Help for new mums


A new babe. Congrats. Such an exciting time. But for first-time mums, often a little daunting.

It’s a personal journey … to breastfeed or to share the feeding process with a partner, or a combination of the two. To offer a soother or not. So many decisions as you figure out the best way of doing things for you and your baby. Whichever you decide, there’s a gadget to help … here are some of the best on the baby shelves.

This Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump mimics a baby’s natural feeding movement for pumping that is simple, fast and gentle. Research shows that babies use a peristaltic movement, which is a special, wave-like tongue motion, to help release milk quickly when breastfeeding, a motion replicated by this pump, which uses a combination of suction and unique nipple stimulation to mimic a suckling motion, initiating milk let down for a comfortable and quicker milk flow. Loads of great features, including a personalised experience and memory function, one size soft and adaptive silicone cushion and express without leaning forward. R3900.

When it’s time for baby’s next feed, the Phillips Avent Bottle Warmer gently warms their milk or food in three minutes, gradually and continuously to prevent hotspots. The easy to operate warmer also has a handy defrost setting (safer than defrosting in a microwave and more convenient than using water). R1580.50


Sterilising. Bottles. Dummies. Toys. New mums are obsessed. So say hello to the Philips Avent Advanced Electric Sterilizer, with which you can sterilise up to six feeding bottles with accessories in just 10 minutes. It’s slim but roomy, fast and efficient, and kills 99.9 per cent of germs (phew …. sigh of relief from mum). It’s also easy to clean, is designed to reduce the chance of unpleasant odours and stays sterile for 24 hours. R3020.20

Each to his own, but we’re firm believers in soothes. The Philips Avent Ultra Air collection has extra-large holes to keep skin dry. Its lightweight shield is designed for maximum airflow. It’s easy to find in the dark, respects the shape of palate, teeth, and gums, comes in fashionable colours and you can sterilse and store it in one handy case. For babes up to 18 months, R180.95 to R232.60 for a two-pack.

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