When I first became a mom, I was introduced to a world of organic, baby-safe, baby-friendly products. There was a huge notion about giving baby the best and it didn’t just stop at the breast. From laundry detergents, milk bottles, clothes, baby accessories cleaners, body wash, body cream, diaper cream even to insect-repellent spray; a group of buzz words consistently stood out – ‘All-natural. Organic. BPA-free. Paraben-free. Formaldehyde-free. No artificial fragrances. SLS-free’.
Parents were educated and encouraged by mass and social media to start protecting their children’s health against harmful toxic chemicals and irritants – found in many of the basic products which we use daily – by making informed lifestyle choices. I was supportive of this camp, and started making an effort to read through product labels, exchange notes with other moms and search for reviews before buying anything for baby or the family.
Through trial and error, we discovered which products worked for us and which didn’t, which ones were certified organic and which ones merely had a natural or organic label just because they contained some “natural” ingredients. Some products left us frustrated, being so mildly formulated that it wasn’t effective. I remember my (ex) domestic helper getting particularly frustrated each time she had to wash milk bottles and breast pumps with my baby-safe bottle cleaner because she found it a challenge to remove the layer of film/oil from breastmilk without the presence of foam (SLS). She ended up washing everything 3 times just to be certain that all items were properly cleaned for the next use. And while it left me feeling appalled by how quickly my products were depleting (these things don’t come cheap!) because everyone was using more than the recommended amount just to be convinced, I continued replenishing them because I believed it was a matter of constant advocacy and getting used to.
It’s been 5 years since we’ve started our small, simple act of “green parenting”, and I am thankful that we’ve been able to sustain this little luxury to protect the family’s health and the environment; thanks to a plethora of options made available and more affordable over the last few years.
Which brings me to the point of introducing Dapple, a line of cleaning products from the USA that is baby-safe, effective and designed specially to clean baby messes. Oh the mess that my soon-to-be 5 year old and 2 year old make on a daily basis – spilling of drinks on playmats, mashed banana against toy boxes, crumbs peppered almost everywhere, drawings on walls, yoghurt smeared on our leather couch etc. If there was any product that was safe enough for the kids to use without irritation (we get them to clean up their own mess) and could clean up messes in jiffy, I had to try it out.
Through Dear Baby (it’s also the first online shop which I purchased quite a few age-appropriate toys for Liam), I chose a few selected products to review, namely the Surface & Toy Wipes, Food-Grade Pacifier Wipes and Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid.
I especially liked the Surface & Top wipes for its convenience and general use, and used this product the most. I would get the kids to use it to wipe tables and highchairs clean whenever we ate out, and give their toys a good wipe down from the sticky fingerprints, grease and dirt before keeping them away after play. Recently, Ollie has been annoying the husband by leaving his greasy fingerprints on our TV, keyboard and balcony door. Thankfully these wipes did the trick…although a word of caution if you’re using it on electronics such as the TV or laptop : due to the high content of moisture retained within the wipes, please use it very sparingly, swiftly and gently (best to check first). My techie husband still insists that I only use a clean microfiber cloth when it comes to wiping away fingerprints on our TV screen.
The Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid was my second favourite product, simply because it did the job of cleaning milk bottles and water bottles easily due to its award-winning green technology which targets milk residue and baking soda to combat odor. One pump was all I needed to get the job done effectively. I also liked the mildly-scented lavender which wasn’t overpowering.
The Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid is available in travel size too, which makes it a perfect size to bring along on family holidays and staycations.
I was actually looking forward to using the Food-Grade Pacifier Wipes for Ollie’s pacifiers since he’s been stubbornly insisting on sucking on them from time to time especially when he doesn’t get what he wants or he’s told to do something he refuses (i.e.: nap, leave the playground). Often, he’ll drop them on the seats of cabs, buses, trains and even the floor when he gets too carried away screaming in excitement or laughing. While I usually seek a nearby coffee joint’s help to soak the dirtied paci in a hot cup of water whenever necessary, there have been times when I’ve succumbed to using baby wipes to clean his dummy out of desperate circumstances which includes shushing an overtired, crying baby. These Food-Grade Wipes would have been perfect except that in the last few weeks, our Ollie bear seems to have weaned himself of the pacifier completely. Let’s hope this lasts!
So instead, I used the Food-Grade Pacifier Wipes to clean the kids cutlery and bowls provided by restaurants, water bottle and sippy cup straws. Other suitable uses that come to mind include cleaning baby’s teething toys, mommy’s teething necklaces and milk bottle teats too. For someone who used to use pacifier wipes and gave up on them when they dried up too quickly, I appreciated that these wipes came in individual packaging, kept them moist and uncontaminated. The boys didn’t protest after allowing me to wipe their cutlery and straws so I suppose there wasn’t any weird after taste I should be concerned about.
So Why Dapple?
This Baby-Friendly and Baby-Effective brand from the USA not only has its products made in the USA as well, it is powered by plant-based formula and is created with non-toxic ingredients. It does not contain SLS (which can cause skin irritation) and SLES (which has drying properties), 1,4-dioxane (low level of exposure can irritate the eyes and nose), formaldehyde (harmful effects include irritating the nose, eyes, lung and throat) and synthetic dyes (which could affect humans adversely).
All Dapple bottles are also BPA-Free (there is concern that BPA can have a potential effect on the brain, behaviour, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children) and refill packs save 68% of plastic (save the Earth!). Dapple products are NOT tested on animals and is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World .
Designed by moms, for moms, Dapple is also a certified B Corporation to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
Try Dapple for yourself, with a Discount Code this February!
Enjoy a 15% discount of all Dapple products on Dearbaby’s webstore as well as at Dearbaby @ JEM (#04-45) with the code dapple15nat .
The discount code will be valid till 28th February 2017, and there is a minimum order of $20 nett for orders processing on Dearbaby’s webstore.
With a wide range of products available on Dearbaby.com.sg, I’m confident that you’ll be able to meet the minimum order easily. Happy Shopping!
*This post is brought to you in collaboration with DearBaby. I was given the above-mentioned products for the purpose of this review. All photos, words, opinions, experiences are my own.