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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 fifth 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 Millward Brown 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. best baby pain relief, 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 170 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.

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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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contents OUT & ABOUT

TIME TO EAT

Buggy basics 07 Best Travel Product 08

Best Bottle Feeding Range

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Best Bottle Feeding Accessory

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Best Infant Carrier Car Seat

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Best First Cups/Training Cups

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Best Car Seat Over 1 Year +

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Best Baby /Toddler Drink

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Best Travel System

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Best High Chair

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Best Pushchair

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Best Product For Weaning

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Best Twin/Tandem Pushchair

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Best Baby Food Range

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Best Lightweight Stroller

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Best Baby/Toddler Snacks

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Best Steriliser

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8 things to know before you buy a car seat 23 Expert advice: car seats 25 Expert advice: buying your buggy 27

Tried and tested mums’ weaning product tips 96 Expert advice: weaning products 99 Sterilising Basics

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Best Nursery Product

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Best Product For Sleep

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Best Bath Time Toiletry Product

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Preferred Supplement for Pregnancy

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Best Breast Pump

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Best Nappy Changing Accessory

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Best Product For Breastfeeding

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Best Baby Skincare Range/Product

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Best Post-Pregnancy Product

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Best Nappy Pants

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Best Beauty Product For Mum

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Best Baby Nappy Cream

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Best Disposable Baby/Toddler Nappy

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Best Disposable Newborn Nappy 0-3 Months

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Best Toilet Training Product

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Best Baby Wipes

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Best Bath Time Accessory

Quicky beauty tricks from real mums 110 Pre and post pregnancy wellbeing 112

CLEANING

Expert advice: Safe sleep 54

Best Laundry Product

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Best Baby Clothing Range And Accessories

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Best Fabric Conditioner

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Best Safety Product

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Best Overall House Hygiene Product

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Best Baby Soother Range

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Best Home Cleaning Product

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Best Baby Pain Relief

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House cleaning hacks 124

Best Product For Newborn 0-3 Months

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Best Baby Treatment For Relief of Colic

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Buying for baby: Top tips from real mums 127

Best Baby Pain Relief For Teething

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Service List Winners NPPA 129

Best Supplement/Multivitamin For Babies, Toddlers And Kids

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Best New Product Launch

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A guide to second hand baby products 74 Buying baby products advice 76 Expert advice: skincare products

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Note: The product prices in this guide were correct at the time of going to print. Each product entered into the NPPA 2018 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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his is the fifth 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 178 child care products across 46 different categories were tested by both consumers and a panel of experts.

METHODOLOGY

Following what is now a well-established approach for conducting the research, a quantitative hall test was undertaken with a sample of over 250 mums and a select panel of 20 parenting experts. Far from a simple scoring system, the NPPA’s ambition is to deliver a clear and consumer grounded evaluation that puts product experience at the heart of the research approach. This meant that the performance of these products was tested in a live environment where respondents were given time to touch, feel, look at and use products and then give their opinions on the products’ performance against selected metrics. 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 effects for greater confidence and control of test. Testing sessions were conducted in Dublin, Cork and Galway in locations that were specifically selected to be spacious, well-lit and permitted access to test specific products outside. Each day of testing had a schedule of categories to test in two hour slots.

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.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE

The questionnaire consisted of 11 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.

A DIVERSE EXPERT PANEL

The final component of the test at all three venues involved incorporating the views of experts from a broad range of areas relating to parenting and child well-being and from other fields including product design and healthcare. 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. Kantar Millward Brown 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.

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Each respondent was invited to spend a two-hour session assessing a selection of products across a maximum of 14 categories. Each product questionnaire was three minutes long ensuring testers 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

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O UT & A BOU T 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 Twin/Tandem Pushchair 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

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser

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

I wish this product had been around when my child was a baby. This is a great multiuse product, perfect for when you stay in a hotel. Tesco Loves Baby 24 Fragrance Free Ultra Soft Wipes - Travel Pack

Milton Solo Travel Steriliser

I love the lid, it locks in moisture. It’s easy to remove one wipe at a time. The packaging makes them easy to spot inside a dark changing bag.

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser is a portable two-in-one microwave or cold water steriliser, ideal for sterilising when travelling or away from home. Top features: Sterilises from two minutes in the microwave and in 15 minutes with cold water. Contents stay sterile for 24 hours.

Nuna SENA Aire Travel Cot This looks and feels safe. The height of the mattress isn’t too low down. It’s easy to assemble.

RRP: €13.49 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

EASY TO CARRY OUT OF HOME

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EXPERT COMMENT: “VERY CONVENIENT FOR TRAVELLING. EASY TO USE. CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS.”

Tesco Loves Baby 24 Fragrance Free Ultra Soft Wipes - Travel Pack With only 24 wipes per pack, Tesco Loves Baby Fragrance Free Ultra Soft travel wipes are small and compact, for easy packing into a travel bag. Tesco ultra soft baby wipes clean gently but effectively and help prevent nappy rash.

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.

Top features: Dermatologically tested and suitable for eczema prone skin.

RRP: €205 Stockist: Leading independent nursery stores nationwide.

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Tesco stores nationwide. SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

EASY TO CARRY OUT OF HOME

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SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

3.75 / 5

4.35 / 5

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EASY TO CARRY OUT OF HOME

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5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY TO USE AND SOFT TO TOUCH. AFFORDABLE PRODUCT. FRAGRANCE FREE. RE-SEALABLE. STRONG.” 8

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

EXPERT COMMENT: “THE EXTRA PADDING ON THE MATTRESS IS EXCELLENT FOR TRAVELLING WITH A BABY. VERY SOFT FEELING AND COMFORTABLE FOR BABY.”

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST TRAVEL PRODUCT

RUNNER UP

Moby Fit Infant Carrier

Give yourself time

As baby grows, you can use multiple carrying positions

Work out how much time you will need

- the traditional front, inward facing carry, and a front, outward facing and side / hip carry.

for your journey – then add more!

Top features: Grows with baby, from newborn to

Toilet stops, nappy changes, meal

toddler and comfortable to wear.

times and the slower pace of little legs RRP: €64.95 Stockist: www.cleverclogs.ie and selected retailers.

all contribute to longer travel times.

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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OUT AND ABOUT BEST INFANT CARRIER CAR SEAT

Car seats - infants

Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus AND 2 Way Fix Base

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

The base can be used with two car seats, which saves money. It’s strong and safe, and conforms to new safety regulations.

Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus and 2wayFix Base

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and Easyfix Base This product has a good price, and seems safe and functional. It’s lightweight and good quality.

The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus complies with the i-Size car seat legislation. Using the Pebble Plus with the 2wayFix Base will provide the safest ISOFIX installation.

BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size Infant Carrier and Base

Top features: The included baby inlay offers a better fit and lying position for your newborn. The impact-absorbing material in the topside wings provides enhanced safety in the event of a side impact collision.

I like how it’s rear facing for up to two years - it also leaves room for baby to grow. The headrest is adjustable, and I also like how it rotates.

RRP: €468 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

COMFORTABLE IT IS A HIGH SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY BABY QUALITY PRODUCT

4.69 / 5

4.59 / 5

4.72 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE . 5 POINT HARNESS. ISIZE. BASE TRANSFERABLE TO NEXT SIZE. DEEP BASE AND CUSHIONINGS FOR BABY.”

Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix and EasyFix Base Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix features a side protection system and soft padded seat with newborn seat reducer. It is easy to install using the Easyfix base. Suitable from birth to approximately 12 months.

BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size Infant Carrier and Base The BeSafe iZi Go Modular range is suitable from birth to 13kg. The iZi Go Modular i-Size is easily installed in your car using the iZi Modular i-Size base.

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

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

Top features: It has improved side impact performance, which exceeds side impact criteria.

RRP: €199 Stockist: Leading nursery stores nationwide.

RRP: €314 Stockist: Leading nursery stores. COMFORTABLE IT IS A HIGH SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY BABY QUALITY PRODUCT

4.62 / 5

4.38 / 5

4.44 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO USE. GOOD PRICE. IMPROVED NEWBORN INSERT.” 10

COMFORTABLE IT IS A HIGH SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY BABY QUALITY PRODUCT

4.40 / 5

4.10/ 5

4.08 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “THE SLOPE SEEMS VERY SECURE. ”

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST INFANT CARRIER CAR SEAT

RUNNER UP

Nuna PIPA Lite LX with Base

CRS Rules

The PIPA Lite LX has a featherweight design, weighing

All children under 150cms in height or 36kgs (79lbs) in weight must use a child restraint system (CRS) suitable for their height and weight while travelling in a car or goods vehicle (other than a taxi).

in at only 2.6kg. Its heavy-duty shell is resilient, yet ultra lightweight. Side impact protection, with five point harness. Top features: Removable, full coverage UPF 50+ canopy with flip out eyeshade. RRP: €299 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores nationwide.

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.

STER’S MUM TE T VERDIC

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST CAR SEAT OVER 1 YEAR

Car seats - over one year

Nuna REBL Plus Car Seat

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.

Nuna REBL Plus Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Axiss Fix Plus This is good value for money, and offers great support. I like how easy it is to recline and rotate. It’s compact and neat.

The Nuna REBL Plus seat rotates through 360°, making it easier to get your baby settled in. The REBL Plus is convertible, allowing your baby to travel rearward facing until they’re around four years old. Additional airy mesh seat cover is included.

Be Safe Izi Modular Group 1+ And Base

Top features: Includes nine position ISOFIX anchors and all over side impact protection, combined for premium i-Size protection.

This car seat has lots of leg room, and I like how it rotates. It has great features, and seems like it would be easy to move to another car.

RRP: €449 Stockist: Available at leading independent nursery stores nationwide. COMFORTABLE SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY CHILD

4.53 / 5

4.47 / 5

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

4.47 / 5

5.0 / 5

This car seat has a good recline. I like the extra padding, and also how it swivels. It’s feels safe and compact, and it’s easy to fit.

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “LONGEVITY. EXCELLENT SAFETY FEATURES. LEVELS OF RECLINE.”

Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus The AxissFix Plus complies with the latest i-Size car seat regulation and a 360° rotation to offer parents ease of use. The ISOFIX system enables very easy and safe installation, and the seat offers rear-facing travel up to approx two years (87cm).

The BeSafe iZi Modular Group 1+ has lots of padding, and the covers can be removed and cleaned. It also has side impact protection. Suitable from six months to approx four years.

Top features: The AxissFix Plus can be used from birth (45cm) with the cosy enveloping inlay and grows with the baby up to approx four years (105cm).

RRP: €499

Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

COMFORTABLE SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY CHILD

4.67 / 5

4.41 / 5

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

4.51 / 5

3.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY WASHABLE COVERS. SAFE/SECURE. FAMILIAR BRAND”

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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.

Be Safe iZi Modular Group 1+ and Base

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: Compatible with the iZi Modular iSize ISOFIX base. It is fitted either forward facing or rearward facing with a five point harness.

RRP: €299 Stockist: Available In all leading nursery stores nationwide. COMFORTABLE SAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY CHILD

4.43 / 5

4.29 / 5

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

4.43 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY TO INSTALL BASE. REAR AND FORWARD FACING. RECLINES WELL/ADJUSTABLE HEADREST. PLENTY OF LEGROOM WHEN REAR FACING.

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BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

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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.

UPPAbaby Vista

I love that it is suitable for daytime and night-time sleeping. It’s a high quality stylish product, and it feels safe.

Mothercare Journey Edit I like how baby can have different recline levels. It’s very stylish and it looks sturdy and comfortable for baby.

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.

Nuna DEMI Grow The look and height of this travel system is great. It looks very comfortable and it’s easy to fold. It has some very nice extras.

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.

RRP: €1,079.95 Stockist: Leading nursery stores nationwide. ALLOWS YOU TO SAFE FOR MY BABY BUY EVERYTHING

4.69 / 5

4.45 / 5

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EXPERT RATING

4.53 / 5

4.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS FULL GRAINED LEATHER VERY ATTRACTIVE AND DURABLE. ”

Mothercare Journey Edit

Nuna DEMI Grow

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.

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. DEMI Grow’s basket features two compartments that both folds with the pushchair and are easily removable.

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.

4.41 / 5

4.12 / 5

RRP: €999 Stockist: Available in leading nursery stores nationwide. EASY FOR ME TO USE

EXPERT RATING

4.35 / 5

4.25 / 5

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

RRP: €439 Stockist: Mothercare ALLOWS YOU TO SAFE FOR MY BABY BUY EVERYTHING

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

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EXPERT COMMENT: “SPACIOUS SEAT UNIT. STURDY. STYLISH. DAY/NIGHT TIME COMBINATION IS GREAT.”

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST TRAVEL SYSTEM

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Maxi-Cosi Zelia The new Maxi-Cosi Zelia’s seat transforms into a bassinet suitable from birth. Add a baby car seat to create the perfect travel system for your newborn. It’s suitable from birth to three and a half years. Top features: Lightweight with one hand folding.

When you get your new pushchair, always read the instructions carefully and familiarise yourself with all the moving parts before you take it out for its maiden voyage. Practice using the brake, and fold and unfold it a few times so you feel comfortable using it out and about.

RRP: €454 Stockist: Leading nursery stores. ALLOWS YOU TO SAFE FOR MY BABY BUY EVERYTHING

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EXPERT COMMENT: ”IT’S NEAT, COMPACT, SMART AND STYLISH DESIGN. LOVE THAT IT TRANSFORMS INTO A BASSINET. LARGE AGE USE.”

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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

Maxi Cosi Adorra

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.

Maxi-Cosi Adorra

It looks very comfortable for baby and for mum to use too. It’s suitable from birth to three and a half years. It has good storage and it’s easy to fold.

Out ‘N’ About Nipper Single V4 This is really good value. It has plenty of room for baby, and it’s easy to steer. The design is lovely.

The Maxi-Cosi Adorra is a versatile lightweight stroller with a large padded seat for baby, and a spacious shopping basket. Lightweight and one-handed folding, it’s suitable from birth to approx three and a half years. Top feature: In just two clicks, add a Maxi-Cosi Carrycot or Infant Carrier to transform the Adorra into a 3-in-1 system.

Uppababy Cruz I like the look and feel of this pushchair. The basket underneath is a lovely size – good storage. It has a good sun canopy and it’s lightweight.

RRP: €429 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE PADDING. EASY TO USE. I LIKE BOTH FACING. IT GROWS WITH THE CHILD.”

Out ‘N’ About Nipper Single V4 Lightweight, multipurpose and effortless to push whether over flat or rough terrain, this pushchair is suitable from newborn to toddler.

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

UPPAbaby Cruz The UPPAbaby Cruz is a super compact pushchair complete with a full size seat unit, car seat adaptors and rain/bug covers.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: The Cruz can be used from birth with the UPPAbaby Carrycot (certified for overnight sleeping) and has built in suspension, easy fold mechanism and easy onoff flip flop friendly brakes.

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. IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “LOVE POCKETS. PLENTY OF STORAGE. LOVE THE COLOUR. VERY EASY TO USE. EXCELLENT FOR OUTDOOR TREKKING. ”

RRP: Pushchair from €599.95, Carrycot from €249.95 Stockist: Bellababy, Mothercare, Tony Kealys, & independent retailers. IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “THE FABRIC IS EASY TO KEEP CLEAN. VERY EASY TO USE. FEELS LOVELY TO PUSH. EASILY EXTENDABLE HANDLE.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST TWIN/TANDEM PUSHCHAIR

Twin transpor t A lot of thought goes into choosing the right pushchair for your twins. Check out these twin/ tandem pushchairs, which all aim to give your kids the most comfortable and safest journey possible.

Out ‘n’ About Nipper Double V4

Out ‘n’ About Nipper Double V4 I love the three bigger wheels, much better for country roads. It’s narrower than other double buggies. It’s suitable from baby to toddler.

Out ‘n’ About Little Nipper Double This is a great buggy, and it’s very comfortable for two kids. It looks comfortable and stylish, and it’s also nice to have the basket.

The Out ‘n’ About Nipper Double V4 is a lightweight double, weighing only 12.8kg and a slim 72cm. Top feature: Featuring independently reclining seats, individual hoods and the option to attach carrycots, the Nipper Double is capable of comfortably seating two children of different ages or sizes. The air filled tyres and rear wheel suspension give babies and children a very comfortable and enjoyable ride.

Nuna DEMI Grow It’s very easy to assemble. I love this pushchair, it has everything plus more! It’s multi-functional and very good quality.

RRP: €525 Stockist: Available at leading nursery retailers nationwide. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILDREN NEED

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EXPERT COMMENT: “EXTREMELY EASY TO MANOEUVRE AND STEER ONE HANDED. VERY LIGHT AS A DOUBLE AND GETS THROUGH MOST DOORS AND SPACES.”

Out ‘n’ About Little Nipper Double

Nuna DEMI Grow has dual suspension which makes it an easy and comfortable strolling system. It features cosy padding, which unzips to reveal airy mesh.

The Little Nipper Double is a lightweight, compact side-by-side buggy. Weighing only 11kg, it has four EVA wheels and suspension on both the front and rear.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

Top features: DEMI Grow’s basket features two compartments, and a market basket— that both folds with the pushchair and is easily removable. Features 23 ride modes and ability to convert from single to double or even twin.

Top features: Suitable to take two children of different ages, with the added option of attaching either one or two carrycots.

RRP: €499 Stockist: All leading nursery stores nationwide. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILDREN NEED

CLEVER DESIGN FEATURES

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EXPERT COMMENT: “THE TWO CARRYCOTS CAN BE USED FOR TWINS. INDIVIDUAL SUNSHADES. STORAGE BASKET IS ADEQUATE AND DISTRIBUTES WEIGHT EVENLY.”

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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.

Nuna DEMI Grow

RRP: €999 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores nationwide. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILDREN NEED

CLEVER DESIGN FEATURES

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

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EXPERT COMMENT: HIGH QUALITY DESIGN AND MATERIALS. EASY TO TAKE APART AND CLEAN. CUSTOMISABLE AND ADJUSTABLE TO FIT MANY DIFFERENT FAMILIES’ NEEDS.”

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OUT AND ABOUT BEST LIGHTWEIGHT STROLLER

Super strollers

Maxi-Cosi Laika 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.

Maxi-Cosi Laika Stroller

Joie Pact Flex Stroller Very spacious and light. It’s easy to manoeuvre, and fold. The sun cover is great, and it’s also nice to look at!

The Laika stroller by Maxi-Cosi features a one-hand fold, a lie-flat padded seat and soft carrycot. This makes it Maxi-Cosi’s most comfortable super-compact pushchair for use from birth to three and a half years. Top feature: In just two clicks, add the Maxi-Cosi Laika soft carrycot and baby car seat to transform the Laika into a 3-in-1 travel system, suitable from birth to three and a half years.

Mothercare Ride Stroller This stroller is very lightweight and is great for travelling. It folds well and it’s easy to use. I like the design and it would be good for airline travel.

RRP: €275 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

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This has good coverage from head to toe. I love the colour and the look - it’s very neat. It has soft material for baby to lie in.

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EXPERT COMMENT: “IT’S NARROW. IT COMES WITH RAIN COVER. GOOD SUN COVER.”

Joie Pact Flex Stroller 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.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

The Ride Stroller’s soft padded seat can be reclined to four positions. It features 360° swivel front wheels for easy manoeuvrability which can be locked into a fixed position when pushing over bumpier ground. Includes a raincover, and an under-seat storage basket.

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.

Top features: The Ride features an easy, compact fold and a handy carry strap for easy portability.

RRP: €160 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores. nationwide. IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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

Mothercare Ride Stroller

RRP: €179.99 Stockist: Mothercare IS COMFORTABLE FOR MY BABY

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GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “I LOVE HOW SMALL IT FOLDS. IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT BUT STRONG. IT’S VERY EASY TO PUSH WITH DOUBLE SWIVEL WHEELS.”

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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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OUT AND ABOUT CAR SEATS

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-facing baby seat (image source: RSA)

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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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?

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. 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.

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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B A BY CARE The best baby care products as voted by our panel of parents and experts. 30 Best Nursery Product 32 Best Product For Sleep 34 Best Bath Time Toiletry Product 36 Best Bath Time Accessory 37 Best Nappy Changing Accessory 38 Best Baby Skincare Range/Product 41 Best Nappy Pants 42 Best Baby Nappy Cream 46 Best Disposable Baby/Toddler Nappy 49 Best Disposable Newborn Nappy 0-3 Months 51 Best Toilet Training Product 52 Best Baby Wipes 54 Expert Advice: Safe Sleep 56 Best Baby Clothing Range And Accessories 57 Best Safety Product 58 Best Baby Soother Range 60 Best Baby Pain Relief 61 Best Product For Newborn 0-3 Months 64 Best Baby Treatment For Relief Of Colic 67 Best Baby Pain Relief For Teething 68 Best Supplement/Multivitamin For Babies, Toddlers And Kids 72 Best New Product Launch 74 A Guide To Second Hand Baby Products 76 Buying Baby Products Advice 78 Expert Advice: Skincare Products IRELANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST NURSERY PRODUCT

Your baby’s nursery

Grofriend Light And Sound Sleep Aid

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 use this product for my son at the moment and love it. The cry sensor is brilliant. I love the sound and the subtle lighting.

Grofriend Light and Sound Sleep Aid

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Digital Video And Movement Monitor This product gives peace of mind for the parent. I like the video and sensor aspects. It’s also nice and compact.

In two adorable characters, Ollie the Owl and Percy the Penguin, the Grofriend plays four soothing sounds to soothe your baby.

Top features: Built-in CrySensor technology means the Grofriend automatically activates when baby cries, soothing her back to sleep. The sounds play for 20 minutes and then switches to standby mode for three hours.

Tuttie Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib Love the idea of having child beside you in a safe way. It has great storage underneath.

RRP: €39.99 Stockist: Mothercare, Boots, Arnotts, Tony Kealys, Kool Kidz, Cherish Me. SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

IS RECOMMENDED BY OTHER PARENTS/MUMS

EXPERT RATING

4.44 / 5

3.80 / 5

3.02 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LOVE THE DESIGN, THE HEART BEAT LULLABY, THAT IT DETECTS WHEN THE BABY IS CRYING AND LULLS BABY BACK TO SLEEP.”

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video and Movement Monitor Tommee Tippee Digital Video and Movement Monitor features a two-way talkback and remote nightlight. Top features: With an infrared night vision camera, the monitor also has a sensor pad, which sounds an alarm if no movement is detected.

How to help baby sleep

Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside CriB

safely: • Room share with your baby. This means your baby sleep in his cot next to your bed for

The CoZee Bedside Crib can be used for co-sleeping or as a stand alone crib. Its 30 second open and fold mechanism also allows you to use the crib on the move.

the first six to 12 months. Fiona O’Farrell,

occupational therapist and sleep expert

Top features: It has a handy storage shelf, a breathable mesh window and removable, washable fabric lining. Suitable from birth to six months.

RRP: €259.99 Stockist: Mothercare, pharmacies, nursery stores.

RRP: €215 Stockist: Available in all leading nursery stores.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

IS RECOMMENDED BY OTHER PARENTS/MUMS

EXPERT RATING

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS PRACTICAL

EXPERT RATING

4.46 / 5

4.18 / 5

3.72 / 5

3.67 / 5

IS RECOMMENDED BY OTHER PARENTS/MUMS

4.28 / 5

3.92 / 5

3.16 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “INFARED NIGHT VISION AND THE SENSOR PAD WOULD REALLY ADD TO A PARENTS SENSE OF SECURITY WHEN IT COMES TO BABY. ”

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EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE DESIGN, AND THAT IT IS WASHABLE AND FOLDS EASILY.”

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BABY CARE BEST PRODUCT FOR SLEEP

Time for sleep

Tesco F&F 3 Pack Of Star And Striped Print Sleepsuits

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

Attractive and well designed. Good quality and a great price too.

Tesco F&F 3 Pack of Star and Striped Print Sleepsuits

Grobag Baby Sleep Bag Grobags are a safe way of keeping a baby’s temperature regulated and it also helps to keep them cosy and safe.

Made from pure cotton with integrated scratch mitts, these sleepsuits from Tesco F&F are ideal for cosy night-time wear. Top features: Include press-stud fastenings on the front and inner legs with sealed toe seams and enclosed feet. Integrated scratch mitts are featured in sizes up to six to nine months.

Mothercare Airflow Pocket Spring Cot Mattress I am likely to purchase this as it is waterproof, has a removable cover and it’s hypollegenic.The mattress is firm and breathable.

RRP: €10.50 Stockist: Tesco

HELPS THEM SLEEP

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

4.08 / 5

4.53 / 5

4.24 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “PURE COTTON – BEST FOR BABY. THEY WASH WELL AND ARE EXCELLENT VALUE.”

Grobag Baby Sleep Bag Grobag’s soft fabric, accurate togs and sizing, and clear guidance keep babies safe and comfortable through the night. Top features: With numerous safety features, fantastic quality premium fabric and gorgeous designs, Grobags appeal to the tastes and needs of modern parents. Available in a variety of weights, lengths and designs.

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Any room a baby sleeps in

Mothercare AirFlow Pocket Spring Cot Mattress

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

Individually pocketed springs cushioned by layers of foam provide comfort and support to your child’s head and neck as they sleep. Top features: The mattress springs are tough and long lasting. There is a wipeable, waterproof layer. Also comes with a quality cotton blend mattress cover, and a removable cover.

RRP: €32 Stockist: Mothercare, Boots, Tony Kealys, Kool Kidz, Cherish Me.

RRP: €179.99 Stockist: Mothercare HELPS THEM SLEEP

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

4.39 / 5

4.60 / 5

4.29 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LOVELY DESIGNS. BABY IS SAFE. EASY TO GUAGE RIGHT TEMP FOR BABY. GOOD VARIETY OF DESIGNS/TOGS AVAILABLE..” 32

HELPS THEM SLEEP

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

EXPERT RATING

4.22 / 5

4.65 / 5

4.35 / 5

3.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LOVE THAT ITS BREATHABLE, AND KEEPS BABY COOL. EASY TO WIPE CLEAN.”

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BABY CARE BEST PRODUCT FOR SLEEP

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Tiny Love Sound ‘n Sleep Soother

Colief Breathe Easy Patch

This 3-in-1 mobile comes in a nature inspired design with cute

soothing solution for easy breathing to help children sleep

animals that rotate to soothe babies to sleep.

through the night.

Suitable from birth.

Top features: The patch is attached to sleepwear and the

Top features: the mobile adapts as your baby grows to adapt

child’s body heat releases essential vapours with beneficial

to each developmental stage. It has three modes of use.

effects up to eight hours. Suitable from age three upwards.

RRP: €69.99

RRP: €6.99

Stockist: All good nursery stores nationwide.

Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide, Tesco.

Developed by Colief, Colief Breathe Easy Patches are the

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 BATHTIME TOILETRY PRODUCT

Bathtime for baby

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Gentle Wash

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

I have a child with sensitive skin, I find that the Aveeno Baby is a great product and really agrees with her skin. I like the fact it has oatmeal in it and is soap free.

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Gentle Wash

Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath I use this a lot and find it to be very good. I like the smell, it’s a gentle cleanser that’s safe for sensitive skin.

Aveeno Baby daily care gentle wash gently cleanses leaving dry and delicate baby skin feeling moisturised. Formulated for newborn skin. Top feature: Paediatrician tested. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal.

Elave Sensitive Baby Bath The ingredients are natural. I like how it feels in the water, and also like the consistence of the liquid. It’s very gentle.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery retailers.

SUITABLE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY IS ALL SKIN TYPES

4.35 / 5

4.47 / 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4.43 / 5

4.33 / 5

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

Elave Sensitive Baby Bath

Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath has Johnson’s no more tears formula, is pH balanced and soap free.

Elave Sensitive Baby Bath 400ml is a clinically tested gentle cleanser enriched with organic camomile and organic aloe vera to protect and hydrate baby’s skin.

Top features: Free from: parabens, phthalates and soap.

3.86 / 5

3.65 / 5

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist.

RRP: €9.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

3.52 / 5

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “NICE SMELL. AROMA RELAXING SMELL. COLOURFUL BOTTLE AND CLEAR LABEL.” 34

Look for products that are fragrance and paraben-free.

Top features: Ophthalmologically tested. 99% of the total ingredients are from natural origins and 20% of total ingredients are from organic farming.

RRP: €3.99 Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery retailers.

SUITABLE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY IS ALL SKIN TYPES

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SUITABLE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY IS ALL SKIN TYPES

4.20 / 5

4.08 / 5

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4.30 / 5

4.33 / 5

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

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Aldi Mamia Newborn Extra Sensitive Wash

Tesco Loves Baby Soothing Bedtime Bath

Mamia Baby Care All-In-One Wash is suitable for use on

sleepy and ready for bed.

newborns and for sensitive skin.

Top features: Specially developed by babycare experts,

Top features: This product is dermatologically tested, and

this product is PH balanced and paraben free.

made in Ireland to the highest standards.

Dermatologically tested.

RRP: €69.99

RRP: €0.65

Tesco Loves Baby Soothing Bedtime Bath’s gentle fragrance, no tears, soap-free formula, will help your baby to feel pleasantly

Stockist: Tesco

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Eucerin AtoControl Bath and Shower Oil 400ml

ABCDerm Moussant ABCDerm Moussant is a soap-free cleansing gel for babies and is suitable for daily use.

Created to suit the needs of babies, children and adults who suffer

Top features: The mild product is ideal for bathing, with

with very dry skin, this clinically approved skincare works to minimise

its calming formula that does not sting little eyes. This

dryness and soothe its associated itchiness, scaliness and flaking.

cleansing gel respects the skin and hair balance thanks to

Top features: The oil texture softens the skin and protects it,

its mild non-stripping cleansing base.

replenishing comfort both immediately and over time. Fragrance and RRP: €11.50

colour free.

Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide. RRP: €15.99

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Johnson’s Baby Top-to-Toe Baby Bath Top-to-Toe Baby Bath is designed to gently cleanse baby’s delicate skin and hair.

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.

Top features: Hypoallergenic to minimise the risks of allergy. It is so mild and gentle it is suitable for the first bath. RRP: €3.99 Stockist: Available in main grocery retailers.

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BABY CARE BEST BATH TIME ACCESSORY

Bath time essentials

Tesco Loves Baby Sponge 2 Pack

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.

This product is excellent value for money. The sponges are lovely and soft to use on a newborn.

Tesco Loves Baby Sponge 2 pack

Mothercare Aqua Pod I like the fact that it is a nonslip mat and seat all in one, and the temperature gauge is great also.

The Tesco Loves Baby set of two sponges are soft and gentle and ideal for keeping your child clean and fresh. They are the perfect size for babies, just rinse in clean water after use and allow to dry in a well ventilated area.

Groswaddledry I love the feel of how soft it is. I also like the way it mimics swaddling. It has a nice design.

Top features: Soft and gentle for baby skin. RRP: €1.15 Company: Tesco Stockist: Tesco

LONG LIFESPAN/ WILL LAST A LONG TIME

WOULD SUIT FOR DIFFERENT CHILD AGE

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

4.43 / 5

4.08 / 5

4.75 / 5

3.33 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “THE SIZE IS IDEAL FOR HANDS WHILE BATHING. GOOD PRICE.”

Mothercare Aqua Pod

Groswaddledry

This bath support’s t-bar and shaped back support helps your baby sit up safely, and the long length of the bath mat allows a toddler to be bathed at the same time.

The Groswaddledry is part of the Grobath range; it is a shaped towel to easily wrap your baby in after the bath.

Top features: The suction cups underneath the support and mat allow it to be firmly attached to the bath. A ‘hot spot’ feature on the mat gives a quick indication of when the water is too hot.

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.”

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist

Top features: The hypoallergenic towelling fabric is highly absorbent. For newborn babies up to six months, the shaped swaddle design helps replicate the soothing effect of swaddling when baby comes out of the bath.

RRP: €33 Stockist: Mothercare, Boots, Arnotts, Tony Kealys, Kool Kidz, Cherish Me, Grostore nationwide.

RRP: €43.99 Stockist: Mothercare LONG LIFESPAN/ WILL LAST A LONG TIME

WOULD SUIT FOR DIFFERENT CHILD AGE

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

4.02 / 5

3.94 / 5

2.94 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “SITS BABY UP. HOT WATER INDICATOR. SUCTION SEAT TO BATH.”

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“Natural baby skin care

LONG LIFESPAN/ WILL LAST A LONG TIME

WOULD SUIT FOR DIFFERENT CHILD AGE

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

4.20 / 5

3.90 / 5

2.27 / 5

2.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “DESIGN IS CUTE.”

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BABY CAR E 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.

These nappy bags are good and strong. It’s easy to take just one out of the pack. Good value for money.

Lidl Lupilu Nappy Sacks

Aldi Mamia Nappy Sacks

These are handy for on the go nappy changing. The bags have a nice scent, not too overpowering but enough to mask dirty nappies.

Convenient hygienic babycare, these odour neutralising nappy sacks come with tie handles for the hygienic disposal of nappies. Top features: Each sack is the perfect size for a nappy, baby wipes or tissues used during a nappy change.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Aldi

I like how you can dispose of a nappy in a sanitary way straight away. It helps to keeps smells at bay.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

HELPS AT NAPPY CHANGING TIME

IS A USEFUL PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.72 / 5

4.60 / 5

4.64 / 5

4.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “.I LIKE THAT THEY ARE ODOUR NEUTRALIZING AND THAT THEY HAVE HANDLES AND CAN BE USED EVERYWHERE.”

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 easy open pack

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Lidl

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System

Keep nappy changing supplies in your living room as well as in the bedroom. You’ll be glad you did! Elma Herbert, baby product expert.

The Sangenic Tec nappy disposal system individually seals each nappy. The system is easy to set up, and empty. Top features: The Sangenic Tec system locks in odour by twisting and wrapping each nappy in a fresh portion of multi-layer antibacterial flim – which kills 99% of germs.

RRP: €29.99 Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores. GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

HELPS AT NAPPY CHANGING TIME

IS A USEFUL PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.58 / 5

4.48 / 5

4.64 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LARGE PACKET – 150. GREAT PRICE. NICE PACKAGING. THEY SMELL LOVELY.”

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

HELPS AT NAPPY CHANGING TIME

IS A USEFUL PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

3.52 / 5

3.72 / 5

3.58 / 5

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “IT IS VERY USEFUL FOR A YOUNG BABY IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS ESPECIALLY AS CHANGES ARE FREQUENT. LOCKS IN SMELLS.” 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.

It promotes natural ingredients so it’s safe to use on sensitive skin. It has a nice delicate fragrance.

Childs Farm Toiletries Baby & Child

Aveeno Active Naturals Baby Range

The packaging is lovely, it’s great value for money. It smells really good and I like that it’s all natural ingredients.

The Aveeno Baby Range is developed for use on sensitive baby skin. The products gently nourish and protect baby’s skin. 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: Prices range from €3.99 to €11.99 Company: Johnson & Johnson Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery stores.

Aldi Mamia Baby Care Range There are a wide range of products available, and good value too. I use the nappy cream and think it is great.

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

IS COMFORTING FOR MY BABY WHEN APPLIED

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

EXPERT RATING

4.59 / 5

4.39 / 5

4.27 / 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

Aldi Mamia Baby Care Range

Childs Farm uses naturally derived ingredients and essential oils to produce a range of mild and delicious smelling toiletries for newborns, babies and children.

The Aldi Mamia Baby Care Range include Mamia Nappy Change Cream and Petroleum Jelly, Mamia Newborn Wash and Mamia BeGentle Nappy Ointment.

Top features: Childs Farm products only use essential oils that can be put undiluted onto a baby’s skin.

Top features: All products are dermatologically tested and made to the highest standards in Co. Mayo.

RRP: Ranges from €5 to €15 Stockist: Tesco, Boots, Dunnes Stores & pharmacies stores.

products that contain dyes, fragrances, and chemicals can irritate a baby’s skin and breathing”.

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist

RRP: Ranges from €0.99 - €2.99 Stockist: Aldi Ireland.

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

IS COMFORTING FOR MY BABY WHEN APPLIED

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

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4.45 / 5

4.28 / 5

4.20 / 5

5.0 / 5

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“Read labels carefully. Baby skin care

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

IS COMFORTING FOR MY BABY WHEN APPLIED

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

EXPERT RATING

4.31 / 5

4.08/ 5

3.35 / 5

3.50 / 5

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

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BABY CARE BEST BABY SKINCARE RANGE / PRODUCT

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Tesco Loves Baby

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm 40ml

Moisturising Baby Oil

Perfect for dry and cracked skin, this thick balm creates an effective protective barrier against external

Tesco Loves Baby Moisturising Baby Oil locks moisture

aggressors that still allows for the passage of

into your baby’s delicate skin.

water vapour.

Top features: Specially developed by babycare experts,

Top features: Though rich, the balm is very comfortable

it’s paraben free.

on the skin, and is gentle enough to use on babies.

RRP: €3.21

RRP: €10.99

Stockist: Tesco.

Stockist: Independent pharmacies nationwide.

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Colief Baby Scalp Oil Colief Baby Scalp Oil helps soften and clear the scalp of flakes

Suvex Soothe Intensive Cream 100ml

or scaly skin.

Suvex Soothe reduces redness, soothes and protects

Top features: Suitable for babies from two months, Colief Baby

baby’s skin naturally.

Scalp Oil is made with rosehip oil, chamomile and Vitamin E.

Top features: Suvex Soothe is a naturally formulated

This oil gently moisturises and soothes your baby’s skin and

emollient cream which has been dermatologically tested

scalp – naturally relieving the symptoms of cradle cap.

and is naturally steroid free, so it is gentle enough for even baby’s skin.

RRP: €7.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

RRP: €19.99 Stockist: Health stores & pharmacies.

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 CAR E BEST NAPPY PANTS

Nappy pants - protection

Pampers Active Fit Nappy Pants

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

Very good quality, feels stretchy and comfortable. These are great for on the move kids.

Pampers Active Fit Nappy Pants

Lidl Lupilu Nappy Pants Range These are very strong, and stretchy too – seem like they would be comfortable on.

Pampers Active Fit nappy pants feature an all-around stretchy waistband – they go on with just one pull. Crafted with ultra-soft materials. Top features: The three absorbing channels lock wetness away.

Tesco Loves Baby Easy Fit Pants Size 6 (34 pack) These have good absorbency and seem very comfortable.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Leading supermarkets nationwide.

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

4.16 / 5

4.36 / 5

2.78 / 5

4.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “MATERIAL IS EXTREMELY SOFT. GREAT ABSORBENCY.”

Lidl Lupilu Nappy Pants Range Lidl’s Lupilu Pants have the convenience of a pant but with the absorbency of a nappy and have everything little ones need for the potty training stage. Top features: Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested pants in the range are regularly tested against the leading brand.

Nappy pants can help get

Tesco Loves Baby Easy Fit Pants Size 6 (34 pack)

your chlid used to wearing underwear when they’re being toilet trained. easy parenting

Tesco Loves Baby Easy Fit Pants have an extra dry layer and dual layered leg cuff, they lock in wetness to provide day and night time dryness. Top features: Dermatologically tested and regularly tested against the leading brand. The soft inner lining and outer cover will keep your baby feeling comfy and the tear away seams make changing time easy.

RRP: Price ranges from €3.69 to €3.79 Stockist: Lidl

RRP: €4.50 Stockist: Tesco

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COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

3.69 / 5

3.63 / 5

4.30 / 5

3.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD VALUE. MATERIAL SEEMS STRONG AND DURABLE..”

ABSORBENCY - ABILITY TO TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EXPERT RATING

3.69 / 5

3.63 / 5

4.08 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “STRONG AND DURABLE MATERIAL. GOOD LEG CUFFS TO PREVENT LEAKS.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST NAPPY CREAM

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

Top features: Sudocrem is a multi-use product and can be used to treat a range of skin irritations.

RRP: Ranging from €2.40 - €11.99 Stockist: All good pharmacies and supermarkets.

4.66 / 5

4.63 / 5

4.60 / 5

This is great for clearing nappy rash and is a good barrier cream. It has a nice smell and the tube is the perfect size.

Sudocrem Care And Protect This provides a great barrier on the skin. It’s very reliable for clearing up rashes on baby’s bottom.

EXPERT RATING

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “TRIED AND TESTED FOR YEARS AND IT WORKS. GOOD VALUE. HAS OTHER USES.”

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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This works well at clearing up nappy rash. It’s very effective and has a nice texture.

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment 100g

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream has been made in Dublin for over 85 years and is proven to soothe sore skin and treat nappy rash.

ON THE ABILITY TO CLEAR SAFE FOR MY BABY DELIVERS MAIN THINGS MY A RASH CHILD NEEDS

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

EX PERT ’S T IP

The best way to prevent napppy rash is to change nappies frequently, particularly if they are soiled with poo.

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BABY CARE BEST NAPPY CREAM

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: €6.99 Stockist: Pharmacies and supermarkets.

ON THE ABILITY TO CLEAR SAFE FOR MY BABY DELIVERS MAIN THINGS MY A RASH CHILD NEEDS

4.24 / 5

4.63 / 5

Sudocrem Care & Protect Barrier ointment designed to offer protection for skin prone to nappy rash. It can be used daily, even on newborn babies. Top features: The triple-action formula creates a protective barrier, conditions the skin and guards against infection. It helps to keep the skin on your baby’s bottom smooth and supple.

RRP: €4.50 - 40ml, €€8.50 - 100ml Stockist: Available from pharmacies.

ON THE ABILITY TO CLEAR SAFE FOR MY BABY DELIVERS MAIN THINGS MY A RASH CHILD NEEDS

EXPERT RATING

4.44 / 5

4.67 / 5

4.05 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.48 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THAT THIS PRODUCT CAN BE USED AT EVERY CHANGE REGARDLESS OF A SORE BOTTOM. IT’S A NICE CREAMY TEXTURE. “

EXPERT COMMENT: “I HAVE USED BEFORE AND FOUND IT VERY EFFECTIVE. GOOD SIZE TUBE. HYGIENIC. NICE CONSISTENCY. ”

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Aldi Mamia BeGentle Nappy Ointment 50g

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Barrier Cream

Mamia BeGentle Nappy Ointment is

and delicate baby skin, protecting it from the causes of

suitable for sensitive skin and for skin

nappy rash.

prone to nappy rash or irritation. It

Top features: Unscented, and paediatrician tested. It creates

soothes and protects baby’s skin helping

a breathable skin barrier on the nappy area.

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream helps to soothe dry

to prevent the causes of nappy rash. Top features: This product is dermatologically tested, and made in Ireland.

RRP: €2.99

RRP: €2.99

retailers.

Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery

Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

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TOP TIP Treating nappy rash 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.

These nappies have great absorbency. They have good retention and are very secure. Nice and lightweight too.

Pampers Premium Protection Range

Aldi Ultra Dry Nappies Size 3 - 6 These nappies are a very good price point and they are very absorbent. Good fit too.

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.

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Dry Nappies Size 6 These nappies have good absorbency. I like the stretchiness of the tabs.

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

4.57 / 5

4.33 / 5

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

4.67/ 5

4.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “ABSORBENT LAYER MOVING FLUID AWAY FROM BABY’S SKIN. LARGE SIZE FOR AGE/SIZE BABY. EASY TO USE.”

Aldi Ultra Dry Nappies Size 3 - 6

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Dry 30 nappies Size 6

Mamia Ultra Dry Nappies are regularly tested against the leading brand. Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic.

Tesco Loves Baby Ultra Dry disposable nappies are specially designed to provide day and night time dryness confidence. The nappies have a super-absorbent core and extra dry layer to draw away wetness and lock it in place.

Top features: Leak protection for up to 12 hours.

3.84 / 5

3.63 / 5

weights on the packaging are just guidelines, and your baby may need a bigger size sooner. easy parenting

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Tesco stores nationwide.nationwide. COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

3.88 / 5

4.67 / 5

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your baby’s nappy, it might be time to go up a size. The

Top features: Soft materials and stretchy sides provide baby with a snug and comfortable fit. Dermatologically tested.

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Aldi Stores nationwide.

ABSORBENCY RETENTION - ABILITY TO ABILITY TO KEEP TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING IN NAPPY SOILING

If you notice that poo keeps leaking out of the top back of

ABSORBENCY RETENTION - ABILITY TO ABILITY TO KEEP TAKE LIQUID AND SOILING IN NAPPY SOILING

3.43 / 5

3.51 / 5

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

3.65 / 5

3.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LIGHTWEIGHT PRODUCT. GOOD SIZE FOR AGE. GOOD PRICE FOR 34 PACK. LOCKS IN WETNESS.”

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Lidl Lupilu Toddler Nappy Range

SuperValu Dry N Cosy Nappies Size 4 These nappies have a secure and flexible fit.

Lidl’s Lupilu nappies are designed for round the clock

Ultra soft velvet-like touch to the skin and super

comfort and protection. The range begins at size 3 Midi

absorbent. Specially designed to absorb liquid

and takes babies through their nappy journey all the way

quickly.

up to size 6 and plus sizes.

Top features: Up to 12 hours of dryness.

Top features: Lupilu nappies are hypoallergenic and are dermatologically tested.

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: SuperValu

RRP: From €2.99to €3.49

Stockist: Lidl stores.

TOP TIP Safe change A comfortable changing pad or mat is important when it comes to changing your baby’s nappy. Buy a changing pad that is contoured, so there’s no risk of baby falling off a raised unit. Never leave your baby unattended on a raised unit or bed where there is a risk of falling.

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BABY CAR E 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 love the wetness indicator on these nappies. They have a very soft material for delicate skin. Great quality product.

Pampers Premium Protection New Baby

Aldi Mamia Newborn Nappies Size 1-2 These are a very good fit and are highly absorbent. Great 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

Lidl Lupilu Newborn Nappies 24pk Size 1

Top features: Contoured fit to protect cord.

These nappies are very good quality, and absorb massive amounts of liquid. They are also very reasonably priced.

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

4.33 / 5

4.57 / 5

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

4.59 / 5

4.00 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “SOFT MATERIAL. GOOD WETNESS INDICATOR – VERY VIBRANT. .”

Aldi Mamia Newborn Nappies Size 1 - 2

Lidl Lupilu Newborn Nappies 24pk Size 1

Mamia Newborn Nappies are dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. Improved absorbency and wetness indicator.

Lupilu newborn nappies start at size 1 and go to size 2. The nappies have just what is needed to keep your baby dry throughout their nappy journey, daytime, night time, playtime or anytime.

Top features: A cord friendly cut out at the front for baby’s comfort.

RRP: Price ranges from €1.49 to €1.99 Stockist: Aldi

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: All Lupilu nappies are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.

RRP: €1.49 Stockist: Lidl

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

3.86 / 5

4.08 / 5

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

3.98 / 5

4.00 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “WETNESS INDICATOR. PRICE IS GREAT.”

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

3.39 / 5

3.92 / 5

COMFORT/ GOOD FIT

EXPERT RATING

3.66 / 5

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “VERY SOFT MATERIALS. GREAT PRICE. LIKE THE PRINTS ON NAPPY.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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Tesco Loves Baby Newborn 58 Nappies Size 2

Tesco Loves Baby range newborn nappies feature a superabsorbent core that draws away wetness and the leg cuffs help prevent leakage. With wetness Indicator and overlapping tapes. Top features: For added convenience, a specially shaped front protects your newborn’s umbilical cord. Dermatologically tested.

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.

RRP: €3.89 Stockist: Tesco

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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BABY CAR E BEST TOILET TRAINING PRODUCT

Toilet training time

Aldi Mamia Easy Pants Size 5-6

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

These nappies have a good stretch, and seem very durable. I like the design.

Aldi Mamia Easy Pants Size 5-6

Huggies Pull-Ups Easy for a child to use. They are appealing to children with the characters on the front of them. I like the velcro effect to remove pants.

Aldi Mamia Easy Pants come with stretchy sides for active babies. Top feature: Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. The lock away dry core also gives up to 12 hours leak protection.

Tesco Loves Toddler Sensitive Fragrance Free Toilet Wipes (60 Pack)

RRP: Price ranges from €3.69 to €3.79 Stockist: Aldi Stores nationwide.

These are soft and won’t hurt the skin. Great price too, lots of wipes in the pack and they’re not too sticky.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

4.55 / 5

WILL HELP WITH TOILET TRAINING SAFE FOR MY BABY

4.46 / 5

4.61 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “THEY ARE EXTREMELY SOFT AND DO NOT LEAK. PRICE IS GREAT.”

Huggies Pull-Ups

Tesco Loves Toddler Sensitive Fragrance Free Toilet Wipes (60 pack)

Huggies Pull-Ups Potty Training pants have a unique learning layer that briefly mimics the feeling of real wet underwear before quickly drawing the moisture away. That way, little ones learn wet from dry in a protected environment and ultimately learn to stay dry on their own.

RRP: €5 Stockist: All major supermarkets including Tesco and Dunnes Stores. GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

3.31 / 5

WILL HELP WITH TOILET TRAINING SAFE FOR MY BABY

4.45 / 5

4.45 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “THEY FEEL ABSORBENT. ATTRACTIVE DESIGN. VELCRO SIDES AVOID HAVING TO UNDRESS WHEN NEEDING TO CHANGE.”

training, it’s vital to be flexible, patient and understanding. If you have been trying to train your toddler for a couple of weeks

These sensitive toilet wipes from the Tesco Loves Toddler range are completely fragrance free and perfect for potty training.

Top features: Many different colourful designs to choose from for day or nighttime wear.

When it comes to toilet

and there is no progress, they are not ready. Wait a few more weeks, watch for the signs and then try again. easy parenting

Top features: The wipes are dermatologically tested and formulated to provide mild but effective cleaning for small bottoms. Completely flushable for your convenience and biodegradable.

RRP: €0.89 Stockist: Tesco stores nationwide. GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

4.29 / 5

WILL HELP WITH TOILET TRAINING SAFE FOR MY BABY

3.94 / 5

4.24 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: THE PRICE IS GOOD. ALSO LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY’RE BIODEGRADABLE AND UNFRAGRANCED. A CHILD CAN EASILY USE THEM INDEPENDENTLY.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST BABY WIPES

W ipe it all away 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.

Aldi Mamia Extra Sensitive Wipes 64pk

Aldi Mamia Extra Sensitive Wipes 64 Pack These wipes have a very high moisture content which is good. I like how soft the wipes are.

WaterWipes These wipes are great at retaining moisture, and they don’t dry out if the packet isn’t closed properly. I like the fact they are are 99.9% water.

Mamia Extra Sensitive Wipes have been specially developed to be as mild as cotton wool and water. Made with 99.5% naturally derived ingredients and 0% perfume or alcohol.

Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Top feature: They are dermatologically tested, and are suitable for newborns, babies and children with extra sensitive skin.

I like the packaging, how it clicks closed to keep fresh. The wipes are very moist and made from strong material.

RRP: €0.89 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.72 / 5

4.50 / 5

4.36 / 5

4.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “VERY GOOD VALUE. WIPES SEEMS QUITE STRONG. NO FRAGRANCE.”

WaterWipes

Pampers Sensitive Wipes

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

Pampers Sensitive Wipes are made with Pampers’ unique ‘Soft Grip Texture’, offering gentle cleaning for sensitive skin. Their balanced wetness leaves the skin cleaner whilst also maintaining the natural pH.

Top features: WaterWipes contain no soap, SLS or parabens.

RRP: €1.99 for 28 pack, 3.45 for 60 pack Stockist: Tesco, Dunnes, SuperValu, leading pharmacies.

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

RRP: €1.79 Stockist: Leading supermarkets nationwide.

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

2.66 / 5

4.74 / 5

4.72 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT PRODUCT. IDEAL FOR NEWBORNS AND BABIES WITH EXTRA SENSITIVE SKIN. WIPES STRONG – NEED TO USE LESS.” 52

Top features: An easy-open lid prevents the wipes from drying out and allows superquick access.

The label “hypoallergenic” or “dermatologist approved”

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

SUITABLE FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

3.32 / 5

3.76 / 5

3.86 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: STRONG WIPES. EASY TO ACCESS. NICE SMELL.”

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Tesco Loves Baby Fragrance Free Ultra Soft Wipes – 64 pack

Johnson’s Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes This product is clinically tested and proven as safe as pure water on newborn skin.

Part of the Tesco Loves Baby range, the

Top features: This product is alcohol and soap free, hypoallergenic and formulated

ultra soft wipes are fragrance free and

to minimise the risk of allergies.

gentle enough for newborn skin. RRP: €2.79

Top features: Quilted for softness. Containing cleansing milk, the wipes are

Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies

dermatologically tested.

and main grocery retailers.

RRP: €0.95

Stockist: Tesco.

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SuperValu Newborn Sensitive Fragrance Free Baby Wipes (56 pack)

SuperValu Fragranced Baby Wipes (64 pack) SuperValu fragranced cotton soft baby

SuperValu newborn sensitive baby wipes are

wipes are paediatrician approved,

paediatrican approved, dermatologically

dermatologically tested as well as being

tested.

suitable for sensitive skin.

Top features: These wipes are made with over

Top features: They are enriched with

96% purified water, are suitable for sensitive

aloe vera and chamomile, and are also

skin, enriched with aloe vera to soothe your baby’s skin, and are paraben free and pH

pH balanced and paraben free.

balanced. RRP: €0.95 RRP: €0.99

Stockist: SuperValu Ireland

Stockist: SuperValu Ireland

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SLEEP SAFETY

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. 54

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 BABY CLOTHING RANGE AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES

Dressing your newborn Newborns basically live in baby gros for the first few months, as they are so comfortable and easy to wash. Here are some baby clothing ranges to consider.

F&F 3 Pack of Sketchy Safar Sleepsuits

This range has everything you need. Very high quality and easy to wash too. The material is soft and breathable.

Lupilu Baby Clothing Range

Top feature: Press-stud fastenings on the front and inner legs. Full length with enclosed feet.

I like the different range of colours and patterns. The material is nice and stretchy, and looks comfortable.

RRP: €10.50 Stockist: Tesco

SOFT FABRICS

BREATHABLE FABRICS

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Take care not to over dress/

Mothercare My First Newborn Collection

Lupilu Baby Clothing Range

Mothercare’s specialist newborn collection with special features to keep little ones safe and happy.

The Lupilu clothing range offers quality comfortable and stylish clothing options at affordable price points. The range includes vests, grows, cardigans, leggings and much more.

Top features: Features such as integral scratch mitts, nickel free poppers that won’t irritate the skin, and toe safe design.

These are very good value. Pure cotton with scratch mitts. Nice quality fabric too.

Mothercare My First Newborn Collection

Made from pure cotton, the sleepsuits feature integrated scratch mitts and enclosed feet with sealed toe seams for comfort-led wear, whilst coloured press stud fastenings help to guide dressing.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

F&F 3 Pack Sketchy Safar Sleepsuits

wrap your baby – they can’t control their body temperature very well.

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist

Top features: Ranges from 95% cotton to 100% organic cotton.

RRP: €2.99 €6.99 Stockist: Lidl

RRP: From €7.50 up to €26.99 per pack. Stockist: Mothercare, pharmacies and Amazon. SAFE FOR MY BABY

SOFT FABRICS

BREATHABLE FABRICS

EXPERT RATING

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SOFT FABRICS

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EXPERT COMMENT: “VERY COMPETITIVELY PRICED. SOFT, 100% COTTON. LOVELY RANGE. NICE COLOURS.”

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BABY CAR E BEST SAFETY PRODUCT

Safety first Keeping children safe from harm is a top priority for all parents. Check out these safety products, which help to protect your baby and keep him healthy.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature No Touch Forehead Thermometer

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature No Touch Forehead Thermometer I really like the way baby’s temperature can be checked without having to disturb baby. It’s fast and efficient.

Safety 1st SecurTech Flat Step Metal Gate White This looks durable and sturdy. The flat step reduces the risk of trips.

The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature No Touch forehead thermometer is quick and easy to use. Just hold the scanner up to 4 mm away from the centre of the forehead, press the start button and the temperature will show on the LCD display panel within two seconds.

Groegg2 Room Thermometer I like the dual purpose of the thermometer and night light. It’s a nice design, and it’s easy to read.

Top feature: Works well for reading the temperature of a sleeping child. RRP: €64.99 Stockist: Leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland.

DELIVERS ON THE SAFE FOR MY BABY MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

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4.63 / 5

WILL KEEP MY BABY SAFE

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4.75 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “QUICK AND EASY TEMPERATURE READINGS.”

Safety 1st SecurTech Flat Step Metal Gate White

Groegg2 Room Thermometer

The Safety 1st SecurTech Flat Step Metal Gate has an ultra flat step over the bar which reduces the risk of a trip hazard.

Groegg2 is a colour changing digital room thermometer and nightlight. There are three different light settings.

4.35 / 5

parents should buy are a fireplace edge guard, blind cord shorteners, and an oven lock. These items are inexpensive, but can prevent serious injuries.

Elma Herbert, baby product expert

RRP: €39.99 Stockist: Mothercare, Boots, Arnotts, Tony Kealys, Kool Kidz.

RRP: €34 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

4.53 / 5

that I recommend all new

Top features: Easy to read 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.

Top features: Features a one way - two way opening system and secondary locking mechanism. Additional extensions sold separately.

DELIVERS ON THE SAFE FOR MY BABY MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

The top three safety products

WILL KEEP MY BABY SAFE

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4.61 / 5

4.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “COLOUR INDICATOR FOR LOCKED/UNLOCKED – VISUAL REMINDER GOOD! RELATIVELY FLAT STEP – LESS OF A TRIP HAZARD.”

DELIVERS ON THE SAFE FOR MY BABY MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

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4.20/ 5

WILL KEEP MY BABY SAFE

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EXPERT COMMENT: “ROOM TEMP IMPORTANT – EASY TO MONITOR. COLOUR EASY TO UNDERSTAND.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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BABY CARE BEST SOOTHER

Soothing baby

NUK Freestyle Soother

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

NUK Freestyle Soother

I like how this soother promotes healthy development of the teeth and jaw. It’s also a good size and it’s easy to use.

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Soother Range

NUK Freestyle features a small surface area with large ventilation zones which help channel saliva away from the mouth.

I like how these soothers come in different sizes. They are visually very nice and are a reputable brand.

Top features: The Freestyle Soother also includes a specially designed orthodontic baglet that adapts to the shape of baby’s mouth, helping to exercise the lips, tongue and facial muscles which promotes the healthy development of the teeth and jaw.

NUK Winnie The Pooh Soother This is nice and colourful, and looks safe to use. It’s a nice shape for the mouth. I like how it supports breastfeeding latch.

RRP: €7.80 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EASY TO CLEAN/ WASHABLE

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4.47 / 5

4.47 / 5

4.33 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT AIR SPACES ON FRAME.”

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Soother Range

NUK Winnie the Pooh Soother

Tommee Tippee Soothers are available in three age ranges, and feature a symmetrical orthodontic shaped baglet designed to improve balance, making it easier for babies to hold soothers in their mouth.

NUK Disney Soothers have a specially designed orthodontic profile that adapts to the shape of baby’s mouth. The flat shape of the soothers helps prevent pressure marks and also stops the soother from falling out of baby’s mouth.

Top features: BPA free

Top features: The NUK Air System helps to ensure the mouthpiece remains soft and flexible.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland.

and help to send them off to sleep, as suckling helps them to feel soothed. easy parenting

RRP: €7.80 Stockist: Pharmacies

IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EASY TO CLEAN/ WASHABLE

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IS COMFORTING FOR MY CHILD

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EASY TO CLEAN/ WASHABLE

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EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD ORTHODONTIC SHAPE. NICE TEXTURE.”

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Sucking a soother can help calm and relax a fussy baby,

EXPERT COMMENT: “NICE COLOURS WHICH PARENTS WILL LIKE. GOOD TOOTH PROTECTION.”

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Avent Freeflow Soother

NUK Genius Soother

The Philips Avent silicone teat is taste-free and odour-free.

The NUK Genius Soother’s soft exterior moulds itself

The silicone is smooth, transparent, easy to clean, and it

gently against your child’s palate, whilst the underside of

doesn’t get sticky.

the teat has a smooth transition and a domed shape.

Top features: The teat is strong, long-lasting, and won’t

Top features: The narrower and mainly thin teat neck

become misshapen or discoloured over time. They have

helps reduce pressure on little teeth.

six air holes for less skin irritation and an easily removable RRP: €7.80

ring handle for safety.

Stockist: Pharmacies, multiples and pharmacies RRP: €69.99

Stockist: All good nursery stores nationwide.

nationwide.

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 OVERALL PREFERRED BABY PAIN RELIEF

Soothing baby’s pains

Calpol Infant Suspension Sugar Free (Syringe) 140ml

As a new parent, you’ll do anything you can to help soothe your baby’s aches and pains. These baby pain relief products are worth a try when your baby is under the weather.

This offers good pain relief. I like the syringe - it prevents spillages. It’s good value, and most of all it works.

Calpol Infant Suspension Sugar Free (Syringe) 140ml

Nurofen For Children Orange 100mg/5ml Oral Suspension 200ml This product works fast. The instructions and ingredients are well laid out. I trust this brand.

Calpol Infant Suspension provides soothing relief from pain and fever. It starts to work on fever in just 15 minutes but is still gentle on delicate tummies. Calpol Infant Suspension is gentle enough to use from two months.

Paralink Suppositories This is really handy to use if your baby isn’t holding anything down. It’s a very fast acting product.

Top feature: Each pack comes with an easy dose syringe. RRP: €7.70 Stockist: Available in pharmacies.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

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EXPERT COMMENT: “” RECOGNISABLE PAIN RELIEF PRODUCT. SYRINGE MAKES DOSEAGE EASY.”

Nurofen for Children Orange 100mg/5ml Oral Suspension 200ml

Paralink Suppositories 180mg

A liquid ibuprofen suspension that provides effective pain and fever relief for children from three months and weighing over 5kg.

Paralink Paracetamol Suppositories 180mg give fast acting relief for babies suffering from pain and fever. Guaranteed accurate dosage every time.

Top features: Gets to work in 15 minutes to reduce fever.

Top features: Quick, easy to administer and fast acting.

RRP: €10.49 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

RRP: €9.59 Stockists: Pharmacies nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

RECOMMENDED BY MEDICAL OR PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

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EXPERT COMMENT: “WORKS WELL ON TODDLERS FOR TEMPERATURE.”

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Always use the right product, strength and dose for your child’s age and weight. Recommended doses according to the child’s age and weight, are given on the product packaging. easy parenting

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EXPERT COMMENT: “ALL THE BEST BENEFITS OF USING PARACETAMOL WITHOUT HAVING TO GIVE AN ORAL DOSE TO A BABY.”

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BABY CAR E BEST PRODUCT FOR NEWBORN 0-3 MONTHS

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.

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Hair and Body Washr

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Hair And Body Wash I like how gentle it is on sensitive skin. It’s also good how the one bottle washes both hair and body.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser I like that it’s paediatrician approved. It smells delicious and leaves skin feeling soft. It’s a good price too.

Aveeno Baby daily care hair & body wash gently cleanses baby’s delicate skin from top to toe without leaving it feeling dry. It leaves hair soft, shiny and easy to comb.

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Cleansing Milk

Top feature: Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies. Developed for newborn skin, its mild formulation can be used daily. Contains colloidal oat and oat essence.

This feels nice on my skin. I like the packaging and the smell. It’s so handy that you don’t have to rinse.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery retailers. SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.56 / 5

4.56 / 5

4.44 / 5

5.0 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THIS BRAND. GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN. EASY TO USE PUMP. HYPOALLERGENIC FORMULA. LOVELY SMELL.”

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Cleansing Milk

Childs Farm 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.

Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Cleansing Milk, with naturally active Colloidal Oatmeal, is clinically tested to gently clean babies’ sensitive and delicate skin and keep it moisturised. Its highly tolerable formula is designed for newborns and suitable for face, body and nappy areas.

Top features: It’s suitable for newborns and upwards. Dermatologist and paediatrician approved as suitable for sensitive and also eczema-prone skin.

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.

Selene Daly, dermatology nurse specialist.

Top features: Hypoallergenic. Formulated to minimise the risk of allergies.

RRP: €5 Stockist: Tesco, Boots and pharmacies

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Available in selected pharmacies and main grocery retailers.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

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SAFE FOR MY BABY

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3.67 / 5

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.49 / 5

SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

4.54 / 5

4.41 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY TO USE AND SOFT TO TOUCH. AFFORDABLE PRODUCT. FRAGRANCE FREE. RE-SEALABLE. STRONG.”

EXPERT COMMENT: “NICE CONSISTENCY. USEFUL ON DAYS BABY NOT BEING BATHED.”

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Sterimar Breathe Easy Baby

Newborn support

Sterimar Baby is 100% natural purified sea water based nasal

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.

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. Top features: Nozzle fits safely and comfortably inside your baby’s nose and at any angle. RRP: €6.99

Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide

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 O F 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

Pharmony Gripe Water

Colief Infant Drops

Top features: Sugar, alcohol and colourant free.

The size is very compact for the changing bag. It’s easy to give to your baby – it works.

RRP: €5.49 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide and multiples nationwide. SAFE FOR MY BABY

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The dropper is easy to use, making it simple to administer to your baby. It’s a good value product.

This product works fast to lessen baby’s discomfort. The dropper is handy. It has a good price point.

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.

WILL QUICKLY RELIEVE MY CHILD’S DISCOMFORT

Infacol 40mg/ml Oral Suspension

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY TO USE BOTTLE LIQUID DROPPER. CLEAR DIRECTIONS.”

Pharmony Gripe Water

Colief Infant Drops

Traditionally used to help children with wind and flatulence, this dual action formula acts fast to soothe discomfort. Suitable for all the family and babies from one month.

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: Gluten, lactose, sugar, colour and alcohol free.

RRP: €4.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

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

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

RRP: €11.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide. WILL QUICKLY RELIEVE MY CHILD’S DISCOMFORT

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4.0 / 5

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3.92 / 5

4.04 / 5

3.54 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “SAFE FROM BIRTH. EASY TO USE.”

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BABY CARE PREFERRED BABY TREATMENT FOR RELIEF O F COLIC

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Dentinox Infant Colic Drops

Wind relief

Give your baby some extra comfort with our soothing,

Gentle stomach or back rubs or a warm bath can help to relieve your baby’s trapped wind. You’ll find that once your baby is old enough to move around, and change his position, wind will become less of a problem.

alcohol-free colic drops. Just add to your baby’s bottle or use the handy syringe. Top features: Can be used from birth, helps disperse trapped air. RRP: €4.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide

TOP TIP Soothing baby 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 CAR E 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

Nelson Teetha Teething Granules I have used this before and had great results. It eases pain quickly, and it’s easy to use.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel It’s easy to use, and babies like the taste of this. It helps with teething pain, and it’s a good price.

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.

Dentinox Teething Toothpaste

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

I like the finger tip brush, and the fact that it contains natural essential oils.

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

SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.3 / 5

4.16 / 5

3.94 / 5

3.67 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “QUICK TO USE. I KNOW THESE WORK..”

Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel

Dentinox Teething Toothpaste

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.

Specially formulated for babies ages 0-2 years, Dentinox Teething Toothpaste is made especially to clean and care for brand new teeth. It contains clove oil- a natural essential oil to help ease the pain of teething.

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: Its unique Fingertip Toothbrush, which you wear on your finger to make brushing much easier and more pleasant for baby.

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.

RRP: €5.49 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

SUITABLE FOR NEWBORNS

IT IS A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT

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EXPERT COMMENT: “HANDY TUBE. SUGAR FREE. NATURAL INGREDIENTS.”

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Vital vitamins

Baby VitD3 Drops

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.

BabyVitD3 Drops

This is very easy to administer. It’s handy that it can be put into a child’s bottle and gives their daily needs of Vitamin D.

Vitabiotics Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits This product has all the important vitamins for my child’s development. And I think children will like the taste.

The recommended intake vitamin D3 can be achieved with just two drops of BabyVitD3. Top features: BabyVitD3 can be given directly into the mouth or on a spoon. It is tasteless, odourless and colourless, with no preservatives, no artificial colours and no articifical flavours.

Lidl Minavit Kids Multivitamins Very cheap but delivers the vitamins a kid needs. Good value for a 30 day supply.

RRP: €10.29 Company: Valeo Healthcare Stockist: Leading pharmacies and healthstores nationwide. DELIVERS ON THE SAFE FOR MY BABY MAIN THINGS MY CHILD NEEDS

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EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS. GOOD DROPPER AND ADVICE RE STERILISING.”

Vitabiotics Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits

Try to give your kids five

Lidl Minavit Kids Multivitamins

portions of fruits and vegetables a day to make sure they get a whole variety of nutrients.

A great tasting, easy to take, one a day pastille for children 3+. Contains vitamins A-E which contribute to normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones, cartilage, gums, skin and teeth.

Vitabiotics Wellkid Peppa Pig Multi-Vits are great tasting multi-vitamins with 12 nutrients in a fruit flavoured jelly pastille. Top features: They contain vitamins A, C and D and includes all eight B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.

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Top features: Made with natural colours, natural flavours and no added sugar.

RRP: €2.19 Stockist: Lidl

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EXPERT COMMENT: “REASONABLY PRICED AND SUPPLEMENTS MAIN VITS NEEDED.”

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RUNNER UP

Eskimo-3 Kids Chewable DHA+

Eat the rainbow

Eskimo-3 Kids Chewable DHA+ is a natural health food

Serve your family more fruit and veggies. Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting nutrients.

supplement designed to support children aged three to 12 years. It combines brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids with choline and biotin. EPA and DHA found in omega-3 fish oil are essential for eye and nerve health, learning and IQ, co-ordination and mood. Top features: Great tasting and easy to swallow chewable food supplement. RRP: €4.99

Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide

TOP TIP Keep active Exercise as a family. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells in adults – and regular activity can benefit kids in the same way.

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Ever evolving

Maxi-Cosi Axiss Fix Air

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

Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Air

This car seat offers great support. The swivel feature is very handy. I like how easy it is to recline.

Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Bottles This is a trusted brand. Good quality range of bottles and reasonable price too.

AxissFix airbag technology is the safest solution possible in forward facing Maxi-Cosi seats. This car seat combines latest i-Size safety regulation (R129) with 360° swiveling to offer the best ease of use. Suitable from approx four months to four years.

Groromper

Top feature: AxissFix Air has built-in airbags to give crucial protection to your child’s head and shoulders.

I like the feet covers and the grips for little ones crawling.

RRP: €625 Stockist: Leading nursery stores.

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EXPERT COMMENT: “AIR BAGS ARE GENIUS. ROTATING ACCESS. COMFORTABLE PADDING. NICE STYLING – IE DESIGN IN A CAR.”

Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Bottles Tommee Tippee’s three-piece anti-colic technology draws air away from milk and the star valve keeps milk from travelling up the tube for less wind, reflux and discomfort.

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into their car seat first before placing a blanket on top of them. The blanket should

Groromper’s legs allow freedom of movement for little wrigglers aged one to three. A convenient sleep solution when travelling, and a reversible zip allows for easy nappy changes.

never go underneath the harness.

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Top features: Cosy jacquard fabric that keeps your child warm all night. Fold over feet and grip soles make it easier to toddle around safely.

Top features: A built-in heat sensing straw to check that milk is just the right temperature and alcohol free.

RRP: €49.99 Stockist: Selected retailers.

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EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY NAPPY CHANGE. BREATHABLE UNDERARMS.”

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Dyson Pure Cool

Hold baby securely

The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan captures pollution

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.

in your home, and then diffuses purified air throughout your whole room. Cleaning products, candles and even cooking fumes, can cause indoor air pollution. Top features: Senses and reports particles and gases in the air in real time. RRP: €549 Stockist: Dyson, Harvey Norman, Arnotts.

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

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. 74

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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.

Baby bath

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.

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:

Make sure to inspect everything thoroughly before purchasing.

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infectious 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

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

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:

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ADVICE BUYING BABY PRODUCTS

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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

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

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.

Make sure you have enough nappies

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.

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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.

Don’t forget about yourself

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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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 parabenfree. Those chemicals are potentially harmful to babies. 78

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 nonbiological. Don’t choose fabric softeners that are perfumed as they may cause irritation or induce eczema.

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Feeding your baby

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Bottles

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.

I like the design, and the shape of the teat. The bottle is easy to hold and grip. This works well for combined feeding.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles

NUK Nature Sense 150ml/260ml I love the shape and the feel of the teat. It has a unique shape that mimics the breast. It’s a natural feel for baby when feeding.

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 First Choice Bottle 150ml/300ml

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

This is a great bottle for babies who are also being breastfed. It’s a nice size, with an easy grip. The cap closes well to prevent leaks.

RRP: €6.99 Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS MY EASE OF CLEANING CHILD NEEDS

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NUK Nature Sense 150ml/260ml

NUK First Choice+ Bottle 150ml/300ml

The NUK Nature Sense Teat is ideal for mothers who cannot breastfeed, or are breast and bottlefeeding.

The NUK Orthodontic Teat mimics the shape of a mother’s nipple during breastfeeding, its extra wide lip support simulates breastfeeding and encourages latch on.

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.

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Top features: NUK anti-colic air system minimises infant colic.

RRP: €7.95 to €8.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

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EXPERT COMMENT: “THE TEAT SHAPE IS GOOD.”

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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.

Very practical product, easy to store and travel. These save you from having to bring a big steriliser on holiday.

Milton Sterilising Tablets

NUK Baby Bottle Cleanser Easy to use, and handy to make sure bottles are clean before sterilising. I like that it removes all milk residue.

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.

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day And Night

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Supermarkets nationwide.

I love it, it makes bottle making so easy – very handy particularly for making feeds during the night.

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EXPERT COMMENT: “EASY TO USE. CAN BE USED AT HOME OR ABROAD.”

NUK Baby Bottle Cleanser

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night

NUK Baby Bottle Cleanser is more effective at cleaning baby bottles and accessories than hot soapy water alone. Its natural enzymes break down the dried on milk protein, pulp and juice residues.

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 natural, PH neutral formula of the NUK Baby Bottle Cleanser is both baby safe and effective at cleaning baby bottles, teats, soothers and accessories.

of milk in the microwave. Microwave heating can heat unevenly which can create hot pockets in the milk, which could burn baby’s mouth. easy parenting

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

RRP: €5.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

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SAFE FOR MY BABY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “SIMPLE AND EASY TO USE. GREAT FOR PREPARING NIGHTTIME FEEDS. QUIET. WATER FILTER IS A GREAT ADDITION.”

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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.

Tommee Tippee Transition Cup

This is easy for a baby or toddler to hold, lightweight with handles. I really like the design.

NUK Magic Cup

Top features: The secondary offset silicone spout is perfect for allowing baby to progress to a new drinking action. Moving baby from sucking to sipping and changing angle.

I love the style of this cup. It’s practical because it teaches a little one how to drink from an actual cup. It looks like it would be easy to clean.

RRP: €7.99 Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland.

4.52 / 5

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4.48/ 5

I like that this doesn’t leak, it’s a practical size. The handles are good, and the teat is a good size and shape.

NUK First Choice Learner Cup

Designed for use from four months, the Tommee Tippee Transition Cup with a 150ml capacity, comes complete with a Closer to Nature teat to support the transition from bottle or breast to sippy cup drinking.

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

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4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE SIZE, THE SOFT SPOUT AND THE HANDLE IS EASY TO CLEAN.”

NUK First Choice Learner Cup

Top features: It is fitted with a silicone spout with a non-spill design which helps reduce mess. The spout also features the NUK Anti-Colic Air System which minimises infant colic.

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

4.30 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT:. ” VISUALLY APPEALING. HANDLES EASY TO GRIP FOR LITTLE HAND.”

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from breastfeeding or bottlefeeding to a regular cup. They can also improve hand-tomouth coordination. easy parenting

Top features: Easy for little hands to hold and simple to clean.

RRP: €8.99 Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide.

4.40 / 5

way for your baby to move

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.

The NUK First Choice Learner Cup is designed to make the transition easier from a bottle for your baby.

4.40 / 5

Sippy cups can be a great

NUK Magic Cup

RRP: €10 Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide.

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

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3.70 / 5

4.16 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “TOP IS VERY TIGHT AND LEAKS SEEM VERY UNLIKELY. NICE PRODUCT TO HELP TODDLER TRANSITION TO USING OPEN CUP..”

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TIME TO EAT BEST BABY/TODDLER DRINK

Drink up It’s really important to keep babies and toddlers well hydrated. You can do this by encouraging them to drink fluids regularly throughout the day. Take a look at these three drinks, which are suitable for babies aged six months and over.

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Juice

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Juice I like that this is organic, it’s also a good price and visually appealing. The slender bottle is easy for a child to hold.

Aqua Carpatica Kids Nice shaped bottle that is easy for a child to hold.

Organic apple and blackcurrant juice from concentrate, diluted with spring water. Suitable from six months. Top features: No added sugar.

Lidl Lupilu Organic Spring Water Drink

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

This has good ingredients, and it’s a handy one if you are out and about and you forget drinks.

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

MY CHILD WILL LIKE THE TASTE

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

3.57 / 5

3.80 / 5

3.64 / 5

2.67 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “IT’S ORGANIC AND NO ADDED SUGAR OR ADDITIVES, PRESERVATIVES OR ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.”

AQUA Carpatica Kids AQUA Carpatica Still Natural Mineral Water has the lowest sodium level of any bottled natural mineral water on the market, recommended in the daily diet of children.

Kids, toddlers in particular

Lidl Lupilu Organic Spring Water Drink

don’t always recognise that they’re thirsty, and if they’re not encouraged and reminded may forget to drink.

Suitable for six months and older Lupilu apple and blackcurrant organic spring water drink is produced in Ireland and made with Irish spring water with no added sugar.

Top features: The special cap determines the controlled flow of liquid, preventing spillage.

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Top features: Produced in Ireland.

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Lidl stores nationwide.

RRP: €0.80 Stockist: Simply Fresh

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

MY CHILD WILL LIKE THE TASTE

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

4.31 / 5

3.78 / 5

4.04 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE THE FACT THAT THE SODIUM LEVEL IS SO LOW. THE SIZE OF THE BOTTLE IS GOOD FOR YOUNG CHILDREN TO MANAGE INDEPENDENTLY.”

HAS NATURAL INGREDIENTS

MY CHILD WILL LIKE THE TASTE

SAFE FOR MY BABY

EXPERT RATING

3.52 / 5

3.64 / 5

3.56 / 5

1.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “NO ADDED SUGAR WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. I ALSO REALLY LIKE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE MADE IN IRELAND.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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TIME TO EAT BEST HIGH CHAIR

Sit down to eat 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.

Mothercare Teddy’s Toy Box Highchair

Joie Mimzy LX Highchair

Safety 1st Timba Highchair It looks very strong, like it would last a long time. I like the adjustable heights and that it can be used for older children.

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.

Stockist: Mothercare

EASY TO CLEAN

OF TIME EASE OF GETTING MYLENGTH CHILD WILL GET BABY IN AND OUT TO USE

4.20 / 5

4.24 / 5

4.0/ 5

I like the plastic cover, as it can be washed. It’s nice and compact, but still very spacious. It’s great that you can lower the height of the unit. It’s quick and easy to fold.

This highchair makes it easy to put baby in and out. I like the removable plastic cover. It would be easy to clean, and it has an insert for a smaller baby.

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.

RRP: €79.99

Mothercare Teddy’s Toy Box Highchair

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EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE MATERIAL AND THE PADDED SEAT. I LIKE THAT IT RECLINES AND HAS SIX DIFFERENT HEIGHT POSITIONS.”

Joie Mimzy LX Highchair 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.

Safety 1st Timba Highchair

Look for a highchair that supports your baby in a good upright seated position. Caroline O’Connor, dietitian

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

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

RRP: €85 Stockist: Nursery stores.

RRP: €125 Stockist: Available in leading nursery stores. EASY TO CLEAN

3.88 / 5

OF TIME EASE OF GETTING MYLENGTH CHILD WILL GET BABY IN AND OUT TO USE

4.04 / 5

4.0 / 5

EXPERT RATING

EASY TO CLEAN

3.67 / 5

4.18 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “THE CUSHION IS WIPEABLE AND REMOVABLE FOR WASHING AND THE CHAIR LOOKS COMFORTABLE FOR A CHILD. ” 86

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3.80 / 5

3.90 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “THIS CHAIR LOOKS COMPACT AND THE DESIGN IS SIMPLE AND CLEAN WHICH MEANS IT WOULD FIT IN TO ANY KITCHEN DÉCOR.”

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TIME TO EAT BEST PRODUCT FOR WEANING

Solid essentials

NUK Annabel Karmel Ice Lolly Mould

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!

I love this product for when baby is teething, I freeze breastmilk in them to help her little gums. Easy for little ones to hold.

NUK Annabel Karmel Ice Lolly Mould

Tesco Loves Baby Weaning Freezer Tray I like the size of these pots, and the fact that the tray keeps the food from getting freezer burn. It’s compact and easy to store.

Annabel Karmel ice lolly mould is ideal for making fresh fruit lollies from puréed fruit and pure fruit juice. Top features: Great for making lollies quickly and easily, the cold lollies will also help to soothe sore gums during teething.

Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender This would be perfect for stage one weaning. It steams and blends in one, and I like the recipes in the booklet.

RRP: €9.89 Stockist: Selected pharmacies nationwide.

EASY TO CLEAN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS A DURABLE PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.12 / 5

4.34 / 5

3.78 / 5

4.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT PRODUCT – USEFUL AS WHEN LOLLY MELTS IT DOESN’T DRIP. PERFECT BABY/TODDLER SIZE. GOOD PRICE.”

Tesco Loves Baby Weaning Freezer Tray

Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender

The Tesco Loves Baby weaning freezer tray is perfect for freezing individual portions of foods suitable for babies.

The Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender makes it really easy to prepare healthy meals with less mess and less stress. Simple to use, the Steamer Blender steams fruit, vegetables and meat and blends to a range of different textures.

Top features: The individual lids on each compartment make it easy to take out only as much as you need and keep the food from getting freezer burnt.BPA free

RRP: €5.82 Stockist: Tesco

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.

Caroline O’Connor, dietitian

Top features: No transfer between steaming and blending means less mess.

RRP: €159.99 Stockist: Nursery retailers. EASY TO CLEAN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

IS A DURABLE PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

EASY TO CLEAN

SAFE FOR MY BABY

4.10 / 5

3.38 / 5

3.33 / 5

IS A DURABLE PRODUCT

EXPERT RATING

4.38 / 5

3.88 / 5

4.07 / 5

3.95 / 5

5.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT VALUE. GOOD SIZE INDIVIDUAL POTS. DISHWASHER SAFE. CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF FREEZER ONE AT A TIME.”

EXPERT COMMENT: “EXCELLENT IDEA. I LIKE THE BUZZER.. I LIKE THAT YOU CAN GET DIFFERENT TEXTURE DEPENDING ON HOW LONG YOU PULSE.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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TIME TO EAT BEST BABY FOOD RANGE

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

Milupa Cereals

Top features: Stage 1 starts with Organic Baby Porridge and Organic Fruit Pouches and Pots. The range then moves up to Organic Meals in Pouches and Trays from Stage 2 up to Stage 4. Available in a wide range of flavours.

Lidl Lupilu Baby Food Range The pouches are handy for on the go feeding. I like that the range is organic. Good value too.

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

4.25 / 5

INGREDIENTS MY BABY WOULD LISTED CLEARLY LIKE THE TASTE ON THE PACKAGING

4.12 / 5

4.75/ 5

This is quite a broad range, and all natural ingredients. I like that it’s in stages and the shelf life of the products too.

Good range, variety of flavours for weaning baby. They are easy to prepare, and are a good price.

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Food Range is 100% organic with no added salt or sugar and no artificial colours or flavours.

GOOD INGREDIENTS

Aldi Mamia Organic Baby Food Range

EXPERT RATING

EX PERT ’S T IP

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD PRICE. FUN PACKAGING. ORGANIC INGREDIENTS.”

Milupa Cereals

Lidl Lupilu Baby Food Range

Milupa Cereals are tailored for your baby’s needs through each of the weaning stages all the way up to one year of age.

Lupilu baby food is made from pure organic ingredients. From fruit based pouches to dinner pots there is always a convenient way to provide a full healthy meal for baby.

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4.02 / 5

4.63 / 5

EXPERT RATING

GOOD INGREDIENTS

3.50 / 5

4.06 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “HANDY TUBE. SUGAR FREE. NATURAL INGREDIENTS.”

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purées, soups and sauces. You can buy these from as little as €14.

Caroline O’Connor, dietitian

RRP: €0.99 Stockist: Lidl stores nationwide.

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: Available in all major retailers nationwide.

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start weaning. Use it to make

Top features: Low in salt, finely puréed and mild in taste or with fine pieces to help babies to learn to chew.

Top features: Milupa Cereals contain key nutrients and new tastes and textures to complement a varied weaning diet.

GOOD INGREDIENTS

A hand blender is a handy piece of equipment when you

INGREDIENTS MY BABY WOULD LISTED CLEARLY LIKE THE TASTE ON THE PACKAGING

3.86 / 5

4.51 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “SMELLS NICE. NATURAL INGREDIENTS. HANDY CONTAINERS.”

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TIME TO EAT BEST BABY/TODDLER SNACKS

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.

Freddy Fyffes Bananas

Aldi Mamia Organic Corn Snacks These are a good size for baby learning to feed herself. Practical, and handy for when you’re on the go.

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. 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 Organic Mini Apples and Raspberry Rice Cakes Nice flavour, good packaging, and great value for money. Easy for when you’re on the go.

RRP: Prices range from €1.50 to €1.79 Stockist: Supervalu, Dunnes, Spar, independent fruit and vegetable shops nationwide.

SAFE FOR MY BABY

GOOD INGREDIENTS

EASY FOR BABY TO EAT

EXPERT RATING

4.64 / 5

4.80 / 5

4.80 / 5

4.33 / 5

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EXPERT COMMENT: “PACKAGING IS ATTRACTIVE WITH THE BANANA CHARACTER WHICH MAY HELP WHEN TRYING TO GET CHILDREN TO EAT. PORTION SIZE IS GOOD.”

Aldi Mamia Organic Corn Snacks Available in Carrot Puffs or Tomato Wheels, Aldi Mamia Organic Toddler Snacks are suitable from seven months upwards.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple and Raspberry Rice Cakes

The ideal time to start finger food is when your baby is picking up food and putting it into their mouth. easy parenting

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

Top features: Made with organic corn, they contain no added sugar or salt, and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

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

RRP: €0.69 Stockist: Aldi stores nationwide.

RRP: Ranges from €0.89 Stockist: SuperValu

SAFE FOR MY BABY

GOOD INGREDIENTS

EASY FOR BABY TO EAT

EXPERT RATING

SAFE FOR MY BABY

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4.68 / 5

4.67 / 5

GOOD INGREDIENTS

EASY FOR BABY TO EAT

EXPERT RATING

4.46 / 5

4.55 / 5

4.30/ 5

4.61 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “INGREDIENTS ARE MINIMAL AND NATURAL. THE PACKAGING IS APPEALING. THE PRICE IS COMPETITIVE TO OTHER BRANDS.” 90

These bananas are a nice practical size for children. An easy snack, they are healthy and can be mashed up for young babies.

EXPERT COMMENT: “SIZE OF RICE CAKE IS GOOD FOR BABIES/YOUNG CHILDREN WHO LIKE SOMETHING FOR EACH HAND. PRICE IS COMPETITIVE.”

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Toddler Snack Food ! nd A by Ba st Be s d’ an Have Been Voted Irel Freddy Fyffes has won the Gold Award as Ireland’s best Baby and Toddler Snack Food in the National Parenting Product Awards 2018! Babies love the naturally sweet taste of bananas, which makes it a nutritious and delicious food choice. Bananas can be easily mashed and puréed for young babies, or served as finger foods to older babies and children. Best of all, you don’t need to cook them first and they come in their own jackets, making them an amazing ‘fast- food’ at home and while traveling. Containing around 95 calories, 0% fat and brimming with vitamins and minerals, a Freddy Fyffes banana is the perfect snack of choice for today’s children.

GO BANANAS! Make mealtimes easier and pick up a pack of Freddy Fyffes Bananas to use in one of these quick and easy baby-friendly recipes: •

Mashed berries and bananas for breakfast

Yoghurt with mashed or sliced bananas as a snack

Bananas and rice pudding are a great dessert combination

BANANA RICE PUDDING Makes 1-2 Servings Ingredients:

Method:

• 1 cup / 50g of cooked white rice • ½ Freddy Fyffes banana, mashed • ½ cup / 100mls of full fat milk • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract • Pinch of ground cinnamon

1. Put everything in a saucepan and heat slowly until it is all warmed through.

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SuperValu Kiddies Organics Mini Apple Rice Cakes

Lidl Snack Carrot Sticks Miniature baby carrots, rich in vitamin A and K. Top features: Ideal for snacking and lunchboxes.

SuperValu Kiddies Organics rice cakes are ideal from

RRP: €1.99

nine months. They are 100% organic, contain Vitamin

Stockist: Lidl stores nationwide.

B1, contain no added sugar or salt. Top features: This product contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. RRP: €0.89

Stockist: SuperValu

TOP TIP Let your child choose Take your toddler shopping with you and let him pick out whatever fresh fruit or vegetable catches his fancy. Kids are more likely to eat and enjoy what they choose.

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TIME TO EAT BEST STERILISER

Super sterile

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Electric Steam Steriliser

Your baby is born with an immature immune system, so she’s more susceptible to picking up germs. This is why it’s essential that you sterilise all of your baby’s feeding equipment. Take a look at these sterilisers.

I like that it’s not too bulky and that it has lots of space inside it. The tiered system makes for a lot of space on smaller items.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Steam Steriliser

Avent Micro Steam Steriliser I like how this is a compact steriliser and it stores bottles and soothers perfectly. It works quickly and can be used with different brands.

The Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser is a compact, sleek design that can hold up to five bottles. The quick and convenient cycle time kills 99.9% of household bacteria meaning you can have five sterile bottles in five minutes.

NUK Vario Express Steam Steriliser

Top features: The contents stay sterile for a full 24 hours if the lid stays closed.

This has maximum capacity, it can sterilise lots of bottles. I like its sleek design and special compartment for soothers.

RRP: €74.99 Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland. CAPACITY OF BE USED WITH BOTTLES THAT CAN CAN ALL BRANDS OF SAFE FOR MY BABY BE STERILISED BOTTLES AT ONCE

4.24 / 5

3.68 / 5

4.30 / 5

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EXPERT RATING

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “QUICK 5 MINUTE CYCLE.”

Avent Micro Steam Steriliser Avent Micro Steam Steriliser offers fast, effective sterilising at home or away. Up to four Philips Avent bottles or products can be sterilised at once.

RRP: From €37.05 Stockist: All major grocery stores.

RRP: €70 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

CAPACITY OF BE USED WITH BOTTLES THAT CAN CAN ALL BRANDS OF SAFE FOR MY BABY BE STERILISED BOTTLES AT ONCE

4.33 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “STERILISES IN MICROWAVE SO CAN USE ANYWHERE. HOLDS MULTIPLE BOTTLES AND PRODUCTS.” 94

12 months old.

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Top features: Contents stay sterile for up to 24 hours. Sterilises pumps, soothers, and cutlery as well as baby bottles.

4.12 / 5

feeding equipment is sterilised until your baby is

The NUK Vario Express Steam Steriliser gently sterilises baby bottles with steam. Top features: There is room for up to six boilproof bottles. Soothers, accessories and teething rings can also be quickly and reliably sterilised in the removable basket.

3.64 / 5

It’s recommended that all

NUK Vario Express Steam Steriliser

CAPACITY OF BE USED WITH BOTTLES THAT CAN CAN ALL BRANDS OF SAFE FOR MY BABY BE STERILISED BOTTLES AT ONCE

3.86 / 5

3.60 / 5

4.10 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS ON LID. ROBUST AND STABLE FEEL. ONE HANDED LID OPENING..”

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TIME TO EAT BEST STERILISER

RUNNER UP

NUK Express Plus Microwave Steriliser The NUK Micro Express Plus Microwave Steam Steriliser provides a quick but effective method of sterilising your baby’s bottles and accessories. Top features: Using the hospital method of steam sterilisation the Micro Express Plus can sterilise up to four feeding bottles plus accessories in just four minutes.

Hand hygiene

Proper hand hygiene is the most important hygiene measure you and your family can take. Wash your hands under running warm water with soap. Rub your hands together for 15-30 seconds and pay attention to fingertips, thumbs and in between the fingers.

RRP: €34.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

TOP TIP Sterilising 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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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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MUMS’ TIPS WEANING

Pouches are a lifesaver. Always have a few handy for when you have to leave the house unexpectedly, or just can’t face doing up a whole

A mini muffin tin Fill each compartment with a heaped tablespoon of stew or pasta sauce, then just cover with cling film and freeze. Once fully solid use a warm cloth at the back mould and the sauce portions just pop out. Then place into a

new batch of

freezer bag, label and store in the freezer for those

weaning pots.

busy, busy days you just 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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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 98

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.

Chemical steriliser

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

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FOR MUM PREFERRED 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

No after taste, and a great price. The handy sachets mean you don’t have to measure out.

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

Vitabiotics Feroglobin Liquid This is gentle on the stomach, and easy to take. It has a wide range of nutrients and is reasonably priced.

RRP: €19.79 Stockist: All pharmacies and healthstores nationwide.

4.44 / 5

4.63 / 5

4.49 / 5

Easy to take and love the days of the week so baby brain doesn’t forget. Used this throughout both my pregnancies and found it great.

Spatone Liquid Iron 28 Day

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.

WILL SUPPLEMENT MY DIET/HELP DELIVERS ON THE IS A BRAND I HAVE MY CHILD’S MAIN THINGS USED BEFORE PRE-NATAL I NEED DEVELOPMENT

Vitabiotics Pregnacare Plus

EXPERT RATING

EX PERT ’S T IP

4.75 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “MULTIVITAMIN TABLET FORM. DAILY LABELS ON PACKAGING VERY CONVENIENT.”

Spatone Liquid Iron 28 Day Spatone Liquid Iron is a naturally occurring iron-rich mineral water, which is collected and packed straight from the source in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales.

Two important points to

Vitabiotics Feroglobin Liquid

remember: Make sure the supplement you take is specifically for pregnancy, and supplements aren’t

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

Top features: Spatone is an effective gentle source of iron, which can help to prevent iron deficiency in pregnancy. Handy single serve sachets.

a substitute for a healthy balanced diet!

Caroline O’Connor, dietitian

Top features: It provides an organic form of iron citrate complex for improved absorption making it gentle on the stomach, along with B vitamins and trace minerals, blended with honey and Swiss alpine malt.

RRP: €9.95 Stockist: Available from leading pharmacies, health stores and grocery retailers nationwide.

RRP: €12.75 Stockist: Available at leading nursery stores nationwide.

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4.34 / 5

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EXPERT RATING

3.25 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “EASILY ABSORBED IRON. SACHETS ARE HANDY.”

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4.27 / 5

EXPERT RATING

3.50 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GENTLE ON STOMACH. EASY TO TAKE. ”

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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.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Breast Pump This is a compact electric pump. The fact that it’s electric means it’s less time consuming. It’s easy to clean and portable.

NUK Jolie Manual Breast Pump I like that the bottle can be used straight from pumping. I also like the design and smooth handle.

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.

Avent Natural Comfort Breast Pump

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

I like the containers provided, and the breast pads. It’s compact and easy to use.

RRP: €129.99 Stockist: Nursery shops, pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland. COMFORTABLE TO USE

GOOD SUCTION

EASY TO CLEAN

EXPERT RATING

3.83 / 5

3.67 / 5

3.98 / 5

4.33 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “SMALL IN SIZE GOOD FOR TRAVEL. SILICONE CUSHION FOR BREAST. LIGHTWEIGHT. DIFFERENT SETTINGS AVAILABLE. EASY TO CLEAN..”

NUK Jolie Manual Breast Pump

Avent Natural Comfort Breast Pump

The NUK Jolie Manual Breast Pump’s design provides an efficient expressing movement and the ergonomic handle makes it easy to express breast milk with just one hand.

The Philips Avent Natural Comfort Breast Pump gently stimulates natural let-down and milk flow. Express, store and feed in one with the three versatile milk storage cups included.

Top features: This pump also features a soft, textured silicone cushion, which moulds to the shape of mother’s breast.

Top features: Compact lightweight design and compatible with other Philips Avent feeding products.

GOOD SUCTION

3.70 / 5

3.41 / 5

EASY TO CLEAN

4.03 / 5

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EXPERT RATING

COMFORTABLE TO USE

GOOD SUCTION

EASY TO CLEAN

EXPERT RATING

4.33 / 5

3.60 / 5

3.30 / 5

3.88 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD VALUE. ERGONOMIC HANDLE – VERY USER FRIENDLY.”

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or you are on the go a lot, you will need a pump that is

RRP: €63.14 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

RRP: €39.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide. COMFORTABLE TO USE

If you’re planning to return to work while still breastfeeding,

EXPERT COMMENT: “LIGHTWEIGHT. WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO WOMEN. EASY TO USE/CLEAN. TRAVEL FRIENDLY.”

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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.

Very effective product in reducing swelling and pain. The small sachets can be stored in the fridge, which is great for a cooling effect.

Multi-Mam Compresses

Multi-Mam Balm I have used this product before and was very impressed at how it helped while breastfeeding. It’s safe for baby, no need to wash off.

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.

Tesco Ultra Slim Breast Pads

Top features: Natural, safe and harmless when swallowed.

I like that it is a simple plastic packaging so it doesn’t get wet or dirty if you carry in your bag. The sticker felt really good to help product stay in place.

RRP: €14.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

REDUCES PAIN/ DISCOMFORT

SAFE FOR MY BABY

HELPS BREASTFEEDING

EXPERT RATING

4.41 / 5

4.39 / 5

4.41 / 5

4.33 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT PRODUCT TO HAVE FOR NEW BREASTFEEDERS. GIVE GOOD RELIEF. INDIVIDUALLY AND HYGIENICALLY PACKAGED.”

Multi-Mam Balm

Breast pads fit neatly into

Tesco Ultra Slim Breast Pads

Multi-Mam Balm cares for sensitive and delicate nipples and provides direct relief from cracking. Multi Mam Balm contains vegetable oil and squalene (essential part of human sebum).

your bra and help to absorb extra milk.

easy parenting

Tesco Mum Ultra slim breast pads are soft and absorbent and offer double layer protection. With a discreet, contoured slim fit, the breast pads have a super absorbent core and feature adhesive tape to keep them in place.

Top features: The balm is lanolin free and has no chemical, preservatives or taste. It is safe if swallowed by baby.

Top features: Individually wrapped to make them ideal for days out.

RRP: €4.99 Stockist: Tesco

RRP: €9.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

REDUCES PAIN/ DISCOMFORT

SAFE FOR MY BABY

HELPS BREASTFEEDING

EXPERT RATING

4.22 / 5

4.46 / 5

4.38 / 5

4.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT FOR A BARRIER TO SOOTHE SORE NIPPLES. ONLY NEED A LITTLE AMOUNT - COST EFFECTIVE.”

COMFORTABLE IT IS A HIGH QUALSAFE FOR MY BABY ISFOR MY BABY ITY PRODUCT

3.63 / 5

4.08/ 5

3.97 / 5

EXPERT RATING

4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO USE. GOOD PRICE.”

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RUNNER UP

RUNNER UP

Bebe au Lait Nursing Pillow The Bébé au Lait Nursing Pillow puts baby at optimum

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Pads

height to promote a better latch.

Tommee Tippee breast pads are ultra-absorbent to

Top features: The reversible, dual-sided

keep you feeling comfortable and confident.

design gives the option of a flat, firmer

Top features: The discreet, non-slip design ensures

surface or a plush, softer surface.

they stay put in your bra.

RRP: €59.95

RRP: €7.49

Stockist: www.cleverclogs.ie, Mothercare,

Stockist: Available at leading nursery shops,

Tony Kealy.

pharmacies and grocery stores throughout Ireland.

FA C T Breast milk is tailor made for baby Breast milk is always ready, is the right temperature and it changes to meet baby’s needs. In cold climates, human milk contains more fat, whereas in warm climates more water.

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FOR MUM BEST POST-PREGNANCY PRODUCT

Postnatal care

Tesco Maternity Towels

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.

I found these great value for money after I had my baby, as they had a lot in the pack for a reasonable price.

Lil-lets Maternity Pads This is a long towel that looks like it would give good protection after birth. The grooves at the edges look like they’ll help to avoid leakage.

Tesco Maternity Towels (x20) 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.

Tesco Disposable Maternity Briefs Medium

Top features: The towels are soft, and have a cushioning effect, including side and end channels and leak proof shield to give protection and confidence.

These look like they would be comfortable enough to wear, and you wouldn’t have to worry about leaks, as they are disposable. They are soft and comfortable for post pregnancy.

RRP: €1.99 Stockist: Tesco DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS I NEED

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EXPERT RATING

4.24 / 5

4.50 / 5

4.33 / 5

3.0 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD VALUE. MATERIAL SEEMS QUITE THICK AND ABSORBENT.”

Lil-lets Maternity Pads Lil-Lets super absorbent maternity pads are extra-long, contoured, maxi thick pads that absorb in seconds. Top features: Holding fluid deep in the core and feature wings for added security, the pads have a wider back for extra protection and a super soft cover. Each pad is individually folded and wrapped. Lil-Lets maternity pads are also fragrance free and gently cushioned for your comfort.

RRP: €2.89 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide. DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS I NEED

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EXPERT RATING

4.07 / 5

3.57 / 5

4.24 / 5

3.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “I LIKE THE SIZE AND DISCREETNESS OF IT. I ALSO LIKE THAT IT HAS WINGS.”

Tesco Disposable Maternity Briefs Medium (x5) Breathable and ideal for use with Tesco maternity towels, these disposable briefs have been specially designed for use during late pregnancy and for the first few days after the birth of your baby.

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. easy parenting

Top features: Individually wrapped for convenience.

RRP: €2.69 Stockist: Tesco

DELIVERS ON THE MAIN THINGS I NEED

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

EASY FOR ME TO USE

EXPERT RATING

3.66 / 5

4.09/ 5

3.78 / 5

2.67 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD PRICE. ”

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FOR MUM BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT FOR MUM

Pampering mum 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.

Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream

Bio-Oil

This smells nice, and it’s easily absorbed into the skin. It has a luxurious feel, and with an SPF15 – it has a great price point.

Bio-Oil helps improve the appearance of both new and old scars and helps to reduce the possibility of stretch marks forming during pregnancy. 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.

Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle I like the packaging and the texture of the product. It’s easily absorbed into the skin.

RRP: Ranges from €11.95 to €24.95 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide, Dunnes, Tesco.

IT MUST SMELL NICE

GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

MUST BE EASILY ABSORBED INTO THE SKIN

EXPERT RATING

4.08 / 5

3.86 / 5

4.35 / 5

4.67 / 5

EX PERT ’S T IP

EXPERT COMMENT: “HELPS IMPROVE APPEARANCE OF UNEVEN SKIN TONE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. HELPS RETAIN MOISTURE.”

Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream 50ml The Caviar Illumination Day Cream is light in texture and full of luxurious ingredients that keep working all day long. Top features: With caviar extract, this Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream contains SPF15. Dermatologically tested

Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle 200ml

Did you know that your skin

This unique way of moisturising capitalises on skin’s peak hydration moment (when it’s wet). Soaking instantly into the skin, this ultra-light and non-greasy moisturiser infused with apricot oil and avocado oil will help your skin to feel soft.

hydrated? Try to moisturise

becomes more pliant, more plasticised, and better able to stretch when it’s well three to four times a day. easy parenting

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EXPERT COMMENT: “LARGE SIZE FOR PRICE. NICE SMELL. FEELS SOFT ON SKIN. ”

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FOR MUM BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT FOR MUM

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Mama Oil Stretch Mark Minimising Body Oil

Sanctuary Spa 3 Day Long Lasting Moisture Shower Burst 200ml

VOYA’s Mama Oil Stretch Mark Minimising Body Oil is an ultra-

Sanctuary Spa 3 Day Long Lasting Moisture Shower Burst contains

nourishing and cocooning solution.

sweet almond oils, which leaves skin feeling clean, ultra-soft and

Top features: Combines hand-harvested Fucus Serratus seaweed

moisturised for up to three days after just one use.

extract with the finest Jojoba and Cacay Seed oils.

Top features: Paraben free, not tested on animals.

RRP: €39

RRP: €8.99

Stockist: www.voya.ie

Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

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. A hint of tint All eyes on you Definitely semi-permanent eye lashes. They last three

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lashes tinted and shaped

won’t look half as tired!

- 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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You can’t beat a bob

Dry shampoo saviour Get a low maintenance cut like a bob, get a BB cream and slap on some mascara. Good to go.

We might not always like to admit it, but in the evening after the kids are finally in bed, we often 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.

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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. 112

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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 ring pregnanc y, y ou r s k i n can bec om e m ore del i ca t e , and s ens itiv e t o lig h t .

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 114

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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CLEANING BEST LAUNDRY PRODUCT

Laundry time

Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser

Any parent will tell you that laundry is part of everyday life. So it’s important to use effective products – check these laundry items out.

This is a great idea for soiled clothes to kill bacteria. It would be a good product to use if there is any illness in the house. I like that it kills germs at low temperatures.

Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser

Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Range This is easy to use, and very effective. I love the smell.

Add Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser to your wash to kill 99.9% of bacteria, so that you can be confident that your laundry is hygienically clean every time, whatever temperature you wash at (proven to work in rinse cycle temperatures as low as 15°C)

Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Colour Detergent

Top features: Dermatologically tested.

I like that it’s ultra sensitive. The smell is not irritating to the nose. It’s good value.

RRP: €6.29 Stockist: Available in all major retailers nationwide.

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Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Range

Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Colour Detergent

All you have to do is pre treat, soak and/or pop a scoop of Vanish into every wash for best results.

Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Colour Detergent is free from colours, fragrances, and preservatives and is kind to the skin.

For lightly soiled clothes or garments that are specifically designed for being cleaned quickly, a quick wash cycle will wash your clothes in half the time.

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Top features: Suitable to use for baby’s clothes.

Top features: New super boosted formula removes some stains in just 30 seconds.

RRP: Vanish Gold Oxiaction White Powder 470g: €8.39; Vanish Gold Oxiaction White Powder 850g: €13.65; Vanish Gold Oxiaction White Powder 1.35kg: €17.85

RRP: €2.35 Stockist: Lidl

Stockist: Available in all major retailers nationwide. DOES NOT CAUSE ALLERGIES/ SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

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EXPERT COMMENT: “GREAT PRICE. GOOD SIZE BOTTLE..”

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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.

Tesco Fabric Conditioner Pure

Tesco Fabric Conditioner Pure This has a nice mild scent, and it’s suitable for baby’s sensitive skin. It has a good price point.

Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Fabric Softener I like that it’s fragrance free, and that it’s suitable for the whole family.

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.

Aldi Anco Luxurious So Soft Fabric Conditioner

RRP: €2 Stockist: Tesco

I love the scent of the peach. It’s a good size and seems like it would be long lasting.

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Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Fabric Softener

Aldi Anco Luxurious So Soft Fabric Conditioner

Make sure to read the care tags on clothes first and follow the instructions given. easy parenting

Premium fabric conditioner that leaves your clothes luxuriously soft with a long lasting fragrance.

Lidl Lupilu Ultra Sensitive Fabric Softener is free from fragrances, colours and preservatives and leaves washing feeling soft.

Top features: Comes in a wide range of fragrances – jasmine and dewberry; magnolia and strawberry; white peach and musk or bergamot and blue lily.

Top features: Get 50 washes from a 1 litre bottle.

RRP: €2.35 Stockist: Lidl

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Hygiene rules Hygiene at home is a top priority when there are kids on the scene. Check out these anti-bacterial sprays, which help to keep household germs at bay.

Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray 500ml

This is an ideal cleaning product, it’s great for cleaning high chairs etc. It has a nice smell, it’s not too strong.

Dettol All In One Disinfectant Spray This is a convenient product, as you can use it on all surfaces, from cushions to toys.

Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray cleans, disinfects and freshens, making it ideal to disinfect all surfaces in the home. Top features: Kills 99.9% of germs. Bleach-free and alcohol free.

Tesco Anti+Bac Original Multi Surface Cleaning Spray

RRP: €2.99 Stockist: All supermarkets.

This has a really good price. It’s an easy and safe way to quickly clean an area.

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Dettol All in One Disinfectant Spray

Tesco Anti+Bac Original Multi Surface Cleaning Spray

Dettol All in One Disinfectant Spray kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The spray can help protect your family from germs by preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Tesco 24 hour antibacterial multi-purpose cleaner kills 99.9% of bacteria. Suitable for many areas around the house including high chairs, sinks and draining boards, kitchen worktops, bins, kitchen units, shower screens, toilets.

Top features: It is suitable for around toilet areas, door handles, pet living area, car seats etc. Available in Crisp Linen, Spring Waterfall, Orchard Blossom.

It’s important to disinfect and regularly clean all surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles, taps, flush handes, toilet seats, switches and bin lids – this can help to reduce the spread of germs around the home. easy parenting

Top features: Does not contain bleach, gives 24-hour protection.

RRP: €0.33 Stockist: Tesco

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Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray

EXPERT COMMENT: “GOOD FOR KITCHEN SURFACES. KNOW BACTERIA IS GONE ONCE USED. PLEASANT SMELL. GREAT PRICE.”

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Lidl W5 Antibacterial Multi-surface Cleaner

clean and fresh air without synthetic chemicals.

Highly effective antibacterial cleanser that quickly and

Top features: Its patented formula contains a unique

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RRP: 75ml €13.00, 200ml €17.99 Stockist: Pharmacies nationwide.

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Aldi Power Force Antibacterial Multi Action Cleaner Power Force antibacterial surface cleaner effectively kills 99.9% of bacteria. It can be used on all surfaces throughout your home, leaving a fresh fragrance. Top features: It cuts through grease, soap scum, food deposits, dirty fingerprints and leaves surfaces, fresh, clean and free of germs. RRP: €0.49

Banish germs at home Home hygiene is important, but more so when there is a baby in the house. Disinfection and regular cleaning of all surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles, taps, flush handles, toilet seats, and switches can help to reduce the spread of germs.

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CLEANING BEST HOME CLEANING PRODUCT

Clean up

Milton Washing Up Liquid

Every household has a stock of cleaning sprays and solutions for general house work. Check out these cleaning products, which will help you tackle those spills and stains.

I like that this helps to remove milk residue. It has an easy to use dispenser. It’s ideal for washing baby feeding equipment.

Tesco Citrus Antibacterial Wipes

Milton Washing Up Liquid

These are convenient for wiping high chairs. They are moist and are a great size. The smell isn’t too overpowering.

Milton Washing Up Liquid removes all milk residue and white film effectively from your baby’s bottle, ensuring safe baby bottle and teat cleaning. Top features: Fragrance, colour and paraben free.

Aldi Mamia Sterilising Fluid

RRP: €5.99 Stockist: All supermarkets nationwide.

REMOVES ANY GERMS

4.61 / 5

VALUE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY GOODMONEY

4.51 / 5

3.43 / 5

This has a good price, and I like how it can be used on all surfaces. The smell isn’t too strong.

EXPERT RATING

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4.33 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “PORTABLE BOTTLE – EASY TO USE. VISUALLY APPEALING BOTTLE. I TRUST THIS BRAND AND WOULD LIKELY BUY THIS PRODUCT.”

Tesco Citrus Antibacterial Wipes

Aldi Mamia Sterilising Fluid

These antibacterial wipes kill bacteria and keep surfaces bacteria free for up to 24 hours.

Sterilises in 15 minutes and stays sterile for 24 hours. Antibacterial and antimicrobial effective 99.9%.

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.

Always clean and disinfect kitchen work surfaces before preparing food. easy parenting

Top features: No need to rinse off.

RRP: €2.89 Stockist: Aldi

RRP: €1.30 (80 pk) Stockist: Tesco REMOVES ANY GERMS

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VALUE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY GOODMONEY

3.90 / 5

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4.0 / 5

EXPERT COMMENT: “VERY GOOD VALUE. SUITABLE FOR HIGHCHAIRS AND OTHER SURFACES FOR BABY. ”

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VALUE FOR SAFE FOR MY BABY GOODMONEY

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EXPERT COMMENT: “IT IS A GOOD STERILISING PRODUCT THAT LASTS A LONG TIME AT A GOOD PRICE.” IRELAND’S BEST BABY BUYS

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CLEANING FEATURE HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOME?

How clean is your home? There’s nothing more satisyfing than having a clean and orderly home. Try these top tricks to keep your house spick and span

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leaning is definitely one of those love/ hate activities. Some people get a real kick out of cleaning, while others will avoid it until things get really bad! For those of you who are in the latter group, it’s worth knowing that a messy home can really increase your stress levels. Nobody likes coming home to a cluttered and messy house after a long day at work. Living in a peaceful, clean, organised space is possible if you get into the habit of cleaning and tidying up just a little bit every day. A few minutes here and there can save you a few hours at the weekend. And more importantly, your home will be safer for your kids. No clutter on the floor means less tripping hazards, and your living space will become more hygienic with less germs dust and allergens.

How can you make cleaning easier for yourself

• Keep a set of cleaning supplies in every bathroom (if you have more than one) – allowing you to do a quick clean up every day. • Wash your dishes or load the dishwasher straight after dinner before you sit down to relax. • Make your bed/kids’ beds first thing in the morning after rising. 124

TOP TIP What are your essential items for cleaning? Make sure you always have a good stock of the following cleaning products at home: • All purpose cleaner • Glass and window cleaner • Disinfectant • Bleach • Washing up liquid • Gloves • Cleaning cloths • Sponges • Laundry detergent •Cleaning wipes • Paper towels • Duster

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CLEANING FEATURE HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOME?

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.

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.

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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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... For the early days...

Babywearing is a lifesaver! The joy of having two hands should not be underestimated. From getting stuff done around the house to making it so much easier when leaving the house, using a

Buy everything you need for a

baby carrier gives you untold independence while

feeding station in advance. Your

your little one is comforted, safe, snoozy and close

little milk monster will keep you

to you at all times.

captive for many, many, many hours. Make sure you’ve gathered together your supplies in a handy basket and have it within reach before you sit down. Lanolin, compresses, nursing pads, haakaa pump, snacks, water, phone battery power pack… whatever it is you need.

For the early days... 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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MUMS SAY BUYING FOR BABY

For the changing bag... For the changing bag... A lot of changing bags are decorated with only baby in mind; but your baby is not the one who As Mary Poppins

has to carry it. Even if you’re a girly girl, make sure

would tell you: the key to a

you get a bag which will also be suitable for your

good bag is being able to find

partner to carry; and when you want to feel like a

everything. And when you might

grown-up as well as a mum.

be carrying dirty clothes, snacks, a 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 baby during the summer or in a hotter climate. Infants For the nursery... Buy furniture that will last beyond

can overheat or get cold very quickly, so it will allow you to regulate the temperature of your baby’s room.

toddlerhood. While it is nice to have 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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Adorra Part of the Family

The luxurious Adorra meets the demands of everyday life by combining best-in-class comfort for your baby and convenience for you. Weighing less than 12kg and boasting a compact fold, it's the perfect pushchair from birth up to 3.5 years. *Register with Maxi-Cosi for lifetime warranty within 3 months after purchase

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