• 7 Baby Care Essentials That Make Practical Year-Round Gifts

    Soon to give birth? You will need these, too, apart from your basic baby care package.
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 7 Baby Care Essentials That Make Practical Year-Round Gifts
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  • Being a parent is a life-changing event -- and that may even be an understatement for some women who had to move mountains to conceive or adopt. The moment you find out your pregnant, your mind has a tendency to fast-forward to a time when you are already packing your hospital bags (three bags, remember?) and more than ready to hold baby in your arms. You normally don't fuss about utensil wash or ice sheets (read below if you have no idea what we are talking about) until you realize you need it.

    So we're here to help. The items below are from brands you will usually find inside the loot bags that SmartParenting.com.ph gives away during its baby showers and workshops. And we discovered many of their products come in handy for moms-to-be and young parents. (And they are practical year-round gifts!)

    For example, hygiene and cleanliness is a serious issue, as bacteria and germs can cause your baby to get sick and no one wants for their baby. Conisder these safe and effective cleaners:

    Tiny Buds Baby Bottle and Utensil Wash


    This bottle and utensil cleaner is especially formulated with natural extracts. It's 100-percent food safe and trusted by pediatricians, while also effective in removing bacteria and foul odor from left over milk or food residue. You can also use this to wash breastfeeding paraphernalia and fruits and veggies. Available in 600mL for P279, 400mL for P198; and 200mL for P99, at these stores.

    Cycles Mild Laundry Detergent for Baby


    It’s hypoallergenic and made from baby-friendly ingredients. It does not contain harsh chemicals (bleach, dyes, optical brighteners, enzymes and fabric softeners) found in regular laundry detergents, which can cause allergies, rashes, dryness, and irritation in babies. Available in 1.5mL; 800mL refill pack; and 1kg powder variants; starts at P272 at these stores.

    Cradle Toy & Surface Cleaner


    This non-toxic natural antibacterial made from the honeysuckle plant helps keep babies’ toys and surroundings clean without exposing them to harmful chemicals such as phthalates, formaldehyde, and alcohol. It’s also works as an edible cleaner that can safely sanitize anything your baby touches. Available in 75mL, 150mL, and 300mL variants; starts are P75 at these stores.

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    Nursing can be a challenge, especially if it's your first time of if you're going back to work. Your breastfeeding journey can be made easier with these:

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    Nursing Pads


    It's easier to change nursing pads regularly when you're out and about than dealing with dried milk stains afterwards. A good nursing pad should help you with this dilemma. There are even nursing pads with funky designs, even if they're just hidden under your bras. Starts at P395 for 4-piece pack at BabyMama.ph.

    ProFreeze Ice Sheets


    It’s a more economical and mess-free alternative to lugging with you packs or tubes of ice. Plus, they're non-toxic and reusable. Ideally, it can cool your breast milk in a chiller for 12 hours. It's also reusable after weaning your little one from the breast such as transporting cold drinks for baon or camping. Check Facebook.com/Profreeze.ph for online sellers and participating bazaars.

    Megamalunggay Supplements


    Malunggay has prolactin that increases breast milk supply. This supplement claims to have more vitamin C than oranges, three times the amount iron in spinach, and four times the calcium amount in milk. It can be your option when the fresh malunggay leaves are not available. Available in boxes, 100 capsules per box, for P950 + P100 shipping fee here.

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    Safety is of course your first priority when taking baby out and about. Even if there's no law in the country that requires you to use a car seat (a fact we hope can be corrected soon), here are reasons why you should.

    Giant Carrier Zander Convertible Car Safety Seat

    A convertible car safety seat grows with your little one, which can save you money in the long run. Homegrown baby care brand Giant Carrier's Zander convertible car seat fits newborns up to 4-year-olds. It’s a fully padded reclining rear-facing car seat with an easy-to-adjust five-point safety harness to adapt to your child's size. The seat is also removable and washable for easy upkeep. P4,999.75, available in Robinsons Department stores and Metro Department Stores nationwide.

    The Philippines National Police (PNP) reports an annual average of 15,000 people-related traffic accidents -- that's 41 traffic accidents per day, resulting to 674 fatalities yearly. Children make up about four- to five-percent of the total car-accident-related fatalities, making it the leading cause of child disability and accident- related fatality. But just using and properly installing a child safety seat lowers a child’s risk of death by 70-percent for infants and by 54-percent for toddlers ages one to four. (Click here for more tips in choosing a child safety car seat.)

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