Keeping Baby Clean – Simple Steps & Tips for New Parents

Bathing a baby may be one of those many things that new parents worry about before their baby arrives. Throwback to 6 years ago, when I was carrying my first born, Ayra, I googled for guides on bathing a newborn, searched for baby bathing videos on YouTube and also attended pre-natal classes. And guess what?

When it was time to bath my baby (the real one not the doll from pre-natal class) for the first time, my mind went blank! Before that day, I was able to instruct and guide my grandma and mum who were helping bath Ayra the first week. I was able to clearly remember what to do and the 101 things needed to be setup etc. But once you actually get down to it, you forget all books and videos and just focus on the amazing bonding experience with you and your newborn.

If you’ve never bathed a baby before, here are the list of things you need to prepare. (I’ve previously shared a comprehensive shopping list for new parents.)

Diaper napkins/ Cloth diapers/ Disposable diapers – depending on your preference.
Changing mat – so you don’t get your bed sheets wet each time you change your baby.
Cotton balls – to clean baby’s eyes, baby cord before it drops off, and baby bottom.
Baby wipes for the poo/pee clean-up before shower.
• Soap free/ Gentle baby shampoo – we’ve used and trusted Cetaphil for many years up till today.
Baby moisturizer – baby’s skin needs to be moisturized so pick one that’s gentle to baby’s skin.

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Baby bath tub – recommend getting one with stand so you don’t have to squat down to bathe the baby.
Baby bath towels – we invested in nano fiber towels for our girls since birth because they are soft and fluffy, and its lint free. We are still using the same batch of towels from 5 years ago.
Baby wash towels  – which are also the same nano fiber towels, they come in many sizes.
A basket to hold all the bottles and wipes etc so it’s easier to carry and store them. Most of the time you’ll be operating with one hand since the other will be cradling your baby.

Now that you have the necessary stuff ready, we move on to the what and how to clean your baby. And thanks to the Cetaphil Baby Experience, a recent workshop on childcare, I am able to share the following how-to guides with you.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR BABY UNATTENDED

NEVER LET THE WATER CONTINUE RUNNING WHEN BABY IS IN THE TUB

  1. Ensure the windows are closed and the fan turned off before removing any clothes from the baby. I even had my door closed too so the baby won’t get any chill drafts during shower.
  2. I also prefer to use a room with a connecting toilet to bath the baby, so everything is nearby and to minimise moving around with a naked baby.
  3. Before bringing the baby to the bath room, clean the baby’s eyes, ears and face with cooled boiled water and cotton balls. Do the same for baby’s belly button.
  4. Clean the baby’s bottom with the remaining water ensuring all residues of pee and poo are cleared, this is to ensure the bath tub water does not get contaminated.
  5. Fill the bath tub to about 1/4 with lukewarm water, which is not hot to touch with the inside of your wrist.
  6. I use 2-in-1 shampoo and shower wash because it is easier to manage when bathing a baby. I will drop some of it into the water and use a wash cloth to clean the baby’s hair and body.
  7. I will talk and sing to my baby in the shower to distract her and keep as much eye contact as possible. This also gives assurance to the baby, letting her know that you are there and she’s in good hands.
  8. When the baby is washed and cleaned, wrap the baby with a soft big towel immediately
  9. Place the baby on the changing mat (on the bed) and towel dry quickly but gently.
  10. The first thing I do is to ensure the bottom is cleaned, moisturized and put on the diaper immediately. You never know when the baby decides to pee or poo! Accidents do happen, so be prepared.
  11. Apply moisturizer over the face, neck, arms, body and legs.
  12. Put on clean clothes and you’re done!

Since, the first few times a baby is bathed by different pair of hands, the baby and the bathing process may not be as comfortable or familiar. But don’t give up if your little one isn’t enjoying bath time yet, it takes time for both of you to truly enjoy the bathing experience.

For those of you who missed the Cetaphil Baby event, there was a live baby bathing demo. Lead by Ms Kang Phaik Gaik, senior lactation consultant at Alvernia Parentcraft Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital, the demo shared helpful tips on how to bathe newborns. You can learn more about the correct and safe way of bathing newborn babies and massaging them with the video.

Hope this sharing is useful for new parents and parents to be!

Hope this sharing is useful for new parents and parents to be!

If you would like to find out more baby caring tips and be kept in the loop for future events, join Cetaphil Singapore on Facebook and sign-up for their newsletter.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Cetaphil.

Mummy Knows Best – Things Only Mums Will Understand

Zara and her precious tutu

Sometime in June, we went through our first “cold turkey” treatment with one of our girls. We got Zara to kick away her habit of sucking her precious pacifier, and it took us 5 days. It wasn’t planned (one evening I just decided to “throw” her pacifier out of the window) and I think we did pretty well at working on this new milestone together. Zara no longer ask for her “tu-tu” and we now have one less thing to pack when we head out.

The journey of motherhood is never once a dull moment, everyday is filled with new adventures – be it fun, frustrating or just simply out of your imagination. This journey requires me to learn new skills and pick up new knowledge (or new tricks) every day. The term “Supermum” wasn’t coined out of fun, it really takes a super hero to become the best mum for our children.

My friends who aren’t a mum yet always ask how it is like being one. And those who are preganant with their first child are curious at what’s to come. So here I’ve put together some of my personal experiences and hope it will enlighten those who have yet experience them and to share a laugh with those in the same shoes as me.

Things you will only understand when you become a Mum.

The moment when you saw your baby for the first time.

What is that???

The first time I saw Ayra fresh out from the push, that’s exactly how I felt. What is that??? You mean baby looks like that? No way!

Of cos the thought goes away almost instantly when you hold the child in your hands, that first touch was just magical.

Breastfeeding looks easy when other mums are doing it, till you try it with your newborn.

OMG! Why is it so frustrating just latch on already!

And I ended up going for the next best alternative, expressing and bottle feeding. Less stressful but I think it is even more tiring because having a baby latch on means mother-baby-bonding time (hence more love less tiring) but expressing is just you and that annoying sound of the pumps.

When your child decides she is big enough not to wear diapers.

Half way through dinner, “Mummy I want to pee.

When you are half way through your journey in the MRT, “Mum I want to go toilet now! Urgent!

When you are about to reach the cashier after queuing for the past 20 mins, “MUMMY! I need to go pee….

When your first child runs a high fever of 39.8 in the middle of the night.

“Oh no! What happened? Ayah wake up now, we need to send Ayra to KKH she’s having a high fever!”

When your second child runs a high fever of 40.7 in the middle of the night.

“Oh dear, poor baby are you ok? Come let’s bring you outside and sponge away the temperature. And let Mummy give you medicine ok?” And you always have got that pink (or orange) medicine at home for standby, because fever in kids is so common.

And this list can go on and on… a parent’s learning journey is for a lifetime and there are always new things we need to learn and experience. I will continue to learn and share as long as I’m a mum, and that’s for life.

Just chill and be happy cos Mum you make me giggle!

Remembering these and more at Cetaphil Baby Experience

Together with a panel of experienced practitioners and other mums, I attended the very first Cetaphil Baby Experience in Singapore, a fantastic opportunity for parents and would-be parents to get the inspiration and information for the first few magical years of parenthood, and at the same time, meet other families. The high tea setting was lavish and inviting, and as I was sitting in the ballroom, I could see the audience really getting into the mood of the fun filled event.

The half a day workshop brought together a panel of childcare experts: Pediatrician Dr. Ong Eng Keow, from Mount Alvernia Hospital, Senior Lactation Consultant Ms. Kang Phaik Gaik from Mount Alvernia Hospital, and Nutritionist and Breastfeeding Consultant, Ms. Sylvia Kang. 

Photobooth with cute props for all guests and friends at the event

I found all the different sessions by the infant and childcare specialists to be informative and it sure brought back lots of memories from the earlier days of my mummy journey. With my youngest coming to 3 soon, and having gone through many milestones together with both my girls, I was nodding my head with agreement during the sessions by Dr. Ong Eng Keow, Pediatrician and Neonatologist, International Child and Adolescent Clinic from Mount Alvernia Hospital.

The first 30 days of your baby’s journey in this world is filled with many unknowns and new adventures. During those days, Google search was my best companion but I always read all the guides and content for references only because you really cannot trust everything online 101%, so always read with some doubts and double check or verify with other sources before you decide what should be done best for you and your baby. For anything unsure, always consult your PD or a doctor.

Parents and parents-to-be being very attentive to the talks at Cetaphil Baby Experience.

The highlight of the session would be the baby bathing demonstration explained by Ms. Kang Phaik Gaik, who is a Senior Lactation Consultant and Head of Alvernia Parentcraft Centre. The demo brought back memories when I first bathed my girl on my own. A few tips for first-time parents, which were shared at the event –  always be confident when handling your baby in the bath, because one little tremble or uncertainty can be felt by the little one and things may just get a little crazy once the baby starts to cry. Always have everything you need at arm-reach and support your baby’s neck when handling her. Practice is the only way to get better at bathing your baby, so don’t be afraid and just keep doing it. Singing kids songs will help calm you and your baby down too! Try it!

And of course, we’ve been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner since my firstborn and also during my confinement. Even up till today, we are still using it and my girls love the new Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo. They use them in childcare and for our regualar trips to the pool. Love how they smell so fresh and nice after their shower.

If you missed the Cetaphil Baby Experience, here is a little video to catch up on the experts who were there and the different sessions that happened. Thank you Cetaphil for inviting The Loving Mum to their first Baby Experience event in Singapore. If you would like to find out more and be kept in the loop for future events, join Cetaphil Singapore on Facebook and sign-up for their newsletter.

This article is brought to you in collaboration with Cetaphil.

Baby Jogger City Mini Zip – Compact and Usable for Parents

We’ve been traveling and relying on our City Mini Double from Baby Jogger for almost two years now, and we love it a lot! Till today, we are still using it very often especially when we have to be out and about for the entire day with both girls. But on some days, we just want to have one stroller in case the littest one wants to nap or drink her milk. So we have been deciding whether or not to get another stroller that’s compact enough for storage and easy to use like our City Mini Double. It was an excuse to try out the City Mini Zip by Baby Jogger.

Whether you’re a new or experienced parent, travelling with your little one can be a challenge – battling between going light or having everything you think you may need on standby whenever you are out. If compact, easy-close and parent-friendly stroller is what you need, I’ll suggest you check out City Mini Zip.

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The Baby Jogger City Mini Zip boast a design that is 50 percent smaller than a traditional umbrella stroller, the City Mini Zip weighs 7.3kg, making it the ideal stroller for travel whether it is down the road, interstate or international. The compact design of the City Mini Zip doesn’t compromise on your little one’s comfort by still incorporating roomy seating and an adjustable leg rest.

Slim and compact, ideal for traveling on the train and not take up too much space.

We took the City Mini Zip out for a test drive on several occasions and I must say it is very easy to maneuver even with one hand. The compact size makes traveling on the train less intimidating especially on a crowded train. We can zip through crowds in the malls and the girls could take turns to rest in the stroller when we’re out for longer period of time.

The huge basket is a plus too! As shared before, I love huge baskets because it means I can ensure enough space for my shopping trips and be able to manage going out alone together with one or both of my girls with the City Mini Zip.

Even the tall (and with long legs) Ayra fits comfortably in the City Mini Zip.

The City Mini Zip by Baby Jogger may not be as lightweight as other umbrella fold stroller, but this also makes this a safer stroller for your little one as it is less prone to toppling over. Find out more about the City Mini Zip on http://www.babyjogger.com/product/city-mini-zip/.

Eczema, Sensitive skin, Cracks, Itching – The One Balm that Repairs Them All

It has been almost a month now since we were introduced to Cicaplast Baume B5, the multi-repairer for sensitive, irritated skin. We are into the third tube now and just recently stocked up with the bigger 100ml ones from a Guardian sale last weekend. Because it worked for Zara, so we are sticking with it.

If reading about the cases in my household isn’t enough to show it’s effectiveness, we got five others to try out the balm and here are the results. All five, of different age group, whom we sent out the Cicaplast Baume B5 out to were looking at repairing their skin, be it for dryness, cracks or different degree of irritation due to eczema.

Before you read on, I’ve to disclaim that this is no miracle cream. It helps with speeding up skin repair and soothes itching and dry skin. But it doesn’t stop the itch or eczema from coming back. Results may vary from person-to-person.

Case 1: 3-year-old boy with eczema, the balm was used on his very dry skin around his genital area
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“The skin healed and started to smoothen out after a day of using the balm. And in 7 days, the dry patch is gone.”

 

Case 2: 2-year old girl with open wound due to over scratching of itch due to eczema

Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

“She was scratching behind her knees when sleeping at night, and when we discovered it, the sheets was covered in blood. After we cleaned the wound and have it tried the next day, I used the Cicaplast Baume B5 on her wound. It helps a lot for healing wounds, when she uses other creams she will scream and cry in pain when I apply the cream on the wound. But with this balm, she had no complain. The skin was almost completely healed in 7 days. I just recently bought another tube from Watsons.”

Case 3: 50+ year-old women with cracks on her feet

Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

“My job required me to stand long hours and exposed to detergent and oil on a daily basis for more than 30 years. My feet are dry and skin is badly cracked up. I tried many cream to heal my cracked feet in the past, but none really healed it till I tried Cicaplast Baume B5. The crack slowly and eventually closes. I’m happy with it.”

 

Case 4: 30+ year-old women with itches

Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

“I itch easily and I will start to scratch on my skin causing it to break. The balm is easy to apply and it stopped me from scratching cos it soothes the skin and prevented the itch. The broken skin was also healed within the first 3 days.”

Case 5: 12-year-old boy with itching over his body

Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

“I like this new balm and my skin is less red these days. I use the balm everyday.”

And lastly, here’s one more from Zara, her itching skin is now taken care of by Cicaplast Baume B5, whenever she starts to itch she will ask for this “cream” to be applied. Though it’s recommended for use twice a day, but because the weather is so bad lately, we carry one tube whenever we go so that she’ll get to use it whenever necessary. Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

Cicaplast Baume B5 is available at Watsons and Guardian stores retailing at $21.90 for 40ml and $45 for 100ml.

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Redeem a free gift worth up to $15

Receive a free gift worth up to $15 when you purchase your Cicaplast Baume B5 with a secret code generated here at these selected stores: Watsons Ngee Ann City, Watsons Toa Payoh, Watsons Bugis, Guardian Paragon, Guardian Vivocity, Guardian NEX, Dermacenter @ Westgate.

Terms and conditions:
  • Valid till 31 May 2016. While stocks last.
  • Redemption to be done at La Roche-Posay counters at selected stores
  • Timing for redemption from 12 – 8pm
  • Limited to 3 sets of free gifts per customer

You can purchase it online from Lazada and Guardian too.

This was what I received when I purchase the 100ml Cicaplast Baume B5 over the weekend at Guardian Vivocity.

Don’t forget to get the secret code to redeem your free gift!

Cicaplast Baume B5 Tested and Reviewed

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Try, Snap, Post and Win!

La Roche-Posay is having a challenge now for users of Cicaplast Baume B5. Simply purchase a Cicaplast Baume B5 and show them your results by hashtagging #repairmyskin in your post on Instagram to WIN a La Roche-Posay hamper worth $200.
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For more information about the promotion and read other users’ experience, check out Cicaplast Baume B5 Repair My Skin website and join them on Facebook too.

The Cases of Sensitive Skin in Our Household In Need of Repair

Whenever I see moisturiser for sensitive skin on sale, I would buy and stock up at home. We have got two pretty bad situations of eczema and sensitive skin that’s easily irritated in our household. Repairing badly scratched and open skin has been a major headache for us. Recently I was introduced to Cicaplast Baume B5 that’s said to repair my skin in 7-days. It has been more than a week since I introduced this balm to my family and now Zara even has a name for it – she calls it “The Cream”.

Zara’s skin is very sensitive since birth, I can’t recall when was the last time her whole body is free from any skin irritation. This poor girl cannot stop scratching itchy parts all over her body and is always rubbing her eyes. People who doesn’t know us may think that this 3 year old girl has got sleeping problem or sort cos she has got very dark circles under her eyes. This is the result of sensitive nose, eyes and skin.

The scratching get worst during hot weather and the recent heat wave has caused us both countless of sleepless nights just because her body will itch when she gets too warm from laying down in bed. And we are sleeping in air-conditioned rooms! Every time she wakes up in the middle of the night, I’ll have to apply layer of moisturiser all over her back, shoulder and arms. In the mornings, she will wake up with patches of swelling skin at different parts of her body.

I would try anything that’s safe for children to help improve the skin irritation she is suffering. And so “The Cream” is now her favourite. I asked the eczema prone father in the house how he felt about the cream. And he said it soothes the itch instantly upon application. That’s why Zara is loving it so much. And now before bedtime I would apply a layer of the Cicaplast Baume B5 onto her back and itch prone areas, these nights we both slept in peace.

Does Cicaplast Baume B5 contain steroid?

That’s the first thing people asked when I share about the balm.

No it doesn’t. Cicaplast Baume B5 is paraben-free, fragrance-free, lanolin-free, antibacterial agents, hypoallergenic, tested on sensitive skin and formula suitable for babies. It helps soothes and repairs irritated, altered and heated skins suitable for the entire family. Now I cannot leave home without one in my bag. It has become a go-to-balm for all our skin problems.

What skin problems is this balm suitable for? 

Well to me its for all skin problems. But as stated by La Roche-Posay, Cicaplast Baume B5 is suitable for eczema, sensitive skin, dry patches, cutaneous dryness, chapped lips, itching, infant redness, grazes, heating sensations, rough patches, cracks and sunburn. It’s suitable for everyday minor injuries on the skin.

How’s the texture like?

Smooth. It is non-greasy and doesn’t stain clothes. It absorbs fairly quickly into the skin too.

What does it contain?

  • Panthenol 5% to soothe irritation and redness.
  • Madecassoside to accelerate epidermal repair.
  • Enriched with La Rouche-Posay thermal spring water and shea butter.
  • Combined action of Madecassoside + [Cu/Zn/Mn] complex to keep in check bacterial proliferation.

Where can I buy it?

Cicaplast Baume B5 is available at Watsons and Guardian stores retailing at $21.90 for 40ml and $45 for 100ml.

Redeem a free gift worth up to $15

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Receive a free gift worth up to $15 when you purchase your Cicaplast Baume B5 with a secret code generated here at these selected stores: Watsons Ngee Ann City, Watsons Toa Payoh, Watsons Bugis, Guardian Paragon, Guardian Vivocity, Guardian NEX, Dermacenter @ Westgate.

Terms and conditions:
  • Valid till 31 May 2016. While stocks last.
  • Redemption to be done at La Roche-Posay counters at selected stores
  • Timing for redemption from 12 – 8pm
  • Limited to 3 sets of free gifts per customer

You can purchase it online from Lazada and Guardian too.

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Try, Snap, Post and Win!

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La Roche-Posay is having a challenge now for users of Cicaplast Baume B5. Simply purchase a Cicaplast Baume B5 and show them your results by hashtagging #repairmyskin in your post on Instagram to WIN a La Roche-Posay hamper worth $200.

For more information about the promotion and read other users’ experience, check out Cicaplast Baume B5 Repair My Skin website and join them on Facebook too.

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Zara and “The Cream” she likes

We Wanna Challenge You!

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To give our readers and friends a chance to try this useful cream, we are going to give away 5 Cicaplast Baume B5 (40ml) to you. To be one of the 5 to receive this, please post the skin irritation/ condition you or anyone in your family is facing now on this Facebook post or you can email us at claudia@thelovingmum.sg . Together with the photo, please state the (1) age and (2) the condition he/she is suffering from.

5 challengers will be picked to try the balm for free!

Other terms and conditions for this challenge:

  • 5 who are picked to receive the challenge will need to document and share with me your experience with the balm.
  • 3 photos of the same skin part will need to be taken at Day 1 (before use of balm), Day 3 and Day 7.
  • You will agree for me to reproduce and share your experience and photos on this blog and all platforms necessary for this challenge campaign.

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Let’s Bloom & Grow in 2016 Plus Giveaway

I’d promised a big giveaway if I hit 1,000 fans on The Loving Mum Facebook page, though we are still 89 short to the 1K mark, but I think its still time to reward our supporters and friends! So let’s kick off with our very first #TLMGiveaway for 2016. Read on to find out what we have for you and instructions to take part is somewhere at end of post.

From pregnancy to birth of your baby, and seeing the baby grow up to become an active toddler than to a pre-schooler, there are 1001 things we as parents need to prepare and do to meet the child’s need and wants. One of the many baby product distributors in Asia hopes to be there with you right from the start. Their aim is to bring the best for you and your baby.

Bloom and Grow provides a one-stop direct access to their products online from Maternity, Baby Bed time, Meal time, Bath time, Gifts, toys and essentials for you to go out and about with your little ones. I only knew about them way past the need to shop for such stuff. If I was a first time mum, I would have double the excitement when I was at the latest launch in Singapore where they showcased all of their latest products.

There were so many colourful and interesting products on display at the launch, even Zara was curious to find out more about them.

One of our favourite brand had a whole range of new and brightly coloured products that will surely attracts both parents and little ones. Here’s what we saw and liked from SKIP HOP.

New toys for babies from SKIP HOP
More SKIP HOP bags and this time round these are suitable for pre-schoolers too! Love the matching lunch boxes and carriers. And YES we’ve got one set to giveaway too!
Baby essentials from Nuby.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Aren’t all the products so cute and bright? Thanks to the good people from Bloom and Grow, we’ve got a big goodie bag filled with more than S$150 worth of products, including the pretty SKIP HOP bag and lunch box set. Here’s how you can win this big bag of goodies.

  1. Comment on this post on Facebook and tell us which are your favourite brands sold by Bloom and Grow, tag 3 mummy/daddy friends too to share the love.
  2. Share the Facebook post with your friends.
  3. This giveaway is only open to fans of The Loving Mum on Facebook and/or followers of @Claudia10 on Instagram. You must be residing in Singapore and be a parent.
  4. Giveaway ends 15 January 2016 at 2359 hour.

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And now, here’s one of the highlight that day for our little ones… the many new designs from Trunkie! We’ve got one old and plain one at home, so when the girls saw the many new and cute designs on display, they couldn’t wait to get themselves onto them. The girls were wheeling and going crazy on their trunkies that day. And we can’t wait to use ours at our upcoming family vacation this week!

Some of the latest trunki designs on display at the launch.

Check out Bloom and Grow on Facebook at their website http://www.bloomandgrowasia.com/.

Pool Shoes For Children – Pool Who? Poolzies!

Our family started bringing the girls for swim at SAFRA Toa Payoh and so far the girls have been there three times and each time they get less afraid of the water and more adventurous too! First two times we were there, we did not allow the girls to get out of the pool to walk around too much, afraid the floor will be too hot from the heat and it was slippery too for the kids to walk around on their own. But on our recent trip to the pool, I was more at ease when the girls wanted to climb out of the water to the play area as they had pool shoes on.

Pool what? Pool shoes.
Pool who? Poolzies!
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These are pool safe shoes for children and they can be worn in and out of water. I’m so glad I bought the shoes for the girls, especially for Zara as she is now able to walk on her own in the pool, these shoes give her better grip on the slippery pool flooring.

Poolzies Pool Shoes are durable, it comes with a non-slip and abrasion resistant sole, Poolzies® Pool Shoes prevent slips, falls and cuts while protecting your child’s feet from hot surfaces. The fabric also has a UPF 50+ protection from the sun.

These Pool Shoes are stretchable and will fit snugly around your child’s feet. Its soft and flexible fabric closely mimics barefoot walking, giving your child the ability to move effortlessly in and out of water.

These Poolzies Pool Shoes come in very colourful designs too! Ayra and Zara love them and didn’t want to remove them when I tried them on before we headed out to the pool!

Poolzies Pool Shoes are available for sale online.

Zara approves of these cute pool shoes!

Looking forward to using them more often.