Smart Parenting’s Best for Babies Awards 2014

Smart Parenting Magazine gave their stamp of approval to a selection of products as it announced the winners of its first-ever “Best for Babies Awards” for 2014. Together with a panel of experts, Smart Parenting conducted tests on different products essential in daily baby care, following specific criteria.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT FOR BABY CLOTHES CATEGORY
The laundry detergent brands were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Cleaning ability
Scent (mildness)

For cleaning ability, each of the panelists was randomly assigned one out of the four laundry detergent brands. The cotton shirts to be washed were stained with one tablespoon of chocolate-flavored milk and one tablespoon of baby food, and then soaked for 30 minutes in washtubs.
The panelists then checked how clean the shirts were first without scrubbing. Afterwards, they scrubbed each shirt 100 times (10 rounds of 10 scrubs) then checked which laundry detergent was most effective in removing the stain and making the shirt look whiter and cleaner.
For scent, each of the shirts was sniffed and the panelists did a collective ranking for the scent.

NOMINEES for Laundry Detergent for Baby
Pigeon Baby Detergent
Cycles Mild Laundry Detergent
Perla Laundry Soap
Smart Steps Baby Laundry Detergent
WINNER: Pigeon Baby Laundry Detergent

DISPOSABLE DIAPERS CATEGORY
The disposable diapers were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Absorption speed
Dryness
Skin protection
Stretchability
Softness

To ensure that the outcome was unbiased, the diaper brands were arranged in random, and brand names were covered all throughout the testing period.

To simulate urine, a mixture of one teaspoon of salt and blue food dye at a temperature of 37.4 degrees Celsius was used to match real urine’s salinity.

For absorption, 150 ml of the mock urine solution was poured into each of the diapers via a beaker and funnel. Panelists timed how long the liquid would take to be fully absorbed by the diapers. The diaper which most quickly absorbs the liquid wins.

For dryness, using a different set of diapers, the same amount of mock urine solution was poured and timed for 60 seconds after absorption. A sheet of paper towel and two kilogram weights were then placed on top of the diaper for a total of five seconds before being removed. Each of the paper towels for the diapers was evaluated based on its wetness or dryness.

For skin protection, the panelists had to wear rubber gloves on both hands and using oil film paper, rub down the whole length of each diaper in a circular motion for 30 times. The oil film with the most absorbed oil, cream or lotion will indicate which diaper has a protective layer or mechanism to protect baby against wetness.

For stretchability, each diaper had to be stretched to its full length so that its flexibility could be checked.

For softness, the panelists were blindfolded and made to feel each diaper, afterwards noting the softest diaper.

NOMINEES for Disposable Diapers
Pampers Active Baby
Drypers
EQ
Huggies
Mamy Poko
WINNER: Pampers Active Baby

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BABY WIPES CATEGORY
The baby wipes were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Cleaning ability
Mildness (absence of irritants like formaldehyde, parabens, perfumes, chlorine, alcohol, lanolin, soap-free and has a mild scent / no strong fragrance)

Four brands of baby wipes were given to each panelist so that they could test these at home.

First, they checked products’ scent, the milder the scent, the better. Next, after using the baby wipes on baby food-soiled placemats, they were asked to rank the different wipes for the following criteria: after-feel, scent, size, texture, thickness and special features (i.e. vitamin E, chamomile, special kind of fabric for sensitive skin). After that, the panelists used the wipes on their skin (or their kids) to check for mildness.

NOMINEES for Baby Wipes
Pigeon Baby Wipes
Johnson’s Baby Skincare Wipes
Nursy Baby Wipes
Tiny Buds Sticky Hand Wipes
WINNER: Pigeon Baby Wipes

BABY SKIN LOTION CATEGORY
The different baby skin lotion brands were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Mildness
Scent (“amoy baby”)
Absorption into skin
Non-greasy feel

For mildness, the labels were checked for any indication of the “hypoallergenic” mark. The panelists were instructed to use one brand per day for testing purposes or to use their knowledge/research of the brands for judging.

NOMINEES for Baby Skin Lotion
Baby Sebamed Baby Lotion
Johnson’s Baby Lotion
Pigeon Baby Lotion
Mustela Bebe Body Lotion
WINNER: Baby Sebamed Baby Lotion

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BABY SKIN CLEANSER CATEGORY (FOR REGULAR & FOR SENSITIVE SKIN)
The baby skin cleansers were tested and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Mildness
Scent (“amoy baby”)

For mildness, the product labels were checked to see if it had “hypoallergenic” on them. The panelists were instructed to test each of the baby skin cleansers.

For the skin cleansers for sensitive skin, they were asked an additional question of which brand they feel or know is best for babies 0 to 6 months old, based on their experience or knowledge. The cleansers for sensitive skin were categorized based on marks on the label indicating “for sensitive skin”, or “can be used on newborns”.

NOMINEES for Regular Baby Skin Cleanser:
Johnson’s Baby Lotion (Milk + Rice)
Pigeon Baby Wash 2in1
Lactacyd Toddler Tubs

NOMINEES for Sensitive Baby Skin Cleanser:
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Baby Sebamed Liquid Cleanser
Johnson’s Baby Top-to-Toe Wash
Oilatum Bar
Physiogel Cleanser

WINNERS
Regular Baby Skin Cleanser: Johnson’s Baby Milk + Rice
Sensitive Baby Skin Cleanser (Bar): Oilatum Bar
Sensitive Baby Skin Cleanser (Liquid): It’s a tie between Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Physiogel Cleanser!

Aside from the Smart Parenting mommy editors and publisher, the panel of judges consisted of moms & baby experts, and a person from a related medical field:
* Mrs. Menchit Ordoveza has been an expert nanny trainer for 15 years. Her discriminating clientele include doctors and professionals. Mrs. Menchit is also a mother to a 15 year old son, an 11 year-old daughter, and a 9 month-old baby boy.
* Ms. Fleur Sombrero works as a Post-Construction Manager for one of the largest real estate companies. More importantly, she is a hands-on mommy to 4 year-old Annika. Her blog, mommyfleur.com, is full of her daily motherhood adventures.
* Ms. Arriane Nervez is an ob-gyne nurse of St. Luke’s Hospital. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas.

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