MooMoo Kids Beach Gown

MooMoo Kids Gown review by The Mommy CitySaturday mornings Paige, Ethan and myself go off to swimming lessons and learn to blow bubbles, kick and spend a good part of the lesson fixated on the toys rather than listening to the teacher. Paige has her individual lesson first and then patiently waits for Ethan and I to do our group lesson with 6 – 7 other tots. Paige is really very good and sits in her chair watching us all and every so often has a little giggle as we splash around. I have her MooMoo Kids gown ready which I zip up quickly over her wet costume before getting into the pool with Ethan. After class, we pop into a cubicle and Ethan and I zip up our gowns over our costumes and off we go to the car. I can be out within a minute, without having to change all 3 of us after a busy swimming class.

Our first lesson didn’t go as swimmingly. There were the 3 of us, huddled in a changing cubicle behind a thin white bath curtain, my bag overflowing with towels and changes of clothes, nappies and water bottles. Ethan played with the curtain, threatening to expose my half naked mom bod to the other moms, dads and innocent tots, as I wrestled with my wet one-piece costume whilst trying to reassure Paige that I will help her take her top off in just a minute … mommy just has to cover her naked bum first. Then I had to try dry the kids off enough while they squirmed, so I could dress them, wrap the wet costumes into a towel, pack the bag, find my car keys, and leave in a half dignified manner.

It was decided, I had to find a better routine or else I would dread swimming lessons. I ordered the MooMoo Kids beach gown for Paige and Ethan and an adult gown for myself. The sizes are generous and Paige is in the 3-4 years and you can see in the photo that the arms are still long and the gown is below her knees. The kids looks adorable, I look a little mad, and they keep us warm and dry until we get home where I then deal with changing in more peace. The gowns are great for the beach and even use them after bathing, or you can get the MooMoo Kids bath gown as well. Find them on the MooMooKids website or visit their Facebook page for their latest news.

Kids entertainment on ShowMax and a free trial

ShowMax Have you tried ShowMax yet? We signed up to the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service on the day it was launched last year in South Africa. ShowMax offer a 7 day free trial, so we tried it and have been watching it since. Over the last few months it has improved in that they have added new shows and their unique download and watch later function. There are improvements to be made as they are still new and growing, but for R99 per month, you are getting great value. So what is it and what do you get for your money?

ShowMax is basically internet TV that allows you to watch load of movies, series and and children’s shows from any device as long as you have an internet connection. SVOD services mean you can watch your favourite shows back-to-back, with no adverts, from the very first episode. New shows are added constantly so there’s always something fresh to look forward to. ShowMax has the largest subscription video catalogue in Africa with more 20 000 episodes of local and international content.

What’s there for the kids?

ShowMax has classic and new titles for the kids from Disney and Nickelodeon including SpongeBob Squarepants, The Avengers series, Power Rangers and Dora the Explorer. The little ones will enjoy Shaun the Sheep, Teletubbies, Franny’s Feet and Winnie the Pooh. There are also educational programmes like LeapFrog and Super Why (one of our favourites) to help with early stage development.

Afrikaans kids shows

Struggling to find children’s programming in Afrikaans? ShowMax has a fantastic selection including Liewe Heksie, Heidi, Nils Holgerson and Sinbad that you won’t find elsewhere.

Plus there are plenty family-friendly movies to enjoy together. Browse all the kids shows on ShowMax »

Download and watch later

ShowMax has a unique function that allows you to download up to 25 shows and movies on your Android or iOS device and keep them for 30 days. This is perfect for keeping the kids busy on long trips when there is limited connectivity.

What do you need?

All you need to start streaming is a smartphone, tablet, laptop or smart TV and access to the internet. ShowMax has partnered with Telkom and Mweb to reduce your data costs and prepaid monthly vouchers can be bought from Pick n Pay – so you don’t have to use your credit card if you don’t want to

Sign up for your free trial

Go to ShowMax.com and sign up for a 7-day free trial now and check it out for yourself.

Smart Kids supplements range by Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford Smart Kids review by The Mommy CityKids need the added support of supplements, and that is a lot to do with our modern lifestyles and food production. Even if they are eating a variety of foods, a lot of meals and produce have been striped of their nutrients either in its production or though cooking methods. If they go to school, they have to be mentally and physically fit to sustain through the long days, and are also more prone to picking up nasty germs. Supplements are not just for winter and flu season, and if kids start taking them early enough, it becomes routine and a way of life. My kids take their vitamins just before bed. They come running to the kitchen to take their ‘medicine’ and then know to grab their waters before going to their rooms. That’s not to say getting them to sleep is any easier (that still takes a while), but at least they have a routine they know and like.

Patrick Holford sent me their Smart Kids range of supplements to try out. When choosing supplements, check that they contain the appropriate Nutrient Reference Value for your child’s age. You don’t want to be giving too little or too much of certain vitamins (that can be just as unhealthy) and if do give more than 1 supplement, check that you are not taking double of certain vitamins/minerals, or adjust the dosage. The Smart Kids range is formulated for varying age groups and nutritional requirements, and covers all the bases for physical and mental support.

Optimum Nutrition

The Smart Kids Optimum Nutrition is a daily vitamin and mineral supplement, and is sweetened with xylitol so your kids will enjoy taking them.

Features:

  • For ages 3 – 12+ years
  • Contains
  • Supports the immune systems and vitality
  • 60 chewable tablets (2 month supply for 3-5 years, 1 month supply for 6-8 years, 2-3 week supply for 9+ years)
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Chewable Omegas

The Smart Kids Chewable Omegas provides essential fatty acids for healthy brain function, immune support, emotional wellbeing and physical vitality. If the brain is nourished, your child is nourished. As it’s a softgel capsule, Ethan wasn’t sure about it the first time he tried it. After seeing his sister having them, well he couldn’t be left out, so he chews them happily now. When you bite down on it, you get the sweet flavour of the liquid inside, and then you chew the capsule which has a similar consistency of chewing gum.

Features:

  • For ages 2 – 11 years
  • Contains Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin E
  • Supports brain development, focus and concentration
  • 60 chewable softgel capsules (2 month supply for 2-5 years, 1 month supply for 6+ years)

Brain Food

The Smart Kids Brain Food provide nutritional support for school children and helps with concentration, memory and focus. They are sweetened with xylitol and contain no sugar. I wouldn’t say it was great tasting, but tasty enough for the kids to take them without complaints.

Features:

  • For ages 6 – 11+ years
  • Contains essential nutrients phospholipids and B Vitamins
  • Supports mental vitality and performance
  • 60 chewable tablets (2 month supply for 6-10 years, 1 month supply for 11+ years)
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Get Up and Go™

The Smart Kids Get up and Go™ nutritious breakfast shake is great for picky eaters and for a quick breakfast as you rush off the school. You can add dairy milk, soy milk, rice milk or water to blend the shake, and ideally blend in a fruit such as a banana, pear, peach, or handful of berries.

Features:

  • For ages 2 – 10+ years
  • Contains a balanced blend of essential proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, eseential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals,
  • The Low GL formula supports physical and mental vitality without a sugar rush
  • 300g providing minimum of 25 servings
  • Suitable for vegetarians

This range of products is manufactured locally and available to buy online at Juniva and at selected stockists. Each product has a Nappi Code and depending on your medical aid, you may be eligible for a refund from your medical fund. As an extra green incentive, for every 2000 products sold, Patrick Holford plants a tree through Greenpop.

Baby Sense Cellular Blanket

Baby Sense Cellular Blanket review by The Mommy CityI think every child has their favourite blankie. A blanket that makes them feel safe, that smells like their mom, and also keeps them snug at naptime. Paige at 4 years, still has her favourite blanket and bunny, which she grabs when she feels sad or sleepy, and needs the reassurance of feeling at home. Even as adults, that feeling of curling up in your duvet or pulling a blanket over you when you read a book, just feels so comforting. Blankets should last a good few years, which is why I like the Baby Sense cellular blanket as it’s made from 100% cotton and a large size. This blanket is soft, just the right weight, and will wash well. The extra large size means it will grow with your child, and fits Paige’s toddler bed. It is presented in a nice box which makes it an ideal gift and comes in four unisex designs in either white or grey.

Four designs:

  • White blanket with stone hearts
  • White blanket with rainbow hearts
  • White blanket with elephants
  • Grey blanket with bunnies

Features:

  • Breathable: The cellular construction offers insulation and breathability. The blanket helps to keep baby’s temperature regular, neither too hot nor too cold.
  • Generous size: The blanket’s generous size is versatile and can be used for many years as your baby grows. It can also be used out and about as a stroller shade or soft place to lay your baby on.
  • Comfort: The cellular blankets are 100% cotton and super soft.

Available to purchase on the Baby Sense website and selected stockists.

Schnooky Pie Handmade in SA Babygrows

Schnooky Pie Handmade in SA review by The Mommy CityIf you have seen one babygrow, you have seen them all, right? Not quite, as Durban based Jaclyn Holmes from Schnooky Pie has shown with the redesign of her proudly South African range of babygrows. So what makes her babygrows so different? The studs to open are down the back of the babygrow, as opposed to the front. There are a few ways to put the babygrow on: you can undo the entire back and slip over babies arms and then roll them and do up the studs, or just undo a few of the top studs (enough to fit over baby’s head) and then pull over baby’s head like a normal babygrow.

It’s unique, and it got me thinking whether it was comfortable for baby to be lying on the studs on their back? Jaclyn assured me that all the moms that have tried her babygrows have had no problems and actually love the studs once they were used to the idea. Her own baby girl has worn this style babygrow for over a year and hasn’t had any issues. Another thought in terms of the studs is that some babies sleep on their tummies and wear the normal baby grows which have studs down their fronts, so this was also something she considered when working on her design.

The front of her babygrows has a fun and locally inspired design created by an SA designer, with a funky contrasting design on the back. She even has glow in the dark prints, which is also something really unique. The print on some of the designs is also quite thick on the outside, but it too doesn’t cause any discomfort. Jaclyn does recommend handwashing and no tumble dry from a longevity point of view, but has seen no side effects when washing her own daughter’s babygrows in the washing machine.

How did Schnooky Pie start? Jaclyn tells the story like this. “In July 2014, my first child was born, a perfect little baby girl, my little Schnooky Pie – Mia. Within moments of her coming into the world, I felt a love so strong no words would ever be able to describe it. Along with this intense love, came an immense amount of responsibility as well as a passion to do everything in my power to offer my little girl the best future possible. Part of that passion later transformed into a love for sourcing and manufacturing the cutest and most unique Proudly South African clothes I could and as such, Schnooky Pie was born. My promise to you is that all items I add to my range are items which I love and which I believe are perfect for our most treasured little gifts.”

Schnooky Pie is an exclusive and Proudly South African baby clothing brand. Their passion is to develop a range of clothing that is not only unique and of high quality but that is also proudly sourced and manufactured in South Africa. From the fabric used to make up the garments, to the graphic designer and pattern maker who are responsible for creating the amazing designs, even down to the amazing ladies who sew the garments – they try to ensure that every step in the process remains true to its core – which is to be 100% Proudly South African. You can shop online at www.schnookypie.co.za and follow their Facebook page.

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Mysmartkid launches the Smartstart Pregnancy Pack

MSK Smartstart Pregnancy PackFor the past year and a half, Mysmartkid has become a leader in Early Childhood Development and promotes school readiness with an integrated offering that focuses on a child’s development through the use of age-appropriate toys, tools and activities. Along with their subscription programme, their panel of experts in the fields of child psychology, occupational therapy, art psychotherapy and speech therapy, share their professional insights and expertise. I have shared a number of their expert articles on my blog including establishing a family routine, regulating emotions, lefthandedness and reviewed their Smartbox.

Mysmartkid recently announced that they have expanded their offering to include a Smartstart Pregnancy Pack aimed at expectant mothers and focuses on in-utero stimulation, which has been shown to develop and strengthen neural pathways, priming babies for learning and interaction from birth. Focusing on three main areas of stimulation – touch and relaxation, voice and sound, and nesting and preparing for baby – this pack is particularly beneficial to mothers in the last two trimesters of their pregnancy, when their baby’s cognitive capabilities are developing.

Catherine Barry, a Mysmartkid expert with a keen interest in Foetal and Early Childhood Development says, “There is so much information available to parents today and we want to help direct the focus on what is truly important for both mom’s wellbeing and baby’s development. While the most important reason for in-utero stimulation is to start your baby’s development, this process also helps parents to focus on their child’s needs and to establish the positive, loving relationship that will last a lifetime.”

The Smartstart Pregnancy Pack is endorsed by Baby Sense and includes Natural Olive Tummy Wax from Oh-Lief, a Baby Sense Muslin Receiver, the Majors for Minors Baroque CD,  the best-selling book by Meg Faure and Ann Richardson entitled Baby Sense, as well as a Mysmartkid sign for your car.

The Smartstart Pregnancy Pack is available online at www.mysmartkid.com at a cost of R325 excluding delivery and is the first available pack in the subscription programme. Once your child is born, you will receive a Smartbox every two months (the first one will contain two free welcome gifts).

Fun and games with Prima Toys

Prima Toys review by The Mommy CityWhen you have two kids who are at a similar age and play together all the time, it helps to have two of everything. Yes, I would love for them to learn how to share, but they are toddlers after all so I can only ask so much until play time turns into tears. When Prima Toys asked what toys the kids would like, I knew exactly what they would want as they had similar toys they already loved to play with, but now they could both have one. There was still some lively debate between them as to who gets to play first with their new toys, and the cash register was a favourite and kept them busy for hours (which made mommy and daddy especially happy).

Little Tikes Xylophone review by The Mommy CityI come from a musical family, so it’s wonderful to see that Paige and Ethan love music too. The xylophone is a must for noisy music time and even though I can embrace the discordant sounds of a two-year old musician, my husband not so much. So when he’s away, out rolls the colourful Little Tikes Xylophone and music is made. I’m not allowed to sing though, as Ethan puts a stop to that immediately. He really isn’t a fan of my singing voice, which I didn’t think was that bad? What’s nice about this toy is that it has wheels, the plastic mallet is attached and clips away when not in use. There are 4 play along nursery rhymes which are cut out from the packaging, which gives parents a few tunes to teach the kids.

Leapfrog Chat and Count Phone review by The Mommy CityPaige already had a LeapFrog Chat & Count in pink, so it was only fair that Ethan got his own in white. The phone has two volume levels, large press buttons and screen. The phone talks and Scout/Violet the dog runs across the screen and you get to count along with him/her. It’s a good phone from 18 months+ and don’t forget to put their names on it as they will want to take this on outings like mom and dad. It won’t beat playing with mom’s real iPhone, but it is cheaper to replace when it’s thrown in a toilet.

Little Tikes Cash Register review by The Mommy CityThe Little Tikes Cash Register was a hit with the kids, and they really liked being able to swipe the card across to bank the coins in the till. The coins can be inserted in the top and run down to the side or in the colour coded front panel which drops into the till. The top yellow counter can be tapped to change the amount owed and the side lever pulls down to open the till. This is great for playing shop and a nice idea is to buy orange, yellow and purple stickers to put on items to ‘buy’ so can learn how to count their money.

Little Live Pets review by The Mommy CitySince we won’t be getting the kids a real life bird, Little Live Pets is the next best thing, well at least Paige and Ethan think so. This little bird sings when you stroke it’s back and you can also record a few words for it to sing back at you. I had recorded ‘I love Paige’ and I love Ethan’ and it was amusing watching the kids walking around mimicing the bird. Since we needed two birds, we bought a white bird for Ethan, which in hindsight was the worst colour to get a two year old boy. Anyway, the now greyish white and blue birds live in their cage on the fridge and come out to play on supervision. This is more because we don’t want Ethan to break them, but it actually teaches them to be gentle with the birds, and they need to be cared for. It’s sweet to watch.

These toys are available at most large retailers and toy stores.