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  • Smart Parenting Awards 2021: 7 Products Moms Will Love From Beauty To Breastfeeding

    No budols — only real recommendations of parenting and self-care essentials by real moms.
    by Ginyn Noble .
Smart Parenting Awards 2021: 7 Products Moms Will Love From Beauty To Breastfeeding
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  • If there is anything parents hate, it's budol buys. You know, those items you only add to cart and check out because of a trending video or OA review. You end up regretting them because they don't live up to the hype.

    The best way to avoid it? Find products that moms and dads actually recommend.

    Last September 2021, we asked our readers to choose the best products for moms, babies, and Filipino homes via a survey. We also asked about the celebrity parents and family they follow and love the most.

    The survey's result has now been turned into our first-ever Smart Parenting Awards.

    With insights from Smart Parenting editors and reviews from the Smart Parenting Mom and Dad Squad members, we broke down the survey results and ranked the contenders according to features, user reviews, and value-for-money.

    What you have is a list of products moms and dads love.

    Mommies know best

    Self-care is not selfish, especially for moms who do everything they can for their family. So who better to tell you what items will pamper you and add joy to your life than fellow moms who’ve been there, done that?

    Whether you’re looking for a baby shower gift for a friend or shopping for yourself, we got you! Check out this list of mommy must-haves that nanays rave about:

    The best manual breast pump: Haakaa Gen 3 (Php2,199)

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Baby Mama ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo
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    The brand has always been a favorite among padede moms. Like the previous versions, this most recent one is made of quality food-grade silicone. It’s also BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free, so rest assured that your baby’s milk won’t be contaminated with those chemicals.

    You can easily clean it and take it anywhere you go. But the best feature of this manual breast pump is how gentle yet effective it is in milk expression.

    Available at BabyMama

    The best electric breast pump: Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump (Php25,299.75)

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Philips Avent ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo

    For moms who want to level up every milking sesh, an electric breast pump is godsend. But not all are made equal, and some cost way more than the rest, like this top pump pick for SP moms. The price may be intimidating, but it’s the complete package: from the top-of-the-line machine to the storage bottles and breast pad samples. Sit back, relax, and find the setting that works for you.

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    Available at Lazada

    The best facial cleanser: Cetaphil Brightness Revel Creamy Cleanser (Php462) 

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Cetaphil Philippines ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo

    Whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking care of older kids, you need a gentle cleanser to keep your face clean and bright. Try this hypoallergenic and fragrance-free formula that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky.

    It also helps reduce dark spots with natural sea daffodil extract and niacinamide (vitamin B3). Plus, it’s dermatologist-developed and clinically proven safe for sensitive skin.

    Available at Watsons 

    The best moisturizer: Pond's Age Miracle SPF 18 PA++ Day Cream (Php742)

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Unilever Philippines
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    There's nothing we can do about aging, but there's definitely a lot we can do to slow down its effects on our skin. A potent day cream with SPF is a must to keep your skin hydrated and protected, and this cult-fave ticks off that criteria.

    What's more, it's made with the brand's most advanced technology: Retinol-C Complex. This goes deep into the skin and releases powerful anti-aging retinoid actives for 24 hours, non-stop.

    Plus, it has other ingredients like Vitamin B3, Niacinamide Complex, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Ceramides and Prebiotics for a radiant, youthful glow. It's also very Pinay-friendly in the sense that its light consistency won't make you feel malagkit even during hot days trying to run after a toddler.

    Available at Watsons

    The best lipstick: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick (Php349) 

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Maybelline Philippines ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo

    One quality that marriages and lipsticks should have in common: long-lasting. Nanays agree that this liquid lippie is that and more.

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    Aside from keeping your lips pigmented for up to 16 hours, it's fade-proof, transfer-proof, and even food-proof. Wear it to any activity, including Zoom calls, while wearing your mask outdoors, or photo-ops with the family. 

    Available at Shopee 

    The best body wash: Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash (Php406)

    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Unilever Philippines ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo

    Admit it: It's not every day that you can take long, luxurious baths now that you're a parent. But with the right bathroom essentials, you can make even quick showers count.

    Add this body wash to your routine and pamper your skin every day. Along with mild cleansing formula and moisturizing cream combination, it has a revolutionary NutriumMoisture™ technology. This nourishes better than milk and allows your skin to retain its natural moisture. Enjoy soft, smooth, and bouncy skin that even your kids and partner will love touching.

    Available at Shopee

    The best body lotion: Nivea Body Extra White Firming (Php362)

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    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Nivea Philippines ILLUSTRATOR Ma. Stephanie Ocampo

    When it comes to lotions, moms look for non-sticky formulas to improve skin texture and tone. Moisturize your body with the help of this lotion's Super Fruit extracts & Q10, which also makes the skin fairer and firmer. With 50 times more Vitamin C, it nourishes and restores the skin.

    The daily stress of parenting might damage your skin, but this repairs the effects like dullness, dark spots, dryness, and uneven skin tone. Go get that head-to-toe glow, ma! 

    Available at Shopee or Lazada 

    Have you tried any of these products? Share your own reviews in the comments section!

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