Beach baby - packing list for baby's first beach trip

Beach time with 6 month old baby? It is a game changer but taking a baby to the beach is so much fun and essential if you want to have a future surfer girl! :))) By the way, have you seen videos of  Sky & Ocean Awsmkids? These kids blow my mind! #babygoals2020 :))) Ok, first things first. Here are a few tips how to get through your first day at beach with a baby like a boss!

Bathing suit and hat

I got Ninka's one piece pink polka dot bathing suit at Mothercare. It keeps her cool and also blocks UV rays. I suggest buying a bathing suit which comes down easily because it's almost impossible to get a soaking wet swimming suit off the baby. To go along with a cute bathing suit you have to have a cute hat. 

Swim and regular diapers 

You have two options here. You can either go for reusable swim nappies available on Dbbabies, Mumzworld or Noahsgarden or disposable ones. We are using Huggies Little Swimmers as I haven't found any disposable eco option.  Not many people know that they aren't a one use only items. If they haven't been soiled, they can be rinsed out and used again and again. This helps save so many nappies entering into landfill. Don't forget that swimming diapers don't absorb so you need to change them for regular nappies once the baby is out of the water.

Sunblock

I personally use Eco Tan natural coconut sunscreen SPF 30 for my baby. It has no hidden nasties and contains certified organic, all natural ingredients and it's perfectly safe for babies. You can also make your own organic natural sunblock, which I'm going to share with you in another post. 

Towels

Hooded towels are the cutest!

Tent

We recently bought a small tent in Decathlon in Battuta mall. It's super easy to open up and wonderfully compact portable, lightweight and has sun protection SPF 30.

Baby carrier

One of the best thing is having a baby carrier with. But if you like to work on your biceps, triceps and assertiveness, try pushing a stroller trough sand:)))). 

Plenty of water, milk and snacks

Ella's kitchen and Happy baby organic or Hipp Organic pouches are gold if you want to have a quick beach snack but please don't use them for babies on regular basis even if they are organic.  I've recently stumbled upon some bad reviews about Ella's kitchen labeling on the Pea and Broccoli pouches about misleading nutrition information. I suggest to have an open mind and also open eyes and read all the labels.

Pacifier for nap and baby's favorite toys

TIP:  Here is a little trick with cornstarch. Sprinkle some on your babies feet and you will have a silky and sand free baby in no time.

 

Happy beach time, xo Pipi

 

 

 

Eco friendly, organic baby essentials

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As an earth friendly mama, I love to use natural organic products and I also love to make them. I believe that if you want to be a responsible steward of our precious planet and its dwindling resources, educating yourself and making the right choices really is the only solution. I  did tons of research about organic, toxin free and healthy eco-baby products and below you can find a list of the best natural baby essentials we LOVE and use them daily!

NAPPIES

Cloth diapers are the best option for reducing our baby's carboon footprint, but honestly, it's not always an easy choice. Luckily, the options of eco-friendly disposable nappies keep growing. NATY nappies are my absolute favorites. We are using them since our baby was born and she never had a nappy rash. They are very absorbent (last overnight without any problem) simple, cute, and chemical, chlorine and GMO free. Although they are more expensive than other brands, they offer me a peace of mind, keeping my baby girl comfortable without harming her skin or planet. 

Most nappies unfortunately have chemicals in them. It's what absorbs all the pee and poop. Any bleached diapers should be obviously avoided and even though Pampers and Huggies are the most advertised ones and available basically at every shop, they belong to the worst category. 

WIPES

I usually use warm water and washcloth or organic cotton baby pads but I do like to keep wipes when it get's stinky or when we travel. Standard  baby wipes contain lots of nasties  and it's very difficult to find a chemical free option.  I'm recently using Water wipes made only from two ingredients, purified water and grapefruit extract. Pretty amazing. I also loved wipes from NATY.  If you have hard time depriving yourself of the convenience of disposable baby wipes, your best bet is to avoid anything scented and antibacterial.  

Ingredients to avoid:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Parabens, Methylparaben

Methylisothiazolinone

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Triclosan

Phthalates

If you're not sure if your product is safe, check out the skin deep database for hazard ratings here.  

BABY WASH

I'd like to keep it as natural, organic and nasties free as possible. I started to use baby wash once my baby girl reached 3 months and from that time we stick to Natures baby Organics.The vanilla tangerine scent is amazing and so is the product. No parabens, mineral oils, derivates or other nasties.  The  packaging is BPA, phthalate, lead and cadmium free. Fabulous stuff.

BABY LOTION

I use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil and it works miracles! You can't go wrong with coconut oil, I feel that this is something that every person should have it in their arsenal, it has so many uses, outside of baby care. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiinflammatory, helps to get rid of baby's cadle crap and does a killer job at moisturizing. 

BABY RASH CREAM

Happy bottom, happy baby! We never had a rash but as a mom to be I bought Bentley Organic Baby Nappy Cream  and I love to use it on my baby's bottom. It doesn't smell like heaven but my mom swears that it's the best cream for eye puffs:)))

 

 

 

Dental hygiene routine in pregnancy

Imagine a world where everyone you meet gives you a warm, bright smile. And you no longer have to visit a dentist. In fact, dentists don't exist!  Lovely dream, isn't it? Unfortunately, pregnant ladies aren't just eating for two, they are also brushing for two. I'm an example! During pregnancy, increased hormone levels boost blood circulation. This can cause swollen and bleeding gums, which is very annoying. Plus if you add fatigue, morning sickness and the myth of not being able to visit the dentist during pregnancy...booom...#firstworldproblem. That's why I have quite a thorough routine as I'm particularly protective of my teeth.

My dental home care trio

My dental home care trio

I start off by flossing. I love to floss! I prefer it because the floss is fine enough to fit between my teeth. Brushing teeth is a habit we all have had since childhood. Brush, eat, brush, eat, sleep. However, many people don't realize the terrible ingredients used in most conventional toothpaste's. I used to create my own version of natural toothpaste where I mixed coconut oil, soda bicarbonate and a hint of stevia or peppermint extract to add freshness. I think it's the best for healthy teeth. Unfortunately, I had a lot of surgeries, and lost many natural teeth so I had to switch to a toothpaste. Luckily, there are some really nice natural herbal products out there. I prefer using fluoride free toothpaste. Since I moved to Dubai, my toothpaste of choice is the Sparkly White from  Himalaya brand. It is natural, 100 % vegetarian and free from parabens. It is a pity that it mysteriously disappears from grocery shops.  

Pregnancy tips for healthy teeth:

Avoid sugar and sweets as much as you can and let yourself munch on healthier options. Strawberry banana smoothie or carrots with hummus perhaps? Oh, I promise to bring you ladies some nice healthy and vegan recipes where you will lick your screens without guilt.

Very important tip. Don't brush your teeth right after you vomit. No no no! Your teeth have just been exposed to acid so the enamel is soft and a small amount could be brushed away. Instead, rinse your mouth with water or baking soda to neutralize the acid. 

I am by no means a dental expert and I know this can be a touchy subject, but as of today, I am very happy girl and my teeth feel clean, fresh and healthy:)

 

 

 

 

 

Honey, you need some pampering!

Hello Ladies:)

Today it will be all about pampering! Because nothing feels more luxurious to our buddha-licious bodies than a prenatal massage.  

I didn't realize this before, but there are lots of spa treatments you can't actually have when you're expecting. For the safety of your baby, the treatments are only offered to mommies beyond their first trimester.

My number one pampering experience hands down is the mummy massage at SensAsia Urban spa at Emirates Golf club.  The spa itself is very nice and relaxing and they provide everything from slippers, robe, locker, towels and showers. The staff here is just brilliant, all of them, from the ladies at the reception to the therapists that treat you. Miss Poj, my amazing therapist from Thailand laid me on my left side on the bed with big pillows tucked in front of me and between my knees with one arm under my head pillow, so she could reach my back. She explained that she will only apply natural almond oil to my skin. Using natural skin products is especially important for use during pregnancy.  This is because the young developing baby skin is very sensitive to all substances as it is much thinner than adult skin, very permeable and will easily absorb substances into the blood stream. Babies are therefore more susceptible to damage from toxins applied to the skin.  My massage was ridiculously good. After one hour of pure bliss, she continued with facial. Another 60 minutes of heaven! After the massage ended, Miss Poj offered me a ginger tea and veggies to munch on.

Miss Poj - my magical massage fairy

Miss Poj - my magical massage fairy

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Tranquil environment, superb massage, pure bliss and happy me!:)

 

Pregnancy products reviews - Eye on stretch marks

I am almost 24 weeks pregnant and my tummy has obviously swollen. It looks like a little balloon now, even though I only gained 6 kg.  Many new mamas have concerns about how their body will change in pregnancy.  Let me tell you one thing. I believe that if you are happy, satisfied, you do some exercises and think positive, your body will easily adjust. We've been created for this mission super mommies! Sure, you might feel heavier or see stretch marks for the first time, but remember, you are not alone! Pretty much every woman has them, and they are totally normal, beautiful consequences of our bodies growing and changing. Of course, all boils down to genetics I recon (Thank you mama!) But, there are also some beautiful products out there that can do miracles for you  while your bumps grows.

Tried&Tested:

  • Mamma Mio The Tummy Rub Oil 
  • Bio-Oil
  • Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula - Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks 

I'm a fan of natural products and I have tried a lot of them. I've been recently obsessed with Mamma Mio The Tummy Rub Oil. It's little on the expensive side, but it works wonderfully and it's perfectly safe for the baby.  I put it on 2 or 3 times a day and the consistency is so good that I'm using it all over my body. Even for sunbathing. What I love about this product is that it's a blend of natural oils (almond, argan, avocado, rosehip) with to nasties in it (no parabens, PEG's, synthetic fragrance or colorants).  It penetrates deep into the skin and soaks in around 15 minutes after applying. This is unlike some other oils for instance the celebrity loved Bio-Oil which leaves stains on your clothes. And it should not be called "bio" as it contains such a high proportion of mineral oil, which is known to clog pores and could eventually lead to break outs. Just saying. Tried, tested, but our relationship with Bio-Oil didn't last too long as it last with Kim Kardashian:)) The most popular in the stores and among mummies is probably the budget friendly Cocoa Butter from Palmers. It is rich and creamy, keeps the skin nicely soft and it's suitable for non preggies too. It contains cocoa butter, shea butter, collagen  and vitamin E but unfortunately it's not all natural and didn't do the trick for me. I have also heard a lot of good things about Mustella Stretch Marks Double Action Cream. This product is definitely on my wishlist! 

Verdict : the winner is.... Mamma Mio The Tummy Rub Oil! Perfection in a bottle! 

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Please feel free to share your pregnancy products tips too!

Shedd app, charity and donating unwanted items

Since I know there is a little living soul in my tummy, the first thing that popped into my mind was that I need to get rid of the clothes and stuff I wore or used less than once. With this changing super body, you'll not be able to fit into your favorite jeans for a looong time anyway. And you'll need to create more space for the baby and tons of the cutest baby stuff! So I decided to do a  closet detox while making some money. And as the online world is the new frontier,  the best way to do it is to use a super easy local application SHEDD which you can download to your android or IOS device. Then all you have to do is create a profile, take pictures of your unwanted clothes, price and describe your items,  use hashtags and sell! It's also a bit social in the sense that you can follow someone else's closet. If you'd like to see my new or pre-loved items I sell, bellow is my profile.  I can't recommend this app enough. 

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The second option is to turn your items into cash, the dubizzle way

Something that's been sitting in your house, unused and unloved, may bring a great joy to someone else. Therefore, I strongly  encourage you to do  your research and check out local options for unwanted items like women's shelters, charity shops or animal shelters.  There are also quite a few charity boxes across town and once you start looking you'll notice them. There is one in Jlt in Cluster Q  and in the  Mall of the Emirates. You may also consider asking the security guys or maintenance guys (assuming there are  some men's clothes). They may be able to either use them or sell them.

Another thing you may consider is donating your unwanted items to Stray dog center UAQ. They are having  Garage sale where they  raise some money for doggies.  If you have clothes, shoes, baby items, books, toys, furniture or household appliances please contact them for more info.  

Happy shedding and donating!

 

 

 

Preggy time!

Hello ladies! It’s been a long time.  But I’m back! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas wherever you were and whatever you did. I wish you all a wonderful New Year full of happiness, love and blessings!

Speaking of blessings, this year Santa has been very generous. I not only got after 32 years of my life some nice boobies for Christmas (finally!), but I’m also expecting our bundle of joy.  I'm overloaded with happiness!

Pregnant life is a completely new experience, happy, but also life changing. Sometimes it might feel like a life of a pensioner. Minus the parties and shopping. Plus the crazy hormones and emotions! You will find yourself walking on the third floor of Dubai mall,  crying over the sight of the tiny little cool stuff for babies. Your head will be spinning from all the new gear you never ever imagined you will EVER need. Hello kitty hoodies, fairy skirts and strollers...here I come!  Suddenly the old you disappears. It's  you and the little (avocado, pineapple) in your tummy. A proper miracle! 

So from now on, this section will probably be my favorite, and I will update you on all things that preggies can do to enjoy this amazing time. 

4 months to go!

4 months to go!