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Over the years I've purchased quite a few products from Ikea, as they seem to sell just about everything. Since an Ikea store opened in my town I have probably shopped there less, but have still purchased just as much, if not more than before. I find their prices to be affordable and their products to be of a good standard. I generally go into Ikea with no intentions of buying anything and have no reason to visit, other than to browse, of course I always end up buying a few items. A while back when casually browsing around the Ikea store I was looking in the baby section when I happened on a pack of 10 washcloths which were priced at a mere £3! I thought that seemed too good to be true. Baby washcloths are often sparse and when I do find some they are generally extortionate - why? I hate paying over the odds for products, and I like to know I am getting value for money. You would expect to pay more than £3 for a pack of two washcloths from other retailers, so I wasted no time in popping a pack into the Ikea shopping bag. The 10 washcloths are brilliant white and each one features a coloured tab on the corner to be used to hang the washcloth. They are packaged in a plastic packet; however, there are always samples on display to look at. I like this, as you know the product you are buying hasn't been played with. The washcloths felt good enough, and seemed thin enough to be used on a baby. They can be washed at 60 degrees and can be tumble dried too. They are produced from 100% cotton, which can only be a good thing. I found these flannels to be handy to have. During the day they are easy to use for sticky hands and faces and for a general wash down. I prefer to use a flannel and warm water to clean my son opposed to baby wipes which are drying and irritating to delicate skin. My son's skin is precious, and at almost 5 years of age his skin is still incredibly soft to the touch. It is also more cost effective and better for the environment to use washcloths over baby wipes. These washcloths represent excellent value for money at £3 for a pack of 10. They are no different in design to an ordinary everyday washcloth, and are no smaller in size. They are thinner, which is preferable for a baby washcloth. They wash up well and with a pack of 10 you will always have one to hand. I found that they lasted a reasonable amount of time; however, over time they lost their softness as all flannels do with heavy use. They are not as soft as some of the pricier washcloths to begin with, but they are soft enough. I have gone on to purchase two more packs even though my son is approaching 5 years of age. I find these to be really useful for washing and drying hands and faces for my son and myself. They are great for daily use and last a reasonable amount of time. For the price they are excellent. I probably wouldn't want these for a newborn, as they are a little big and not quite as soft as washcloths that are designed specifically for babies. These have been a great buy, so much so that I'm on my third packet. These are so handy for everyday use, and a pack of 10 is a generous amount, so there's no running out. I really like these for the practicality and affordability.
I've had a packet of the Krama washcloths from Ikea for a couple of years now, they have absolutely tonnes of uses and they currently cost just £3.00 for a packet of 10 washcloths. I think that I only paid around £2.00 for them a couple of years ago, but even so they are still good value at £3.00. So you basically get a packet of 10 white square washcloths, each washcloth is 30cm x 30cm, and each washcloth has a coloured hanging loop in the corner so that you can either hang them up or even maybe choose different coloured loops for different members of the family or different jobs. You get 5 different coloured hanging loops in the packet, 2 of each colour. These are machine washable at up to 60°C, and they can go in the tumble dryer, you are not supposed to bleach them though. I do normally wash these at 60°C, but occasionally will wash them at 40°C and they still come up clean. I always put them in the tumble dryer as I find that towels and washcloths etc will go as hard as a bone otherwise. I find that if there are any stubborn stains on these then if I just add some Vanish to the wash then it will remove them. Mine have been washed probably hundreds of times now and are still fine. They are actually surprisingly soft for the low price, especially if they've been dried in the tumble dryer to fluff them up. I use these for all sorts of things; I primarily bought them to use for when our little nephew stays over, to wipe his hands and his face, and to use in the bath etc, and I still do. He especially likes choosing his own coloured loop and this seems to make washing and wiping and bathtimes easier! These are invaluable with a little one and spills and stains etc. Because they were so cheap and there were so many in the packet you can just mop up or wash with one and then throw it in the wash basket. They are also a bit like a mini towel, and so I'll always throw a couple in his bag when I'm out and about with him. I've also found that I use them myself as well; I find that they are good to use with my normal wash off cleanser to make a slightly exfoliating facewash, it creates more of an exfoliating wash than just using my hands alone but obviously not as much as using a proper face scrub. Again because I have so many, I'll use it the once and throw it in the wash basket. I've been more than happy with these for the low price that I paid, I'd definitely recommend them and I'd definitely repurchase them.
We bought quite a few packs of these - you can never have enough cloth bibs with twins! We also use plastic bibs, but found that these were very useful when our children still used bottles, as they soak up milk very easily. Also, the velcro fastening means you can quickly take them off and wipe up any spillages. They are quite thin and small, so fit easily into the pockets of a changing bag, which is good for use when we are out. Because they are quite short, sometimes baby can spill a bit more food than the bib can catch! However, whatever does get on the bib stays on the bib, and doesn't soak through to underneath. They are very good value, and come in a pack with 5 different colours. They are washable, and maintain their absorbency and shape after lots of washes. When the bibs really have had it (this was a very long time with the ones we bought, and each bib was going through the wash at least twice a week), they are cheap to replace.
Bibs are one thing that you can never have enough of for your baby. I think the media spend a lot of time trying to manipulate parents into thinking they need more baby stuff then they really do, and I am very economical with what I buy, but this is one item you will never have enough of. These packs of five cloth bibs are a bog standard basic, and at £1.90 per pack well worth stocking up on. Plain white, with a thick strap that does up with Velcro at the back. I always felt better with a tiny baby wearing these then the bibs with the thin stringy straps, that look like they could choke baby. As they are white stains are easy to bleach away. Edged in various bright colours. Ideal for tiny burping babies, but unlined, so not so great for older ones… Which is when its time to move on to Ikea's two packs of moulded plastic bibs for £1. One in red one in blue, although this may have change. Do up at the back with poppers. Shaped to catch drips, mash potato peas etc. Have fitted my son since he was 4 months old, and he's now two. The plastic is quite stiff, so not as comfy as the Tommy Tippy soft plastic bibs, but 25% of the price, so well worth having a couple of for when your other bibs are in the dishwasher. Very durable, have outlasted all my other plastic bibs, so are all I use now, with no problems at all. Very good at not leaking.