Thursday, April 10, 2014

Some baby tips from me

With friends having their first baby left and right, I‘ve been asked for tips of baby must haves. These are just my tips from my experiences with BabyS…all babies are different and some things works better than others.

Dry wipes:

BabyS bottom didn’t like the “chemicals” in wet wipes, so we changed to dry wipes to use with plain tap water. Even with dry wipes there are tons to choose from…from normal priced to very cheap…

Brand Mesoft Vidi Dermica Unik Sensitiv
Comment Available also abroad…just ask for non-woven swabs Vitus apotek have offers on this brand often: 5 for 100 NOK Bought these 50% off,haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Tried these at a friends house, just like the Vidi ones.
Approx. pricing 30 NOK 29 NOK 28 NOK 18 NOK
Available @ Most pharmacies Vitus apotek Apotek 1 Kiwi grocery stores

All these come in 100 wipes per package and measure 10 x 10cm. Also great for using with baby oil.

The above dry wipes I used while BabyS  was very sensitive to everything that come in contact with her skin. As she got more “sturdy” we changed to a more coarse dry wipe. Mostly because these were better to use when her poo was harder to wipe away.

Brand/Name Smart 365 Softstar Coop X-tra
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Comment (Couldn’t find picture of the packaging – so here is the logo) Been ages since I bough a packet, after hoarding “3 for 2 offer” Like these better, as the have “grooves” – better to wipe off food left overs.
Approx. pricing 40 NOK 35 NOK 20 SEK
Available @ ICA grocery stores Rimi grocery stores Coop stores in Sweden

The packages come in 250 wipes per package with a guesstimated size of 15 x 17 cm. Please note that these wipes have a more coarse surface…so not suitable for a newborns sensitive skin.

“Personal care”:

Diaper cream/ Zinc cream: After using different brands, we prefere “Dr. Greve Pharma sinksalve”. Just the right consistency for us.

Diaper cream: Bepanthen ointment by Beyer. Great for a serious rash.

Foam soaps wash out faster than regular soaps. Great when you have a impatient baby waiting.

Medela Purelan – lanolin ointment for mommy's’ soar nipples (from breast feeding). I bought the smallest tube and had more than enough for my usage.

Liquid bile soap: natural and can be used on the most delicate clothes. Worked wonders on our wool and bamboo clothes.

Clothes – for baby:

- Bodies that can be wrapped instead of pulled over the head was great for first timers like us. A newborns body sometimes feel like jelly, and placing a baby on top of the body and just wrapping around…And when your baby does a poo-volcano (poo is everywhere!…from the diaper, up the back, all the way up to the neck) it’s very relieving not having to pull the crap over baby’s head. Or like my colleagues tip, using scissors to cut of the body.

Of course what clothes to put on your baby depends on the season/weather. Always dress your baby accordingly.

- Mittens…Babies have the smallest nails and easily bruise their sensitive skin. Socks can also be used in a pinch Winking smile 

For mommies:

A while back I posted about my newfound love for Pierre Roberts wool tops. Great when nursing and keeps the chest nice and warm, at least when the temperature in Norway start dropping below 10°C.

Large gauze towels. Super absorbent and multi use. We used our to cover up when feeding, washing, wiping, as bibs, padding, blankets….pretty much everything. We bought our super cheap @Jysk, but they discontinued this line since we bought ours. I bought a new batch when I was in Singapore. I have later also found them on Ebay, just search for ‘gauze towels’ or “gauze diapers”. Just remember to check the size. Ours were pretty large, measuring a 72 x 72 cm.

Water bottles – filled and stored in the fridge. Important to replenish when breast feeding.

Some tips to start with.
- what would be you tip about?

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