If you’re a mom, diapers and wipes have become an essential part of your life by now, and until you’ve successfully potty trained your baby (which in my case is far fetched dream 🤦🏻♀️), there’s no escape from these two.
Generally, while talking about baby products that have a negative impact on the environment, it is the disposable diaper which gets the attention while the wet wipes find a thin escape. But the truth is, that they are contributing equally to this great damage, since they’re made of polyester which is highly non-biodegradable.
On June 7th, an article in The Guradian highlighted this issue- “While wet wipes might feel like an improvement upon regular old toilet paper, they’re actually causing a lot of problems for sewer systems. That’s because, despite being marketed as acceptable to flush, wet wipes don’t actually break down the way that toilet paper does, and can easily clog drains and sewer lines. In fact, it only takes a few flushed wet wipes to cause a clog, and once those wipes are mixed with fats or oils, the resulting blockage in public sewers (stomach-churningly known as “fatbergs”) can be gigantic.”
A couple of months ago, I shared about how I prepare a DIY solution and use a regular muslin/pure cotton cloth to wipe my baby’s buttocks. I did manage to do that while we were at home, however, when we were out, it was not possible to follow the same regimen and I had to resort to using regular wipes.
But then I stumbled upon the new launch of my favourite brand, Mamaearth.
Price: ₹249 for a pack of 80 wipes
Shelf life: 2 years from the date of manufacture
My Rating: 8.9/10
Mamaearth has been my favourite fetch after becoming a mother. If you happen to visit my home, you’ll see a variety of their products on all my shelves, and I’m pretty sure that’s going to be the case for several years to come 🙂
What’s so special about mamaearth?
When Ghazal and Varun, founders of Mamaearth, found out about their pregnancy, they realised that there were very few safe and toxin free products in the market, which took them by surprise. So they took up the responsibility of starting a company that made 100% toxin free and safe products for both the mother and the baby. Infact, they’re the only MadeSafe brand in Asia! How awesome is that!
Coming back to our review for today- Anti Hairfall Kit by Mamaearth
This Kit is a complete package a mom needs to combat Hairfall (especially postpartum Hairfall, because well, nothing can beat its severity🤦🏻♀️)
What all will you receive in the package?
2. Happy Heads Shampoo (I love this name!)
3. No More Tangles Conditioner
4. Pro Growth Tonic
The steps are pretty simple and well illustrated and explained:
According to the brand, you’ll see a noticeable difference in your Hairfall within 6 weeks (hence, the challenge)! I’ve been using it for over a week now and I couldn’t resist sharing my honest review/first impression with you all!
1. Root Restore Hair Oil
My experience: It’s not so sticky and has a nice herbal smell- which is justified. However, I sensed mild headache for a few minutes after I used it, which can probably be due to some ingredient not suiting me. It easily goes off when washed and doesn’t leave any oily residue behind- which I like!
2. Happy Heads Shampoo
My experience: It really cleanses the scalp well and gives a fresh feeling. My post hair wash hairfall has reduced substantially. The fragrance is soothing and it lathers up really well too. The nozzle cap helps in controlled product use and prevents wastage.
3. No More Tangles
My experience: Firstky, I love the fragrance and the subtle cocoa butter hint to it. My biggest issue which led to Hairfall was ‘tangles’. This conditioner smoothens the hair which results in almost no tangling and this leads to reduced Hairfall. I’ve also noticed that the roughness and frizz ofmy Hair has reduced, so here’s a big yay from me. This is definitely my favourite product from the lot.
4. Pro Grwoth Tonic
My experience: I wouldn’t lie if I call this the magic potion. It’s definitely one of the biggest contributers in controlling Hairfall. However, the fragrance is slightly overpowering. But if you focus on the advantages, that can be easily overlooked.
Verdict: If you’re a mom and if you’re facing crazy hairfall like me, go for it. It’s totally worth the money you’re spending. I’d recommend following the steps and using it religiously, as instructed to see the results
Price: 999/- for the whole set (after introductory discount)
Thank you for reading 🙂
Until next time, take care!
This kit was reviewed and tested by: Batul D
P.S. I was sent this package in return on an honest review. MomFunda or the writer wasn’t compensated in any way for this review.
Located in the heart of Santacruz, Mumbai is India’s first and one of its kind aquatherapy centre for babies- Babyscastle-A brainchild of Dr Priyanka.
After the birth of her baby boy, Dr Priyanka felt that Indian kids are missing out on early water exposure which has humongous benefits, so she went to the States and studied about aqua therapy to bring it to our own country!
On 14th October, we were invited to the centre to explore, experience and share our reviews. So here it is!
-Aquatherapy for the baby
-Aquaphysiotherpay for kids, special kids and expecting mothers
-OPD for special kids
-Spa and massages for mothers
-Relaxing spa for babies
There are several advantages that various researches have highlighted:
- Muscle development and balancing is better in such infants
- Those kids who are introduced to water early on are ahead of non-water peers in oral expressions, math and reasoning skills
- Improved sleep pattern and quality
- Massage therapy helps in weight gain in preterm infants
- Better functional mobility
- Massage instruction decreases paternal stress
- Babies who skin have better coordination and can grape the objects more easily than non-swimmers.
Since babies are in the amniotic fluid, floating freely, being in water is not new to them. The younger they are, the more secure and comfortable they feel.
The water is filtered using the best filteration method available and the temperature is maintained to slightly warm throughout- so that the baby is at ease. Moreover, the chlorine content is very low as compared to regular pools so that the skin of the baby remains safe and free of irritation.
4. Will the baby be able to hold himself?
Yes, with support. They also give the baby a floater so that he can swim independently.
5. Will the baby not be petrified?
Young babies are at rest and more comfortable. Older babies might take a couple of days to get adjusted and feel confident. Crying in the first few sessions can be anticipated.
6. At what age can we start?
As early as one month! Yes, it’s safe to try and start that early!
Yes, absolutely! But not just one session. If the baby is sacred, he might not take a dip at all. Book a few sessions to get the baby comfortable and for him to be at ease and enjoy!
8. What are the charges?
Around 3000+ for one session. But if you enrol for a plan of 18 sessions you’ll pay 24,000/- and that way it’ll cost you cheaper/session.
How to contact them?
You can either check the number on their website (www.babysscastle.com) or message them on Instagram. They’re very responsive
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
Let me first admit, I’ve never been the most eco-friendly of people. Not that I used to throw litter everywhere around, but there have been days I chose convenience over the environment. However, something changed in me after I became a mom. I’ve become not just more compassionate towards other human beings but also other creatures and the whole planet at a large- which I’m really proud of! And there’s no way I’m going to to my earlier self. Everything that’s eco-friendly instantly has me sold! 🙂
I’ve always marveled at brands who go an extra mile to ensure that their products are not only produced ethically but also packaged in a good-for-the-earth way! They definitely deserve a mention and an applaud from the rooftops (or the Internet, because that’s no less)!
Recently when I received my full buckle from Soul, I saw the packaging and honestly, I’m in raptures about it! From its simplicity to reusability- they’ve done it all right!
Well, I won’t just talk about it. Let me show you how it was packed and sent:
1. Outer packaging
Here’s how I’m using it right now- to keep my little ones cloth diapers. Because when you go-green, you do it correctly!
What I loved was that there’s zero plastic used in the packaging! Is there anything better than this to give back to the planet? I’m sure not!
So that was my review of Soul’s minimal, eco-friendly yet gorgeous packaging!
In the picture below is my latest purchase from their Spice collection: Sumac Full Buckle in the standard size. Isn’t it gorgeous?
My little one was born with an ultra sensitive skin. Which is why, everytime I purchased something for her, especially in the bath and body range, I made sure to read all possible reviews and feedback just to ensure that it doesn’t affect her skin. I have had horribly heartbreaking incidents in the past, and thus my fear is to an another lever altogether. And so, if you find me recomending something, well, you know you can trust my words. Though I can’t assure you completely, because every baby is different, but I’m here to share my experience and a completely genuine take on these products.
- Inspired by moms, developed by experts
- Tested in Europe and on par with International standards of safety
- 100% safe for the baby
- Free of parabens and harmful chemicals
- Contains natural plant based ingredients and essential oils
1. Baby massage oil
- Light and sooting formulation
- Hydrated and nourishes baby’s sensitive skin
- Infused with vitamin E and olive oil
- Very light and not very sticky
- Small amount is enough to spread on the skin
- However, I would have loved it more had it contained coconut oil, since I prefer cononut oil more over olive oil for my baby.
- Nonetheless, I loved the formulation and it suited the sensitive skin of my baby, which is a big thumbs up!
2. Baby soap
- Made from 100% pure vegetable oils and hence suits sensitive skin of the baby
- Infused with plant based ingredients that keeps the baby’s skin smooth
- Soothing mild fragrance.
- Removes the stickiness of the massage oil without taking away the moisture of the skin
- Makes the skin super soft and smooth
3. Baby wash
- Ultra mild, soap free and aqua based formula
- Doesn’t cause tears and prevents eye irritation
- Contains orange oil which protects against bacterial infections
- Alkali and paraben free
- Mild wash that lathers just aptly to cleanse the body
- Doesn’t cause eye irritation. Although she cried a little one day when it came in contact with the eye, more so because it made her uncomfortable
- I liked the smell of Shea butter which also made her skin soft to touch
4. Baby shampoo
- Soap free and aqua based formula
- Suits all hair types
- Makes the hair clean and tangle free
- Lathers very thickly and this cleanses her hair perfectly
- I use castor oil combined with coconut oil- which is a very thick concoction still the shampoo removes it in one go
- Doesn’t cause eye irritation and tears
5. Baby wipes
- Extra thick and extra soft
- Alcohol and paraben free
- Infused with lotion and vitamin E oil
- Best and the softest wipes I’ve ever used
- Large and thick enough to clean poop
- Delicate smell makes it my favourite wipes ever
- Definitely repurchasing
6. Baby cream
- Enriched with shea butter and milk cream that moisturises baby’s skin
- Contains glycerin and Vitamin E that nourishes even the deepest layer of the skin
- Alkali free
- Makes the skin very smooth and soft but the formula is too runny for a tube. Should have either been bottled or made thicker
7. Baby lotion
- Light weight and non greasy formula
- Contains milk cream and shea butter that moisturises the skin
- Very similar to the formula of baby cream
- Soothing and mild fragrance
- Little dollop is enough to lightly massage a large area
- Makes the skin very very soft
8. Baby powder
- Absorbs the excess moisture and keeps rge baby’s skin dry and smooth
- Prevents friction burnsand rashes
- Ultra fine powder and spreads smoothly
- One of the best baby powder fragrances
- Keeps the skin dry and fresh, especially in summers
Overall, it’s a thumbs up from me!
This brand will definitely go places with the quality of its products!
Packaging: Simple and neat, colour coded for easy identification
Bonus: Thier products usually have offers and discounts. Check their website to know more!
Disclaimer: I was sent the products in exchange of an honest review. My opinions are completely genuine and unbiased.
If you’ve ever read about Soul- the company, the people behind the brand, their ethics and how they run, I bet your respect for them has already snowballed. But if you haven’t, here’s a small article for you, after reading which, I’m sure your veneration for them will shoot up, like mine did!
Soul is a company owned by a simple food-blogger and photographer, Chinmayie, whose personal experience with baby-wearing and the bliss it brings propelled her to start a company of her own, and thus, India’s largest ever baby-wearing company, Soul, was born!
What’s unique about Soul?
If you happen to follow Chinmayie on social media, you probably know that she’s someone who has been advocating for sustainable, simple, organic and local food for the longest time. When Soul happened, she made sure that her lifestyle choices match her company’s profile. Hence, if you see the packaging of Soul (which definitely deserves a different blog-post altogether), you’d notice that it’s minimal, zero-plastic, re-usable and print-free! All the materials used are eco-friendly and ethically produced.
Who are the people behind the brand?
Soul is an all-women company. The team comprises of working mothers, many of whom are single or sole breadwinners of their families. Soul encourages the power of women and believes they deserve a happy, safe and comfortable work environment.
For the love of fabrics
Soul promotes traditional weaving practices and encourages local weaving centers. All the fabrics used by Soul are sourced from small scale textile mills and weaver cooperatives. Some of these are run by the Government of India and some by non-profit organisations. The heart logo of soul now makes so much sense! <3
A company that loves and care for babies!
All the carriers by Soul are in sync with International quality standards! Soul is a member of BCIA (Baby Carrier Industry Alliance) and compliant with CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). In addition, Soul Meh Dai, Full buckle, AnoonA and Onbuhimo are tested for ASTM standards! So, the next time you carry your baby in Soul, don’t worry because your carrier is tested 🙂
If you also advocate for eco-friendly reusable and sustainable things, then keep an eye on this space because I’m soon penning down my love for Soul Packaging!
Isn’t this a company with a heart and soul?
Picture courtesy: Soul website (www.soulslings.com), blog and Facebook group: Soul Family (www.facebook.com/soulfamily)
Disclaimer: Although I’m a brand ambassador of Soul, my thoughts are completely unbiased and purely of my own.
It’s been ages since I sat down and wrote something, so when I finally got the time, I just knew that the first thing I’ll talk about would be this new discovery of mine. If you know me, you probably know that I’m a sucker for personalised things, but it’s difficult and time consuming to get them. In my search, I happened to stumble upon this brand which makes not only stickers, but name labels for clothes, kitchen labels for jars, labels for shoes and even wall decals. Isn’t that so awesome? They were kind enough to send me some samples to try and review. So let’s see what all I received in the package:
- 6 Biggy Labels
- 6 Shape Labels
- 10 Mini Labels
- 5 Round Labels
- 5 Iron Labels for Clothes
What’s so unique about these stickers?
- They’re completely waterproof. In fact, they’re even microwave, dishwasher, steriliser and washer dryer safe.
- They’re durable and they come in various sizes so that it can fit on the smallest to the largest item of your kid.
- They’re toxin free and made from eco and child friendly material.
- And here’s the most ingenious quality of their wall decals- they’re removable and reusable!! How awesome is that?!
- Also, they’re completely customisable.
I tried sticking these Labels on various items- I then experimented with microwaving these items, washing them regularly and in fact, amidst all the shifting chaos when so many sturdy items got destroyed in the rains, these stickers stayed strong- didn’t even move a millimetre! So, after making them go through all kinds of tests (even the ones not claimed) I can definitely say that these Labels have proved to be of extremely good quality and I can completely vouch of them!
If you’re looking to get your kids stuff customised (especially if your child goes to school and there’s a fear of losing his items), here’s my recommendation for you- Go ahead and purchase these Labels. I’m sure you’ll come back and thank me later! I’m myself planning to get kitchen Labels for me new home 🙂 If I do, I’ll definitely review them for you too!
Also, here are some ways I used these Labels. You can stick them on almost anything!!
Final verdict: 9/10
Instagram Store: www.instagram.com/mycutestickons
Breastfeeding in public is as challenging as essential it is! I vividly remember going for a lunch party on a friend’s birthday and having a horrible time feeding her while the waiters roamed around, it was very embarrassing, even though I used a scarf to cover myself.
No matter how many bottles you carry and arrangements you make, your child might find comfort while being nursed or being skin-to-skin with you and might even cry his lungs out until he is latched on. In such scenarios, a nursing cape comes super handy.
The nursing cape I have, is from a brand called Blush 9 maternity, who manufacture all sorts of pregnancy and nursing outfits and essentials. The quality of their products is outstanding and super soft- which is extremely important since it covers the baby while he feeds.
What I love about the cape?
- It’s opaque and large sized- which helps in covering the baby properly without peekaboo accidents
- The quality of the fabric used is ultra soft and has a luxurious feel
- The hole or the neck is large enough to see and keep an eye on the baby
- It takes almost negligible space in the diaper bag
- You can also wear it casually and give a kimono-like style to it.
It is available on amazon, babychakra, firstcry and many more online portals!
Thanks for reading!
Right from wide range of kids clothing to their bedding essentials– This brand has it all! Their price point and availability is the icing on the cake! 🙂
I was looking for quality bedding set for my daughter’s nursery for almost 6 months and was unable to find one online- Online because going out to purchase wasn’t feasible for me! I finally selected one and just when I was about to place the order, I read a review which said that the fabric used was rough and not baby-friendly. My daughter has sensitive skin and is almost allergic to everything except cotton. I quickly canceled the order and my search continued. I then stumbled upon “hugsntugs” and found some cute bedding sets made of quality material. They not only deal in bedding sets, but also quirky and comfy baby outfits- all made of skin-friendly fabrics!
In their words: Hugsntugs.com offers you latest and wide range of online kids clothes in India, Shop for Kids clothing at great discounts and exciting offers.Collection available for size group : new born to 8 yrs old girls and boys.
Awesomesauce fact: Available almost everywhere online: their website, firstcry.com, hopscotch.com. Instagram store
My experience: Amazing customer service. They don’t do crib bumpers, but customized one for me just like I wanted.
Price-Range: I found their stuff to be very very pocket-friendly. What’s more? They also have frequent discounts and offers! This bedding set costs Rs. 1500/- only!
Packaging: The bedding set arrived neatly folded and tied with a ribbon in a beautiful cloth bag
Final verdict: 9/10
Instagram Store: www.instagram.com/hugsntugs
This new trend is setting in where a shop serves two purposes! If you’ve ever been to Social at Versova, Andheri, Mumbai, you would have definitely spotted this tiny cafe that sells designer clothing along with coffee! Yes, you read that right! 🙂
Well, there’s something similar happening on online stores also! Intrigued? Check this out!
Store: Oh Baby! by P&M
This store is run by two sisters out of which one is a Pediatrician. So, if you’re looking for imported clothing and some medical advise too- this shop is one stop shop for you! Their quirky onesies with quotes are their bestsellers.
Awesomesauce fact: Stunning packaging with a thank you note and great PR with customers. Of course, not to forget, the medical edge to it!
My experience: I purchased two items out of which one turned out awesome and the other had issues with sizing, although I didn’t return because it’ll probably fit my daughter in a couple of months 🙂 Quality of the fabric is good too.
Price Range: Starts from Rs. 399/-
Final Verdict: 8/10
Instagram Store: www.instagram.com/ohbaby.pm