Category: Accessories

Babe Bee No Drop Bottle Strap

Babe Bee No Drop Bottle Strap

Ethan is at the phase where everything he gets a hold of has to be posted or dropped over the side. The washing machine and toilet are two of his favourite spots when I forget to close the doors – I have to watch him like a hawk! It’s the same when we are out, bottles and toys go flying, so this no drop bottle strap from Babe Bee has come in handy. The strap tightens around a bottle, toy or taglet using a toggle to tighten, and clips to the car seat, pram, trolley and just about anywhere you need it. The strap takes the weight of the item and keeps it within reaching distance of your child. This makes driving safer too as you aren’t trying to reach back and pick up things off the floor, in a desperate attempt to calm your crying child. For a full review and demonstration, please watch my You Tube video below. You can visit their Facebook page and order your pack of two straps for R80 (excluding R35 packing and postage) directly from Brigitte on email BabeBeeProducts@gmail.com.

WIN a baby hamper from Babe Bee in a choice of colours. Please like the Babe Bee Facebook page and have a look through their other handy baby products. Hamper includes:

Creative Labels for kids, home and gifts

Creative Labels school labelsA little while back I asked your advice on labels and stickers for Paige’s school things, and a big thank you to those who suggested various companies. Since we started school quickly, I didn’t have time to organise labels and stuck to the method of using a black marker for her lunch box and juice bottle. This worked for a while but I got lazy and kept forgetting to do it, and I hadn’t labelled her clothing either. I was lucky to win a toddler pack of personalised labels from Creative Labels and Paige’s school items are now properly labelled and looking very smart. Her teachers are also pleased with them as they can’t remember whose things are whose all the time, some kids have the same juice bottles and it’s difficult to keep track of everything when you have a bunch of 2 years running around. It really is worth labelling your items as shoes, hats, sunscreen, clothes, and lunch-boxes are expensive to replace. The cost of the labels will save you money and the aggravation of having to replace or find what’s lost. Creative Labels school labels

The Creative Labels website is clean and easy to navigate, with a variety of options and set packs and designs to make it easy to decide. Even though it’s nice to choose exactly what images you want on the labels and in what font, I would spend ages deciding, so their 14 designer theme labels are the way to go for quickly choosing what you want. It was still a big decision for me, but the ‘seaside’ range won over ‘animal patch’, with 6 different colours and animals. The labels are easy to apply, waterproof, microwave and dishwasher safe. The round bag tag is durable and coated in a flexible resin and has my cellphone number on the back. It attaches with a cable tie and even though I would have preferred a metal ring, it still works great. Please visit their website for their full range and their Facebook page for latest news and gift ideas.

 

mina moo and baby snoodi

Mina Moo SnoodPaige is looking trendy and cosy in her new pink chevron stripped snoodi from mina moo and baby. She was having some fun outside today playing with the doggie in this chillier weather. New in for winter, this snoodi is super soft and designed for toddlers to keep little necks warm. The snoodi is available for R70 on their new e-commerce website and to celebrate their re-launch, there is free delivery on orders R250 and over (enter Launch250 at checkout). We have been a fan of mina moo and baby for ages and you should have a read of our previous posts on their bibs and dummy clips to see Paige as a baby (wow, she is growing up so fast!).

Features

  • Made with super soft stretchy cotton knitMina Moo and Baby Snoodi - The Mommy City
  • Has a double layer of fabric, no exposed seams and no double looping so safe for toddlers
  • Doubles up as an ear muff
  • Suitable for ages 1-3
  • Chevron prints available in pink, black, yellow, grey and rainbow

Ethan was also spoilt with the pop art bib and dummy clip gift set and he’s rocking the black and white look. The design of the dummy clip has changed since our previous post and has a loop end with snap closing, and can also be used to tie toys and teethers. The bib is also slightly bigger than before and is suitable for 0-2 years with adjustable snap closures.  The bibs are R70, matching dummy clip is R60, or R120 for both as a gift set.

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser - The Mommy CityMilton is a household name when it comes to sterilising and their portable steriliser pod is a nifty product for when you are out and about. My friend Margaret kindly bought the steriliser for Ethan as she knows I’m always on the look out for innovative products. The steriliser comes with a pod, 2 sponges, adjustable strap and 10 mini sterilising tablets. You fill the pod with water in which you dissolve a sterilising tablet, insert the sponges which absorb the water, and then attach to your pram or bag. You place the soother (dummy) in the hole in the sponge, wait 15 minutes and then use without needing to rinse. The solution lasts 24 hours and you can store the soothers in it all day.  The steriliser and sterilising tablets can be purchased in most stores and come in 3 colours: purple, green and blue.

Features:

  • BPA free
  • Sterilises in 15 minutes
  • Stays sterile for 24 hours
  • Comes with an adjustable strap
  • Watertight so no spills

I have found the steriliser to be useful for cleaning and storing soothers, it’s easy to use and neatly attaches to my bag. I use NUK soothers and Ethan’s small size soothers fit in the hole in the sponge, but Paige’s larger teat soothers don’t. So unfortunately it doesn’t fit all soothers in all sizes. Only use Milton mini sterilising tablets with the steriliser, and are available in packs of 50.

Behind the Scenes of The Little Fire Company

Behind the Scenes at the Little Fire Company - The Mommy CityMiranda Lang is the mom behind The Little Fire Company, a designer baby products producer based in Observatory, Cape Town. I asked Miranda to share with us the story behind her business and how her products are produced.

“I studied Fine Art Painting, and finally, after 17 years in office jobs, I realized that I wanted (and needed) to create tactile, beautiful things.  My business is called the Little Fire Company and is named after my son, Aidan which is Celtic for ‘Little Fire’.  I started working full time on the Little Fire Company in October 2010.  It took a long time to reach the point where I found the courage to take the plunge! I also wanted to be around to spend more time with my second child, as I had to leave Aidan when he was 4 months old to go back to work full time.

Little Fire Company was started to tempt parents and their children with stylish baby and toddler ‘must haves’…  When I had Aidan I felt that all the baby/children stuff seemed very expensive or blue/pink/beige and had teddy bears or ducks on it.  I decided that I try would to make more stylish, bright and beautiful products. As a self-confessed ‘fabric junkie’ I love searching out bright and beautiful fabrics for use in my products and hopefully making useful products that mums need and want.  All the products are then tried and tested on my own children, Aidan, 6 and Genevieve, 2. The main thing is that I am having some wonderful, precious time working from home and spending time with my children when they are little, which is an amazing privilege!

My main challenge is fitting everything in.  As a small business owner there are so many different aspects to running the business, it is difficult to juggle and prioritise all the different ‘hats’ you have to wear.  Also, doing everything to the level I believe is acceptable, in home, family and business. I employ a seamstress who works for me full time. Odile has been working for me since I started the Little Fire Company in September 2010.

All the products are designed, cut and sewn in my home studio in Observatory by me and Odile.  The only process that I outsource is the quilting of my playmats. Odile sews the products on the machines, which includes an Elna domestic sewing machine, a Bernina overlocker and an industrial “straight stitch” Zuki.  I love choosing the fabrics and fabric combinations for the products and do much of the cutting of the products in order to ensure the best fabric placement. I prepare the sewing that needs to be done by Odile each day to maintain stock levels or complete specific orders.  We are lucky that we can often have short lead times as Odile works with me here in the studio, so if an order is received, depending on its size and the current work load, we can often fulfil it quite quickly.  As I am working closely with her while she is sewing, I am able to check and quality  control the products as they are made.

The Little Fire Company products are available from my online store www.littlefirecompany.com and also from approximately 25 stockists around SA.  I also sell one weekend a month at Cavendish Square at the Made in the Cape Artisan Market.”

You can follow Miranda on Facebook, Twitter and on Pinterest, or email her at miranda@littlefirecompany.com.

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The Little Fire Company updates website and Lookbook

Little Fire Co - The Mommy CityLittle Fire Co - The Mommy CityThe Little Fire Company produces designer baby products in exquisite fabrics, and you have probably seen their products in stores, in magazines or online. They recently upgraded their e-commerce website to make it easier to shop and safer to pay with credit and debit cards through the secure payment gateway, Payfast.  You should go have a look at their new website and Lookbook, which shows off their latest colourful collections. The Lookbook showcases a selection of their products in lifestyle situations, grouped in a ‘Sunny Violet’, ‘Rainbow’ and ‘One for the Boys’ colour schemes. This year’s colour inspirations came from their latest handmade Baby Playmats.

Miranda Lang is the mom behind the Little Fire Company, and her children, Aidan and Genevieve, have tried and tested all the products. Along with her seamstress Odile, she makes all the products from her home studio in Observatory. Her most popular product is a toddler and children’s apron, but their collection includes clothing, bibs, bunting, playmats and a range of different bags. Products are available to purchase online at www.littlefirecompany.com or at over 25 stores, to see an up to date list of stockists click here. You can follow the Little Fire Company on Facebook and Twitter, to keep up to date with all their latest news.

Products

Baby Playmats (R1100): Unique and handmade patchwork quilted playmats can be used as wall hangings, picnic blankets or on the bed when the toddler moves out of their cot.

Stylish Baby Bags (R600): Limited Editions, as no more than three of any fabric combination are made. Beautiful enough to be used as a Tote bag after baby has grown-up.  Useful features include waterproof pockets on the sides for bottles and food, a divider to keep nappies and wipes separate and additional pockets for wallets, phone and dummies.

Waterproof Art Aprons (R175 and R200): These Art Aprons are stylish and functional.  They have a layer of soft waterproof plastic for easy cleaning and are lined on the back to make them soft against the skin.  They fit children 18 months to 6 years or 5 to 9 years, with adjustable velcro straps at the neck and waist.

Waterproof Duffel Bags (R135): Perfect for swimming lessons or the beach.  Oxford waterproof lining and 36cm high by 36cm wide, so small enough for the little ones to carry on their backs themselves.

Girl Shoulder Bags (R175): These cute bags are approximately 20cm high by 25 cm wide with a maximum shoulder strap length of 60cm. It has buttons on the side to adjust the length of the strap and is lined with cotton.

Dress and Knickers Sets (R250): 3–6 months and 6-12 months.  Perfect on its own in summer or with tights and a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath in winter.

Pinafore Dresses (R250): 2-3 years.  Perfect on its own in summer or with tights and a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath in winter. 

Bibs: 3 – 6 months (R90 for set of two): One waterproof, one towelling on the back.  A press stud to close.  Size is 17.5 x 25 cm. 6 -18 months (R100 for set of two): One waterproof, one towelling on the back.  A press stud to close.  Size is 23.5 x 31.5 cm.

Pencil Cases (R90): This large pencil case is 31cm long and 15cm wide with a handle13cm long. They close with a zip and have waterproof lining inside.

Bunting (R250): 12 double sided flags on a satin string, they are approximately 3m long.  Perfect for summer parties, birthdays, to decorate a child’s bedroom or playroom or anywhere at all.

This is not a sponsored post. The content was provided to me. 

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Melsbuzz Baby Accessories

Melsbuzz was started by Mel, a mom wanting to provide unique and practical baby products for other everyday moms. She has a range of 14 products that she sells through her Facebook page, in Kids Emporium stores and Baby City (selected products). She kindly sent me these 4 for Paige and Ethan to try out. Find out more about Mel and her business in the behind the scenes post tomorrow.

Mels Buzz baby accessories review - The Mommy City

Pop on pop off ribbon clip

Made from cotton ribbon, it can be adjusted to a minimum length of approx 35cm and a maximum length of approx 57cm. This simple clip has numerous uses and converts serviettes into bibs (perfect for when you are at a restaurant), converts a blanket into a feeding cover and is also a toy clip for the pram. I use a blanket and clips to keep Ethan shaded and cosy whilst he sleeps in his sling. This clip is my favourite as the simple design can be used for so many things and is small to pop in your bag. One clip can be removed so you can use the poppers instead. It is sold with 5 serviettes to keep handy in your nappy bag.

Mels Buzz baby accessories review - The Mommy CityBib mat

This is a best seller and is a placemat and bib in one. The placemat attaches to almost any surface with 2 suckers and drops down into the lap to catch messes. The bib part attaches behind the neck with Velcro and has a waterproof backing for no spills. The suckers won’t stick on a table cloth but I find that a plate or bowl will keep the placemat down, and unless your child moves a lot or pushes the bib, it should stay in place. It rolls up easily in a nappy bag for eating out. It comes in different colours and I think this space themed fabric is fun. This is what Paige looks like first thing in the morning and you really don’t want to see what I look like!

Mels Buzz baby accessories review - The Mommy CityBandana Bib

Mel has been making these for 5 years now and uses 100% cotton and a special micro fibre backing that is super absorbent and keeps clothes dry. It fastens with a popper and is machine washable and mine came out the tumble dryer just fine. Ethan is my little handsome boy!

Mels Buzz baby accessories review - The Mommy CityDummy ribbons

The dummy clips come in packs of 3 different ribbons so you can match them with different baby outfits. I really liked the colours I was sent and there are now also character ribbons like Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty available. The 3 pack will each have a character, a stripe and a plain ribbon. There is 1 clip that can be removed and secured with a popper to the ribbons. The reason why she removes the clip is that they rust if you wash them in the washing machine so this way the clip never has to get washed.  These dummy ribbons are a little longer than other makes I own and can be used as a toy clip for the pram.

Email Mel at mel@melsbuzz.co.uk for more information on her products and prices.