMFORT AND SAFETY)

1.7 / 5

1.4 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: IT FOLDS UP NEATLY. LOVE THE LEATHER HANDLE

Uppababy Minu

The MINU is a compact, lightweight stroller. Store essentials and extras in the roomy basket and recline the seat at naptime.

This great value mothercare nanu stroller is suitable from birth and features a reclining which is easily adjusted with one hand if your little one wants to lie back for a nap or sit more upright when wide awaket.

Top feature: Designed to fold into a compact package its lightweight design, combined with all-wheel suspension, ensures a smooth ride

1.6 / 5

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Top features: Suitable from birth to a maximum weight of 15kg - lightweight and compact.

RRP: €449.95 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland, Bellababy, Tony Kealys and stockists nationwide.

1.6 / 5

Look for a stroller that has a good recline, so that your baby or toddler can have a comfortable sleep.

Mothercare Nanu Stroller

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS EASY TO FOLD AND MY CHILD NEEDS IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT STORE (INCLLUDING COMFORT AND SAFETY)

I like the different features. Especially how deep the hood cover is, it is a simple yet attractive stroller. Very lightweight.

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RRP: €79.99 Stockist: Mothercare DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS EASY TO FOLD AND MY CHILD NEEDS IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT STORE (INCLLUDING COMFORT AND SAFETY)

2.1 / 5

2.2 / 5

1.8 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: REALLY GOOD PRICE. VERY LIGHTWEIGHT. FOLDS BACK ALLOWING CHILD TO SLEEP


OUT AND ABOUT CAR SEATS

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things to know before you buy a car seat The Road Safety Authority shares the key points parents need to consider before buying the all-important car seat

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part from the pram/ pushchair, one of the other most important must-haves in your baby arsenal is your infant car seat – it is crucially important to get it right for the safety of your little one. For this reason, we have asked Ireland’s leading authority on the topic – The Road Safety Authority (RSA) to share some essential advice and insights on buying car seats. Here are eight important factors to think about before you make that all-important purchase.

1. Is the car seat suitable for my child?

It is very important to make sure that the child car seat is suitable for your child’s weight and height. Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines on each car seat.

2. Is the child car seat suitable for the type of car I drive? The shape of car seats, the length of seatbelts and the position of seatbelt anchor points are different in different cars. So, not all child seats fit all cars. For instance, the seatbelt in a particular car may be too short to go around a particular child seat. Make sure you check that the child seat you buy will fit in your car and that it will fit in all the seat positions you intend to use it (for example, the back passenger side, the third row in people carrier, and so on). The manufacturer’s instructions should help you fit the child car seat. However,

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when you buy it, it is always best to have it fitted by an expert, and to be shown how to fit it correctly yourself.

3. Did I get expert advice when I was choosing the car seat?

Make sure you get advice from a child car seat expert retailer or the RSA child car seat expert. Some retailers know more than others about suitable options of child car seats. An expert will be able to advise you on which type of car seat is suitable for your child’s height and weight. You should also choose a retailer who can expertly fit the child car seat into your car to make sure it is a suitable match. They should also show you how the car seat should be fitted into your car. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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It is very dangerous and an offence to place a rearward-facing child car seat in the front seat if the front seat is protected by an active frontal airbag.

TOP TIP REMEMBER – Airbags are designed for adults. A child, even in a child car seat, does not replicate (copy) the typical position of an adult in the passenger seat.

4. Does the seat I’ve chosen meet the correct EU standard?

Check that the seat you are buying meets the EU standard R4403 /04 or i-SIZE (Regulation 129). If it does, you should see a yellow or orange sticker with an ‘E’ mark and weight guidelines on the seat.

5. Are the instructions easy to understand and follow?

Make sure the child car seat comes with an instruction manual. Try to have the car seat fitted into the car before you buy it. Ask the expert to show you how to fit the car seat. If this is not possible, you should make sure that there is an easy-to-follow instruction manual with the seat and that you fully understand it.

6. Did I think about airbags?

It is very dangerous and an offence to place a rearward-facing child car seat in the front seat if the front seat is protected by an active frontal airbag. Make sure the child seat can be fitted in the back.

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place the child car seat in the front, make sure that the seat is appropriate to the child’s weight and height. A rearward-facing child car seat must not be used in the front seat where there is an active airbag.

8. Does my car have the ISOFIX or i-Size system?

Check if your vehicle(s) has an ISOFIX system suitable for the seat. Ask whether an additional top tether on the seat is needed for extra stability. A top tether is connected to the top of the child car seat and is attached to extra anchor points in the car – for example, in the boot. Some seats have a ‘foot’ that extends to the vehicle floor for stability. If this is the case, check that it does not rest on the cover of an underfloor compartment as this may be unsafe. i-Size is a European standard ‘Regulation 129’ which was introduced in Ireland in September 2014. The key benefits of i-Size seats are that they can be fitted like ISOFIX seats and they provide increased support for the child’s head and neck and they provide better side-impact protection in the event of collisions. An i-SIZE seat also allows your child to stay rear-facing for much longer (up to 15 months in a rearward-facing baby seat). The categories of these seats is based on height and size rather than height and weight. Both i-Size (Regulation 129) and Regulation R4403/04 are both legal for use and will run alongside each other until the R4403/04 is phased out. However, this is expected to take several years to complete. For more information visit www.rsa.ie


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Car seats: Essential facts Aisling Sloyan, Senior Road Safety Promotion Officer in the Road Safety Authority shares some need-to-know advice on car seats

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o now you know what you must consider before buying your car seat, it’s time to think about the various safety aspects all parents need to be aware of when installing their child restraint system. The Road Safety Authority recommends that when choosing a car seat, parents should make sure that it fits in their car (or cars, if you use it in more than one) and that it is suitable for the height and weight of their child. We ask Aisling Sloyan, senior road safety promotion officer in the Road Safety Authority a few important questions on child car seats.

How many car seats can a parent expect to buy for their child?

We cannot give a definitive on how many child car seats a person would expect to buy, as there are so many options available now. You can buy separate seats for each stage / for some stages, or you can buy convertible seats from birth or from a different stage within the cycle. For example, you can even get one seat now that goes from birth all the way up to 36kg.  Typically though, a newborn would use an infant carrier and would graduate to either a rearward or forward facing child car seat once they have outgrown the infant carrier. Children should use these seats until they have outgrown it - usually when they reach approx 13kgs or if their head starts to crown the top of the seat, whichever one is sooner.  It is highly recommended that rear-facing child car seats should be used for as long as possible up to 25kg (approx four years) as they are proven to provide much more protection to the child in the event of a collision or hard braking.

What kind of car seats should a parent look for as their child grows bigger? For older children, who can no longer use

rearward / forward facing child seats, the RSA recommends a high back booster seat should be used for as long as possible and the booster cushion only becomes an option after the child has exceed 22kg. Typically, a high back booster seat can be used from 15kg – 36kg. High back booster seats provide much needed head, neck and back protection to the child, and also have helpful seatbelt guides to ensure the seatbelt is positioned correctly across the child’s body. The lap belt should be across the child’s pelvis and the shoulder belt should be flat on the child’s shoulder. These are the ‘hard parts’ on the body so the seatbelt should never be on their tummy or neck. The main classifications/types of child car seats are outlined in the weight-chart on the next page. Note, as above, they have a choice between rearward/ forward after they outgrow the first baby seat. They also have a choice between a booster cushion and high back booster seat from 15kg but as previously stated, it’s recommended that parents use a high back booster seat use for as long as possible. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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How important is it that parents seek expert advice?

It is really important that people seek expert advice from the retailer and have the car seat fitted into the car before they buy. This not only ensures the car seat is compatible with the car but it also gives parents an opportunity to see how to fit it correctly. Sometimes you can have the best car in the world and the best car seat in the world but together they are not compatible. Some examples would be short seatbelts, long buckles, deep seats, underfloor storage compartments. You should also try your child in the seat to ensure it is a good fit for them and comfortable as this will discourage them from adjusting the harness / seatbelt while travelling and in turn not protecting them properly in a crash.

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It’s recommended that parents use a high back booster seat for as long as possible.

Check the harness

The harness should be checked and appropriately adjusted for your child’s height on a regular basis. The harness height can usually be adjusted up and down from the back of the seat. Bulky or padded clothing can affect how snugly the harness / seatbelt sits on your child’s body. The RSA recommends using blankets over the harness / seatbelt or wearing a light fleece to keep children warm in the car during the colder months.  Check It Fits The Road Safety Authority offers a ‘Check it Fits’ service in response to a frightening statistic that shows that as many as four out of five child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can result in serious injury or worse, a fatality in the event of collision.  The RSA ‘Check it Fits’ service in partnership with Toyota is a full-time, nationwide, free expert service which aims to put parents’, grandparents’ and guardians’ minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car.  The service is quick. It’s easy. It’s free and it is travelling around the country. Our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have.  For information on when Check it Fits will be in your area, please visit www.checkitfits.ie.


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Discover the difference between a pram, a pushchair, a travel system and a buggy.

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Expert tips and advice on choosing that all important pram/pushchair • A buggy can really be any of the above, depending on who you’re talking to.

he world of prams, pushchairs and strollers can be so overwhelming to first-time parents. It’s a whole new world of jargon and unfamilar terms. Hopefully, once you’ve read the following advice you’ll come away feeling more confident about choosing your baby’s mode of transport. Before you even think about hitting the shops, you’ll need to be clear on what it is you want and need, to suit you and your baby. So before we go any further, it’s important to explain the details of each type: • A pram is designed for newborn babies up until around six months old, while they are at the stage that they still need to lie flat. They are usually parent facing, come with a bassinet or carrycot, and may or may not have the ability to fold flat. Some prams may be converted into a pushchair when the time comes around. • Pushchairs are generally sturdy and are more likely to be tailored towards older babies and toddlers. They are usually forward-facing, sometimes with the option for parent facing, can usually be folded flat, and often are fully reclinable for your little one’s comfort. • Strollers are more lightweight, and easily collapsible. They are ideal for older babies, or for when you’re travelling. However, not all strollers are suitable for newborn babies, so be sure to check this out before purchase.

• Travel Systems. All-in-one travel systems combine a carrycot, a pushchair and an infant carrier/carseat, the car seat and carrycot can both click in and out of the pushchair, which can be handy when you have a sleeping baby who you don’t want to wake. Make sure to read up on which car seats fit with certain pushchair models, and if you have to buy extra adaptors to fit the seat before you buy.

Expert opinion

Nursery expert and NPPA demo specialist Elma Herbert ran nursery stores for many years, so it’s fair to say that she knows a thing or two about buggies. We asked Elma to share her advice and knowledge for new parents who are navigating the prams and pushchairs arena for the first time. Elma Herbert Baby Product Expert

What factors should parents consider before they make the big purchase?

It’s interesting to note that most parents will buy three to four pushchairs in the first three years of their child’s life. A travel system is the most commonly purchased item for new parents, which normally consists of a carrycot (a pram top in which baby can sleep). Some pram tops are ventilated and so that baby can sleep safely day or night in these. Carrycots make an ideal first bed as they are mobile and baby is in the correct position and comfortable – these should last from four to six months. A car seat is another component of IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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The pushchair part of the travel system is the part that parents will use longest, and it’s sometimes the most overlooked part of the system.

Do you want a parent or forward facing pram?

a travel system, some companies manufacture their own car seats to sit on their frames. It’s important to think about the seat: Travel system seats are sometimes suitable from birth and often times only approved from six months due to the angle of the seat and so must be used with carry cot or car seat for the first number of months. The pushchair part of the travel system is the part that parents will use longest and sometimes the most overlooked part of the system – there are a huge variety on the market, three wheelers/city strollers/ones that grow as your family grow enabling the use of the same product for a toddler and baby or even twins. Three wheel strollers are often suited to rough terrain and sometimes can be bulkier to fold. These generally have pumped tyres and give a smooth ride for the baby and easier push for the parent over rough terrain. Strollers are generally for older children, and there are a huge variety on the market – umbrella folding and easy to transport are ideal for short trips out, generally the wheels are small and more suited to rough terrain. Some have full lie flat but many will have semi recline so baby may not be able to sleep comfortably. An aluminium chassis is considerably lighter than other materials – however it has a bearing on the price.

TOP TIP Make sure you, your partner, and anyone else who will be using your pushchair, knows how to fold it up, or remove and attach the car seat/carrycot/bassinet before your little one arrives.

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The pushchair part of the travel system is the part that parents will use longest and it’s sometimes the most overlooked part of the system.

It is worth considering the importance of this to you. If the seat is removable and can be fitted to face the parent, you can change it when baby is ready to explore what the world has to offer. Most parents like to be able to maintain eye contact with their baby for the first few months at least and then face the baby outward after this.The ability to do this will affect the weight and folding of the pushchair.

What types of prams/pushchairs should a parent of twins/multiples opt for?

Consider the first six months – the reality is that you will not be going anywhere in the first six months apart from routine appointments. Lots of people spend great amounts of money on systems for twins that they never get the value out of. Ask yourself the following questions: If you buy a system with two carrycots are you going to use them for day time sleeping? Will it be easy to push when your babies are older? Will you have trouble getting on a bus, mounting steps or folding? When folded, will it fit in the boot or will anything else fit if you are going away for the weekend/day? Is it easy to assemble each time you leave the car or will you end up leaving it in the boot or at home? Will it fit in the front door or past the front step on the stairs? Remember you will be spending double the money – would you consider car seats that will cover a number of stages? What happens when you want to bring only one baby out? Will your pushchair accommodate this? Think about longevity.

What accessories make life easier when out and about with baby/toddler in the buggy?

- Definitely a good rain cover – ensure that it is breathable and that baby does not sweat under it. - UV sun cover/sleep shade. - Pram hook for holding extra bags. - Good changing bag - Pram weights can be attached to the front wheels of the stroller to stop it from tipping over.


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Your baby’s nursery

The Gro Company Groegg2

With so many baby items available, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are worth buying for your little one’s nursery. These products got the seal of approval from our testing panel.

I like how easy it is to read, you don’t have to look at a specific number, the colour is very simple and effective. Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib The colour and practicality are great with this product, I love the height also.

The Gro Company Groegg2 Groegg2 is a stylish colour changing digital room thermometer and nightlight. Easy to read the changing colours reflect the temperature of the room, allowing parents to easily tell if their baby’s room is too hot, cold or just right, acting as a reminder to adjust heating or modify baby’s clothing.

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Digital Video And Movement Monitor Easily mobile, great to see on screen, have similar and sensor pad is very reassuring.

Top features: There are three different light settings, low is great for checking on baby in the night, brighter settings can be used to feed or change a baby while keeping disruption to a minimum.

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Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib

The CoZee Bedside Crib can be used for co-sleeping or as a stand alone crib.

RRP: €249 Stockist: Leading nursery stores nationwide

Top features: Any triggering events such as baby cries, temperature of baby’s room exceeds the alert range, parent unit loses link with baby unit, etc. will turn on the LCD automatically. .

Top features: This beautiful cot transitions seamlessly from newborn to baby to toddler to first bed (0-5yrs). With the option to use as a co-sleeper for the first few months, Gaia Baby can convert from a co-sleeper to a full size cot bed (70x140cm).

The Gaia Baby Complete Sleep can take your baby from Newborn up to 10 years in one simple system.

RRP: €259.99 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland and leading nursery stores.

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IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

LENGTH OF TIME MY CHILD WILL GET USE FROM

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1.6/ 5

2/5

2.9 / 5

4.50/ 5

EXPERT COMMENT:“EASY TO AID AIR REGULATION WITH MESH SIDES EXCELLENT SPACE IN COT SECTION.

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Gaia Baby Complete Sleep System

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video and Movement Baby Monitor..

Top features: Innovative 30 second open/fold mechanism. Handy storage shelf. Breathable mesh window. Travel bag included. Removable, washable fabric lining. Incline option to help with congestion and reflux Deluxe foam mattress included.

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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video and Movement Monitor

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

LENGTH OF TIME MY CHILD WILL GET USE FROM

EXPERT RATING

2/ 5

2.9 / 5

2.2 / 5

4.50/ 5

EXPERT COMMENT: MOVEMENT MONITOR EXCELLENT ADDITION TO SYSTEM. TALKBACK AND REMOTE NIGHTLIGHT.

RRP: €699.90 Stockist: Bellababy, Mothercare Carrickmines, The Nursery Store, Limerick


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TOP TIP Blanket safety Do not wrap your baby in too many blankets. Cellular blankets are best to use as they are lightweight and have small holes in them, allowing air to circulate, while keeping baby warm.

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BABY CARE BEST PRODUCT FOR SLEEP

Time for sleep

The Gro Company Grofriends Light And Sound Sleep Aid

Creating a safe sleep environment for your baby is essential. These products will help you to do just that.

White noise and music are very soothing for a baby. Love products like this.

The Gro Company Grofriends Light And Sound Sleep Aid

Colief Breathe Easy Patch I like how it goes on clothes and not child’s skin.

The Gro Company Grofriends Light And Sound Aid helps baby to sleep. If baby wakes the Grofriend responds by playing a lullaby or white noise to resettle them Top features: With three volume settings and sensory light levels, the Grofriends can be set by parents at a level that suits baby. It has controls in the feet and wings/arms that can be easily reached and interact with as baby grows.

BabyBundle SafeBreathe Hoppy and Patch Safe Toys Soft fabrics, comforting to baby, I like everything about it.

RRP: €30.00 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland, Smyths, Arnott’s, Bella Baby and leading nursery shops throughout Ireland SAFE FOR MY BABY HELPS BABY SLEEP

3.9 / 5

3.7/ 5

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

3.7 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: VERY PRACTICAL ENCOURAGES SELF SOOTHING.

Colief Breathe Easy Patch

Developed by Colief, Colief Breathe Easy Patches are the soothing solution for easy breathing to help children sleep through the night. Top features: Each patch contains eucalyptus and peppermint. The patch is attached to sleepwear and the child’s body heat releases essential vapours with beneficial effects up to 8 hours. .

3.4 / 5

3.5/ 5

RRP: €20 Stockists: www.babymoments.ie

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

3.5 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: SO GOOD FOR KIDS WITH COLDS. HELPS GET THEM TO SLEEP.

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The BabyBundle Safebreathe Hoppy and Patch soft toy by Babybundle is cuddly soft toy that has been designed with safety and breathability in mind. Top features: Made from 100% soft cotton, it uses three layers of fabrics to create one multi-layer fabric that is comfortable, non-irritating, padded and breathable.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Retail pharmacies nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY HELPS BABY SLEEP

BabyBundle SafeBreathe Hoppy and Patch Safe Toys

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SAFE FOR MY BABY HELPS BABY SLEEP

3.5 / 5

3.1/ 5

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

3.4 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THAT ITS BREATHABLE, AND 100% COTTON

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Any room a baby sleeps in should be between 16°C and 20°C. A room thermometer can help to avoid your baby getting too hot or cold. Fiona O’Farrell, occupational therapist and sleep expert


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TOP TIP Nursery safety Don’t use too many covers or clothes when your baby is sleeping – remember it is normal for a baby’s hands and feet to feel cool.

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BABY CARE BEST BABY SLEEPWEAR PRODUCT

Sleep wear

Tesco Fred & Flo Tropical Sleepsuits

It’s important that your baby wears soft, breathable fabrics at nighttime.

Nice designs and good value for money.

Tesco Fred & Flo Tropical Sleepsuit

The Gro Company Grobag Baby Sleep Bag

All Fred & Flo products are BCI Cotton (Better Cotton Initiative). By buying BCI cotton we are ensuring our cotton farmers are looked after.

Good quality, safe and breathable. Comfortable for my baby.

Top features: Fred & Flo also use compact cotton which gives our product a softer hand-feel – perfect for precious newborn babies

Mothercare Woodland Friends Sleepsuits 3 Pack

RRP: €9.99 Stockist: Tesco

Fashionable, breathable, easy to wash, soft fabric, easy to change baby into, easy to get at tappy.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

BREATHABLE FABRICS

QUICK AND EASY TO CHANGE MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.5 / 5

4.4 / 5

4.6 / 5

4.67 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: AFFORDABLE, LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE 100% COTTON.

The Gro Company Grobag Baby Sleep Bag The only baby sleep bag recommended by The Lullaby Trust, Grobags lead the market in product safety and quality standards.. Top features: Features secret seams, underarm poppers and zip covers help babies get a great night’s sleep. Careful tog rated thicknesses and clear ‘What to wear’ guidance .

SAFE FOR MY BABY

BREATHABLE FABRICS

QUICK AND EASY TO CHANGE MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.4 / 5

4.3 / 5

3.9 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: SOFT TACTILE TEXTURE. LIKE SAFETY FEATURE ON ZIP.

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These sleepsuits come in crisp white and soft greys with cute woodland animal designs. Top features: These bunny soft sleepsuits are designed with simple popper fastenings for fuss-free. RRP: €19.99 Stockists: Mothercare Ireland

RRP: €25.00 - €35.00 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland, Smyths, Arnott’s, Bella Baby and leading nursery shops throughout Ireland.

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SAFE FOR MY BABY

BREATHABLE FABRICS

QUICK AND EASY TO CHANGE MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.3 / 5

4.1 / 5

4/5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: NICE FABRIC – SOFT. LIKE THE MIT SLEEVES

Any room a baby sleeps in should be between 16°C and 20°C. A room thermometer can help to avoid your baby getting too hot or cold. Fiona O’Farrell, occupational therapist and sleep expert


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BABY CARE BEST BATHTIME TOILETRY PRODUCT

Bathtime for baby

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bubbles

It’s important to use safe and gentle products on your baby at bathtime. Check out these bathtime lotions and washes.

Very gentle on the skin smells lovely gives a lot of bubbles.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bubbles

Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath

Childs Farm’s award-winning mild, foaming bubble bath contains organic tangerine oil to calm and soothe, and vitamin E to gently moisturise; perfect for baby at bedtime..

The purple packaging is suggestive of calm, sleep related product. The scent is calming for bedtime and creates suitable bubbles to achieve a nice lather on baby.

Top feature: Suitable for newborns and upwards. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive skin and safe for people whose skin may be prone to eczema.

Aldi Mamia Bedtime Bath Good price for the size of the bottle, lasts a long time, great smell too.

RRP: €5.50 Stockist: Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Boots, Superdrug.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.1 / 5

4.1 / 5

4.67 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THIS BRAND. RECOMMEND IT FOR PEOPLE/BABIES WITH SENSITIVE SKIN. EASY TO USE PUMP. HYPOALLERGENIC FORMULA

Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath

Aldi Mamia Bedtime Bath

Top features: Free from dyes, parabens and sulphates and made with soothing NaturalCalm essences to help relax your baby before bed. It is paediatrician and dermatologist tested.

Top features: PH balanced and mild baby bath that has a tear free formula making it suitable for newborns with a soothing aroma.

Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath gently cleanses to leave delicate skin feeling healthy.

Look for products that are fragrance and paraben-free.

Mamia Bedtime Bath is paediatrician approved, and suitable from newborn.

RRP: €0.49 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

RRP: €4.49 Stockist: All major retailers.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

3.4 / 5

3.5 / 5

3.4 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: NICE SMELL. AROMA RELAXING SMELL. COLOURFUL BOTTLE AND CLEAR LABEL

HIGH QUALSAFE FOR MY BABY IT ISITYA PRODUCT

3.4 / 5

3.4 / 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

3.3 / 5

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “SIMPLE PACKAGING. INGREDIENTS NATURAL AND ORGANIC. ”

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Organic Babies Baby Wash & Shampoo Scent Free

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Lupilu Hypoallergenic Baby Bath Wash Hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested, Lupilu baby bath is made with your baby’s comfort in mind. Top features: Suitable for newborns and paediatrician

An ultra mild, non-irritating wash and shampoo for baby.

approved this baby bath wash is no tears ready and perfectly safe

Top features: This gentle certified organic formula is naturally

for baby.

scent free, made without essential oils, perfume or synthetic fragrances, perfect for little ones with sensitive skin.

RRP: €0.49

RRP: €15.40

Stockist: Lidl Ireland

Stockist: Green People

TOP TIP Natural moisturiser Vernix, the white sticky substance that covers your baby’s skin while in the womb, should always be left to absorb naturally. It’s a natural moisturiser that also protects against infection in the first few days.

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BABY CARE BEST BATH TIME ACCESSORY

Bath time essentials

Tesco Fred & Flo Squidgy Super Soft Sponge

Make bathing your baby a breeze by making sure you have the right items close by. Here are three very handy products to keep in mind.

Soft sponge for baby skin. Good value for money.

The Gro Company Grotowel

Tesco Fred & Flo Squidgy Super Soft Sponge

Very easy to use. My child was nice and snuggly and was easy to dry him without any fuss.

Tesco Fred & Flo Squidgy Super Soft Sponge is gentle and ideal for keeping your child clean and fresh. They are the perfect size for babies. Top features: This super soft sponge is specially designed for your baby’s delicate skin, suitable to use from birth.

Mothercare Aqua Pod That it would be very secure and the heat indicator is very useful.

RRP: €1.99 Stockist: Tesco

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY IS RECOMMENDED CHILD NEEDS (INBY FAMILY/ CLUDING SAFETY/ PARENTS/MUMS COMFORT)

2.8 / 5

EASY TO CLEAN AND STORE

EXPERT RATING

3.3 / 5

2.33 / 5

3.4 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: IT’S A GOOD SIZE AND IT FEELS NICE.”

The Gro Company Grotowel

Designed with Gro’s usual high quality the Grotowel is made from Puredry Microfibre; a soft hypoallergenic towelling. . Top features: The Grotowel is a hooded wrap around towel for ages 6-48 months. The hood helps speed up hair drying.

RRP: €24.99 Stockist: Arnott’s, Mothercare Ireland, Bella Baby and leading Nursery shops throughout Ireland DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY IS RECOMMENDED CHILD NEEDS (INBY FAMILY/ CLUDING SAFETY/ PARENTS/MUMS COMFORT)

3.5 / 5

4/5

This great bath support is full of useful features. Top features: The T-bar and shaped back support are designed to help your baby sit up safely without slipping around and the long length of the bath mat allows a toddler to be bathed at the same time. A ‘hot spot’ feature on the mat gives a quick indication of when the water is too hot.

RRP: €39.99 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland.

EASY TO CLEAN AND STORE

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVELY FEEL. REALLY LIKE THE HOOD.

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DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY IS RECOMMENDED CHILD NEEDS (INBY FAMILY/ CLUDING SAFETY/ PARENTS/MUMS COMFORT)

3.7 / 5

4.1 / 5

EASY TO CLEAN AND STORE

EXPERT RATING

4.3 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT COMFORT FOR PARENTS. LOVE THE HOT SPOT.

“Natural baby skin care products are safe for most infants. But if you have allergies or asthma in your family, your newborn may also be sensitive to botanicals and herbs in some products.”

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BABY CARE BEST NAPPY CHANGING ACCESSORY

Changing nappies - essentials

Aldi Mamia Nappy Sacks

When it comes to changing your baby’s nappy, you need to keep all of your essentials close by to avoid messy situations. These products will help to keep ‘operation nappy change’ as smooth as possible.

Lovely scent practical snd excellent value for money.

Lidl Lupilu Nappy Sacks

Aldi Mamia Nappy Sacks

A good price and I liked the smell.

Convenient hygienic babycare, these odour neutralising nappy sacks come with tie handles for the hygienic disposal of nappies.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System Keeps smell of nappies inside easy to use.

Top features: Each sack is the perfect size for a nappy, baby wipes or tissues used during a nappy change.

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RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Aldi

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

4.5 / 5

DELIVERS ON THE HIGH QUALITY MAIN THINGS ME/ IS A PRODUCT CHILD NEEDS

4.1 / 5

4.1 / 5

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3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD PRICE, AND NICE LIGHT FRAGRANCE. RUNNER UP

Lidl Lupilu Nappy Sacks

These scented nappy sacks are a must for a busy parents, and ensure the correct disposal of soiled nappies. Top features: They come in a convenient pack with a “safety lid” to ensure reduced risk of babies coming into contact with them.

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Lidl

Tommee Tippee Twist and Click Nappy Disposal System

The new stylish Tommee Tippee Twist & Click nappy disposal system holds up to 30 nappies, and individually wraps each nappy.

The Wriggler Portable Wriggle Free Changing Mat

A portable changing mat designed for babies and toddlers who wriggle during nappy changing

Top features:. Drop a nappy into the bin. Twist the handle and feel the click. The nappy is now wrapped in multi-layer anti-bacterial film. The builtin plunger pushes the nappy down into the bin when you close the lidr.

Top features: Its kneepad design gently hugs the child and anchors the mat in place, preventing rolling and crawling away, while freeing up the parent’s hands. RRP: €39.99 Stockist: www.thewriggler.com

RRP: €37.99 Stockist: Smyths, and Mothercare Ireland.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

4.4 / 5

DELIVERS ON THE HIGH QUALITY MAIN THINGS ME/ IS A PRODUCT CHILD NEEDS

4.1 / 5

3.9 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD VALUE, AND VERY FUNCTIONAL.

EXPERT RATING

3.67 / 5

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

3/5

DELIVERS ON THE HIGH QUALITY MAIN THINGS ME/ IS A PRODUCT CHILD NEEDS

3.2 / 5

3.6 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: PARTICULARLY GOOD FOR APARTMENT USE AS NO OUTDOOR USE. TWIST MECHANISM IS EASY TO USE IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST BABY SKINCARE RANGE / PRODUCT

Gently does it

Aveeno Active Naturals Baby Range

Baby skin is so precious and delicate – it’s important to use natural products to keep their skin soft and supple. Check out these baby skincare ranges.

This has a soothing feel on the skin and the smell is very refreshing. It caters perfectly for my child’s need.s

Childs Farm Toiletries Baby & Child

Aveeno Active Naturals Baby Range

Love this product use it all the time on my kids it keeps their skin in great condition.

The Aveeno Baby Range is developed for use on sensitive baby skin. There are eight products in the range including barrier cream, moisturising lotion, body and hair washes and wipes that gently nourish and protect baby’s skin.

Johnson’s Baby Cottontouch range

Top features: The range is developed with colloidal oatmeal and/or natural oats.Oats are well known for their many skincare benefits; providing relief to those suffering with dry skin by helping moisturise and soothe irritated skin.

RRP: €3.00 - €9.99. Retail pricing is set at the sole discretion of the retailers. Stockist: All major retailers.

This is a brilliant product. I even used it when I had very dry skin and it helped so much.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.3 / 5

4.1 / 5

5/5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE NATURAL INGREDIENTS. IT IS NOT STICKY ON SKIN.”

Childs Farm Toiletries Baby & Child

Childs Farm uses naturally derived ingredients and essential oils to produce a range of mild and delicious smelling toiletries for newborns, babies and children. Top features: Childs Farm products only use essential oils that can be put undiluted onto a baby’s skin. The range caters for skin, bathing and washing, hair and sun care.

RRP: €4.50 - €13.00 Stockist: Tesco, Boots, Dunnes Stores.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

3.8 / 5

3.8 / 5

3.9 / 5

4.67 / 5

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Johnson’s Baby Cottontouch Range

Your infant’s skin is up to 30% thinner than yours, so it needs ultra gentle and delicate care. The Cottontouch Range is blended with real cotton, specially designed for and perfectly pH balanced for newborn’s sensitive skin. Top features: Paediatrician and dermatologist tested and is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol and soap.

RRP: €2.78-€4.49 Stockist: All major retailers

SAFE FOR MY BABY

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

3.3 / 5

3.3 / 5

3.1 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT PRICE. SURPRISED AT HOW EXTENSIVE THE RANGE IS.

“Read labels carefully. Baby skin care products that contain dyes, fragrances, and chemicals can irritate a baby’s skin and breathing”.

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TOP TIP Skin fact Your little baby’s skin barrier is up to 30% thinner than your own, and it loses moisture quicker, twice as quick in fact, meaning it can be prone to dryness and irritation.

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Keep a bin nearby

Bioderma ABCDerm H20 Micellar Solution

Keep a bin close by when you’re

ABCDerm H2O is the first and only dermatological

changing your baby’s nappy so you can dump all of the dirty bits afterwards and make sure you wash your hands afterwards.

micellar water perfectly compatible with babies’ skin. Top features: The product can even be used on newborns (face, eyes, hands, skin folds, nappy area). At the forefront of innovation, BIODERMA is the pioneer in micellar solutions. RRP: €12.50 Stockist: Independent pharmacies nationwide..

TOP TIP Make sure the product is suitable for babies At the first signs of dryness, use a gentle moisturiser on your baby’s skin about every 12 hours. Preferably use a product that does not contain perfumes, dyes, or preservatives.

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BABY CARE BEST NAPPY PANTS

Nappy pants - protection

Pampers Premium Protection Nappy Pants

Nappy pants are ideal for helping little toddlers make the transition from normal nappies to underpants. Here are three products to consider.

Great fit and value for money can never go wrong with Pampers.

Aldi Mamia Ultra Dry Air System Nappies Size 3

Pampers Premium Protection Nappy Pants

Great price point. Good quality.

Pampers Premium Protection Pants have an all-around fit with a stretchy belt and leg cuffs that adapt to baby’s movements for a gentle fit..

Lidl Lupilu Soft & Dry Pants

Top features: Thanks to the all-around stretchy waistband they go on with just one pull, even when your baby is wriggling around. The easy removal design means you just need to tear the sides and roll-up the nappy pants.

Very absorbent, great value.

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RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Leading supermarkets nationwide. ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.3 / 5

4.2 / 5

4.00 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “THE ELASTIC TOP FEELS REALLY FLEXIBLE.

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Aldi Mamia Easy Pants

Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, with stretchy sides for active babies. Top features: Lock way dry core with day and night leak protection for up to 12 hours.

RRP: €3.25 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

Lidl Lupilu Soft & Dry Pants

Rascal + Friends Premium Nappy Pants

These nappy pants feature Magical Tubes dry lock technology are designed for round the clock comfort and protection..

Rascal + Friends premium nappies and nappy pants are designed with no nasties, without compromising that all important performance. Top features: With no latex, lotions, fragrances and only water-based inks, Rascal + Friends nappy pants are better for babies’ bums!

Top features: The range also contains plus sizes for when babies need a bit more absorbency from their nappy.

RRP: €2.35 Stockist: Lidl Ireland.

RRP:€9.99 Stockist: Tesco

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

3.6 / 5

3.6 / 5

3.5 / 5

2.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “THE ELASTIC TOP FEELS REALLY FLEXIBLE.

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

3.4 / 5

3.4 / 5

3.4 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD PRICE AND NICE DESIGN.

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BABY CARE BEST BABY NAPPY TREATMENT

Keeping nappy rash at bay A good nappy cream plays an important role in a parent of a newborn’s life. Check out these winners and finalists products.

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream has been made in Dublin for over 85 years and is proven to soothe sore skin and treat nappy rash. Top features: Sudocrem is a multi-use product and can be used to treat a range of skin irritations.

RRP: €2.86 Stockist: All good pharmacies and supermarkets.

4.5 / 5

4.5 / 5

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

4.4 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: TRIED AND TESTED FOR YEARS AND IT WORKS. CREATES A PROTECTION (WATERPROOF BARRIER)

TOP TIP Treating nappy rash If your baby has nappy rash or sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to protect it with a thick barrier cream after every wash.

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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream Has been around for years, trusted brand, easy to use , does the job and clears rash.

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment 100g

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

TO CLEAR SAFE FOR MY BABY ABILITY A RASH

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In a convenient container. Soft on baby’s skin and easy to remove. It is also affordable.

Aldi Mamia Nappy Change Cream Can be used on sensitive skin and good price.

EX PERT ’S T IP

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DID YOU KNOW? Skin fact It’s best to use plain water and cotton wool for the cleaning your baby’s bum during the first six weeks after the birth.

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Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment 100g

Bepanthen contains Provitamin B5, which has hydrating and soothing effects on the skin, helping the skin repair its natural protective barrier keeping your baby’s skin smooth, soft and moisturised. Top features: Bepanthen is free from perfumes, preservatives and antiseptics.

RRP: €7.29 Stockist: Pharmacies and supermarkets.

TO CLEAR SAFE FOR MY BABY ABILITY A RASH

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IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

4.3 / 5

4.67 / 5

4.3 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LOVE THE TEXTURE. VERY GOOD BARRIER CREAM.

TOP TIP Treating nappy rash If your baby has nappy rash or sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to protect it with a thick barrier cream after every wash.

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Aldi Mamia Nappy Change Cream

This cream soothes and protects baby’s skin helping to prevent the causes of nappy rash or irritation. Top features: Dermatologically tested.

RRP: €0.93 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

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3.3 / 5

3.1 / 5

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

2.9 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT PRICE. LIKE THAT IT’S MADE IN IRELAND..


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TOP TIP Change often Most nappy rashes are mild and can be treated with a simple skin care routine. Your baby may cry more often than usual and be irritable. It helps to change your babys’ nappy often. It’s also a good idea to protect the skin on your baby’s bottom with a barrier cream, which helps to form a protective surface over the skin.

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BABY CARE BEST DISPOSABLE BABY/TODDLER NAPPY

Nappy know-how

Pampers Premium Protection Range

A good nappy will keep your baby’s bum dry and prevent leaks. Check out these winners and finalists in the best disposable baby/toddler nappy category.

High quality. Never had any issues with nappy rash.

Aldi Mamia Ultra Dry Nappies Size 3 - 6

Pampers Premium Protection Range

It’s great value for money, very absorbent and comfortable for my toddler.

The Pampers Premium Protection nappy has three absorbing channels, allowing for wetness to distribute more evenly, providing lasting dryness. Top features: The Absorb-Away Layer also pulls wetness and mess away from your baby’s delicate skin and the Wetness Indicator lets you know when your baby may need a change.

Lidl Lupilu Soft & Dry Nappies Didn’t leak and very good value.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Leading supermarkets nationwide.

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.3 / 5

4.3 / 5

4.1/ 5

4.33 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: FEELS REALLY COMFORTABLE AND SOFT. IT’S A TRUSTED BRAND.

Aldi Mamia Ultra Dry Air System Nappies Size 3 - 6

Lidl Lupilu Soft & Dry Nappies

These nappies have a new slim design with up to two times faster absorbancy.. Top features: Now with Ultra Dry Air System which distributes liquid evenly. Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, with up to 12 hours leak protection.

Lidl’s Lupilu nappies are designed for round the clock comfort and protection. The range begins at size 3 Midi and takes babies through their nappy journey all the way up to size 6 and plus sizes. Top features: Lupilu nappies are hypoallergenic and are dermatologically tested.

RRP: From €1.99 to €2.99 Stockist: Lidl Ireland

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

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COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

3.8 / 5

3.6 / 5

3.8/ 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT PRICE AND GOOD LEAK PROTECTION

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COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

3.1 / 5

3.4 / 5

3.7/ 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: PRICE IS EXCELLENT FOR A PACK OF 48. LIKE THAT THEY HAVE 12 HOURS OF DRYNESS.

If you notice that poo keeps leaking out of the top back of your baby’s nappy, it might be time to go up a size. The weights on the packaging are just guidelines, and your baby may need a bigger size sooner. easy parenting


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Rascal + Friends Premium Nappies

SuperValu Dry N Cosy Nappies Size 4

nappy pants are better for babies’ bums! Designed with

Top features: Ultra Soft Velvet-like touch to the skin Super Absorbent Specially

premium features, all to help prevent sneaky leaks (and

designed to absorb liquid quickly leaving your baby ‘dry n’ cosy’.

With no latex, lotions, fragrances and only water-based inks, Rascal + Friends

Secure & Super Fit Flexible fit, stretchable sides to move with your baby.

big explosions). Top features: Features super soft 3D core for extra comfort and leakage prevention. Unique deep pocket to

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: SuperValu

help prevent of overflow, RRP: €9.99

Stockist: Tesco.

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BABY CARE BEST DISPOSABLE NEWBORN NAPPY 0-3 MONTHS

Newborn nappies

Pampers Premium Protection New Baby

Considering you’ll go through eight to 12 nappies per day in those early newborn days, it’s important to use the right nappy that will do the job.

I like this product because it is a premium protection. It is dermatologically tested and safe for my baby. Its sizes are very good and well worth the money. Good fit and comfortable for my baby. Lidl Lupilu Newborn Nappies

Pampers Premium Protection New Baby

Great absorption. Good fit for my baby. Value for money.

Pampers Premium Protection New Baby are designed especially for delicate skin, their unique features will ensure your baby feels nothing but the comfort and protection Top features: Contoured fit to protect cord. They offer unbeatable protection for newborn skin with Air Channels for breathable dryness and up to 12 hours of protection and a Wetness Indicator that lets you know when it might be time for a change..

Tesco Fred & Flo Newborn Nappy Size 2 Fits well, no leaking and doesn’t cause nappy rash.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Leading supermarkets nationwide. ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO GOOD VALUE FOR TAKE LIQUID AND SAFE FOR MY BABY MONEY SOILING

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1.6 / 5

3.1 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: CAN HOLD EXTRA AMOUNTS OF URINE + BABY STILL STAYS DRY

Lidl Lupilu Newborn Nappies Lupilu newborn nappies start at size 1 and go to size 2. The nappies have just what is needed to keep your baby dry. Top features: Lupilu nappies feauture Magical Tubes dry lock technology,and are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.

With improved absorbency, these nappies feature soft side tapes, comfy leg cuffs and elasticated waistband..

Some disposable nappies for young babies have a wetness indicator on them. This is a line that changes colour if the nappy is wet. It’s a handy way to tell if it’s time for a change. easy parenting

Top features: Cottony soft with breathable material. Wetness indicator - changes colour when I wee. Soft cord protection- soft on belly button. Snug as a bug fit – comfy leg cuffs and elasticated waistband.

RRP: €1.49 €1.99 Stockist: Lidl

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Tesco Ireland.

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO GOOD VALUE FOR TAKE LIQUID AND SAFE FOR MY BABY MONEY SOILING

2.8 / 5

Tesco Fred & Flo Newborn Nappy Size 2

2.7 / 5

2.3 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LIKE THE WETNESS INDICATOR. THEY ARE SOFT TO TOUCH.

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO GOOD VALUE FOR TAKE LIQUID AND SAFE FOR MY BABY MONEY SOILING

2.6 / 5

2.6 / 5

2.4 / 5

EXPERT RATING

2.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT:GOOD PRICE.

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Aldi Mamia Newborn Nappies Size 1 Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic,

with a wetness indicator to let you know when baby needs changing. Top features: These nappies are extra soft and breathable with an embossed top layer to absorb soft poo and a soft and dry layer to lock liquid away. RRP: €1.49 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

TOP TIP Hygiene essentials Keep a bin naarby so you can dump all of the dirty bits after a nappy change and be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

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Nappy changing safety Make sure that all of your nappy changing essentials are within your reach, but out of baby’s when you change her nappy. The area should be warm, dry and clean.


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BABY CARE BEST TOILET TRAINING PRODUCT

Toilet training time

Aldi Mamia Toddler Toilet Wipes Sensitive Fragrance Free

Make the toilet training process a little bit easier for yourself and your toddler by considering these useful products.

Smells amazing and gentle on baby.

Kandoo Melon Flushable Wipes

Aldi Mamia Toddler Toilet Wipes, Sensitive Fragrance Free

They would be handy especially when out and about.

Ultra soft wipes for potty training. Top feature: Dermatologically tested. Flushable and biodegradable.Available in fruity frragrance or Sensitive..

SuperValu Fragranced Flushable Toddler Wipes

RRP: €0.89

A very good product to use. Very helpful.

Stockist: Aldi Stores nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

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4.1 / 5

3.4 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE HOW THEY ARE FLUSHABLE AND BIODEGRADEABE. PRICE IS GREAT TOO.

Kandoo Melon Flushable Wipes

Kandoo Melon wipes are specially designed and formulated to clean little bottoms. Top features: Ideal for potty training dermatologically tested. Kandoo wipes are flushable and made from plant based material, therefore kinder to the environment as they contain no plastic material.

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Selected Dunnes Stores and pharmacies

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

3.5 / 5

3.7 / 5

3.2 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT BRANDING – LOVE THE FROG. GREAT SMELL TOO.

When it comes to toilet training, it’s vital to be flexible, patient and understanding. If you have been trying to train your toddler for a couple of weeks and there is no progress, they are not ready. Wait a few more weeks, watch for the signs and then try again.

SuperValu Fragranced Flushable Toddler Wipes These flushable toddler toilet wipes are ultra soft for potty training..

Top features: Paediatrician approved, dermatologically tested and 100% biodegradable. They are enriched with aloe vera & chamomile and are suitable for sensitive skin..

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RRP: €0.89 Stockist: SuperValu.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

3.3 / 5

3.5 / 5

2.9 / 5

3.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE HOW THEY ARE 100% BIODEGRADABLE. EXCELLENT PRICE.

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BABY CARE BEST BABY WIPES

W ipe it all away

WaterWipes

No parent should ever leave the house without their trusty packet of baby wipes. Check out these baby wipes, which will help to clean small bums, and all types of spills.

What I like about these wipes is that they are gentle on babies’ bottoms and cleans them really well.

WaterWipes with Soapberry

WaterWipes WaterWipes are made with 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract.The grapefruit seed extract acts as a natural skin conditioner.

It is 99% water so safe for babies’ skin.

Top features: Suitable for newborn and sensitive skin, WaterWipes contain no soap, SLS or parabens. Aldi Mamia Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes

RRP: €1.99 28pk, €3.45 60pk, €11.48 4 x 60pk, €25.84 9 x 60pk

I like the packaging and the product, lid is easy to use even with one hand!

Stockist: Tesco, Dunnes, Boots, SuperValu, Lidl, Centra, leading pharmacies and Amazon.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

CLEANS BABY’S BOTTOM PROPERLY

EXPERT RATING

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4.5 / 5

4.4 / 5

5.0 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: REALLY SOFT AND GREAT FOR KIDS WITH SENSITIVE SKIN.

WaterWipes with Soapberry

WaterWipes with Soapberry are made with 99.9% water plus a drop of fruit and Soapberry extract. Top features: These wipes provide parents with the purity of WaterWipes, while harnessing the natural cleaning properties of Soapberry.

RRP: €1.99 28pk, €3.45 60pk, €11.48 4 x 60pk, €25.84 9 x 60pk Stockist: Tesco, Dunnes, SuperValu, leading pharmacies.

Aldi Mamia Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes

Dermatologically tested and suitable for newborns, babies and children with extra sensitive skin. Top features: Mamia baby wipes contain a dermatologically tested lotion with natural Aloe Vera and Chamomile to help keep baby’s skin soft and smooth.

RRP: €0.79 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

CLEANS BABY’S BOTTOM PROPERLY

EXPERT RATING

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

CLEANS BABY’S BOTTOM PROPERLY

EXPERT RATING

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4.2 / 5

4.1 / 5

4.33 / 5

3.9 / 5

3.8 / 5

3.9 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: STRONG WIPES SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

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EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT FOR USING ON STICKY HANDS. AFFORDABLE PRICE TOO

The label “hypoallergenic” or “dermatologist approved” can be misleading. The term means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the product is gentler on the skin than other products.” Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist


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Aveeno Baby Daily Care Wipes

SuperValu Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes (64 pack)

These wipes leave sensitive baby skin hydrated and protected from the first use. Top features: Soap free, fragrance free and paediatrician tested, Aveeno Baby

SuperValu fragrance free cotton soft baby wipes are paediatrician approved,

Daily Care Wipes are formulated with extract of oat and aloe to gently cleanse

dermatologically tested as well as being suitable for sensitive skin.

delicate baby skin, and can be used all over the body, even on sensitive skin.

Top features: They are enriched with aloe vera and chamomile to help sooth babies skin. They are also pH balanced and paraben free.

RRP: €3.00

Stockist: All major retailers RRP: €0.95 Stockist: SuperValu

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SuperValu Newborn Sensitive Fragrance Free Baby Wipes (56 pack)

SuperValu Fragranced Baby Wipes (64 pack)

SuperValu newborn sensitive baby wipes are paediatrican approved, dermatologically

Top features: They are enriched with aloe vera and chamomile, and are also pH

tested.

balanced and paraben free.

Top features: These wipes are made with over 96% purified water, are suitable for sensitive skin, enriched with aloe vera to soothe your baby’s skin, and are paraben free

SuperValu fragranced cotton soft baby wipes are paediatrician approved, dermatologically tested as well as being suitable for sensitive skin.

RRP: €0.95

Stockist: SuperValu Ireland

and pH balanced. RRP: €0.99

Stockist: SuperValu Ireland

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Lupilu Sensitive Baby Wipes

Tesco Fred and Flo Fragrance Free Wipes

Top features: These Lupilu sensitive baby wipes aturally soothing, 100% fragrance

baby’s skin, making them suitable for even the most delicate skin and

free, pH skin neutral, and are dermatologically tested for sensitive skin.

safe for babies who may be prone to eczema.

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Top features: Formulated with a gentle cleansing milk which contains

Lupilu sensitive baby wipes are ideal for babys that need extra gentle care.

RRP: €0.95 Stockist: Lidl Ireland

Specially developed to gently cleanse, help soothe and protect your

extracts of aloe vera and chamomile. RRP: €0.95

Stockist: Tesco

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Pampers Aqua Pure Wipes

Pampers Aqua Pure wipes are designed to give parents Pampers highest water content wipe while still delivering outstanding performance. Top features: The wipes are crafted with carefully-selected ingredients including 99% water and 1% gentle to skin ingredients to help maintain the skin’s natural pH. They are also made with organic cotton for a soft, cotton wool feel.

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TOP TIP Be wise with your wipes It’s best to use wipes that don’t contain any alcohol or scent, as these will be less likely to cause an allergic reaction. A good baby wipe will be able to clean up most of a small bum in one or two wipes to avoid overly irritating the skin.

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Baby sleep safety Sleep safety advice and guidelines for parents shopping for baby sleep products from occupational therapist and sleep safety expert Fiona O’Farrell

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ll parents want their newborn baby to sleep safely and soundly in their cot. But all of the information and guidelines on sleep safety can be quite overwhelming. But don’t stress, as it’s not too complicated. Sleep safety expert Fiona O’Farrell shares her advice and knowlege on baby sleep guidelines, so you can help your little one to sleep in a secure and comfortable environment.

What baby sleep essentials do parents need? • A cot or Moses basket • A mattress • A portable sleep space such as Moses basket, travel cot or carry cot • A room thermometer • A cellular blanket

What do parents need to consider before buying baby sleep products? • How to help baby sleep safely • Room share with your baby. This means your baby sleep in his cot next to your bed for the first six to 12 months. This will help you: • Respond to your baby’s needs. • Maintain breastfeeding. • Settle and comfort your baby more easily. 58

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Your baby’s cot should only include a flat, waterproof mattress and some bedding, nothing else.

When purchasing a cot for your baby consider the following precautions:

• There should be no large gaps between the bars of the cot. A large gap could result in your baby’s head or limbs getting trapped • The cot sides should be adjustable and are lockable into position • When purchasing a mattress for your baby consider: The mattress should be firm, flat and fit the cot. There should be no gaps around the edge. The mattress should also be waterproof.

How can parents ensure a safe sleep environment for baby?

• Do not place any items into your baby’s cot. • Cot bumpers are not recommended around the edge of the cot because they can cause your baby to overheat and get tangled in the bumpers. Sleep positioning aids, soft toys/comfort toys, duvets,


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How to prevent your baby from overheating:

and woollen underlays are not recommended, especially for babies under six months of age • During the day never leave your baby unsupervised whilst sleeping in a room. • Do not use a pillow in your baby’s cot because of the risk of suffocation. • If you choose to sleep your baby in a separate room use a baby monitor. • Always keep the cot sides up and fully locked • Never leave your baby with a bottle of milk in the cot as your baby could choke.

What about when baby starts to become more mobile?

• Adjust the mattress to a lower position so your baby can’t climb out. • When your baby is able to stand up in the cot check for any dangers, so your baby can not reach them. • Remove mobiles, hanging toys. • Only use window blinds which are child safe, keep the cot away from windows, radiators etc. • Never use ribbon to attach a soother to your baby’s clothes as the ribbon could get tangled around your baby’s neck.

TOP TIP According to the Lullaby Trust, a ‘clear cot’ is the safest space for baby to sleep. This means a cot that only includes a flat, waterproof mattress and some bedding, but nothing else. The assocation also recommends that parents should ask themselves these three key questions: • Is the cot firm? (baby’s head should not sink in by more than a few millimetres) • Is the cot flat with no raised or cushioned areas? • Does the mattress have a waterproof cover? The Lullaby Trust does NOT recommend using the following baby sleep products: • Pods/nests • Pillows/duvets/thick heavy bedding • Cot bumpers • Hammocks • Sleep positioners For more visit https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

Always position your baby on his back to sleep.

• Do not over dress your baby and keep his head uncovered. • If your baby is sweating and the tummy feels hot to touch, remove some bedding. • Do not worry if your baby’s hands and feet are cold. This is normal. • Any room a baby sleeps in should be between 16°C and 20°C. A room thermometer can help to avoid your baby getting too hot or cold. Babies do not need hot rooms. • Do not use an electric blanket, or hot water bottle. Babies lose excess heat through their head, so make sure not to cover the head while your baby sleeps. • Swaddling is an excellent way to help soothe your baby. When swaddling the wrap should be loose enough to allow your baby’s hips to bend and the chest to expand. Do not swaddle if your baby is unwell.

I t i s re co mme n d e d that you keep your b a b y i n y o u r ro o m f o r the first s i x t o 1 2 mo n t h s How to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Whilst Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy is rare there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of it happening: • Always position your baby on his back to sleep. • Once your baby can roll, you don’t need to worry about your baby rolling onto his stomach whilst sleeping as he is now able to move himself independently. • Keep your baby’s face and head uncovered. This will prevent suffocation as your baby does not have the movements or strength to pull away anything which covers his face. • It is recommended to keep your baby in your room for the first six to 12 months. • Do not smoke near your baby and do not let any visitors smoke. • Breastfeeding can help reduce the risk of SIDS. • Do not sleep with your baby if you have taken alcohol, drugs or medication which could cause you to be drowsier. • Never sleep with your baby in an armchair or sofa. Lastly if your baby falls asleep in the car seat whilst you are out and about in the car do take your baby out of the car seat when you get home and place in the cot. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST SUN CARE PRODUCT FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

Keep baby safe in the sun Always protect your child’s skin from the sun. Especially from April to September in Ireland. To best prevent UV damage and sunburn you and your child should: seek shade, cover up with clothing, use sunscreen.

Safe for skin and easy absorbed.

Childs Farm 50 SPF roll-on sun lotion for very high protection is water resistant and protects young and sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays, whilst keeping skin moisturised and hydrated. Top feature: Childs Farm 50 spf roll-on sun lotion, unfragranced 70ml is registered with The Vegan Society. .

Elave Sensitive Sun Paediatric SPF 50+ Well known brand, have used Elave products in the past, I trust the brand. Good UVA and UVB protection.

RRP: €13.00 Stockist: Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Boots

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4.2/ 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4.1 / 5

4.67 / 5

It’s natural and suitable for sensitive skin.

Aldi Lacura Extra Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF 50+

Childs Farm 50+ SPF Roll On Sun Lotion, Unfragranced

PROTECTS MY CHILD’S SKIN SAFE FOR MY BABY AGAINST THE SUN

Childs Farm 50+ SPF Roll On Sun Lotion, Unfragranced

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: IT’S VERY EASY TO USE THE OPENER. THE ROLL ON IS GENIUS. HANDY FOR SCHOOL BAGS.

Aldi Lacura Extra Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF 50+

This adult and children’s high SPF 50+ sun lotion is perfect for sensitive skin. Top features: UVA and UVB protection. Extra water resistant. Fragrance free.

Elave Sensitive Sun Paediatric SPF 50+

Elave sensitive sun Paediatric SPF 50 offers very high UVA /UVB broad spectrum Infrared Thermal protection that is paediatrician and dermatologically approved from newborn. Top features: Elave sensitive sun SPF50 paediatric uses a new generation of encapsulated UV filters ensuring high performing, consistent SPF protection.

RRP: €3.49 Stockist: Aldi

RRP: €24.95 Stockist: Boots, CarePlus Pharmacy, Mc Cabes McCauleys. independent pharmacies nationwide www.elaveskincare.com PROTECTS MY CHILD’S SKIN SAFE FOR MY BABY AGAINST THE SUN

4.2 / 5

4.1/ 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4/5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THAT IT’S EXTRA WATER RESISTANT AND FRAGRANCE FREE.

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4.1 / 5

4/ 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4/5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD SIZED BOTTLE AND NICE FEELING CREAM.

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BABY CARE BEST HYGIENE PRODUCT

Hygiene first Practicing good hygiene habits for new parents around the home is very important for keeping your newborn baby healthy and happy, but just a few simple steps can prevent the spread of germs, and help to keep your family happy and healthy.

Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes

A handy size pack for on the go with toddlers, added aloe vera suggests they would be soothing on the skin.

Top feature: Suitable for soothers and teats. Use for highchair, toys, changing mat, potty, baby’s bath, kitchen work tops. Kills 99.9% of germs, and leaves no trace.

Aldi Mamia Baby Care Baby Powder Talc Free Smelled good and did as it said.

RRP: €3.69 Stockist: Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Supervalu, Pharmacies nationwide.

4.4 / 5

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3.9 / 5

3.9 / 5

These wipes are so handy just to grab to clean down the high chairs and stuff they are about to touch before they use it.

SuperValu Hand & Face Wipes

Milton Wipes are ideal for cleaning and disinfecting all the surfaces in your home, or any surface you need to clean when you are out and about.

SAFE FOR MY FAMILY

Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes

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4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: PERFECT FOR TRAVEL. PERFECT PACK SIZE.

SuperValu Hand & Face Wipes

SuperValu Hand and Face wipes are fragranced multi-purpose cotton soft baby and toddler wipes.. Top features: These wipes are enriched with Aloe Vera & Chamomile, Paraben free, Alcohol free and pH balanced.

RRP: €0.85 Stockist: SuperValu.

Aldi Mamia Baby Care Baby Powder Talc Free

Dermatologically tested with a fresh fragrance. Top features: This product is talcum free for added peace of mind.

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RRP: €1.49 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY FAMILY

3.7 / 5

IS RECOMMENDED DOES NOT BY FAMILY/ CONTAIN HARMFUL FRIENDS/OTHER INGREDIENTS PARENTS

3.5 / 5

3/5

EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THAT IT’S A SMALL PACK WITH A SEALED LID DESIGN.

SAFE FOR MY FAMILY

3.5 / 5

IS RECOMMENDED DOES NOT BY FAMILY/ CONTAIN HARMFUL FRIENDS/OTHER INGREDIENTS PARENTS

3.4 / 5

3.1 / 5

EXPERT RATING

1.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE SMELL.

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BABY CARE BEST SOOTHER

Soothing baby

NUK Genius Soothers

Some parents swear by soothers for helping to calm and soothe their little ones. Check out these soothers, which all have added benefits.

My baby likes the soother, it comes in a variety of sizes and is a recommended product by professionals.

NUK Space Soother

NUK Genius Soother

Safe for my baby and highly recommended.

The NUK Genius Soother’s soft exterior moulds itself gently against your child’s palate, whilst the underside of the teat has a smooth transition and a domed shape. Top features: The narrower and mainly thin teat neck helps reduce pressure on little teeth. RRP: €7.80

Tommee Tippee Breast Like Soother

Stockist: Pharmacies, multiples and pharmacies nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY A DENTAL OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

BPA FREE

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

3.9 / 5

4.2 / 5

4.33 / 5

NUK Space Soother

The NUK Space Silicone Soother has an improved orthodontic shape and a softer feel that promotes healthy oral development. Top features: Modelled on a mother’s nipple as she breastfeeds, which fits optimally into the mouth when a baby sucks on it.

Tommee Tippee Breast Like Soother

The natural shape and feel helps transition between breast, bottle and soother.

RRP: €7.99 Stockist: Smyths, Mothercare, Dunnes, SuperValu and leading pharmacy and nursery stores

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY A DENTAL OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

BPA FREE

EXPERT RATING

4.1 / 5

3.9 / 5

4.1 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: IT ALLOWS THE SKIN TO BREATHE AROUND THE MOUTH IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Top features: Made from super soft natural-feel silicone, this soother flexes and stretches just like mum, providing breast-like comfort for the most natural soothing experience. .

RRP: €7.50 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide

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I like that it It has the same shape as a nipple and i trust that brand.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY A DENTAL OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

BPA FREE

EXPERT RATING

3.7 / 5

3.4 / 5

3.7 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: CLEVER CONCEPT - SIMILARITY TO BREAST TO AVOID NIPPLE CONFUSION

Sucking a soother can help calm and relax a fussy baby, and help to send them off to sleep, as suckling helps them to feel soothed. easy parenting


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TOP TIP Soothers If you are breastfeeding, it’s recommended that you wait until breastfeeding is firmly established before introducing a soother. Some babies take to a soother straight away, while for others you may have to offer it a few times before they take it.

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BABY CARE BEST DEVELOPMENTAL TOY/PRODUCT

Learning through fun

Matchstick Monkey Encourages hand/eye coordination. Shape appears good for grip and use in mouth.

It might feel like a simple and fun activity, but playtime is one of the best ways for your baby to learn and develop. It can help your child to develop social and language skills and to learn how to communicate with others.

Tiny Love Magical Tales Black & White Gymini

Matchstick Monkey Matchstick Monkey is more than just a toothbrush teething toy. It is specially designed to help teething babies, pass through this period with ease.

It can entertain kids of all ages. Easily wiped down and cleaned.

Top feature: Apart from the pain, using your fingers can also be unhygienic and you might not be able to apply the gels to the right place. Allow your baby to touch those areas where he or she is feeling the pain with the Matchstick Monkey

Mothercare Little Senses Giant Lights And Sounds Activity Dome I love the colour and use of senses to engage with the child.

RRP: €13.99 Stockist: Leading nursery stores nationwide

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4/5

4.3 / 5

EXPERT RATING

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5.00. / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GENIUS. LOVE THE DESIGN.

Tiny Love Magical Tales Black & White Gymini The Magical Tales Black & White Gymini activity mat, provides 18 developmental activities and equipped with a soft fabric take-along book.

Top features: Promoting both tummy time and stimulating the baby’s senses, this stylish product supports the development of vision, tactical senses and fine motor skills.

RRP: €79.99 Stockist: Mothercare Ireland and good nursery retailers nationwide

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4.3 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.67. / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: ENCOURAGES FLOOR PLAY TO MAXAMISE BABIES MOBILITY + MOTOR SKILLS

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The Little Senses activity dome is jam-packed with sounds, colours and textures to stimulate the senses. Top features: There are four hanging toys to encourage little limbs to reach out and play. The dome features soothing sounds, with gently glowing lights to create a relaxing environment for babies and toddlers.

RRP: €149.99 Stockists: Mothercare Ireland.

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4.4 / 5

Mothercare Little Senses Giant Lights And Sounds Activity Dome

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3.4 / 5

3.7 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE BALL DROP FEATURE

EXPERT RATING

2.67. / 5

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BABY CARE BEST BABY NEWBORN ESSENTIAL

Precious care You only want to use the very purest and safest lotions on your baby. These products are all geared towards newborns and use natural and gentle ingredients.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser Suitable from newborn. Smells pleasant. Easy to use and quick drying.

Sterimar Breathe Easy Baby

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser Childs Farm best selling, mildly fragranced, baby moisturiser contains some of nature’s finest ingredients. It’s been specially formulated to help protect and hydrate baby’s delicate skin.

Effective, safe and natural.

Top feature: It contains shea and cocoa butter, to leave all over fresh-smelling, soft and hydrated skin. It’s suitable for newborns and upwards. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive skin.

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Safe to use and suitable for new baby for first time mum.

RRP: €5.50 Stockist: Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Boots, Superdrug IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ SAFE FOR MY BABY FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

4.3 / 5

4.2 / 5

IS SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.33 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD PRICE. NATURAL INGREDIENTS.

Sterimar Breathe Easy Baby

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night

Sterimar Baby is 100% natural purified sea water based nasal spray that gently cleans and clears little noses. The gentle micro diffusion spray disperses the solution into very fine droplets coating the inside of the nasal passages to ensure easy breathing and the prevention of colds.

With the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Machine Day and Night, parents can prepare their little one’s bottles with confidence.

3.6 / 5

nurse specialist.

RRP: €159.99 Stockist: Smyths, Mothercare.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide

3.9 / 5

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Top features: Designed to give you the perfect bottle quickly and accurately, in just three simple steps. The adjustable base will adapt to hold different bottle shapes and sizes.

Top features: Nozzle fits safely and comfortably inside your baby’s nose and at any angle.

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ SAFE FOR MY BABY FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

Dry skin gets itchy. To soothe the itch, you should over moisturise the child’s skin, it’s so important to remember this, even if the skin doesn’t appear dry.

IS SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

EXPERT RATING

3.7 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT FOR KIDS WITH COLDS. NATURAL WAY TO RELIEVE

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ SAFE FOR MY BABY FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

4.1 / 5

3.9 / 5

IS SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

2.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE ADJUSTABLE BOTTLE HEIGHT.

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RUNNER UP

Organic Babies Calming Nappy Cream

Newborn support

adults too!).

If you are a single parent or your partner is not able to be at home, try to arrange for family members or friends to come and help you out with practical chores such as shopping, cleaning and cooking.

A certified organic nappy cream and all over ‘rescue remedy’ for baby (and Top features: Rich in soothing Zinc Oxide and Omega-3&6 this nourishing baby balm protects against the dampness that can lead to nappy rash whilst gently calming away any soreness.. RRP: €20.80

Stockist: Green People

TOP TIP Prevent infection Try to keep your baby away from anyone who has cold or flu symptoms, particularly in the winter months. Hand hygiene is vital in the early days. Wash your hands often to help protect your baby and ask others to do the same.

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BABY CARE PREFERRED BABY TREATMENT FOR RELIEF OF COLIC

Easing colic Seeing your baby suffer through colic can be so stressful. Thankfully, there are products that can help to relieve your baby’s discomforts - check out these effective formulas.

Infacol 40mg/ml Oral Suspension It was the only product that worked for my baby.

Colief Infant Drops

Infacol 40mg/ml Oral Suspension

This really helps to relieve colic symptoms.

Infacol is a gentle formula that effectively relieves the distress and discomfort of wind and griping pain. It is an anti-flatulent for the relief of griping pain, colic or wind due to swallowed air. Top features: Infacol comes with a convenient integrated dropper. Each bottle contains enough liquid for up to 170 doses. Sugar, alcohol and colourant free.

MyPro Colicare I found this was great for relieving trapped wind.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide.

SUITABLE FOR MY SAFE FOR MY BABY CHILD’S AGE

4.4 / 5

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSSIONAL

EXPERT RATING

4.1 / 5

4.00 / 5

4.4 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: THIS WORKS. GOOD PRICE TOO.

Colief Infant Drops

Scientifically proven Colief Infant Drops contain lactase, a naturally occurring enzyme which helps relieve the suffering of colic caused by temporary lactose intolerance. Adding a few drops to a baby’s milk or mum’s breast milk helps to break down the lactose which some babies can’t digest. Top features: Safe to use from birth, even with premature babies.

4.1 / 5

4/ 5

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RRP: €18.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide. RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSSIONAL

EXPERT RATING

3.5 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THAT IT’S SUGAR FREE. SMALL HANDY BOTTLE

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MyPro Colicare is clinically proven and documented to be effective in the improvement of the early childhood symptoms of infant colic and to promote a healthy digestive system for baby.

Top features: It contains sunflower oil which increases bacterial survival rates, it increases energy levels and strengthens the immune system.

RRP: €11.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

SUITABLE FOR MY SAFE FOR MY BABY CHILD’S AGE

Gentle stomach or back rubs can help to soothe your baby’s tummy pains.

MyPro Colicare

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3.5 / 5

3.5/ 5

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSSIONAL

EXPERT RATING

3.1 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: IT PROMOTES DIGESTIVE HEALTH. GOOD INGREDIENTS/ FORMULATION.


BABY CARE PREFERRED BABY TREATMENT FOR RELIEF OF COLIC

TOP TIP Soothing a crying baby Keeping your baby close to you can help. Try using a baby carrier or sling so that you can maintain bodily contact.

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TOP TIP Crying baby causes The basic causes of crying include hunger, wind, overtiredness and dirty/wet nappy. Keeping your baby close to you can really help. Try using a baby carrier or sling so that you can maintain bodily contact.

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BABY CARE PREFERRED BABY PAIN RELIEF FOR TEETHING

Soothing tender gums All you want to do is take your baby’s pain away, and teething can be a real bother at certain points in a baby’s life. These products all help to relieve the aches and pains that come with teething.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules are a homeopathic medicinal product used for the relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.

Good price, helped my baby with her teething pain quickly.

Top features: Filled into ready-dosed sachets, Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules allow for easy administration.

Multi-Mam BabyDent This gave my child pain relief.

RRP: €7.49 Stockist: Available from leading pharmacies, health stores and grocery retailers nationwide.

4.3 / 5

FOR MY SAFE FOR MY BABY SUITABLE CHILD’S AGE

4.5 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT RATING

4.5 / 5

Handy size for travelling. Child takes it with no fuss.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel

Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules

WILL EASE MY BABY’S PAIN

Nelson Teetha Teething Granules

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: EASY TO HAVE IN A PURSE/ WALLET. IT WORKS.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel

Multi-Mam BabyDent

Multi-Mam BabyDent gel forms a soft bio-active layer over the gums, which soothes and relieves discomfort, reduces swelling, and protects against friction.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel is a homeopathic medicinal product used for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething, which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.

A teething ring can provide a safe and soothing item for your baby to chew on, as well as a mild distraction from the pain. easy parenting

Top features: Multi-Mam BabyDent can be stored in the refrigerator to give an extra soothing effect, and can be applied directly onto a pacifier or teething ring.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: Available all pharmacies including Boots, Lloyds, McCabes and McCauleys.

Top features: The handy gel format is sugar free and easy to apply when you’re on-the-go.

RRP: €5.99 Stockist: Available from leading pharmacies, health stores and grocery retailers.

WILL EASE MY BABY’S PAIN

4.1 / 5

FOR MY SAFE FOR MY BABY SUITABLE CHILD’S AGE

4.2 / 5

4.3 / 5

EXPERT RATING

WILL EASE MY BABY’S PAIN

4.67 / 5

3.5 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE IT. LIGHT TASTE – DISTRACTS/ SOOTHES BABY..

FOR MY SAFE FOR MY BABY SUITABLE CHILD’S AGE

3.6 / 5

3.7 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: THIS IS AN AMZING PRODUCT, IT REALLY WORKS/ SOOTHES.

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BABY CARE SUP PLEMENT/MULTIVITAMINS FOR TODDLERS & KIDS

Vital vitamins Some children need an extra boost when it comes to vitamins and minerals. These supplements help to maintain children’s daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

I like that it is all natural ingredients. This product contains all the vitamins and minerals my child needs for growth and development and also sounds like a lot of thought has been put into it making it easier for my child to like taking it.

MultiPlus Junior Sugar Free Chewable Teddy Bears are a delicious strawberry-flavoured multivitamin/multimineral specially formulated for children.. Top features: Each teddy bear shaped tablet provides a comprehensive supply of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients which are important for growing bodies.

Vitabiotics Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits

RRP: €6.95 (30 Tablets)

Child safe kid, chewable, good taste

Stockists: Available in pharmacies nationwide, selected health food stores and online on www. sona.ie RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

3.8 / 5

3.6 / 5

3.9 / 5

5.00 / 5

I like that it is in chewable form and good taste. Clear to read label.

Vivioptal Junior

Sona MultiPlus Junior Sugar Free Chewable Teddy Bears

SAFE FOR MY BABY

BSona MultiPlus Junior Sugar Free Chewable Teddy Bears

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Vivioptal Junior

Vitabiotics WellKid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits

Vivioptal Junior is a multivitamin tonic that has been specifically developed for children aged 1+ years. It provides a balanced, comprehensive range of 12 essential vitamins and 7 trace minerals with a delicious orange taste.

Vitabiotics Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits are great tasting multi-vitamins with 12 nutrients in a fruit flavoured jelly pastille.

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Top features: They contain vitamins A, C and D and includes all eight B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.

Top features: Vivioptal Junior supports your child’s rapid physical growth and development of bones, muscles, and the brain. .

RRP: €10.49 Stockist: Pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

RRP: €10.95 Stockists: Available in pharmacies nationwide SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

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3.5 / 5

3.7 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOTS OF VITAMINS IN ONE BOTTLE. LIKE THAT IT’S SUGAR FREE

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RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

3.4 / 5

3.4 / 5

3.4 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THE PACKAGING AND CHILD LOCK CAP.

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BABY CARE ESSENTIAL SUPPOR T FOR BABY DIGESTION

Suppor ting your child’s digestive health Your child’s digestive system turns food into the energy their body needs to grow and thrive. Good digestion is key to good health.

OptiBac Probiotics For Babies & Children This helped with my girls digestive systems and overal health.

Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend Microbiotics

OptiBac Probiotics For Babies & Children

Clear, easy to understand introductions and great detsils about the contents.

Infacol is a gentle formula that effectively relieves the distress and discomfort of wind and griping pain. It is an anti-flatulent for the relief of griping pain, colic or wind due to swallowed air.

Sona BabyBiotic Drops I like how it can be easily administered to bottles to feed babies. Easy dosage of drops.

Top features: Infacol comes with a convenient integrated dropper. Each bottle contains enough liquid for up to 170 doses. Sugar, alcohol and colourant free.

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RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

WILL HELP WITH MY BABY’S DIGESTION

EXPERT RATING

3.9 / 5

3.7 / 5

3.9 / 5

4.50 / 5

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Udo’s Choice Infant’s Blend Microbiotics

Sona BabyBiotic Drops

MyPro Colicare is clinically proven and documented to be effective in the improvement of the early childhood symptoms of infant colic and to promote a healthy digestive system for baby.

Scientifically proven Colief Infant Drops contain lactase, a naturally occurring enzyme which helps relieve the suffering of colic caused by temporary lactose intolerance. Adding a few drops to a baby’s milk or mum’s breast milk helps to break down the lactose which some babies can’t digest.

A scientifically developed advanced live bacteria formula for babies, toddlers & young children. Top features: Containing 7 strains of live bacteria, including two of the most predominant infant

Top features: Safe to use from birth, even with premature babies.

Top features: It contains sunflower oil which increases bacterial survival rates, it increases energy levels and strengthens the immune system.

specific species of good bacteria to

RRP: €14.85 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

RRP: €13.50

encourage good gut health. It is also high in Omega 3 with added Vitamin D3 to contribute to the normal function of the immune system.

Stockist:Leading pharmacies and healthfood stores

RRP: €22.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide. SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

WILL HELP WITH MY BABY’S DIGESTION

EXPERT RATING

3.9 / 5

3.8 / 5

3.8 / 5

3.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THAT IT’S SUGAR FREE. SMALL HANDY BOTTLE

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BioKult Infantis

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SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

WILL HELP WITH MY BABY’S DIGESTION

EXPERT RATING

3.8 / 5

3.7 / 5

3.8 / 5

3.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: IT PROMOTES DIGESTIVE HEALTH. GOOD INGREDIENTS/ FORMULATION.


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BABY CARE PREFERRED OMEGA SUPPLEMENT FOR TODDLERS AND KIDS

Amazing omega

eskimo-3 kids

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining your child’s overall health. Omega-3s are especially beneficial for kids’ brain health.

Fulfils my kids omega 3 and vit d needs, no other stuff added, lovely and not too sweet flavour and reasonably priced.

Sona Zomega 3 Junior Smoothies

eskimo-3 kids

My daughter likes the taste of this, and it has all all her daily requirements for vitamin intake.

Eskimo-3 Kids is a pure, natural, omega supplement formulated specifically for the requirements of children up to the age of 12

Haliborange Softies Omega-3 & Multivitamins

Top features: Eskimo-3 Kids combines omega-3 fish oil with omega-6, and omega-9 from seed oil, plus vitamin D3 and vitamin E to offer children daily support.

The packaging is nice, and tastes like orange so it’s easy to use.

RRP: €13.50 Stockist: Pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

MADE FROM NATURAL INGREDIENTS

4/5

IT IS A HIGH SAFE FOR MY BABY QUALITY PRODUCT

4/5

4.1 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: I REALLY LIKE THE SMELL OF THIS PRODUCT AND FEEL LIKE IT WOULDN’T BE A PROBLEM FOR CHILDREN. RUNNER UP

Sona Zomega 3 Junior Smoothies

A delicious smoothie made of pure fish oil with 8 added essential vitamins, in a Tutti Frutti flavour. Top features: Each spoonful contains essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids EPA and DHA that contribute to the development of brain and heart function, and vision.

3.9 / 5

MorEPA Mini is a highly concentrated omega-3 food supplement with a high level of EPA, as well as DHA and Vitamin D3. Top features: Available in strawberry flavour for children aged 6 . Capsules and mixed with a yogurt to make it easier to swallow.. RRP: €20.32

RRP: €6.04 Stockist: Independent pharmacies, Lloyds pharmacies, Hickeys, Sam McCauleys, McCabes.

3.9 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: IT’S GOOD VALUE, AND IT TASTES LOVELY.

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MorEPA Mini Smart Fats

be swallowed whole or can be pierced

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We all want our little ones to shine in life! Haliborange Multivitamin & Omega-3 Softies are a tasty way for your child to get some essential vitamins they need every day. Top features: IHaliborange Omega-3 & Multivitamins Softies contain 8 essential vitamins and are a delicious orange flavour.

RRP: €12.65 Stockist: Available in pharmacies nationwide, selected health stores and online MADE FROM NATURAL INGREDIENTS

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EXPERT COMMENT: GREAT PRICE. TASTES LIKE JELLIES!.

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BABY CARE PREFERRED VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT FOR BABIES

The sunshine vitamin

Baby VitD3 Vitamin D3 Drops

Did you know that Vitamin D iss essential for building healthy bones and a strong immune system?

I liked the clear instructions and the packaging that shows you the dropper.

BabyVitD3 Vitamin D3 Drops

BabyD Vitamin D3 Food Supplement

BabyVitD3 Drops provides pure vitamin D in its most effective form.

Very convenient to use. Recommended by our local chemist.

Top features: With just 2 drops of BabyVitD3, it provides the baby with 5micrograms of vitamin D3. It has no preservatives, no parabens no artificial colours, no flavourings, no peanut additives, no sugars or lactose and no gluten.

Sona Infant D3 Vitamin D3 Drops

RRP: €10.29 Stockist: Pharmacies, and health food stores.

This product is very easy to dispense and my daughter would always happily take it.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

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EXPERT COMMENT: THE PACKAGING IS APPEALING. LIKE THAT THERE ARE NO PRESERVATIVES OR ARTIFICIAL COLOURS IN IT.

Baby D Vitamin D3 Food Supplement

Sona Infant D3 Vitamin D3 Drops Vitamin D3 supplement drops for babies from 0-12 months supporting their healthy development of bones, teeth and immune system.

Baby D is a vitamin D3 supplement, specially formulated for infants between the ages of 0-12 months.

Top features: Comes with a rubber, calibrated dosing pipette instead of the usual glass, ensuring safety and accurate dosing. Each dose provides 100% of the HSE recommended daily dosage.

Top features: Baby D comes with a unique oral dosing syringe, marked with the HSE recommended Vitamin D supplementation, allowing you to accurately dose your new baby.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide, health stores and online.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide and BabyD.ie SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

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EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE CHILD LOCK. ALSO THAT IT DOESN’T TASTE OR SMELL OF ANYTHING.

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EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THE NON – GLASS DROPPER. EASY TO OPEN..

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BABY CARE BEST NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH 2019

Ever evolving

Maxi-Cosi Jade Car Cot

Every year, there is a new and imprroved range of parenting producs to choose from ranging from car seats to bottles to bed wear – check out these impressive products

Fantastic new concept, looks great, goes straight on to pram, colour design and price .

Maxi-Cosi Jade Car Cot

Tommee Tippee No Knock Cup

The Maxi-Cosi Jade is the first ECE R129 compliant car cot that travels laterally-facing with baby in the car.

Practical as I am currently weaning my baby and would help with the mess he creates.

Top feature: The Jade is very easy to install in the back of the car on the 3wayFix base, providing safe ISOFIX and a highly convenient Slide & Go installation. This car cot offers ultimate comfort for sleeping babies during long-distance trips and during day-to-day activities, without interruptions.

Quinny Hubb I love the overall look and colour, love the toddler seat, great storage space.

RRP: €229 Stockist: Available at Mothercare Ireland and good DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INCLUDING SAFETY/ COMFORT)

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

IS SOMETHING I WOULD USE REGULARLY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “LIKE THE OPTION OF ALLOWING BABY SLEEP ON JOURNEYS. THE DESIGN IS CUTE.

Tommee Tippee No Knock Cup

The No-knock Cup is the open top cup that won’t knock over. Top features: Enjoy family mealtimes without mopping up. Clevergrip™ technology means this tough little cup resists knocks, bumps and bashes from little hands. It stands firm on hard surfaces.

You’ll be able to take on anything with the new Quinny Hubb – it’s an ideal pushchair for parents to be, and growing families. Top features: You can use three matching from-birth solutions to make the Quinny Hubb perfect for newborns. One frame fits all, so you can easily switch between them.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Smyths, Mothercare Ireland.

RRP: €699 Stockist: Available at Mothercare Ireland and nursery retailers nationwide.

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS (INCLUDING SAFETY/ COMFORT)

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

IS SOMETHING I WOULD USE REGULARLY

EXPERT RATING

2.4 / 5

2.9 / 5

2.9 / 5

2.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE THE NO KNOCK FEATURE. AND THAT IT ENCOURAGES PARENTS TO USE + TRANSITION CHILDREN FROM BEAKER TO CUP.

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2.6 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THE WIDTH + SPACE FOR HOLDING THINGS.THE BRAKES ARE GREAT.

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Tesco Health Junior Nappies 20 pack

TheTesco Health Junior Nappies are dermatologically tested, breathable, soft and flexible. Top features: These nappies are specifically designed for children with a waist circumference of 40-70cm and weight of 20kg with adjustable fastening tapes for a secure and comfortable fit.

Hold baby securely Support your baby’s head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.

RRP: €5.09 Stockist: Tesco

TOP TIP Keep baby comfy Dress your baby in clothes with wide openings for the neck with snap or zip closures. Newborn’s heads are floppy, so you might find it easiest laying her on a non-slip surface, such as a changing mat. Onesies with built-in mittens are great to protect your baby from sharp fingernails.

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BABY CARE SECOND HAND PRODUCTS

Elma Herbert, baby products/nursery specialist, talk about the must-haves parents should buy before they welcome their baby into the world.

Savvy second hand tips Find out what you need to consider before buying pre-loved items for your baby

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uying for your baby can be expensive, but if you are thrifty there are great bargains out there. One way you can really cut down costs is if you consider buying some things second hand. There are so many great quality baby items that people only use for a few weeks or months and then sell on. So it would be a shame to miss out. Buying second hand is also a more ethical and sustainable way to shop, which is a nice added bonus!

What to consider when buying pre-owned items:

Here are some tips on what to look out for when buying second hand:

Baby baths are absolutely fine to buy second hand. Babies grow out of them so quickly, so they will usually only have been used for a few months. Just make sure that there is no mould, mildew, cracks or other damage to it before confirming your purchase. Give it a quick wash or wipe down with anti bacterial spray and it is good to go.

How much should I pay?

The general rule of thumb is you should pay around one third of the original price for a second hand item. But you will often get items for even less! On buy and sell Facebook pages people often even give away large items of furniture for free that are too big for charity shops to take. Just be aware that the cheaper things are can sometimes correlate to their condition or age so make sure to inspect everything thoroughly before purchasing. 82

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Clothes

While looking for cute baby clothes is great fun, your baby will go through so many that you can never have enough. They also grow so fast that spending huge amounts of money on clothes really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem practical. Second hand clothes are prefectly safe and easy to buy. Car boot sales are a great place to buy second hand baby clothes, you will often be able to pick up a big bag for only a few euros. Just give them a wash before putting them on your baby as they may have been stored in an attic or under the stairs.

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Buggies/prams

While buggies and prams are safe to buy second hand, it is important to make sure that there is no damage. The following things are important to check when buying a used pram:

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tious particles, which could cause you or your baby to become ill.

What to avoid

While buying second hand is a great idea there are certain items you should avoid:

• The brakes are working • Check the wheels aren’t loose • Check it folds/unfolds correctly and safely • Check the material/padding for tears or holes • Make sure instructions are included so you know you are operating it correctly.

Slings/carriers

Slings or carriers are often quite expensive but they are safe to buy second hand as long as you follow the baby wearing safety (TICK) guidelines: • Tight • In view at all times • Close enough to kiss • Keep chin off chest • Supported back A good option is to rent one through your local sling library for a few weeks to try out and then make your purchase. You can try out and rent slings and carriers through babywearingireland.ie.

Electrical equipment (swings, monitors, nightlights, rockers etc)

With all electrical equipment you need to make sure that there are no faulty or worn wires or connections before you purchase them. You should always request to try them out before you agree to a sale to make sure they are working correctly as there are no rules or return policies when it comes to second hand items.

Breast pumps

Only breast pumps that are designed to be used by multiple users should be used by more than one person. There is no way to guarantee the pump can be cleaned and disinfected between uses by different women. Second hand breast pumps could have infec-

While buggies and prams are safe to buy second hand, it is important to make sure that there is no damage.

Car seats A car seat can be expensive but it is one of the most important items to spend money on. Experts advise not to buy a pre-owned car seat as you have no way to be sure if it has been in an accident. Once a car seat has been in an accident, even a minor one, it is no longer safe to use. This is because the safety features may have been compromised in ways that we cannot see. Also when buying a second hand car seat there may be certain important things missing, for instance the instruction manual, which could compromise your baby’s safety if it causes the seat to be installed incorrectly. Mattress While buying a second hand cot or Moses basket is perfectly safe, it is not advised to buy a second hand mattress for your baby as second hand mattresses have been linked to SIDS. This includes mattresses for a Moses basket or crib, a cot bed and a pram. Safe sleep guidelines state that baby’s should sleep on a flat, firm surface, which can’t be guarenteed when buying second hand. A pre-owned mattress may have lost its firmness or its shape slightly which could be dangerous for your baby, it also may not be as comfortable. It is also almost a guarantee that if you are buying a second hand mattress that it will have gotten wee, poo or spit up on it at some point. So for hygiene reasons, it is best to avoid them. When buying a new mattress for a second hand cot or Moses basket, you need to make sure that it is an exact fit and there are no gaps in the sides as it could be dangerous for your baby. If you are on a budget, try shopping for these items on Black Friday or during the January sales for some great offers.

Best places to buy second hand:

Here are some good places to look when you are buying second hand: • • • • • • •

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ADVICE BUYING BABY PRODUCTS

Elma Herbert, baby products/nursery specialist, gives three things parents should consider before buying for their new baby.

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Baby care product buying advice for first-time parents

eing pregnant is exciting and life-changing. It’s hard to believe that such a tiny person can have such a big effect on your life. So now that you’re expecting, you might start to think about everything your little one needs: a crib, clothes, a pushchair and, of course, lots and

lots of baby products. But with so many brands on the market, it can be hard choosing the best for your little one. So how do you choose? Here is some advice that might help you make the perfect choice for your perfect baby.

Talk to those in the know

Ask your friends and family who have kids for their recommendations. Who else is there that’ll know just as much – even more – about baby products? Before your baby comes, ask your doctor/midwife which products are best for your little one as they’re very up to date with the latest products on the market. When your child’s growing, do the same with your GP/friends. They’ll all advise you to use certain kinds of products which will not harm your baby in any way.

Choose products designed for babies

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Compare them online

Online shopping makes everything so much easier nowadays. You can easily compare prices and brand from the comfort of your couch. And best of all? You don’t even have to get dressed or do your hair.

You don’t need everything right away

Always check the products’ labels and pay attention to the chemicals used to produce the product. Do some of your own research or talk to your doctor about which toxins your baby should avoid. By reading the labels and knowing what you use to bathe and moisturise your baby you can avoid those products containing harmful ingredients.

Being pregnant means you’ll be shopping … a lot! But keep in mind that your baby doesn’t need a weaning cup or a high chair right away. Some things can wait until a much later stage when your little one is a bit bigger. Here are a few baby products that are essential when you bring your child home for the first time: • Cotton wool balls • Car seat • Cot and bedding • Pram/pushchair • Pre-washed baby gros, vests and cardigans • Pre-washed towels • Nappies (make sure you have enough) • Changing mat • Cotton cellular blankets • Petroleum jelly • Muslin squares The rest you can buy at a later stage.

Make sure you have enough nappies

Don’t forget about yourself

made for babies are much milder than regular products. It’ll also help to keep your little one’s skin soft, healthy and free from any infection since it’s made from organic components and is free from carcinogenic substances.

You’lll go through up to 3,000 nappies in the first year of your baby’s life!

Know the common toxins

In the first few months, your baby will be using them a lot! In fact, you’ll go through up to 2,500 nappies in the first year! You’ll be changing nappies more often than you’d think as your baby will feed more (about every four hours). Make sure you choose the right size for your little one. If it’s too big, it might be uncomfortable for your little one and might leak. If it’s too small, it won’t fit. Also make sure it has high absorption properties that keep your child’s skin smooth and soft and avoid any rashes.

Yo u don ’t hav e t o buy ev ery t h i n g n e e de d for baby right aw a y.

For at least the first few years, you and your partner will be your baby’s everything. You’ll have to feed her, bathe her, soothe her, entertain her, and lots more. If you’re burnt out or ill all the time, you won’t be able to do all these things for your little one. That’s why it’s so important to look after yourself as well. Take turns with your partner to feed the baby (except if you’re breastfeeding. That’s all on you, I’m afraid…), if someone offers to make you a cup of tea, always say yes! Make sure you have enough products to keep you going as well (no, we’re not talking about coffee or chocolate), like nipple cream to soothe sore nipples while breastfeeding, a supplement to help you get all the necessary nutrients you need and do something once a week to make you feel better, like a facial mask you buy at any leading pharmacy or just read a book. Take care of yourself too so that you can take care of the new love of your life. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Baby skincare know-how

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Expert advice on baby skincare products from dermatology nurse specialist, Selene Daly ewborn baby skincare is a delicate matter. In the early months, as your baby’s immune system develops, you’ll want to use the mildest baby washes and moisturisers. But when dry skin, eczema, and nappy rash appear, it’s time to treat those problems. If your baby develops a rash or a skin issue it’s important to visit your GP to get a diagnosis and treatment regime.

What baby skincare products does your baby need?

Your newborn needs preservative free, fragrance-free baby skincare products. If there’s a newborn in your family, here are a few tips before you start shopping: • Read labels carefully. Baby skincare products that contain dyes, fragrances, and chemicals can irritate a baby’s skin and breathing. • Natural baby skincare products are safe for most infants. But if you have allergies or asthma in your family, your newborn may also be sensitive to botanicals and herbs in some products. • The label ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘dermatologist approved’ can be misleading. The term means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the product is gentler on the skin than other products. • Look for products that are fragrance and paraben-free. Those chemicals are potentially harmful to babies. 86

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Your newborn needs preservative free, fragrancefree baby skin care products.

Your newborn needs preservative free, fragrance-free baby skin care products.

• Is there a family history of eczema/hay fever/ asthma? If there is normal soaps/bubble baths/ moisturisers should be used. This is because use of normal washes can induce eczema in children with a family history of atopy.

Baby Skincare Product Facts:

• Baby soaps, washes/cleansers, and shampoos: Cleansers and washes are mild and safe for newborns. But use baby soaps sparingly, as they can dry newborn skin. • Baby moisturiser: Helps moisturise newborn skin. Use sparingly on tiny newborns. • Petroleum jelly: Can be used to treat nappy rash. It provides baby’s skin with a protective barrier against moist nappies. • Nappy rash ointment: Provides baby’s skin with a barrier to moisture – protecting newborn skin so wet diapers don’t irritate. • Baby laundry detergent: Look for baby detergents that are free of perfumes and dye, and are non-biological. Don’t choose fabric softeners that are perfumed as they may cause irritation or induce eczema.


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TIM E TO E AT The best baby feeding products as voted by our panel of parents and experts.

88 Best Bottle Feeding Range 90 Best Bottle Feeding Accessory 92 Best First Cups/Training Cups 94 Best High Chair 95 Best Product For Weaning 96 Best Baby Food Range 98 Best Baby/Toddler Snacks 102 Mums’ Weaning Tips 104 Expert Advice: Weaning Products 106 Sterilising Basics

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TIME TO EAT BEST BOTTLE FEEDING RANGE

Feeding your baby

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Bottle

Choosing the best baby bottle for your baby can be quite overwhelming, as there is such a wide range on offer. Here are three top of the range feeding bottles to help you narrow down your choice.

Overall great bottles have used since my child was born.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottle

NUK First Choice Bottle Great, anti-colic teats, nice design of bottle, very durable.

Tommee Tippee’s Closer To Nature bottle is shaped like a breast for a natural latch and smooth transition between breast and botttle. The soft silicone teat feels closer to the skin, and gently elongates and flexes during feeding.

NUK Nature Sense Bottle It is a brand we have used before, very good experience.

Top features: Sterilises from two minutes in the microwave and in 15 minutes with cold water. Contents stay sterile for 24 hours.

RRP: €14.99 (6 pack) Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

IS A BRAND I TRUST

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4.1 / 5

3.9 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “LOVELY TO HOLD (WITH HAND GRIP).”

NUK First Choice Bottle

NUK has developed a range of baby bottles to make the transition from breast to bottle feeding easier. Top features: NUK First Choice Bottles feature the original NUK orthodontic shaped teat with a special, super soft zone which adapts perfectly to baby’s palate. The improved NUK Anti-Colic Air System minimises infant colic.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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IS A BRAND I TRUST

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

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3.4 / 5

3.1 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: TEAT IS SOFT. LIKE THE DISC TO KEEP TEETH CLEAN OF MILK

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The NUK Nature Sense Teat is ideal for mothers who cannot breastfeed, or are breast and bottlefeeding. Top features: The extra-wide and flexible lip rest of the teat allows baby to start drinking naturally and the anti-colic valve allows for breast-like drinking.

RRP: €7.30 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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IS A BRAND I TRUST

IS RECOMMENDED BY FAMILY/ FRIENDS/OTHER PARENTS

EXPERT RATING

3.3 / 5

3.3 / 5

3.1 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: NICE DESIGN, VERY CLOSE TO BREAST SHAPE.

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TIME TO EAT BEST BOTTLE FEEDING ACCESSORY

Feeding products

Milton Sterilising Tablets

The early days of bottle feeding can be exhausting, so it’s a good idea to use products that can help to make it easier for you, and safe for baby.

Easy to use product that you can trust. Fantastic for holidays.

NUK Bottle Brush

Milton Sterilising Tablets

Nice to clean bottles with easy use nice handle.

Expertly developed to sterilise all baby items in 15 minutes using cold water. Top feature: It can be used to sterilise all breastfeeding equipment and baby feeding accessories.

RRP: €3.65 Stockist: : Supervalu, Tesco, Dunnes Stores, pharmacies nationwide

SAFE FOR MY BABY

STERILISES ALL FEEDING EQUIPMENT

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

4.2 / 5

4.4 / 5

4.1 / 5

5.00 / 5

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day And Night Assists quickly in making bottles at the right temperature and extremely easy to use.

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EXPERT COMMENT: YOU CAN USE AT HOME, FOR TRAVEL, ANYWHERE.

NUK Bottle Brush

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night

Flexible brush profile and rigid bristles ensure thorough pre-cleaning of teats and bottles.

The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night makes bottle feeding easy right around the clock. Not only does it prep in two minutes, it’s also sleep friendly with added features specifically designed to make night feeding much easier.

Top features: The teat brush can be clipped directly onto the bottle brush handle so you always know where to find it. The ventilation hole on the bottle brush handle allows air to circulate around the teat brush. Brush handle has a hanging loop.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

4.2 / 5

RRP: €159.99 Stockist: Mothercare and selected nursery stores.

STERILISES ALL FEEDING EQUIPMENT

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

3.7 / 5

3.9 / 5

5.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: SMALL INNER BRUSH IS EXCELLENT. GOOD FIRM HANDLE.

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Top features: The machine has a volume control to prepare bottles quietly without waking the household.

RRP: €6.95 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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Try to avoid heating a bottle of milk in the microwave. Microwave heating can heat unevenly which can create hot pockets in the milk, which could burn baby’s mouth.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

STERILISES ALL FEEDING EQUIPMENT

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

3.9 / 5

3.1 / 5

3.9 / 5

5.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: YOU CAN PREP BOTTLES AT ROOM TEMPERATURE, VERY CONVENIENT.


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TIME TO EAT BEST FIRST CUPS/TRAINING CUPS

Training cups The main objective of a baby’s first cup/training cup is to help a child’s natural oral development, and prevent spills too. Take a look at these three cups, which all help to get your little one well on the way to drinking independently.

NUK Nature Sense Learner Bottle I like how it’s clear to see which means easy to see to be able to clean properly by hand. Easy for baby to hold good grip I like the clean look also.

NUK First Choice Learner Bottle

NUK Nature Sense Learner Bottle Help your little one during the important weaning process as they make the transition from breast to bottle with the NUK Nature Sense Learner Bottle.

I love the bright colors and designs and the easy to hold handles.

Top features: Featuring an extra soft and extra wide silicone spout that ensures a natural and familiar drinking sensation similar to a mother’s breast, an anti-colic valve which provides an uninterrupted drinking flow, a non-spill spout and soft ergonomic handles that are easy to grab.

NUK Magic Cup Easy to use, safe no spill.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

ON THE FOR MY BABY DELIVERS SAFE FOR MY BABY EASY TO MAIN THINGS MY HOLD CHILD NEEDS

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4.3 / 5

3.9/ 5

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EXPERT RATING

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD FOR TRANSITION AS VERY SIMILAR TO SIZE OF BOTTLE

NUK First Choice Learner Bottle

The NUK First Choice Learner Bottle helps ensure a problem-free transition for your toddler to drinking without your help. Top features: The NUK First Choice Learner Bottle has a soft and spill proof silicone spout. The NUK Air System equalizes the pressure in the bottle and helps reduce colic.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide.

ON THE FOR MY BABY DELIVERS SAFE FOR MY BABY EASY TO MAIN THINGS MY HOLD CHILD NEEDS

4.3 / 5

4/5

EXPERT RATING

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT:. NON SPILL – REDUCES MESS. ANTI SLIP GRIP HANDLES.

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Ease the transition from bottle to cup without the need for a sippy cup with the NUK Magic Cup. The innovative design allows your baby to sip from any side of the cup with no spills. Top features: Easy for little hands to hold and simple to clean.

RRP: €7.95 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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Tommee Tippee No Knock Cup

The No-knock Cup is the open top cup that won’t knock over. Rescue innocent carpets, rugs and table-tops from spills and stains. Top features: Enjoy family mealtimes without mopping up. Clevergrip™ technology means this tough little cup resists knocks, bumps and bashes from little hands. It stands firm on hard surfaces, saving tables, floors and more from toddler spills.

Drinking from a cup

From six months, gradually introduce a cup or beaker for drinks. Aim to replace all bottles with a cup by the time your baby is one year old. Your baby’s usual milk should continue to be their main drink for the first year of life.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Smyths, Mothercare

TOP TIP Thoroughly wash the cup When you’re ready to wash your child’s sippy cup, make sure you disassemble every part. Food, milk, and juice particles get wedged in the tightest of spaces.

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Sit down to eat

Joie Mimzy LX Highchair

When your child is able to sit up by himself and is eating solid foods, it’s time to add a high chair to your kitchen décor. Consider these three offerings, which will keep your baby safe and sitting upright while he eats.

Joie Mimzy LX Highchair

Safety 1st Timba Highchair I liked that it is compact. Easily fits into any kitchen design, I like the multiple seat height adjustability, and it can be suitable up to the age of 10 there are also no unnecessary features.

Designed to grow along with your baby, the Joie Mimzy LX is suitable from six months right up to three years. Engineered to uplift your baby to the centre of attention and include them in your family life.

Mothercare Teddy’s Toy Box Highchair

Top features: It has super soft fabrics with multiple adjustments, including three recline positions. It also includes a five point harness.

I like the different heights, nest underneath to catch food, colour, design.

RRP: €125 Stockist: Available in leading nursery stores.

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The Safety 1st Timba Wooden Highchair is a comfortable wooden highchair which fully adjusts to suit your baby.

Top features: Easy to remove tray that is simple to clean and which can be stored on the back of the seat when not needed, easy to fold and will stand freely for storage when dinner time is over.

RRP: €85 Stockist: Nursery stores.

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Suitable from six months, the Mothercare Teddy’s Toy Box highchair features a deep padded seat, which is removable for easy cleaning. The comfy seat can be reclined in three different positions and the highchair itself can be set to six different height positions.

Top features: The adjustable seat and footrest can be easily switched from one position to another to accommodate your growing child up to age 10.

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Look for a highchair that supports your baby in a good upright seated position.

Mothercare Teddy’s Toy Box Highchair

Safety 1st Timba Highchair

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TIME TO EAT BEST PRODUCT FOR WEANING

Solid essentials

Tesco Fred & Flo 6 Miini Weaning Freezer Pots

Weaning your baby onto solid foods is a fun and messy time. These three products will help to make the experience that bit easier, and maybe a little less messy!

Good storage for baby dinners in freezer.

Annabel Karmel by NUK Ice Lolly Set

Tesco Fred & Flo 6 Mini Weaning Freezer Pots

The wide handle made it easy for baby to grip.

Weaning pots are great for healthy food preparation. Top features: Perfect for storing fresh baby food, designed with a soft touch base to push out your fresh or frozen portion for your baby’s meal. Easy push up base. Great for home.

Accessories-4-Babies My Feeding Plate Pal

RRP: €3.89 Stockist: Tesco Ireland

Compartments are useful and so is the base that sticks to the table.

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Annabel Karmel by NUK Ice Lolly Set

Accessories-4-Babies My Feeding Pal Plate

Top features: Featuring easy to hold handles designed for small hands, they are great for making lollies quickly and easily, the cold lollies will also help to soothe sore gums during teething.

Top features: Easy to clean food grade silicone and BPA Free. Reusable bag. Limits mess and is easy to store Dishwasher and microwave safe can also be used in the freezer.

Annabel Karmel ice lolly mould is ideal for making fresh fruit lollies from puréed fruit and pure fruit juice.

RRP: €9.95 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and Pharmacies nationwide

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RRP: €12 Stockist: SuperValu, BellaBaby, Mothercare, www.accessories4babies.com

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Promotes self feeding, with 3 compartments great for Baby Led Weaning. Sticks to your highchair table.

Using an electric or saucepan steamer is a great way to prepare homemade purées and finger foods. Steaming is a handy and nutritious method of cooking food for the whole family not just your baby.

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Baby food When you first start your baby onto solid foods, it’s good to offer your little one a wide variety of different flavours and textures. These baby food ranges will help your baby to make the transition.

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Food Range Organic, easy to carry and to prepare. Nice combinations and they taste good without having to add anything to it.

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Food Range

Lupilu 100% Organic Baby Food Range

All you need for your baby’s weaning journey: For breakfast,, the Mamia range offers fruit pouches, yogurt pouches or breakfast pouches with added texture. For lunch, why not try a savoury pouch like Sweet Potato with Butternut squash followed by a fruit pot.

I like the different types of packaging.I like the glass jars and the nice and colourful labels. Easy to see the types of food stages.

Top features: All products are organic and contain no added salt or sugar and no artificial flavours or preservatives.

Mamia Chilled Baby Food Range 4 Like that it’s ready to use. Taste good, and comes in handy packaging.

RRP: €0.69 -€2.99 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

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Lupilu 100% Organic Baby Food Range

Lupilu baby food range is 100% Certified Organic. Top features: You can be confident baby is getting the very best nutritious quality from the range with offerings such as Lupilu rice cakes snacks, and balanced baby meals with rice and pasta..

RRP: €0.69 - €1.49 Stockist: Lidl Ireland

Mamia Chilled Baby Food Range Stage 4 Mamia Chilled Baby Food Range offers fresh, delicious food like you would make at home.

Caroline O’Connor, dietitian

Top features: Made with organic ingredients. Stage 4 offers more texture and flavour for your growing child and is available in Carribean Chicken, Pasta Bolognese or Chicken.

RRP: €2.29 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide

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A hand blender is a handy piece of equipment when you start weaning. Use it to make purées, soups and sauces. You can buy these from as little as €14.

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Tesco Apple & Mango Pouch

Tesco Cottage Pie

mango that tickles the taste buds! Our recipes have been

have been developed to help your little one discover exciting new tastes and textures

developed to help your little one discover exciting new

on their food adventure.

An organic super smooth fruity blend of apple and

Organic vegetables with tender beef and sweet potato. Yummy! At Tesco our recipes

tastes and textures on their food adventure. Top features: No nasties, all we have added is a lot of Top features: No nasties, all we have added is a lot of

thought and care!

thought and care! RRP: €1.09 Stockist: Tesco Ireland RRP: €0.59 Stockist: Tesco Ireland

TOP TIP Sterilise feeding equipment Sterilise all of the equipment that you use to feed your baby – bottles, teats, beakers and breast pumps. Before you sterilise feeding equipment, you need to wash it thoroughly in hot soapy water. Rinse off all traces of milk and food residue first.

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Snack time

Freddy Fyffes Bananas

When your baby starts to eat finger foods, it’s good to let him experiment with different baby suitable bites. Here are some ideal snack foods for your little one to enjoy.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple Rice Cakes

Freddy Fyffes Bananas Freddy Fyffes bananas are a good source of vitamins C and B6, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and copper. A cool banana can even help relieve the pain of a tooth coming through during teething.

Easy for my baby to hold and also loves them. Great for a snack.

Top features: Containing 95 calories and very little fat, as well as an easy and convenient ‘on the go’ snack for babies and toddlers.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple And Raspberry Rice Cakes Good price, and my kids enjoy them.0

RRP: €2 for €3 or €1.79 per bag Stockist: SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, Spar, independent fruit and vegetable shops nationwide. FREE FROM ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES

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SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple Rice Cakes

SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple and Raspberry Rice Cakes

Top features: This product contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics rice cakes are ideal from nine months. They are 100% organic, contain Vitamin B1, contain no added sugar or salt.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics rice cakes are ideal from nine months. They are 100% organic, contain Vitamin B1, contain no added sugar or salt.

RRP: Ranges from €0.89 Stockist: SuperValu

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Top features: This product contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

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My children love bananas, and they love these - the packaging is kid friendly.

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Freddy Fyffes Bananas are an amazing food to start your baby on their road to independent feeding. They are easy for little hands to manage, soft and packed full of yummy goodness. Bananas make an ideal snack, they are an excellent source of vitamin C and B6 as well as folic acid, potassium and magnesium. They are also a tasty and nutritious ingredient for your little one’s homemade treats. Freddy Fyffes loves healthy food and is delighted to bring you these delicious healthy banana-inspired recipes.

Banana Pancakes 1 large banana, mashed 1 egg 25g porridge oats light olive oil mixed berries, to garnish 1 Mix the egg into the mashed banana. Next add in the oats and

mix them in too. 2 Heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan and use a dessertspoon to add dollops of the pancake batter to the pan. 3 Fry the pancakes for two minutes on either side until golden brown. Serve sprinkled with berries.

Fruity Pineapple Muffins 100g plain flour 100g plain wholemeal flour 1tsp baking powder ¾tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp ground ginger ½tsp salt 150ml light olive oil 1 banana, mashed 2 eggs 2 eating apples, peeled and grated 225g peeled and crushed fresh ripe pineapple 100g raisins 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2 Line a 12-hole muffin tin or two mini muffin trays with paper cases. 3 Sift together the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and mix well. 4 Beat the oil, mashed banana and eggs together until well blended. 5 Add the grated apple, crushed pineapple and raisins. 6 Gradually add the flour mixture, beating just enough to combine all the ingredients. 7 Spoon the batter into the muffin trays lined with paper cases and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. (Reduce the cooking time for mini muffins.) Cool on a wire rack.

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SuperValu Kiddies Organics Raisins

Lidl Lupilu Organic Biscuits

Ideal for toddlers from 18+ months. SuperValu

Organic so you can be confident you are feeding your baby the

Kiddies Organics raisins are 100% organic.

very best quality.

Top features: They contain no additives and no

Top features: Our Organic biscuits contain no harmful additives

added sugars. There are 18 mini raisin snack packs

and are a great option for kids once they begin to teethe..

All of Lidl’s award winning baby food range is 100% Certified

in one outer bag. One sachet of SuperValu Organic RRP: €1.49

Raisins = 1 of your 5 a day.

Stockist: Lidl stores nationwide. RRP: €2.49

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Tesco Apple Rice Cakes

Chloe’s Organics Superpuffs

Organic puffed rice with apple juice. That’s all!At Tesco our

Suitable from 6 months and perfectly shaped for

range of snacks have been specially chosen to help your

little paws to grab.

little ones explore exciting new textures and shapes on

Top features: These organic puffed maize snacks

their food adventure.

are available in pineapple.

Top features: Perfectly sized for little fingers to pick up and grip, our 7 months snacks will melt in the mouth and

RRP: €0.69

our 10 months snacks are yummy and crunchy.

Stockist: Aldi Stores nationwide.

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Solid advice Essential weaning tips from real mums

Fill and squeeze I invested in a fill and squeeze. It allows me to put homemade purees into pouches – really handy for when you are out and about and you want to feed your baby something you’ve made yourself.

A mini muffin tin Mini muffins are the ideal size for little hands and can be packed full of amazing goodness from iron-rich kale or spinach to berries and fruit. It can also be used for portioning the leftovers of meals.

Fresh filled pasta can be cooked up in three minutes, popped into a container, and whoosh – you’re out the door! Rice cakes, crackers and baby puffs are super handy for tiding kids over until you get home.

Buy pre-cut packets of fruit and veg when doing your supermarket shop. These are great for throwing in your bag on last minute outings (cooked when appropriate). Look out for no salt cereals in shops. They are perfect for popping in a tub and taking out with you.

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Pouches are a lifesaver. Always have a few handy

A mini muffin tin Fill each compartment with a

for when you have to

heaped tablespoon of stew or pasta sauce, then just

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cover with cling film and freeze. Once fully solid use a

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store in the freezer for those busy, busy days you just

weaning pots.

want something quick. A portion of veggie-loaded pasta sauce will defrost in the microwave in less than 4 mins! You could also cook little portions of pasta and mashed potato and then freeze too for handy dinners.

A safe, comfortable high chair – You can’t beat a good high chair. Having the peace of mind knowing your baby is on a reliable and sturdy chair while you’re busy in the kitchen helps give you peace of mind. Use leftover porridge up by making porridge fingers. Simply bake the porridge in a tray and cut into handy sized chucks that your baby can chomp on when you’re both on the go.

A long sleeved, wipeable bib - For those extra messy eaters. A long sleeve bib covers more surface area on your baby so you have less tidying up to do after each meal. Make sure it’s wipeable so you cut even more time off of the cleanup process!

A good sippy cup - Sippy cups are so versatile. The key is to get a good quality one that will prevent any leaks. Sippy cups can be used for water or milk and even soups. It may be hard for some babies to drink soup out of the normal sippy cup hole, so try a sippy cup with a straw. The straw will make it much easier for your baby.

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Elma Herbert, baby products/ nursery specialist, gives advice to parents on what to remember when buying a highchair for their child

Baby’s first foods Feeding your baby his first solid foods is an exciting time for both you and him. Here are some top tips to make weaning fun and easy. When to start

You will know when your baby is ready for solid foods when they show the following signs of readiness: • They can sit up with support. • They have good head and neck control. • They have lost the tongue thrust reflex (this causes them to push food out of their mouths). • They seem unsatisfied with milk feeds (for more than one week as they may just be going through a growth spurt). • They show an interest in your food.

Timing is important

Solids should be introduced around 26 weeks and never before 17 weeks as baby’s digestive system is not able to handle it before that point. It should be noted that solid food should be complementary to breast or bottle feeding, which should be your baby’s main source of nutrition and calories until they are one year old.

What to use

When starting off spoonfeeding you don’t need too many utensils as long as you have plenty of soft plastic spoons that are easy for your baby to eat off. As your baby grows, you may want to give them more independence (or some babies demand it themselves) you can introduce a plastic bowl if you are not already using one and they can try to feed themselves.

Self-feeding

It is important that your baby learns to self-feed. They can generally start practicing this around eight or nine months, however follow your baby’s lead. Some babies are not ready to self-feed until they are a bit older or some might refuse the spoon much younger. You can help your baby learn to self feed and develop their pincer grasp by placing some small pieces of soft cooked vegetables, fruits or store bought puffs during 104

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Choose one evening or weekend day a week to batch cook your baby’s meals.

meal or snack times for them to play with. They might not actually put them in their mouth for a while but that is okay, they will eventually. Mesh feeders or ice lolly makers are also useful tools to help your baby learn to self feed. Breast milk, fruit or smoothies can be frozen and put into mesh feeders or made into ice lollies.

Batch cooking

Busy parents may find themselves turning to the take away menu or the frozen food aisle in the supermarket for a pizza at the end of a long, tiring day. But you will probably want to avoid giving your baby these foods as they are high in salt, sugar and other ingredients you will want to keep your baby away from. Batch cooking is the way to go here, choose one evening or weekend day a week to batch cook your baby meals, this can be purées or dishes like casserole or shepherds pie if they are on family meals, and freeze them in small containers. Homemade sauces can also be packed with vegetables frozen in ice cube trays and mixed with a little boiling water and added to pasta or rice for a quick and nutritious dinner on busy evenings.


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TOP TIP Dietitian Picks: 5 pieces of equipment to make weaning easier There is no shortage of weaning and feeding equipment on the market but here are five pieces of equipment that it’s hard to live without. Apart from your highchair, the rest of the items are under €20 so won’t break the bank. A good highchair: One that supports your baby in a good upright seated position. This will be your most expensive buy but you’ll get years of use from the right one.

Solid advice Must-read weaning products advice from consultant dietitian Caroline O’Connor Not any old highchair!

A hand-blender: Regardless of whether you’re planning to spoon feed or go down the baby-led weaning route, a hand blender is handy to have around. Use it to make purées, soups and sauces. You can buy these from as little as €14. An open cup: Using an open cup rather than a nonspill sippy cup helps your baby learn the important skill of sipping. This is better for your baby’s teeth and helps with speech development. A crinkle chip cutter: This cheap and nifty piece of kitchen kit helps to make hard to grasp finger foods more manageable by creating texture for little hands.

Believe it or not, choosing the correct highchair for your baby is the first step in raising a happy, healthy eater. After budget, stability and ease of cleaning are the most important considerations. While you can buy highchairs across all price ranges, think of this as an investment buy that your baby will use throughout early childhood. When you consider price per use, it’s certainly worth investing in a highchair best suited to your baby’s shape, size and ability.

Preserve your sanity and choose one that’s easy to clean. This means, smooth surfaces with limited nooks and crannies, no padding, minimal straps and a removable tray. Lastly, choose a highchair that can be pulled up to the dinner table and allow your baby to become part of the family meal right from an early age.

A degree of safety

When it comes to comfort, forget about padding and recline features, stability is paramount. Your baby needs to feel safe and secure to concentrate on eating, if they are trying to balance, they’re not focussed on eating! Use the 90:90:90 rule to guide you on the best position. Your baby’s back should be at a 90-degrees to their hips, no reclining. Their ankles at a 90-degree angle to their feet on a footrest, no dangling feet! Lastly aim for their elbows to bend at a 90-degrees, no reaching upwards to grab food. Weaning and feeding kids is a messy business and you’ll spend much of your time cleaning the highchair.

A steamer: Using an electric or saucepan steamer is the best way to prepare homemade purées and finger foods. Steaming is a handy and nutritious method of cooking food for the whole family not just your baby.

Sippy cup know-how

While you can buy highchairs across all price ranges, think of this as an investment buy that your baby will use throughout early childhood.

When your baby drinks from a non-spill, sippy cup they suck drinks through a spout, just like drinking from a bottle. When your baby drinks from an open cup, they learn the important skill of sipping. This is beneficial not just for dental health but also for speech development. If you really can’t handle the mess of an open cup, the next best options are free flowing lidded beakers, straw cups and 360 cups. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Sterilising basics Before you buy a steriliser, it’s important to know why you need to use one, plus the different options available

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eeping baby’s bottles clean and safe is really important, as it helps to protect your baby from germs and infection.

sterilising liquid following the instructions on the packaging. Make sure all equipment is completely covered by the liquid and that there are no trapped air bubbles. Leave the equipment covered for the length of time stated on the instructions. You will normally need to change the solution daily and always wash your hands before removing the sterilised items.

What is a steriliser?

Consider the size

This must have piece of equipment is a unit that sterilises all of the equipment you use to feed your baby. It’s recommended that all feeding equipment is sterilised until your baby is 12 months old. This includes: • Bottles • Teats • Soothers • Breast pumps • All other feeding accessories

Think about your kitchen space. Sterilisers are available in various capacities – from one to 12 bottles. If you are planning on formula feeding your baby, then you need to use the steriliser more often. If you are going to breastfeed and express, you’ll need a steriliser for the breast pumps and bottles. Some sterilisers come with extra accessories such as water filters, a tray for accessories, tongs and bottle brushes. How much feeding equipment do you need? You’ll need to stock up on a number of bottles and teats, as well as sterilising equipment if you plan to bottle feed. It’s a good idea to have a store of around six to eight bottles, a minimum of six teats, and a bottle-cleaning brush. Purchase bottles that are easy to wash and sterilise. The brand you choose is down to your personal choice. If you are breastfeeding and expressing milk, all breast pump parts and accessories must be properly washed and sterilised.

What are the different methods for sterilising?

Steam

You can buy plug-in sterilisers or microwave sterilisers. Always follow the instructions and make sure that the openings of the bottles and teats are facing downwards in the steriliser.

Boiling water

Fill a large saucepan with tap water and completely submerge all equipment. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles. Cover the saucepan, bring to the boil and boil for at least ten minutes. Set a timer so you don’t forget to switch the heat off. Make sure the feeding equipment is fully covered with boiling water at all times. Keep the saucepan covered until you need to use the equipment.

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It’s recommended that all feeding equipment is sterilised until your baby is 12 months old.

Sterilising tips • Leave the bottles and teats in the steriliser until you need them. • Do not leave sterilised empty containers out on work surfaces as they will quickly lose their sterility and don’t leave them near dirty stove tops and work surfaces. • Wash and dry your hands before handling sterilised feeding equipment. Use sterile tongs if you can. If you need to take them out, put teats and lids on the bottles immediately.


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FO R MU M The best products for mum as voted by our panel of parents and experts.

108 Preferred Supplement For Pregnancy 110 Preferred Iron Supplement for Pregnancy 112 Best Breast Pump 113 Best Product For Breastfeeding 115 Best Post-Pregnancy Product 116 Best Beauty Product For Mum 118 Quicky beauty tricks from real mums 120 Mum’s skincare 122 Pre and post pregnancy tips

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FOR MUM BEST SUPPLEMENT FOR PREGNANCY

Essential nutrients Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy. Taking a pregnancy supplement can give your body a boost of important vitamins and minerals – check out these products.

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Plus

Top feature: Additional Omega-3 capsule provides a rich source of DHA, which contributes to normal brain and eye development for your growing baby.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Capsules Great product, I found it helped me a lot.

RRP: €19.99 Stockist: All pharmacies and health stores nationwide. RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONNAL

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

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EXPERT COMMENT: EXCELLENT NUTRITIONAL QUALITY FOR PREGNANCY. GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY.

Sona Pregnaplan Complete

Sona PregnaPlan capsules have been specially formulated so mothers-to-be can safeguard their dietary requirements in a carefully balanced nutritional supplement formulated for use before, during and after pregnancy and when breastfeeding.

Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Capsules Certified organic, Udo’s Oil is the richest vegan source of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids available in Ireland. Udo’s Oil is safe to use while pregnant and breast feeding and is a great way to support the Omega 3 needs of your baby. .

Top features: Each capsule includes all the recommended levels of 20 vitamins and minerals.

Top features: Udo’s Oil vegan capsules do not need to be refrigerated and so are perfect for travel, your work desk, handbag or car.

RRP: €12.35 Stockist: Available in pharmacies nationwide, selected health stores and online.

RRP: €16.99 Stockist: Health stores, pharmacies and udoschoice.ie

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONNAL

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

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Recommended by midwife, easy to take and easy to find in pharmacy.

Sona Pregnaplan Complete I found it easy to take and my friends used this brand during their pregnancy and recommended it to me. I found that it benefited me and my baby throughout my pregnancy.

Pregnacare Plus dual pack provides the original fully comprehensive multivitamin tablet, which delivers the essential nutrients for pregnancy including the recommended level of 400mcg folic acid.

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Plus

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONNAL

IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

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3.4 / 5

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3.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD SIZE BOTTLE FOR TABLETS AND IT’S A GREAT PRICE

Two important points to remember: Make sure the supplement you take is specifically for pregnancy, and supplements aren’t a substitute for a healthy balanced diet! Caroline O’Connor, dietitian


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FOR MUM BEST IRON SUPPLEMENT FOR PREGNANCY

Essential nutrients

Active Iron Pregnancy

Good nutrition is essential during pregnancy. Taking a pregnancy supplement can give your body a boost of important vitamins and minerals – check out these products.

Active Iron Pregnancy

Spatone Liquid Iron with Apple It was gentle on my stomach considering that Iron supplements do not normally agree with me.

ActiveIron Pregnancy supports iron levels throughout pregnancy and is specially formulated to help prevent constipation. It is kind enough to take on an empty stomach whilst being strong on absorption when you need it. Top feature: Each capsule contains 17mg of iron, 121% of NRV (Nutritional Reference Value). ActiveIron Pregnancy is clinically proven to have x2 better absorption than standard ferrous sulfate.

Vitabiotics Feroglobin Liquid I found that this gave me energy and was really easy to take.

RRP: €17.99 Stockist: : Lloyds, Boots, Holland and Barrett, and all major pharmacies SAFE FOR ME TO USE

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONNAL

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EXPERT COMMENT: SMALL TABLET EASY TO CONSUME. GOOD CONCENTRATION OF IRON.

Spatone Liquid Iron with Apple

Spatone is a naturally occurring iron-rich water collected from a unique source tucked away in the heart of Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Top features: Spatone Apple combines the iron-rich water with apple concentrate and vitamin C, to increase iron absorption and has a delicious tastes.

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

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Vitabiotics Feroglobin Liquid

Feroglobin Liquid is a delicious honey and orange flavour liquid iron formula with nutrients to help maintain health and vitality, including folate which contributes to the reduction of tiredness.

RRP: €12.99 Stockist: Pharmacies

EXPERT COMMENT: REALLY GOOD COMBINATION OF NUTRITIONAL QUALITY

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You will have higher requirements for iron during pregnancy as your baby grows. Taking a pregnancy multivitamin will provide enough additional iron for most women. easy parenting

Top features: An organic form of iron citrate complex for improved absorption

RRP: €11.95 Stockist: Pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

Its good value for money and has the desired requirments to meet your needs and safe to use.

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

RECOMMENDED BY A MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONNAL

WILL NOT HAVE SIDE EFFECTS

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EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD QUALITY LIQUID. ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT IN IT TO AID TIREDNESS


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FOR MUM BEST BREAST PUMP

Express yourself Expressing breast milk ensures your baby always gets the very best in nutritional feeding while giving you more flexibility. Check out these breast pumps, which all help you to comfortably express.

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump With Suction Base 150ml

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump With Suction Base 150ml Very easy to use and clean and could feed baby straight from pump if required. Very inexpensive. Could use while feeding baby from other side. Like that it’s hands free and no noise.

Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump

The Haakaa Silicone Breastpump is a revolutionary product and really is the simplest way to express anytime, anywhere you need to.

Small and easy to use at home.

Top features: It works by suctioning onto the breast and then the pump does the work for you by suctioning and drawing your milk naturally. Easy to clean, No assembly required, BPA, PVC and Phthalate free.

NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump It’s very easy to use.

RRP: €25.99 Stockist: inhealth.ie, pregnancyandbaby.ie, Bella Baby, Mothercare, Tony Kealys.

COMFORTABLE TO USE

EASY TO CLEAN

GOOD SUCTION

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Tommee Tippee Electric Breast Pump The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump is discreet and comfortable to use. The soft silicone cup is specifically designed to mimic a baby’s natural feeding action, while providing gentle and efficient expression.

RRP: €69.99 Stockist: Nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland. EASY TO CLEAN

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GOOD SUCTION

EXPERT RATING

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EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD STURDY UNITS. CLEVER EXTRAS

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The new NUK Nature Sense Rechargeable Electric Breast Pump takes the individuality of each mother into account. Top features: Features 16 different settings, which serve to regulate the pumping rhythm and the suction strength. Here both 4 suction rhythms and 4 suction strengths are freely selectable, which can be combined with each other.

Top features: Lightweight and portable, it is perfectly designed for faster, easier and more comfortable expressing.

COMFORTABLE TO USE

NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump

RRP: €160 Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

COMFORTABLE TO USE

EASY TO CLEAN

GOOD SUCTION

EXPERT RATING

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EXPERT COMMENT: I LIKE HOW THE SETTINGS ARE SAVED AND THAT IT’S CHARGABLE.

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FOR MUM BEST PRODUCT FOR BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding helpers

Multi-Mam Compresses

If you’ve decided to breastfeed, then you may want to consider these products to make it a more comfortable experience.

Provides great relief in the early breastfeeding days.

Tesco Health Breast Pads

Multi-Mam Compresses

Comfortable fit, discreet easy to use and very absorbent.

Multi-Mam Compresses give direct relief for the discomforts experienced by breastfeeding mothers. These individual compresses create moist healing conditions, helps to prevent infection and condition the nipple area. Top features: The unique ingredients in Multi Mam Compresses neutralises harmful microorganisms naturally and supports the healing process.

My Expert Midwife No Harm Nipple Balm Very effective. Worked fast and prevented further cracking. Nice feel on skin, absorbed easily.

RRP: €14.94 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

COMFORTABLE FOR ME

HELPS BREASTFEEDING

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EXPERT COMMENT: SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE. EXCELLENT PRODUCT.

Tesco Health Breast Pads

Designed to be absorbent with a cotton-soft feel, these pads are ideal for everyday protection. Top features: Secure protection with an absorbent core. Soft and comfortable.

RRP: €2.65 Stockist: Tesco Ireland

My Expert Midwife No Harm Nipple Balm This midwife-developed nipple balm is 100% natural, made with pure medical grade lanolin and can help soothe breastfeeding pain.

Breast pads fit neatly into your bra and help to absorb extra milk. easy parenting

Top features: The one hand applicator makes applying the easy-glide balm hassle-free and there’s no need to remove before feeding. No Harm Nipple Balm is safe for use during pregnancy and beyond.

RRP: €22.00 Stockist: Hallahans Pharmacy and www.myexpertmidwife.ie

SAFE FOR MY BABY

COMFORTABLE FOR ME

HELPS BREASTFEEDING

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COMFORTABLE FOR ME

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EXPERT COMMENT: LOVE THE TAPE TO KEEP IN PLACE SOFT AND COMFORTABLE PRODUCT

EXPERT COMMENT: ABSORBED EASILY. NATURAL PRODUCTS.

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BellaMoon Full Moon Breastfeeding Pillow

NUK Nipple Shields

BellaMoon is the ultimate breastfeeding, pregnancy and infant support.

The special feature of the NUK Nipple Shields is their optimised shape, which allows more skin contact between you and your baby.

Top features: Designed particularly for mothers who like

Top features: NUK Nipple Shields, made of gossamer-thin

to lie on their side and breastfeed, it helps establish and

silicone breastfeeding shield’s different surface structures. The

prolong your breastfeeding journey.

four drinking openings are modelled on the mother’s breast

RRP: €195 (depending on exchange rate)

RRP: €8.95

Stockist: www.cleverclogs.ie, Mothercare, Tony Kealy.

Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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Organic Babies Soothing Nipple Balm

NUK Nature Sense Electric Breast Pump

without dragging, offering nursing mums relief and protection from sore

Breast Pump takes the individuality of each mother

cracked nipples, before, during and after breastfeeding.

into account.

Top features: This scent-free balm is ultra-gentle and uses a unique

Top features: Features 16 different settings,

synergistic blend of certified organic ingredients, making it the perfect

which serve to regulate the pumping rhythm and

organic alternative to mainstream

the suction strength. Here both 4 suction rhythms

nipple cream.

and 4 suction strengths are freely selectable, which

RRP: €20.80

can be combined with each other.

Stockist: Selected health stores,

RRP: €160

Organic Babies Soothing Nipple Balm glides smoothly onto the skin

The new NUK Nature Sense Rechargeable Electric

Stockist: McCauleys, McCabes and pharmacies nationwide.

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FOR MUM BEST POST-PREGNANCY PRODUCT

Postnatal care It’s so important to make sure that you look after yourself throughout the postnatal stage. Check out these post-pregnancy products, designed to make things more comfortable for the new mother.

Tesco Health Maternity Towels I like that they are cheap easy to store and I can feel confident about the product and comfortable.

Tesco Disposable Maternity Briefs

Tesco Health Maternity Towels (x20)

Maternity Pants are ideal for hospital stay, don’t have to worry about leaks or accidents.

Tesco Maternity Towels are specially designed for use in the days following the birth of your baby to provide comfort and protection. Individually wrapped for convenience.

My Expert Midwife Spritz For Bits

Top features: The towels are comfortable, absorbent, safe to use and hygienic. Highly absorbent for extra protection before and after pregnancy..

It sounds like it would give a lot of relief.

RRP: €1.99 Stockist: Tesco

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

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4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: GOOD LENGTH OF STRIP. GREAT VALUE FOR HOSPITAL BAG.

Tesco Health Disposable Maternity Briefs Tesco disposable maternity briefs have been specially designed for use during late pregnancy and for the first few days after the birth of your baby.

Spritz for Bits helps to provide instant relief during your post-birth recovery, relieving discomfort and pain caused by bruising, stretching and swelling during childbirth.

RRP: €26.00 Stockist: Hallahans Pharmacy and www.myexertmidwife.ie

RRP: €2.69 Stockist: Tesco

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Top features: Soothing and pain relieving, its unique formula complete with multi-directional spray allows easy, no fuss, application immediately after birth.

Top features: They have been specially shaped to maternity specification, are breathable and have soft leg and waist bindings for maximum comfort.

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

The postnatal period, which usually lasts about six to eight weeks after the birth of the baby and ends when the mother’s body returns back to its pre-pregnant state. It’s important that new mums get lots of rest, good nutrition and help during this time.

My Expert Midwife Spritz For Bits

3.4 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: SOFT FEELING AND EASY TO US.

EXPERT RATING

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SAFE FOR ME TO USE

3.3 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: NICE PACKAGING AND INGREDIENTS. PUMP IS IDEAL FOR CONTROL.

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Pampering mum

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil

You might not be feeling it, but self-care should be a top priority for all mums. Take a look at these beauty products, which will make you look and feel good.

This product has a nice feel on my skin, absorbs well.

Elave Sensitive Daily Defence SPF 45

Bio Oil Skincare Oil

I like that it’s a natural product, and is easily absorbed.

Bio Oil helps improve the appearance of both new and old scars. It also helps reduce the possibility of stretch marks forming during pregnancy, periods of rapid weight gain and helps improve the appearance of existing stretch marks. Top features: Bio-Oil also helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and helps smooth and tone ageing and wrinkled skin. It contains Purcellin Oil, which reduces the thickness of the formulation and helps retain moisture.

Aldi O&H Skincare Range Very reasonably priced, and great packaging too.

RRP: : €8.95 – 60 ml, €18.95 – 125ml, €24.95 – 200ml Stockist: Lloyds, McCabes, McCauleys, Hickeys, Boots - all pharmacies in the country.

SAFE FOR ME TO USE

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4.6 / 5

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4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT. TRUSTED BRAND

Elave Sensitive Daily Skin Defence SPF 45 Elave daily skin defence SPF 45, is an oil free vitamin enriched moisturiser with high zinc based SPF45.

Aldi O&H Skincare Range

O&H Nourishing Face Cream contains a natural Triple oat complex: Oat Beta Glucan, a natural moisture barrier, oat oil for deep moisturising and oat extract for nourishing and soothing. Top features: Combined with organic honey, which assists the skin’s suppleness and elasticity and SPF 25.

Top features: Formulated with a unique combination of oil free hydrating emollients together with high UVA/UVB protection, it helps protect and repair skin

RRP: €4.99 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide

RRP: €22.95 Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide www.elaveskincare.com SAFE FOR ME TO USE

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3.9 / 5

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3.5 / 5

ON THE IT IS A HIGH QUAL- DELIVERS MAIN THINGS ITY PRODUCT I NEED

3.4 / 5

3.5 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: LOVELY SMELL. SOFT FEELING ON SKIN. ATTRACTIVE PACKAGING

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My Expert Midwife Fantastic Skin Elastic Fantastic Skin Elastic can be used for massage during pregnancy and provides hydration to irritated, tight skin and helps to reduce the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks. Top features: It can also promote bowel movement and ease constipation in pregnancy. Enriched with vitamin E to encourage skin elasticity, sweet almond oil to prevent dryness, grapefruit oil to reduce constipation and argan oil to restore and protect. RRP: €30.00

You can’t hold your baby too much It’s impossible for parents to hold or respond to a baby too much. Babies need constant attention to give them the foundation to grow emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Stockist: Hallahans Pharmacy and online www.myexpertmidwife.ie

TOP TIP Pamper yourself It’s important to moisturise daily to keep your skin hydrated. Get into the habit of applying a body lotion after your daily shower.

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Top beauty tips for mum Here are some top tips from real mums on how to adapt and speed up your beauty routine.

All eyes on you

A hint of tint

Definitely semi-permanent eye lashes. They last three to four weeks, and it will open up

I get my eyebrows and

yours eyes so you won’t look half as tired!

lashes tinted and shaped - throw on a bit of tinted moisturiser and lippy and away you go!

Natural look When choosing a mascara, most people will generally reach for a black one that will give extra volume and length. But if you have lighter hair this may not always be the best choice. When you are rushing in the morning but you don’t feel fully dressed without a bit of mascara, consider using a brown mascara to instantaneously make your eyes look bright and open, without the fuss of doing a whole face of makeup.

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Dry shampoo saviour You can’t beat a bob

We might not always like to admit it, but in the

Get a low maintenance

evening after the kids are finally in bed, we often

cut like a bob, get a BB cream and slap on some mascara. Good to go.

want to forgo washing our hair for a cuppa and catch up on the television we missed during the week. In comes dry shampoo: Spray your hair before bed, tie it in a bun and it will be fresh and bouncy in the morning.

For your skin Spend a little time looking for the right tinted moisturiser that suits both your skin tone and your skin type. You could even apply it before bed and look fresh and Go for glow

bright for the school run in the morning, but it’s probably best for your skin (and your pillow) to wash your face then apply, first thing in the morning.

Tinted moisturiser (I like Clarins), mascara and blusher gives a nice healthy glow to a tired face; bit of colour to the eyebrows too if they’re fair, and you’re sorted.

Top tips Foundation, mascara and lipstick. Carry a compact powder with you for touch ups. Can recommend Bourjois ‘City Radiance’ or ‘Healthy Mix’ foundation, Catrice ‘Rock Couture’ mascara and any creme sheen or satin lipstick that you like from Mac.

Get your face on quickly An easy-to-blend mineral make up and a pop colour for the lips and a flick of mascara. I work in a salon and need to be glammed every day I spend no more than five mins max on my make up. I use good coverage mineral long-stay lipstick and a good mascara for the days I’m rushing, a bit of shadow on the eye-line can pop the eyes too. Watch some Youtube videos if you have the time for quick makeup tips.

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Looking after mum

Some simple and quick ways to give yourself a lift and help you to feel your best.

M

otherhood can take its toll on your body, emotionally and physically. This is why it’s important to look after yourself, and indulge in some self-care. Here is some advice to help you prioritise your wellbeing so you can feel your best.

Skincare

Hormonal changes have all sorts of fun effects, including changing how your skin acts. This means that you might find that your skin routine needs to change over time, while during pregnancy you should be aware that skin may be more delicate, and sensitive to light. As well as using the right sunscreen, you might also prefer to switch to fragrance-free or hypoallergenic products if your skin seems more reactive.

Adult acne?

If you find yourself having more outbreaks than normal, or start experiencing acne, that doesn’t mean that you need to skip moisturiser or go for harsh exfoliants. Instead, wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a soap-free cleanser, and pat dry rather than scrubbing. Look out for products which are non-comedogenic – that means that they are formulated not to block pores, and use a moisturiser suitable for oily or combination skin. 120

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JUST FOR YOU MUM’S WELLBEING

MUM’S TIP Your body went to war and has the scars to prove it. And your bathroom now needs a whole new set of supplies. Giant absorbent sanitary pads, nipple cream, breast pads, witchhazel, tea tree oil, the best eye cream you can afford, root boosting hair products… you won’t know what you need until post delivery but stock up on these essentials just in case.

few days or once a week. As a lot of skincare should be from the inside out, it’s also important to drink plenty of water, and make sure you’re getting the right amount of Omega 3.

Melasma

Known as the ‘mask of pregnancy’, melasma (also called ‘chloasma’), is a common skin condition in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation develop, usually on the face. This happens due to the influx of hormones, and usually fades after pregnancy. To minimise the risk, always apply a broad-spectrum, high-protection sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and always cover up when you’re in the sun.

Quick makeup tips for busy parents If you’re not pregnant, salicylic acid is a well-known chemical-exfoliator, which will irritate your skin less than harsh scrubs. While pregnant however, it’s best to avoid salicylic acid, but glycolic acid, and lactic acid also actively fight acne and are considered safe to use topically in lower concentrations. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and enjoy a balanced diet, wash pillows and clean makeup brushes regularly, and try not to touch your face too much. If you’re experiencing cystic acne, it’s best to discuss this with your doctor who will be able to advise you on the best products to use.

It’s important to drink plenty of water and enjoy a balanced diet.

Dehydrated skin?

The changes in your body which occur during pregnancy may make your skin feel dry and ‘tight’. To minimise this, you might need to switch to a more nourishing moisturiser, and make sure you use a gentle soap-free cleanser. You might also enjoy using a facial spritz when your skin needs a boost, and applying a hydrating facemask every

Du rin g pregnanc y, y our s k i n can bec om e m ore delic at e , an d s ens itiv e t o light.

As a mum, you might find that the time you have to get ready is minimal, so it’s great to find a routine which you can throw together however little time you have. You might like to stash at least part of it in your handbag or the car (only for use when parked of course) in case you’re in a rush as you leave the house. Dry Shampoo This is a miracle product, which when sprayed in and brushed out of your hair, can instantly disguise the time it’s been since you last washed it. For extra volume, spray the dry shampoo in before bed, then brush out in the morning. If you have long hair, keep a hair-tie handy too so you can instantly get your hair away from your face. You’ll instantly feel like a new person. Lip Crayon The right shade of lip crayon will brighten up your whole face, and may even be suitable for use as blusher as well as lip colour. Find a translucent colour to complement your skin tone, and you won’t even need a mirror to apply it (unlike lipstick). Mascara Unless you’re blessed with the long dark eyelashes of Bambi, mascara should be the go-to product for making you look awake, as it opens up your eyes and helps you to look fresh. To save even more time, you might prefer to get your eyelashes tinted in a salon, so you don’t even have to apply mascara in the mornings. IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Pre & postnatal tips Useful breast pump advice, plus pre and postnatal wellbeing advice Breast pumps

Breast pumps are the sort of item that you don’t even think about before becoming a parent. But this ingenious device can make life a lot easier and can give mums much more freedom. However, they come in so many different shapes, sizes and prices, it can be tricky to work out what you really need. We’ve got some key questions to ask yourself, which will help you to find the right pump for you.

What’s your budget?

When it comes to pumps, it’s important to think in terms of value - balance your budget against what you really need. Manual pumps are often cheaper (and don’t have any running costs) but can use more time and energy. On the other hand, hospital-grade pumps may be faster, and more reliable, but are often too bulky to be portable, and may not be worth the extra investment if you will only use it occasionally. Many cheaper automatic pumps are battery powered, but you should factor in the cost of batteries.

Does it need to be portable?

If you’re planning to return to work while still breastfeeding, or you are on-the-go a lot, you will need a pump that is smaller and more portable. However, speed and efficiency are also important (particularly if you are pumping on-the-go), so it’s important to find a balance between size and efficiency. If you might not always be near a power supply, make sure you go for a pump which has batteries, or a manual option.

Manual or electric?

Manual breast pumps are usually cheaper than electric models. They’re also quieter, and can be convenient for occasional expressing. However, if used frequently they can be tiring to work with, as you have to pump the handle to create the vacuum, and pumping is often slower. Electric breast pumps are easier to use as the motor does the pumping for you, but may be more bulky and reliant on a power source or batteries. If you’d prefer an electric pump, look out for products 122

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EXPERT OPINION Pregnancy Supplements – the bottom line Folic acid (400 micrograms per day up to 12 weeks) and vitamin D (5 micrograms per day) are the only nutrients which need to be taken as supplements during pregnancy. In this case, even a great diet won’t meet your needs during pregnancy. In addition, if your iron levels drop during pregnancy, your doctor will recommend taking an iron supplement to boost your dietary intake. It’s your choice whether to take folic acid and vitamin D as stand-alone supplements or combined in a pregnancy supplement. Two important points to remember, make sure the supplement you take is specifically for pregnancy and supplements aren’t a substitute for a healthy balanced diet! Caroline O’Connor, dietitian. www.solidstart.ie

2 essential post-pregnancy care items: Maternity pads - You will bleed quite a lot from your vagina after your baby’s birth, so you will need to use extremely absorbent sanitary towels (maternity pads). Breast pads - If you’re breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to wear breast pads in the early days as they fit neatly into your bra and help to absorb extra milk.

If you’d prefer an electric pump, look out for products with adjustability – as some women are more sensitive to the suction, while others need extra power to get the milk flowing.

with adjustability – as some women are more sensitive to the suction, while others need extra power to get the milk flowing, buying a pump with adjustable power could save you buying more than one machine.

Single or Double?

If you are a stay at home mum and only need to pump occasionally, or you want a small pump which you can use out-and-about, then a single pump may be the best option for you. However, double pumps drain both breasts at the same time which is quicker, and more efficient, so may be worth the extra cost if used frequently.

What does ‘hospital grade’ mean?

Hospital Grade breast pumps are the strongest, most reliable and quickest breast pumps available. They usually have powerful motors with high levels of suction, but are usually the most expensive, and more bulky option.


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Clean up

Aldi Powerforce AntiBacterial Multi Action Cleaner

Hygiene at home is a top priority when there are kids on the scene. Check out these cleaning products, which help to keep household germs at bay.

Multi functional, multi surface, hygieniceasy to use, extremely affordable. Milton Baby Bottle Cleaner Easy to use guaranteed to clean bottles.

Aldi Powerforce AntiBacterial Multi Action Cleaner

Tesco Anti-Bac Lemon Multi Surface Wipes

Good Housekeeping Institute Accredited 2018. Effectively kills 99.9% of bacteria including E Coli, Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Pseudomonas. It cuts through grease, soap scum, food deposits, dirty fingerprints and leaves surfaces, knobs and handles fresh, clean and free of germs. Top features: It can be used on all surfaces throughout your home, leaving a fresh fragrance.

Very easy and convenient to use especially for wiping down my high chair. Smells lovely, very affordable and great value for money while killing bacteria.

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Tesco Anti-Bac Lemon Multi Surface Wipes

Milton’s Baby Bottle Cleaner makes sure babies’ feeding equipment is thoroughly cleaned before sterilising, removing even the most stubborn milk residue.

These antibacterial wipes kill bacteria and keep surfaces bacteria free for up to 24 hours.

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cleaning those tough day to day floor stains that you will encounter as a parent Top features: They are effective hygienic cleaning that kills up to 99.9% of bacteria and come in a convenient resealable pack. RRP: €1.29 Stockist: SuperValu

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Top features: Bleach and alcohol free, the wipes cut through grease and dirt. They are suitable for use on many household areas including high chairs, sinks and draining boards, kitchen worktops, shower screens, toilet, and children toys.

Top features: Milton’s Baby Bottle Cleaner makes sure babies’ feeding equipment is thoroughly cleaned before sterilising, removing even the most stubborn milk residue.

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Softly does it Fabric conditioner is great for leaving clothes soft and smelling gorgeous. Here are three fabric conditioners you might want to try.

It makes clothes soft and smells nice.

Lupilu ultra sensitive fabric conditioner is designed for babies with sensitive skin. Top features: It is free from colours, fragrances and preservatives and has been third party tested for those with allergies and asthma.

SuperValu Pure Concentrated Fabric Conditioner

RRP: €2.35 Stockist: Lidl Ireland

It smells nice and good value for money.

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Tesco Pure Fabric Conditioner

Tesco Fabric Conditioner Pure gives long lasting freshness. Suitable for sensitive skin, it is perfect for use on baby clothes, and accessories. Top features: Dermatologically tested..

SuperValu Pure Concentrated Fabric Conditioner

SuperValu pure concentrated fabric conditioner softens & freshens clothes and helps make ironing easier. Top features: Comes in a wide range of fragrances – jasmine and dewberry; magnolia and strawberry; white peach and musk or bergamot and blue lily.

RRP: €2.00 Stockist: Tesco

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It is extra sensitive and leaves the baby clothes nice and soft.

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CLEANING FEATURE HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOME?

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Love your laundry

If you’re an expectant parent, make sure you wash all of your soon-to-arrive baby’s clothes in non-bio liquid detergent before they wear them. This will help to prevent your baby having any skin irritation that could occur from chemicals being left on their clothes during the manufacturing process. Get into the habit of putting a load on everyday or every other day. Throw in a load in the morning before you go to work. When you get home, throw it in the dryer or onto the clothes horse, and when they’re done, quickly sort fold them before getting into bed. This way, you won’t have to spend a precious weekend day buried under a mountain of laundry. Don’t be tempted to overload your washing machine. It is bad for your machine and it means that your clothes won’t be washed properly.

Common household stains and how to treat them

Routine

Routine is key when it comes to keeping your home clean and tidy, so create a cleaning routine and schedule and stick to it as much as you can. This might be choosing a day that the whole family cleans and tidies together or there’s a cleaning roster so that the whole family has set chores on set days.

If you have children in your home then stains will be unavoidable. Your furnishings and clothes will come into contact with everything from wee to food to blood, from time to time. Don’t be tempted to overload your washing machine, it’s bad for the machine and it means that your clothes won’t be washed properly.

Safety

Safety is most important when cleaning the home, especially if you want to involve children. While having your children help out with chores is important to teach them responsibility and respect for their possessions, it is a good idea to supervise them while they are cleaning until they are a bit older. It is also important to be mindful of the cleaning products they are using and what ingredients they contain. Make sure they do not contain ingredients that may irritate your child’s skin such as parabens, phthalates, phosphates Petroleum solvents and bleach. You should look for products that are labelled as non toxic and environmentally friendly. These products are still just as good as products with harsher and harmful chemicals.

If you’re an expectant parent, make sure you wash all of your soon-to-arrive baby’s clothes in non-bio liquid detergent before they wear them.

Here are some handy tips to get rid of some common stains: Blood from cuts to nosebleeds there will definitely be some blood stains on clothes or carpets when children are involved. It is important to tackle blood stains as soon as you can. Pour some white vinegar onto the stain and leave it to soak in a basin for ten minutes. Then use a cloth to blot the stain and wash in the washing machiene. For tough blood stains this may need to be repeated. Oil/oily products are so popular with new parents. Products from baby oil, to creams to petroleum jelly are staples in all households with young children and are extremely useful to soothe and moisturise your baby’s skin. But they can be a pain to remove when they are spilt or your baby decides to find the jar and rub it all over your best duvet. To treat it all you need to do is put some cornflour or baking soda on it, leave it for 15 minutes, remove it and then wash as normal. Fruit and vegetable: If you are weaning your baby then these will be common in your household. Fruit and vegetable purées often get thrown around more than eaten. To remove these stains from clothes or furnishings, let them soak in cold water to loosen and then wash as normal. This even works on stains that have had time to set. Milk whether it is breast milk from your own clothes or a spilt bottle on the carpet, you will no doubt be faced with the task of removing a milk stain more than once when your children are young. This is much simpler IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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TOP TIP Beat rugs in addition to vaccuming. Simply take them outside, hang them over a fence or clothes line and beat them with the back of a sweeping brush or tennis racket.

than you would think. Just soak the stain in cool water and then pre-treat it by putting some of your usual detergent on it (either liquid or powder mixed with water), leaving it for 10-15 minutes and then washing as you normally would. Wee and poo This is one of the joys of having children. From babies with explosive nappies to potty training toddlers, you will surely have the pleasure of treating these stains many times during motherhood. You need to treat this stain as soon as you can. Allowing them to set will only make them tougher to treat. Use a paper towel to remove as much of the residue as possible, then put some baking soda on it followed by some white vinegar. Leave to soak for five to 20 minutes depending on how bad it is and then wash as normal. For carpets, use a hard scrubbing brush to work the mixture in and then use a sponge and some cool water to rince the stain. Allow it to dry, sprinkle some more baking soda on it and vacuum up.

Ventilate

Keeping your house well ventilated is important. Between breathing, cleaning products, cooking and dust, our indoor spaces can be quite polluted. Open a window every morining to replace the stale air and keep your home nice and fresh. If you don’t regularly properly ventilate your house it can irritate allergies or lead to mould which can cause your family some serious problems.

Ditch the dust

Dust is the bane of every parent’s existence, no matter how often you vacuum, more dust appears the second you are done. But there are some other things you can also do to keep your home dust free:

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A few minutes of cleaning here and there can save you hours at the weekend.

Get rid of carpets. This won’t always be possible, but wherever you can choose wooden flooring instead of carpets. Beat rugs in addition to vaccuming. Beat your rugs a few times a year. Simply take them outside, hang them over a fence or clothes line and beat them with the back of a sweeping brush or tennis racket. This would be a fun chore to get the kids to help out with too. You can also take smaller mats outside every month for a good shake. This will help keep your home dust free for longer. Don’t underestimate the bedroom. Bed clothes and closets are great breeding ground for dust mites. Try to change your bedding once a week and regularly clean out and vacuum your wardrobe. Tidy up clutter. Clutter becomes dusty and dirty incredibly fast. Try to keep rooms that people go in and out of a lot, such as the living room as minimalist as possible and tidy up toys, mugs and other things that generally get left lying around the house as often as you can. When mess builds up, so does dust.


MUMS SAY BUYING FOR BABY

Top tips: buying for baby When buying for baby, there are certain things to consider to ensure that you get exactly what you need without overspending or buying a whole heap of things you will hardly ever use. Try these tips from mums in the know! For the early days...

Babywearing is a lifesaver! The joy of having two hands should not be underestimated. From getting For the early days...

stuff done around the house to making it so much easier when leaving the house, using a baby carrier

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before you sit down. Lanolin, compresses, nursing pads, haakaa pump, snacks, water, phone battery power pack… whatever it is you need.

Invest in a good coffee cup. Babies and hot drinks are not a good fit, which is really frustrating as you are likely to be relying heavily on your favourite tea or coffee. Buying a keepcup sounds basic but was a revelation as with a lid it stays warmer for longer, it didn’t leak everywhere while pushing the buggy and coffee shops now offer discounts when you use your own cup as its better for the environment. Winning!

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For the changing bag... For the changing bag... As Mary Poppins would tell you: the key to a good bag is being able to find everything. And when you might be carrying dirty clothes, snacks, a

A lot of changing bags are decorated with only baby in mind; but your baby is not the one who has to carry it. Even if you’re a girly girl, make sure you get a bag which will also be suitable for your partner to carry; and when you want to feel like a grown-up as well as a mum.

sippy-cup, wipes, and a whole lot more all in the same bag; then the ability to keep things separate is vital too. For the nursery... Invest in a room thermometer, especially if you have your For the nursery... Buy furniture that will last beyond toddlerhood. While it is nice to have

baby during the summer or in a hotter climate. Infants can overheat or get cold very quickly, so it will allow you to regulate the temperature of your baby’s room.

cute pieces of furniture with footballs or butterflies on them, think about choosing more neutral pieces that will stand the test of time. A neutral palette of cream/beige can be beautiful and timeless if done right without looking plain. When buying a pram...

While you are most likely buying a pram that will hopefully last for years, it is important that the When buying a pram... Also ensure that the handle height of the pram or pushchair is adequately suited to your size. Invest in a weather shield for your stroller to protect your baby from rain and sunshine. These covers are made from plastic or netting and include vents to allow your little one to breathe easy despite the elements.

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pram or pushchair can facilitate the needs of your newborn. Newborn babies need to lie back and not be sitting upright. The pram or pushchair must have a lie-back facility. It is also possible to buy a chair with a lie-back feature that is reversible so that your baby can face you.


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BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY HOMEWARE RETAILER GOLD: IKEA SILVER: Home Store + More BRONZE: B&Q BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY SERVICE STATION GOLD: applegreen SILVER: Circle K BRONZE: Maxol BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY SUPERMARKET GOLD: Aldi SILVER: Lidl BRONZE: Dunnes Stores BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY TV PROVIDER GOLD: Vodafone SILVER: Sky BRONZE: Virgin Media Ireland BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY CHILDREN’S ACCOUNT GOLD: Credit Union SILVER: An Post BRONZE: Bank Of Ireland

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY CAR GOLD: Volkswagen SILVER: Toyota BRONZE: Hyundai BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY TRAVEL AGENT/TOUR OPERATOR GOLD: Abbey Travel SILVER: Cassidy Travel BRONZE: TUI Holidays BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY LIFE INSURANCE GOLD: Irish Life SILVER: Aviva BRONZE: Zurich BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY HOME INSURANCE GOLD: Aviva SILVER: Zurich BRONZE: Allianz BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY MORTGAGE PROVIDER GOLD: KBC SILVER: EBS BRONZE: AIB

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IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Ireland's Best Baby Buys  

Your ultimate baby products shopping guide. Helping parents make smart choices.

Ireland's Best Baby Buys  

Your ultimate baby products shopping guide. Helping parents make smart choices.