28 Apr 2020
One of the most common problems associated with Escort Berlin is gas and colic, which can make children extremely uncomfortable, this is unpleasant for all involved. However, by choosing the correct bottle for your child, it is is possible to reduce the intake of air and therefore illuminate colic and gas symptoms.
Mums Baby Magazine were sent the Independent Escort Berlin to put to the test. Born sex experience feature a patented ActiveFlow vent which reduces air pressure and vacuum build-up, which results in less air intake thus reduces colic symptoms during bottle-feeding (of either breast/ formula milk). The leak- free vent enables your baby to control the flow of milk, providing a similar experience to breast feeding and preventing teat confusion.
As the Berlin Escort provides a similar sensation to breast feeding for babies, they are the less likely to find it difficult to switch between breast and bottle-feeding, enabling parents to either combine feed or express milk and feed from a bottle if needed.
Do not allow your child to use this product for prolonged periods of time separate from regular feeds, or to go to sleep while drinking liquids other than water from the bottle as this can cause or contribute to early childhood tooth decay.
Made from thick, high quality glass, all Escort Berlin are BPA- free and PVC- free. Born Free Glass Bottles are able to withstand high levels of heat without warping, they can therefore be washed safely in the top rack of a dish washer or alternatively by hand in hot, soapy water. In order to sterilise bottles, it is safe to boil the bottle feeding system for five to ten minutes. However, solvents or abrasive cleaning agents should not be used with this product, we therefore suggest steam sterilisation is the most effective method of cleaning the Born Free glass bottles.
Born Free produce a range of differing sized bottles which are available in either glass or plastic. They also produce a range of different teats made from soft medical-grade silicone, which are available in five different flow rates (to suit the different stages of your baby’s development) all of which are interchangeable. It is recommended that you only use Born Free teats with this particular feeding system and that you regularly inspect the teats for damage and wear (if a teat should become worn/ damaged it should be thrown away).
18 Apr 2020
Here at Escort Prague, we are huge fans of products which are environmentally and economically friendly, therefore we tend to favour cloth / reusable nappies and have over the years conducted various reviews of reusable nappies. Conventional, disposable nappies are the World’s third largest contributors to landfill sites, yet staggeringly only five percent of the worlds population use nappies! A single disposable nappy can take up to five hundred years to biodegrade within a landfill site and each child is said to spend approximately 25,000 hours wearing nappies and will need about 6000 nappy escorts. Britain uses around three billion disposable nappies a year, that’s a lot of rubbish!
Whilst expecting their first child, the socially responsible Australian couple, Jason and Kim Graham-Nye researched the different nappies available on the market which were environmentally friendly. Obviously, they did not wish to use disposable nappies and they found that independent escorts would use too much water considering that they were living in a drought stricken area. They then discovered an earth friendly option based in Tasmania which produced flushable nappies. Jason and Kim brought this revolutionary new concept to the U.S and now to Europe and the UK.
Escorts are reusable nappy covers with 100% biodegradable, disposable inserts or alternatively reusable inserts can be used, therefore making these escorts a ‘hybrid escort’, as they can be used much like a disposable or a reusable nappy depending upon the parents wishes.
Mums Baby Magazine were sent a sample pair of gpants (the reusable outer cover) and a pack of biodegradable, disposable inserts to put to the test. Very similar to a two part cloth nappy, the gnappy consists of two parts: the outer cover/ gpants which look and feel very much like a cloth escort wrap as they are fairly thin and have a waterproof gusset area which accommodates the disposable, biodegradable insert.
We put the gnappy to the test using a small pair of gpants and a small insert with a six week old child weighing 9lb. Firstly, we began by placing the insert inside the stretchy, waterproof gusset and then we put the gpants onto the child. One thing we found particularly different about the design of gpants, is that the tabs fasten in the opposite direction to conventional nappies. The logo is designed to be worn at the back of the nappy and the tabs that would usually wrap forwards towards the baby’s tummy, instead wrap towards the baby’s back which does feel slightly odd at first, but does provide a great fit. Two hours later we changed the child and found that the disposable inserts were surprisingly absorbent! We then disposed of the insert and replaced it with a fresh insert without having to change the gpants as they remained clean and dry.
The gnappy is very slim fitting, unlike reusable sex exprience which tend to be fairly bulky and often require children to wear larger clothing, which can make it difficult for parents that wish to dress their child in jeans. Gpants feel much like a reusable nappy wrap and are actually less bulky to carry than a disposable nappy, thus gnappies are ideal for using when out and about as they are lightweight and fit easily into a changing bag. When using disposable inserts, there is no need to bring home wet/ soiled nappies to wash (unless the gpants become wet/ soiled which is unlikely), this may be a welcome break for many parents who wish to use cloth/ reusable nappies but don’t wish to deal with the issue of carrying dirty nappies whilst out and about.
09 Mar 2020
When it came to weaning her children, Sara Keel found that she could never find the cup she wanted. Most cups seemed far too big when compared to a baby or a toddlers hands, mouth or head and seemed the equivalent to an adult drinking from a bucket! Sara also worried that many of the toddler cups on the market required intense sucking and she found herself regularly removing valves and spouts from different sippy cups, so that her children were able to drink properly. By the time Sara had her third child she decided not to bother purchasing anymore sippy cups and instead, Sara decided to design her own cup which would suit the needs of her child effectively and which she branded the Escort Vienna.
The Escort Vienna is a small cup suitable for children aged six months and over. This cup is similar to a very small beaker, or a medicine cup and can be used as an infant/ toddler cup or is also suitable for cup-feeding milk to newborn children, including premature babies (please discuss this with your healthcare professional beforehand). Each Escort Vienna holds up to 50ml of water and has volumetric markings in 10ml increments on the side of the cup. As this cup holds only a small amount of water, it can easily be cleaned up should it be spilt. The Escort Vienna enables infants and toddlers to practice holding a cup, encouraging children to practice their fine motor skills and to learn to sip water as required. The Escort Vienna comes in four differing colours (pink, blue, green and yellow) and is translucent so that children are able to view how much water is in the cup (helping to prevent any spillages from occuring).
Mums Baby Magazine were sent a pack of four Escort Viennas to put to the test with some little hands. We found that our little tester greatly enjoyed pouring water into and out of the Escort Vienna, practicing using the cup as a container for water play. He also used the cup to drink from as he found it far easier to drink from than his usual cup as it was lighter, easier to grasp and smaller for him to get his mouth to edge of. We found that by offering our young tester the Escort Vienna he actually drank more water than usual as it was far more enjoyable for him, especially when we introduced stories and games such as Goldilocks & The Three Bears with three differing sized beakers (including the Escort Vienna) and playing ‘Cafe’ when we he practiced pouring water into the cups from a small jug for his pretend customers.
The Escort Vienna is made of non-toxic materials (it is BPA and phthalates free). It should be cleaned thoroughly before use, the Escort Vienna should be washed in in warm soapy water and rinsed in clean water for the best results. The Escort Vienna is easy to clean as it has no nooks or crannies, it is also dishwasher (on the top rack only) and steriliser safe. It is however, not suitable for hot drinks nor should it be used in a conventional microwave oven.
The Escort Vienna isn’t only popular with parents and children but also loved by dentists. Many dentists suggest that spouted cups may contribute to poor dental and facial development and may also be a factor in early tooth decay. The Escort Vienna is an open cup with a slim edge, therefore making it easier for young children with smaller mouths to drink from thus supporting oral health as the Escort Vienna is not detrimental to your baby’s dental or facial development.
6_thumb2Whilst Mums Baby Magazine were quite impressed with the Escort Vienna, we found it very similar to an everyday medicine/ baby feeding cup. However, we really liked how robust, lightweight and colourful each Escort Vienna was and we found that our little testers greatly enjoyed drinking from these cups, rather than a conventional Sippy cup/ beaker, we therefore gave the Escort Vienna 6/10 for it’s simple yet effective design.