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I’ve found something awesome!

One of the overseas packages we received after Ava was born came from my friend Nickey in Australia. Amongst all the goodies in the package was a Bonds Baby Sleeping Bag. It has been a life saver this winter with Jo’burgs freezing over night lows. Our home is situated at the bottom of a slope and we’re just about right on a running river, this means that at times over the past couple of weeks the temperature in our area has dropped as low as -6. But my little sausage has slept soundly,thanks to the heater in her room and her Bonds Baby Sleeping Bag. She has about 4 different sleeping bags, but aside from her Bonds Baby Sleeping Bag, none of them are made of polar fleece or have long sleeves, which in these temperatures means they’re pretty pointless. I don’t like covering her with blankets because she’s such a wriggle bum that she winds up crying in the night and when I check on her its because she’s wriggled so much in her sleep that even her face is covered by the blanket. Now aside from the fact that she finds this distressing it totally freaks me out because what about SIDS?

Sadly, her Bonds Baby Sleeping Bag is for 0-6 months and she has now finally outgrown it. The sleeves ride up and she can’t straighten her legs properly in it anymore. I’ve been trying to find out where I can buy another one online but its only available in Australia and aside from the fact that it will take so long to ship she may not need it by the time it arrives, with the current exchange rate and shipping fee’s it lands up being fairly pricey.

I’ve been searching and searching for a local equivalent and yesterday I struck gold! Introducing the Dudu Range!Β  And look what I found amongst their products:

Dudu Sleep Sack

The best part is that Samantha lives just down the road from my office so for a total of R231 she’s going to delivery me a pink one just like this!

A woman at my office is currently 5 months pregnant and super excited about the impending arrival of her baby girl, she asked me the other day what are just a few of the things I wouldn’t go without and Ava’s sleeping bags are definitely on that list. I’m convinced they partly responsible for the fact that my little angel started sleeping through at 12 weeks and has been giving us lovely, full nights sleep ever since!

Other things on my list included:

Pigeon bottles & Mag Mags

Pigeon Hand & Face Wipes

Sterilon – I wish I’d known before the time that Milton causes thrush, since switching to Sterilon Ava has not had thrush again

Nuk dummies


Antipeol Ointment

Oceanic Nose Drops

What are some of the things you wouldn’t have survived without?

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  • Reply thebinges

    I’ve tried sleeping bags, heavy blankets, tucking him in, drugs (gasp, shock, horror) and he still doesn’t … through. (insert whiney ass voice). Oh well, he’s a dream during the day, I couldn’t ask for more, and I have a sneaky suspicion that the 3 molars in 2 days may be playing a small part.

    PS: I never use ‘that word’, you know the one that describes the thing they’re supposed to do at night. Murphy can be a biatch!


    June 24, 2010 at 9:41 am
  • Reply irene0211

    That is so adorable! I love it.
    I could not do without my microwave steam sterilizer
    Antipeol (Multipeol)
    Camiflor Nose Spray
    Full body vests
    Both Nuk and Avent Bottles (but a slight preference to Avent for the simple reason that you can avoid contact with the teat and shake the bottle with the lid on without all the milk spraying out into the lid since the lid compresses the teat slightly unlike Nuk)
    Sleep sense lulaby CD and taglet
    Stretchy swaddling blankets (sleep sense)
    Baby Monitor

    So much more but off the top of my head I remember those above others πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2010 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Yes! Yes! And Yes! To the Microwave sterilizer and the Sleep Sense Sleep CD!

      June 24, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply lea2109

    Definitely a baby monitor of some sort and loads of bibs. Bottle warmer which I used to keep the water warm and just to mix the milk powder in for night feeds, made things so much quicker.

    We have some babygrow kind of pajamas that I have bought for my kids (with covered feet, but legs, not like a bag) and we can get them up to size 5 (or maybe even bigger). Is made of polar fleece and I found it particularly good when they kick the blankets off at night because it still kept them warm.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:52 am
    • Reply Sharon

      And YES to the bottle warmer!

      June 24, 2010 at 9:54 am
  • Reply tanyakov

    Oooh, what are Razberries?

    My faves have been Avent microwave steriliser, baby monitor, nappy bin, Sleep Sense taglet, any Tiny Love toy, Bennetts saline nose drops and nasal extractor (have no idea what their proper name is – Lol!), Bennetts bum cream, sleeping wedge for the first few months, Gina Ford’s The Contented Baby Book, Avent bottles.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Sharon

      We started out on the Avent bottles but I found them leaky, you have to tighten them just right or they leaked which drove me mad. Slowly I switched over the Pigeon bottles with the peristaltic nipples and they’re fantastic, no leaking, you can shake the bottles and they don’t spray milk and the teats are nice and small but with nice sized holes in them.

      A Razberry is a special type of silicone dummy that literally looks like a raspberry with lots of nodules on it. Great for itchy gums and stimulating during teeth cutting. Ava loves hers!

      June 24, 2010 at 9:57 am
  • Reply mommy2m

    Wish I had found a long sleeved sleeping bag! Mika is also a right wriggle bum and wakes most nights because she has kicked everything off!

    I have found Candizole cream fantastic for nappy rash caused by thrush. Recently discovered the Karvol room spray for blocked noses

    When Mika was a couple of months old I struggled to find a playmate that incorporated everything I wanted. I landed up designing my own and learning to sew! That was a life saver cos it meant I could take it wherever I went and she would always have a soft mat with all her toys to play on. It is padded enough so that she could even use it on tiles. That definitely got me through the first 18 months!

    Sharon, just on your post re the marriage stress, hang in there. I definitely didn’t deal with anything near the infertility stress that you did, but after Mika was born I almost walked on my marriage a couple of times. It is hard to try and find ‘normal’ but you will find your ‘normal’. Almost 3 years down the line and another infertility struggle we are still finding that we need to work at it everyday, not always so easy. We try and make time for each other, even if it is dinner once every couple of months. Some weekends we even climb back into bed when Mika goes down for her daily nap, just so we can cuddle or chat and find a bit of intimacy. It is very difficult when you don’t have baby sitters on tap. Our families live in the Eastern Cape and we don’t have anyone in Jhb that we can leave her with. If you have babysitters, try and take some time for yourselves. What helped us tremendously was going away to Botswana for a long weekend. My parents were kind enough to come to Jhb to look after their granddaughter which gave us a wonderful break and really helped us find that friendship and intimacy again. It wasn’t even as dificult to leave her as I thought it would be, although I was happy to be home.

    June 24, 2010 at 9:58 am
  • Reply little29

    ditto to a lot of those “cant do without items…” BIG yes to antipeol and Nuk dummies
    i would add:-
    Bennets breath easy range
    carmen Humidifier
    Karvol (okay what makes you think I battled with my little one’s chest and nose…….)
    Angel baby monitor
    and for teething only VIDOL powder – worked like a bomb!! and tastes good too
    and last but not least – lots and lots of rescue drops (for me that is…..)

    June 24, 2010 at 10:15 am
  • Reply dee

    Shoo, I have alot to learn…

    June 24, 2010 at 11:32 am
  • Reply natasjap

    Hi Sharon,

    My boy starting sleeping through at 8 weeks, and I still believe that it was the Telament drops that did the trick. I gave him a few drops after his last feed, his NUK dummy and he slept til morning (still does at 2 years old), only without the drops, hehe!
    Other things I couldn’t be without:
    The baby monitor,
    Sleep-bags (we bought a few of the Babysense bags on sale at Woollies for R25 each!!!!)
    Crayons bath soap / shampoo (still use it)
    Plastic Scented Nappy Bags
    And off course, “spoegdoeke!” Lifesavers, those cloths!

    June 24, 2010 at 11:37 am
  • Reply natasjap

    Forgot to add, we used Prodol Solution for teething, and it seemed to work very well.

    June 24, 2010 at 11:39 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    MY kiddos also slept in sleeping bags last year, but this year they are mobile and can climb out of their beds so unfortunately not a possibility any more πŸ™ However the dudu poncho jobbie looks very promising! The other option is the toddler babygrows, but once they are potty trained that is no longer an option either, and we are gearing up the potty training at the moment.

    At the monent I love J&J detangling shampoe, Elizabeth Anne’s cocoa butter body cream, Flobaby saline nose spray, Nazo patches (always!), Olbass oil for blocked noses (great stuff), sleepsense taglets ( both babies threw away their dummies at 10 months thanks to the taglets), JC Cole collection mini diaper bag (the small one, fits 2 nappies, wipes and cream and all I take out in the pram) and of course my Maclaren twin pram without which I would have been permanently stuck at home!

    June 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
  • Reply vroutjie

    Do the sleeping bag come in adult sized too? Hehe – looks stunning though.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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    June 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Ooh! ooh! I thought of something else, my Angel Care Nappy Bin! I simply would not have survived without the ingenious piece of equipment!

    June 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply bratty37

    Just the kinda post I need…a list of “need to have”….Thanks

    June 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply zamom

    It’s actually a confusing subject as everyone has their different favourites and let me tell you it differs from 1 child to another. My first used a dummy and the second refused. I’ve always used babysense sleeping bags and their winter weight one is fine for PE’s winters. Bottles not an issue as I breastfed but now I use Avent and have never had any issues with them leaking?! Just goes to show we’re all different. The thing we’ve used by far the most is our Valco pram that my folks got in Australia. I would love to know the thousands of km’s it’s “travelled” I have used it every day that we’ve been home since Zoe was born over 3 years ago and sometimes even twice a day. It is brilliant and is a 3 wheeler, so good for running and it has a toddler seat attachment. Also like my Maclaren buggy, babysense taglets are a real must in my opinion. I’ve never had to use saline nasal spray or anything for stuffy noses thank goodness. Also loved our nappy bin. The real winner with Ava was my Rhubarb and Custard sling – I would have been lost without it, with Zoe I never even tried a sling. I’ve used the Woolies baby wash and shampoo ever since Zoe developed a little bit of excema behind her knees and the excema has never been seen again. Also used Vidol teething powders and have never had teething issues with either of the girls.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply jonivdw

    Great Post Shaz! I just love the Dudu bag!

    Mmmm things we haven’t been able to live without:
    Webcam Baby Monitor
    Microwave Steriliser
    Medela Microwave Steriliser bags (which are reusable and great for travelling)
    Small coolerbags
    Paul Mitchell Shampoo for Kids (only thing that worked for Adam’s cradle cap)
    Elizabeth Anne’s Wash and Cream for Sensitive Skin
    Aquafresh Stage 1 Toothbrush and Toothpaste (he loves brushing his teeth)
    Neurofen for Babies (the syringe is awesome for all meds & vits)
    Impapaed suppositories (work faster than any other paracetamol)
    Iliadin Paed Saline Nose drops
    Creche Guard
    Ferdie’s Bum Cream (mixed by my Mom’s boss at the Pharmacy) – Adam has never had nappy rash!
    Lullabyes from Mamma Africa (bought from Moyo)
    Palmer’s Lil Face Butter stick (perfect for winter)
    Pansoral (for Teething)
    Ackermans fluffy sleep suits
    Braun Magic Stick (for quick pureeing of food)
    Huggalugs (for crawling to protect clothing)
    Sleep Sense Taglets (we’ve got 4)
    Baby City Cresta (the staff know me and give great advice)
    My Darling Nanny!
    Homemade Jerseys from his Grannies (much warmer than those in the shop)
    Homemade padded quilts made by his late Great Granny (keep him snuggly at night)
    Shew I don’t think I could’ve coped without all the above at all!!

    June 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply shirl34

    oooo..thanks for the link…Im just about to become an aunt and spend most of my working day searching online baby stores. Im really desperate to find different and unique black baby grow etc..nothing yet thou unless I import.

    I absolutely couldnt do without my baby backpack..I found it very comfortable to wear and used it to go everywhere from shopping to walks instead of using the pram. Was very convenient to push a trolly with baby on my back and she loved looking around.

    June 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply fionads

    If you need more have a look at this link
    A friends mom makes them for R100 and they are fleecy and very warm πŸ™‚

    June 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply skrambled

    Interesting. Hopefully I’m going to have to learn all this stuff.

    June 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply samcy

    Remind me to look back at this post if I ever have a use for it πŸ˜‰


    June 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply charminka

    There is only one thing I CAN NOT go without.. and that is Telament drops!!

    June 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Sling (Rhubarb & Custard)
    Illiadin nose drops
    Nuk Dummies & Bottles
    Bennets Easybreathe stuff
    Sleeping bag
    Suppositories for Fever (Empaped)
    Swaddling blanky from Sleep sense
    Telament drops


    June 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    Sleep sense taglet – number 1
    Metal flask to keep hot water in to mix up bottles in the early hours – baby’s can’t wait for the kettle!
    Multipeol for any sign of a rash
    Reuteri probiotic drops when they have diarrhoea or are on antibiotics.
    Small, umbrella style fold up pram, so much easier for travel and to get in boot. Only when they are a bit older though.
    Angel care monitor with sensory pad. Still use it.
    Bath on a stand – helps the back!

    What I wish I hadn’t bought –
    Bumbo seat – used it for such a short time, although I like the idea of it.
    So many bottles.
    One of those carry seats you can strap around your waist for them to sit on – she got too heavy for it too quickly.
    Microwave sterilizer – only because it didn’t fit in my microwave!

    June 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Its funny, although I am very far away in the US, the Mommy ties still bind! Some of the brands are different here.. so here’s my list!

    Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (diaper cream-THE BEST!)
    Diaper Genie II (for the dirties)
    Bottle warmer(s) [we have 2, one upstairs one downstairs]
    Dr Browns Bottles-I haven’t ever used anything else and haven’t had any
    problems [knock wood]
    Microwave sterilizer (we used ours until we made it to only 6 bottles
    per day- now we wash in the dishwasher)
    Maya Wrap (cloth wrap around sling, was great up until about 16
    pounds;)Can be found at
    Summer Infant Large Comfort Bather- LIFESAVER!!
    Mylicon Gas Drops
    Hyland’s Homeopathic Teething Tablets

    June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply mozzie01

    Ooooo…my list could go on forever!
    Pansoral for teething
    Vidol for teething
    Angel Monitor
    Baby Sense Taglets
    NUK dummies
    Pigeon Bottles
    MooMoo Sleeping Bags
    Chelino High Chairs, dining chairs and walking rings
    “Donut” for the floor to lie both the girls in for feeds (especially when they were tiny!!!)
    Kangol bath chair thingie!
    Saline Nose Drops
    Braun Blender for pureeing food
    Angel Care Bin (oh my gosh, would go mad without it!!!)

    I could go on and on but must get to bed!

    Nice post Shaz!!!
    x x x x

    June 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply hcouperus

    My list πŸ™‚

    -A Phil and Ted’s pram – Simple the best NZ invention ever!! It enabled us to go everywhere with little ones!
    Homemade pram sleeping bag
    -Baby monitor
    -Play Pen – especially when I had a few more little ones, excellent to keep them (baby and toddler) safe!
    -Safety Sleep – my secret to great nights sleep, used mine until about 1 years old (I used safety pins after that otherwise my little angels undo the velcro straps!)
    -A top quality highchair (on wheels with bibs stored underneath, and it reclined!), We bought one of the most expensive on the market for child no 3, no regrets apart from that we should have bought this for number 1!!
    -Silly Billyz bibs They are simply the best, again the only regret is that I didn’t discover them with my first child! This polarfleece bib doesn’t get soggy, doesn’t stain and even though they are more expensive, they seem to last the distance!
    -A merino sleeping bag – Again didn’t discover this until number 4, but merino is AWESOME
    -Disposable huggies nappies – obvious I know but I LOVE them
    -K’s kids soft toys – We bought Julia for my second daughter and she adores it, the best part of it all is that is it washable and should it get lost, you can buy another one!(we’re onto our third Jules!) I’ve also got Patrick again a huge hit! check out their site
    -I also couldn’t do without my DH, he simply is the BEST Father ever!!

    June 25, 2010 at 9:30 am
  • Reply coachmarcia

    I don’t even know what HALF of these things are but the two people I would not do without is my husband and my nanny!

    Oh, and my wonderful paed who was so very patient with my hundreds of questions in the early days.

    But the one product I’m loyal to a T is Pampers nappies.

    I never bothered with monitors, nappy bins and all that jazz πŸ™‚

    June 25, 2010 at 10:13 am
  • Reply marina1605

    Claudio also sleeps in a sleeping bag, but his is sleeveless so I cover him with his duvet and a blankie, depending on how cold it is and he sleeps through no problem. Can’t remember the make, but my sister sent it to me from the UK, she used it for her kids.

    Things I can’t do without:
    Angelcare Baby Monitor with sensor pad – would’ve gone mad without this wonderful piece of equipment!
    Angelcare nappy bin – no mess, no fuss!
    Avent electric steriliser
    Avent bottle warmer
    Avent bottles and dummies {the bottles do leak sometimes, grrr}
    Avent storage cups {brilliant for storing breast milk and food}
    Baby sense taglet
    Bonjela teething gel
    Ashton & Parsons teething powder
    Anabel Karmel “How to feed your baby and toddler”
    Woolies online shopping – it’s the bomb!
    Oh, my wonderful DH, he’s my rock and without him I wouldn’t have coped.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:28 am
  • Reply pandoragelb

    Amazing how the baby sense taglet keeps coming up! Love it! I also love watching how my daughter plays with it, especially the little tags. So sweet!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm
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