1. Merifor Tranquillity Mattress, £250, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner
What is it? A super-tech cot bed mattress with a clever design that helped it become the first cot mattress to receive the Allergy UK seal of approval.
Suitable from birth? Yes
How does it work? Parents may barely remember what their own bed looks like in those busy first months with a new baby, but rest assured your little one will enjoy a luxurious snooze on Merifor’s high-tech cot bed mattress.
You can choose which side to use depending on your child’s age – one side has superior foam, perfect for a baby. When they weigh at least 10kg, flip it over to the other side, which has micro pocket springs.
The mattress boasts a sealed inner core to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria (it was the first cot mattress to receive the Allergy UK seal of approval), and there are crush-resistant side walls for added strength and stability.
You can also remove the outer cover and wash it at 60°C to eliminate allergens & dust mites.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Merifor Tranquillity Mattress:
“I really love this mattress. It looks and feels expensive and high quality. It’s firm but soft and breathable. I can’t say whether it improves health as my child doesn’t have any issues, but she slept well on it.” Mum of 1, Claire
“The mattress was so soft and felt really good quality. I was a bit dubious at first, but after over two years of restless sleep I was just about willing to try anything. All I can say is: amazing! I only wish I had known about these mattresses sooner. My little boy has slept so much better. It may be slightly on the pricey side but for a good night’s sleep I’d happily pay the money for it over and over again. The fact the cover is removable for washing is even better.” Mum of 2, Victoria
You can buy the Merifor Tranquillity Mattress from Mothercare
2. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, £5.85 for 24 sachets – 24p each – MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner
What is it? A homeopathic remedy made from chamomile. Also contains lactose, xylitol and starch.
Suitable from birth? No – from three months old
How does it work? The granules are emptied into your baby’s mouth to calm and soothe while teething. Can be given every one to two hours, as needed.
This traditional teething powder is designed to give relief from the flushed cheeks, dribbling and sore and tender gums that can leave your baby distressed.
It comes in individual 300mg sachets which are easy to administer and carry with you. It can be used in conjuction with teething gel and medicinal pain relief, such as Calpol, if required.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules:
“My son is currently suffering with his back teeth coming through and I found the sachets really easy to use. They are great to just pop in your bag on the go! They worked really well– I noticed the redness in his cheeks going down quickly so they were great to use before bedtime.” Mum of 1, Natasha
“Lifesaver product for teething babies! This helped me out a lot with my little one.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules from Wilko
3.Colief Breathe Easy Patch, £5.99 for six patches – £1 each – MadeForMums Awards Bronze Winner
What is it? These gentle decongestant patches can be worn on clothing or bedding to offer a comfortable solution for easy breathing
Suitable from birth? No. Suitable for children over 3+ years
How does it work? These simple patches are great when your little one is feeling snuffly. You can use each patch once – it’s best attached to their pyjamas, close to the chest, so that body heat releases the essential vapours within without irritating their skin.
Each individually wrapped patch is effective for eight hours so should help unblock little noses to give them a more comfortable night’s sleep.
The patches contain a unique blend of natural essential oils such eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon and rosemary, which help reduce discomfort and have naturally antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Colief Breathe Easy Patch:
“I love the smell of this product. It is like bringing a Swedish sauna into the bedroom! A fresh, soothing smell. I was not convinced that the product would not be touched by my child, so I ended up sticking it on the back of her sleepsuit, well out of reach. I would recommend it for older children.” Mum of 1, Joanne
“Love the softness of these patches and the idea that they stick to clothing or bedding to keep the oils away from children is excellent. Innovative and useful for children from age three.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy the Colief Breathe Easy Patch from Superdrug
4. Nuk Nasal Decongester, £4.19
What is it? A simple bulb syringe to clear a blocked nose
Suitable from birth? Yes
How does it work? Squeeze the bulb, gently place the tip inside your baby’s nostril, press the other nostril and slowly release the bulb to suck out excess mucus
This simple but effective device is a hygienic way to clear stuffy, snotty noses when your baby is too little to blow into a tissue.
Comes with two tips and can be washed with soap and water. Use in conjuction with saline drops, or after sitting in a steamy bathroom, for extra relief.
What is it? A multipurpose topical cream made from zinc oxide, lanolin and benzyl alcohol
Suitable from birth? Yes
How does it work? Clean the affected area, apply and leave to soak in. Zinc oxide reduces the loss of tissue fluid, lanolin is a soothing and softening emollient, and benzyl oxide has antiseptic and anaesthetic properties to reduce discomfort
From raw bottoms and sore chins, to grazes and burns, there is nothing this classic skin cream can’t soothe.
The rich formula, which is unchanged since 1931, is especially good for nappy rash and can be used to ease eczema. It helps a wound to heal as well as forming a protective barrier over the vulnerable area.
It’s great for clearing up your own spots and blemishes too!
What is it? A paracetamol-based pain-relief syrup
Suitable from birth? No – can be used with babies from 2 months up to 6 years
How does it work? Babies consume Calpol orally; it contains paracetamol (120mg/5ml) which helps to relieve mild to moderate pain
There aren’t many parents who haven’t come across Calpol or don’t reach for the medicine bottle when their little one is feeling unwell. A sore throat, earache, fever, teething pain, post-immunisation fever – it works absolute wonders at making it all feel better.
However, it’s worth remembering that it’s really important that we don’t just give Calpol without finding out first what’s making our child ill, so says top paediatrician Professor Alastair Sutcliffe of University College London.
You can buy Calpol Infant Suspension from Boots
7. Nurofen for children, £3.85 for 100ml
What is it? An ibuprofen-based pain relief syrup
Suitable from birth? No – from 3 months and weighing more than 5kg
How does it work? It is taken orally and contains ibuprofen (100mg/5ml) to ease mild to moderate pain, along with inflammation
This liquid ibuprofen can be given to ease the discomfort of fever as well as aches and pains.
Unlike paracetamol, it is anti-inflammatory so can reduce swelling and redness too. However, it might upset your baby’s stomach.
Available in strawberry or orange flavours, it can be taken with or without food.
What is it? A natural anti-allergy balm
Suitable from birth? No – from 3 months
How does it work? The balm is spread on baby’s nose and just under the eyes to work as a barrier to help trap pollen before it gets into the body
This award-winning balm is organic, chemical-free and made of sunflower seed oil and bees wax. The Haymax Kids barrier helps to work again hey fever, dust and pet allergies for sensitive babies, toddlers and children.
When our MFM mums tested the balm they found that it helped to reduce the allergic reactions of their children and loved the fact that it can be used at schools. They also highly-recommended Haymax for kids as it’s organic, natural and a fantastic alternative for parents who don’t want to use chemical antihistamines.
9. Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer with Age Precision (IRT6520), £49.99
What is it? A digital ear thermometer that gives easy to understand fever guidance
Suitable from birth? Yes – and can even be used on adults
How does it work? Takes your baby’s temperature in-ear and interprets the result with a simple colour-coded system – all you need to do is set the age before using (0-3months, 3-36 months or 3 years upwards).
A good thermometer is a medicine cabinet must. This clever Braun model takes the guesswork out of monitoring your child’s temperature, thanks to its red, yellow and green warning lights based on the patient’s age.
It has a pre-warmed tip for a more accurate reading, and gives a beep and light to confirm you have it in the right position.
Memory function stores the last nine readings so you can monitor a fever. Disposable lens filters allow for switching between users and avoiding cross contamination.
You can buy the Braun ThermoScan 7 Ear Thermometer with Age Precision from Amazon
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