Thursday, August 28, 2014

Product Review: Yowzza Baby Rompers

Lynn of Yowzza sent me a couple of their baby rompers last week, to try out for feedback. The package reached me over the weekend and contained two rompers of the 3-6 month size and the signature Yowzza puppet bag.



Let me say right now I love the puppet bag. Not least because it's the perfect size for an eight year-old Dada to use to tell stories to his new baby brother. It's funny, cute and the paper is sturdy enough to last a while. Click over to their site to see how it works.

The rompers are cute too. The one-liners may not be everybody's cup of tea, but they should be a welcome change for people who seek something different from the cutesy stuff more commonly available everywhere. Speaking for myself, since I find P rather edible, the "Bite Me" romper makes me grin. The fabric used is a rich, thick cotton, from organic sources according to Lynn, which explains the high pricing. The white presents no headaches but I'm waiting to see if the red will bleed or run even beyond the scope of my Colour Catchers.



Size-wise the rompers appear wide enough to clothe chubby babies comfortably but I find them a little short for the 3-6 month mark, considering they need to fit around a diaper as well as the baby. They'll fit P perfectly in another month or so (he's 7 weeks old now) but unless they stretch quite a bit, I don't think they'll last him till he's 6 months old -- and he's not an especially large baby. They do have a measuring guide on their website which should help parents work out the size(s) to opt for.

That said, the only real problem I have with their range is with the labels at the neck and sides. I would prefer softer labels if labels there must be but ideally I prefer brand information printed directly on baby clothes rather than on labels; similarly, washing information is so much better on a label inside the hip area where it is unlikely to irritate delicate skin. And I dislike external labels (so unnecessary) so I wish they'd reconsider those. I like that Yowzza's attention to detail goes beyond organic cotton: the printing on the rompers is done using non-PVC and lead-free ink.



All things considered, I find these rompers cute, comfortable and conversation starters. Together with the puppet bag they'd make excellent gifts for kids you know. And while Yowzza currently only offers short-sleeved rompers, long-sleeved ones will be in their online store soon for the winter, along with more design options. Also on the agenda are t-shirts for older kids -- I suggest Big Brother and Big Sister tees. For me as an online shopper, the icing on the cake are their free shipping in India and cash on delivery options.

You can check out Yowzza's current collections here and keep an eye on their new offerings via Facebook.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Big Brother Is Watching

Rahul has taken on the mantle of Dada very comfortably. He has very little idea what to do with or around a very little baby but he's learning on the job, which is rather sweet.

Less sweet is his 'gentle' instruction to me on how to parent his little brother. I cannot lose my temper without being 'gently' rebuked later on. I have it explained to me that I cannot scold such a little boy (I didn't!), have I apologised (of course I did!) and that I must try to keep my temper (I try!).

He watches out for Puchke's welfare in other ways as well, earmarking toys and treats ostensibly for the little brother to enjoy "one day"; for the present, of course, Rahul will keep them in 'working condition'.
He and his schoolfriends also appear to discuss the phenomenon of younger siblings, which is a vast improvement over my own Dada who was unwilling to acknowledge my existence in public through most of our school years. Rahul's friends have in fact taken a great interest in the proper upbringing of Master Puchke, according to Rahul, who may well be passing off his own 'suggestions' as theirs. They have even gone so far as to decide that the boy should be named "Varabh". Because he is, you know, the brother of Sharabh. They concede that it has no meaning as a name, but seems apt nevertheless.

And that is when I put my foot down.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mother of All Cliches

I have a demand-fed, breastfed little baby who wears cloth diapers (and pre-folds and lengtis), is swaddled in ancient muslin squares, wrapped in kanthas, fed using glass baby bottles and sleeps with us in our bed.

And I've been using cloth pads, worn maternity jeans and shopped ahead for the baby.

I tick all the right internet boxes, which is a really funny thought.