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What’s New At Asda?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 22-03-2012

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My love of Asda won’t come as news to any of you. I get my food delivered by them every week, and I spend my time drooling over the beautiful clothes in George for me, and then inevitably go off and buy something for Little Man instead. I love keeping an eye out for new products for Little Man, and I have three here to show you.

Annabel Karmel Porridge & Apple Biscuit Bakes
When these appeared on my doormat I was a little sceptical. The idea of biscuits that taste of porridge was a bit “out there” for me – surely the only thing tasting of porridge should be porridge in a bowl? Apparently not. I nervously handed one over to Little Man, half expecting it to be spat back out at me, and watched in amazement as he finished it off, and promptly requested “More?”.
Being Annabel Karmel endorsed you know these biscuits will be perfect for little children. They can be eaten as they are from 12 month, but can be mixed with their usual milk earlier than that for breakfast. They come in a box of 5 handy 3 portion packs, so can be slipped into a bag or a coat pocket for outings and walks.

Annabel Karmel Carrot & Sweetcorn Rice & Corn Snacks
My Little Man hates rice cakes. He always has. He chews them for a while, then spits it out, usually whilst moving around the room. In fact the only rice cake I have ever seen him finish is one belonging to his girlfriend – but other peoples food always is nicer isn’t it? Due to this I wasn’t really expecting him to appreciate these, and to be honest I was planning on handing them over to his rice cake loving girlfriend when we next saw her.
One evening dinner was unusually rejected – one of those days all round – so instead of giving him some fruit instead I thought I’d stick to the savoury idea and opened these Rice & Corn Snacks. Half a pack later it turns out that he now DOES like rice cakes! Another snack time winner for us!

Little Angels Baby Wipes with Built-In Pot Of Nappy Cream
Nappy rash is a bit of a nightmare in our house. Little Man doesn’t get it very often, but when he does it tends to flare up out of nowhere. It often goes from none existent to intensely painful within half an hour. When I’m at home that’s no problem – Sudocrem at the ready – but when I’m out its a nightmare as I have invariably forgotten our spare pot. Asda have come up with a brilliant solution.
Their new design baby wipes now come with a small pot of nappy cream built it. It’s not impregnated on every wipe, it is simply a small pot built into the packet which sits alongside the opening for the wipes. You can’t open the nappy cream pot without opening the wipes so there is no danger of spillage within your bag. Both lids are very securely fastened. Whilst I did think this might be a gimmick I was proved wrong just earlier today when I changed my Little Man’s nappy at our local supermarket and lo and behold one red bottom, and no pot of nappy cream. I then remembered that I’d popped the new Little Angels wipes in my changing bag and there was my nappy cream. Result! Not only is it convenient it also works, which to be honest is the most important thing. A layer was applied to Little Man’s bottom and at the next change the redness has gone down already. Genius product.

Mio Solo Nappy Challenge Week

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-01-2012

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Last week Little Man and I embarked on something new. We used real nappies. Since day one we’ve used disposables and I’d never really considered using anything else. I envisaged the washing machine being permanently on, and I wasn’t particularly keen on getting any closer to the contents of his nappy than I needed to – especially those early explosions! Just after he turned one in October last year and money seemed to become even tighter than usual I gave real nappies a thought. People kept raving about how much money you could save by using real ones, and how amazing they were, so I did a bit of research. The choice out there is wide and varied and I felt a little out of my depth. It was brilliant therefore when I was contacted by Bambino Mio and asked if I’d like to take part in their Mio Solo Nappy Challenge. I immediately said yes, and then, I must admit, wondered what on earth I’d let myself in for!

My parcel arrived at the beginning on January and I was rather excited to open it and take a look at the new Mio Solo. The Mio Solo is a one-size-fits-all nappy that is suitable from birth right through to potty training. It comes in six colours all with a sweet themed name, and is designed to be simple to use and super-absorbent. It features velcro fastenings, poppers across the front to adjust to fit any sized baby, and a pull out inner to make them quick drying.

 

In our pack we received the blue (Flying Saucer), yellow (Sherbet Lemon) and white (Marshmallow) Mio Solo, a Mio Boost – an additional absorbent pad to use during the night, some Mio Wipes, some Mio Fresh Nappy cleanser to use in the washing machine and a roll of Nappy Liners. The nappies looked simple enough to use – the fastening is very like that of the disposables we already used – and the washing didn’t sound unrealistic either. In theory I was ready for the challenge – but how would I fair in practice?

Challenge 1: The Stay At Home Challenge
This sounded a perfect way to start – staying in! I was glad to do this as it meant I had clothes on hand in case of a leak and a stock of other nappies in case I panicked. I also had cream to hand in case my Little Man’s sensitive bottom reacted to the real nappies by coming out in a rash. The first nappy went on without any problems. Little Man didn’t notice anything different and the elasticated leg cuffs meant he could cruise around the furniture with ease as he always had. When it came to changing they were simple to take one off and replace, though the liners did tend to stick to his bottom a bit. At the end of our first day I was still happy and there was no rash – perfect.

Challenge 2: The Out & About Challenge
One day two we had to venture out. This was fine as it was our Sing & Sign class that morning. Into a Mio Solo he went and into the car seat. The class is a short drive away but it would be the longest he’d sat with a Mio Solo on so I was curious about leaking. He also spends the whole class crawling and cruising around, standing up and climbing about – all that action would put some strain on the nappy. I changed him at the end of the class and it was simple to do even away from the well stocked changing table at home. The liner and wipes went into one nappy sack to be thrown out, and the wet Mio Solo went into another to be taken home and washed. A successful out and about challenge.

Challenge 3: The Overnight Challenge
This was the challenge that caused the greatest sense of dread and panic amongst the bloggers taking this challenge. I wasn’t going to take any chances so when we put the nappy on before bed I put the Mio Boost in straight away and added a liner. Little Man sleeps on his front with his bum in the air so I was worried that any overnight wee would gather at the front of the nappy and leak out. He went to bed at 7.30pm and the sceptic in me expected a wake-up call around midnight with a wet bed. I checked on him at 10.30pm when I went to bed and all was well – no leaking, no smells. Everyone slept through and he started chattering to himself at 8am as usual. Unfortunately when I went to get him up the front of the nappy was wet, as were his pyjama bottoms and the bed sheet. Thankfully he hadn’t got the duvet too! Admittedly there wasn’t anything like as big a leak as I’d expected, but sadly gravity won. I will be retrying this challenge after advice from the Bambino Mio team but I think I did everything they’d suggested. We’ll see what happens.

Challenge 4: The Dad, Grandparent Or Babysitter Challenge
Dad was probably more sceptical than me at the start of this challenge. His parents had used terry towelling nappies on all four of their children and being the oldest he can just remember the washing machine being on 24/7. He was concerned that I’d be spending my days washing and that nothing else would ever get done! Dad was impressed with the design of the nappies and happily changed a couple during the course of the challenge week. No problems at all. They really are totally simple. I plan to get Grandma to change one next week!

Challenge 5: The Washing & Drying Challenge
My biggest fear was all the washing. Would they dry quickly enough? Would they come out clean and reusable? Would my washing machine be on for the rest of my life? Well obviously with the fact I only had three nappies I can’t really comment on how often the washing machine would be on if we were doing this “properly”. To only use Mio Solo’s for every nappy change would require a larger supply and a few more washes, but that wouldn’t be a major hardship. Washing them at 60 degrees with the sanitiser in and my usual non-bio washing liquid was fine. I put them in with towels which could also withstand the temperature and I was pleased when they came out perfectly clean. After an incident involving poo and Mummy forgetting to put a liner in for the first time I was a little scared – especially with is being the beautifully white nappy – but even this came out crystal clean and sanitised. Pulling out the inner pad meant they dried very quickly and fastening the velcro tabs back during washing meant I didn’t have everything stuck together during the cycle.

If you disregard the minor overnight problem these nappies were great. A lot less complication and fuss then I’d expected, and the fact that Little Man didn’t seem to notice at all was a bonus. At the end of our challenge week I think we’ve all thought a lot about washable nappies, and whilst we won’t be making the change 100% we will definitely keep using washables during the day, and saving disposables for night time. I highly recommend trying the Mio Solo to anyone considering making those tentative first steps into washables, especially if you’re a past user of disposables. I’m always available on Twitter if you want to chat (@SussexMummy) or if you want to share any comedy poo related incidents. I don’t think my Twitter feed has ever been so full of chatter about poo, wee and nappies ever. Thankfully it wasn’t our house that experienced the “Poonami!”

Thanks Bambino Mio for letting me take the challenge – I had great fun!

Product Review: Boots Nappy Rash Spray

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 22-07-2011

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Once in a while a baby product comes along that makes you think "Why didn’t I think of that?" and that was certainly the case when I received this product from Boots.

Nappy Rash Spray just seems to logical doesn’t it, yet its something I’ve never seen before or even thought to look for.  The whole idea of just spraying your babies sore bottoms as opposed to rubbing in often thick creams is genius.  Two or three short sprays is all it takes and my little man’s bottom had a thin layer of cream on it without the fuss and crying often associated with applying the creams and lotions I used to buy.  Boot Nappy Rash Spray protects from and helps prevent nappy rash and soothes and softens sore skin.  Clinically tested it is suitable for use of even the youngest of babies, and can easily be operated one handed – another plus as cream application usually ends up in a gloopy mess!!

Once again though the key question is does it work?  I’m happy to report that yes it does.  My little boy only gets nappy rash on two occasions – if we can’t get hold of his usual brand of nappy and have to buy an alternative leading brand, or when he’s teething.  Teething has returned to our previously serene (ish) household so his little bottom was getting a red tinge.  Grandma babysat for me yesterday and she used this spray each time she changed him, and she was thrilled to see the redness disappear by the end of the day.
 
A brilliant product that I highly recommend.
 
Boots Nappy Rash Spray can be bought online (http://www.boots.com) or instore for £5.60.