Rachel Recommends

Introduction

Hi I’m Rachel! I’m a mom, restaurateur, chef, author and the founder and CEO of Mumbai based The Chocolate Spoon Company. I run a chain of restaurants and bakeries like- The Sassy Spoon, Sassy Teaspoon, House of Mandarin, amongst others. As a seasoned, experienced Mom and a busy Entrepreneur, I always look for products that are not only high quality, but also offer convenience and practicality. Having learned from my experience with Kabir, as a first-time mom, and a lot of research, here’s a top list of my picks for my daughter, Amalia. Happy Shopping :)

@rachelgoenka

Mumbai, India

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HOSPITAL BAG

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While planning for the things I needed to carry to the hospital, Abena Maternity Pads topped that list. It is a complete must have in your hospital bag. They are super soft and comfortable. They don’t hurt the stitches and the absorption level is perfect for the initial postpartum days.

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I have used Bambo Nature for my elder son Kabir and have had a seamless diapering experience. Never did I have a rash problem and they were super soft on his skin. They worked all night, all I had to do was change him before he slept to ensure it lasts till morning. What’s more that they are eco-friendly too which ensures that I am doing my bit for the environment in which my child will grow. I have opted for Bambo Nature diapers even for my little daughter and I am confident that even this time my diapering experience is going to be a breeze.

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I have been using the Bambo Nature Wet Wipes for my daughter since day 1. They also were a part of my hospital bag. They are thick and don’t tear easily which is such a blessing. Skin-friendly & moisturizing, these wet wipes are soft & sustainable and do not contain plastic. They are 100% biodegradable and are a better alternative for the environment. I carry them in my bag, every time I take my daughter out and it makes cleaning her up, quick and easy.

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I love Mustela products, I have used it with my older one and now I am using the same for my daughter. I use this cleansing gel for my daughter’s hair and body. Bath time was always easy for my kids as the gel did not trouble their eyes. It has 0% paraben, 0% phthalate, 0% phenoxyethanol which is something I always look out for in kid’s skincare products. It is tested dermatologically and neither of my babies had any allergies.

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I definitely recommend the Mustela Baby Oil to all moms out there; the oil is composed of 99% plant-based ingredients which has made it my go to natural baby oil for my kids. It is paraben-free, phthalate-free and phenoxyethanol-free My kids loved their massages with this baby oil.

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Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Body Lotion is one of my favorites. My child’s skin felt soft and moisturized at all times. The baby lotion is hypoallergenic & has 97% of plant-based ingredients, including natural Avocado Perseose. I have been using this product for both my children since we got them home.

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Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Facial Cream keeps my child’s face hydrated through the day. I have been using it for my daughter since we brought her home. Like other Mustela products this is also made of 97% plant-based ingredients, and has been part of my baby’s skin care routine.

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Yet another bath time must-have for my baby has been the Stokke Flexibath tub. Its newborn support that comes with it has been super helpful for my daughter’s bath time. This bath tub is very convenient & space saving as one can fold it and store it easily. It is light enough for me to carry it even when I am travelling. It has an added feature that is its heat sensitive drainplug.

FEEDING

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I have taken the first step in my baby's self-feeding journey with the Beaba Meal Set. The cup and spoon are sized perfectly for little hands. The plate and bowl have a suction bottom to avoid any mess and spills. The silicone material used is of great quality. This tableware set is sturdy, safe and hygienic to use. Not to forget, it is BPA, lead and phthalate free.

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The Beaba Isothermal portion keeps meals warm for my daughter. If I am out for a few hours or take her with me, I am sure to feed her the food at the right temperature. This portion keeps food warm or cold for several hours and keeps the taste and smell intact. It is the perfect alternative for feeding my baby when I am out and about. It is 100% airtight & BPA-free, PVC-free, Phthalate-free.

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I bought this as it is super practical, and I can use it beyond just a few weeks. I have been using this training cup as a feeding bottle and has helped reduce colic. It can also be used as a sippy cup and a glassas my child grows. It is easy to maintain and dishwasher safe.

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If you are a mom who wants to ensure your baby is fed breast milk at all times, even when you are busy or tired, these breast milk storage bags should be your go to product. As an entrepreneur and a mom of two now I juggle between a lot of things. These milk bags help in giving my daughter breast milk when I am managing something else. I am never worried that my little one will go without breast milk at such a tender age.

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Being a chef I love to cook, new and nutritious things for my children and the BabyCook is so handy for this. It makes the perfect amounts for kids and reduces wastage. Babycook Neo multi-utility appliance that has four settings which eliminate the need for pots, a blender and a microwave. I make everything from a fine purée to a chunkier purée and everything in between. The steam cooking system turns off automatically, so you never have to worry about watching over the Babycook or overcooking your baby's food. And ofcourse, it is BPA,lead & phthalate free.

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The Stokke Tripp Trapp combo includes the chair, babyset, tray, harness and cushion. I invest a lot of time and energy to ensure my kids enjoy their meal times and the Tripp Trapp just makes it so much easier, its design is ergonomic and this high chair brings my daughter to the dining table where we all have our meals together. The quality of the Tripp Trapp is amazing and it is something we can use for a lifetime even after she outgrows her highchair days.

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I started my daughter with the Num Num GOOtensils when I wanted to encourage self feeding. I have used them with purees and other food blends. This pre-spoon makes self-feeding easier for her. Unlike a regular spoon, the head is flat, so there's no scooping, no balancing, and no wrong way to hold it.

TRAVEL & ACCESSORIES

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I have started using the Babyzen stroller for my daughter since she turned 6 months. It is lightweight, easily foldable, travel friendly and can be taken with me as cabin luggage so it will be very convenient to carry this when we take flights too. The reclining back rest makes my daughter comfortable and the harness keeps her safe.

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A lot of us parents don’t realize the importance of sunglasses for our children. It is very important to give one’s eyes UV free time and there is no better solution than Babiators. Stylish, chic, safe and resistant, I just could not say no to the Babiators. The frames are made of rubber so you don’t have to worry about it snapping and what’s best is that the screens are scratch resistant too.

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I bought the larger size of Babiators for my son too. They protect his eyes from UVA and UVB rays and look great. The frames are made of rubber, so you don’t have to worry about it snapping and what’s best is that the screens are scratch resistant too. It is my son’s favourite travel accessory.