- Written by Silvia Mwendia for Kenya kidz
A personal errands company is offering busy parents the chance to take their kids' birth certificates for processing saving parents time.
Dubbed Fastbird Kenya, the company applies for a parent’s child's birth certificate on their behalf.
“Some parents are quite busy and may not come around to applying for the certificate therefore we run this errand for them” explained Samuel who is a salesperson at Fast Bird.
In order to apply for the certificate, certain documents are required.
“We shall need a copy of the birth notification and a two copies of the identification cards of both parents”, notes the salesperson.
There are a various ways Fastbird can get a hold of these documents.
“Firstly the parents can physically bring them to our offices or scan them and send them via email”, said Samuel.
“One can also make an on line application,” he adds.
From there it is the work of Fastbird Kenya to start the application for the birth certificate by taking to the required government office and paying for it.
“The whole process can take anywhere between five to twenty days,” remarked Samuel.
Upon completion, parents can collect the certificate in person or have it delivered to their house.
This service ranges in cost between Sh500 and Sh700.
“The variation in pricing is due to the delivery cost,” explains Samuel.
Fastbird Kenya does deliver the certificate to one's home at an extra charge. The price depends on where one lives.
Payments for the service are made upon receipt of the birth certificate.
- Written by Silvia Mwendia for Kenyakidz
An online shop is giving parents a one-stop shop to cater for all their diaper needs. Parents will find a variety of diapers ranging from one for potty training to swimming diapers.
Dubbed ‘Diaper Central’, the shop started due to a gap in the market for such products.
“People were not satisfied with the brands in the market especially in terms of quality,” said John of Diaper Central on the origins of the online shop.
With this information in hand, Diaper Central as born. The shop strives to stock high quality diapers as this is what the market was looking for. It is no wonder that international brands such as Helen Harper, Canbebe, Huggies among others can be found at Diaper Central. They are mostly imported from The Netherlands and Dubai.
The shop also stocks different types of diapers and ones which are hypoallergenic.
“Some of the diapers we stock are potty training diapers, pull up diapers, swimming diapers,” said John.
The price of diapers vary with the size and how many they are. Mostly though the diapers range between Sh 2,000 and Sh 3,000 with the products coming in packs of 30-60 diapers. Diaper Central also sells diaper bags, baby wipes, nappy liners and even socks.
If one wishes to purchase a product from Diaper Central, they can order online then pay via M-Pesa or on delivery. The shop also provides free delivery within the Central Business District (CBD) OR Sh 100 outside of the CBD. An extra sh 50 is charged if the distance is further away such as Ngong, Karen. Those living outside of Nairobi can get their products delivered through courie services, of which the cost is catered for by the client.
- Written by Victor Amadala for Kenyakidz
A new brand of diapers that are leak proof, with inbuilt cover of four layered micro fibre
has hit the market saving parents the agony of the traditional diapers that have been blamed for urine burns and rashes.
Introduced in the Kenyan market by Baby Natural Kenya Limited, the diapers are reusable, easy to wash and guarantees warmth to kids while ensuring their safety.
According to Baby Natural Kenya Limited Christine Wangare, a modern cloth diaper is not a nappy, but a custom-made baby pant which protects the child from leaking in case they soil themselves. The pant is washable; therefore it can be used and washed many times.
Wangare, a mother of two learnt about modern cloth diapers through international parenting sites while expecting her first born and was forced to import them from America for Sh1500 a piece in addition to the shipping fee. This motivated the communication expert to bring this product closer home to quench the thirst of local parents and also introduce them to others. Currently, she manufactures these diapers in South Africa and sells them for between Sh350 and 800 a piece hence helping parents save more than Sh. 1000 they could have spent on importing.
In a bid to help her clients use those diapers effectively, Wangare has resorted social media where she interacts with clients from different parts of the country giving them guidance on how to use Baby Natural Products. She has also well trained personnel at her stall near Nairobi's Kenyatta Market who assist customers in choosing the correct size and give tutorials on how to use diaper clothes before selling.
One of cloth diapers in her shop is the All-In-One-Size which has soft suede inner fabric to keep baby's skin in good condition, has a convenient fasting mechanism of velcro on the front of the diaper which allows size adjustment, is reusable and has absorbent materials that is sewn into water proof diaper wrap that receives the urine or the poop. Wanagre sells this type of diaper for sh 750.
The All-in-Two diapers are similar to the all-in-ones, the only difference being that with the all-in-two’s, the absorbent insert is not sewn onto the wrap but instead, there are replaceable insert snaps onto the diaper cover which requires a parent to change when the cloth diaper gets wet instead of washing the entire cloth diaper. It retails for only Sh. 800 a piece and it comes with two diaper inserts. More inserts can be obtained at the shop for sh 200 a piece.
Baby Natural has also created a specially designed cloth diaper for newborn babies with a soft suede cloth and a waterproof outer wrap that prevent leaks. They also have velcro closing to enable the diaper remain steadfast on the baby's hip. Each costs Sh. 700 and comes with two microfibre inserts.
Perhaps the most amazing product in Wangare's stall is the potty training pants that initiate a rite of passage from toddler-hood to preschooler. They are designed with a nylon layer inserted into the layers of cotton fabric to protect a kid from urine wetness. With this design, the child feels the wetness against his/her skin but it does not leak to the skin. With this training pant, a kid can feel the soft fabric on the inside as well as on the outside of the pant. This pant can be pulled up and down hence good to help a kid to potty train. It cost only sh 350.
These diapers can be bought on line by visiting www.babynatural.co.ke where a client can place an order by clicking on a shopping cart icon. He/She can pay either through mobile phone money transfer or use the credit card. Customers can also pay using International electronic money transfer systems like Paypal. The company facilities delivery of orders to the client's doorstep. Wangare plans to open more branches in the country to meet the current huge demand.
For more information about Baby Natural Products, kindly visit www.babynatural.co.ke or call Christine Wangare on 0722603687
- Written by Silvia Mwendia for Kenyakidz
Unique bags that store expressed breast milk for upto six months are giving Kenyan moms a sigh relief especially those that have tight work schedule.
The bags which are pre-sterilized and leak-proof ensure safe and convenient storage of the breastmilk.
Dubbed Lanisoh breast milk storage bags, the bags are medically pre-sterilized and leak proof. One bag is able to hold up to 180ml of expressed breast milk.
Expressed breast milk can be stored in the Lanisoh bags in various ways. It all depends on how one would like to keep it for.
“The basic guidelines for storing freshly expressed breast milk that is in a closed container or milk storage bag are that it stays three to four hours in room temperature, a maximum of three days when refigerated, three months in a fridge freezer or six months in a chest freezer,” said Josephine Karoki, a lactation manager at HunySuckle where the storage bags can be found.
Josephine goes on to add that when refrigerated, the milk should be placed at the back of the fridge, away from the door. She also says that it is of the utmost importance to remember that “expressed breast milk (EBM) needs to handled with care especially because the intention is to feed it to an infant so it is important to ensure the milk does not become spoiled or contaminated.”
Expressed breast milk that has been frozen beforehand, it can be refrigerated for an extra 24 hours before use. It should however not be frozen again. This is especially the case in left over milk after a baby has finished feeding. Any leftovers should be discarded. To avoid wastage though, the milk can be packed in small amounts.
“For instance, a baby of 8 weeks will most likely consume up to 150ml per feed therefore the mother should store her expressed breast milk in batches of 150ml,” remarks Josephine who is also the owner of HunySuckle.
If a mother is expressing her breast milk, Josephine advises her on getting a Lanisoh storage bag due to its numerous benefits.
“These milk storage bags are pre-sterilized, which means that they are ready for immediate use and they can also be sealed to prevent the milk from becoming contaminated or the milk from pouring out,” said Josephine.
“They also take up less space in the fridge or freezer when compared to bottles because they can be laid flat, even with milk inside,” adds the lactation manager.
The bags, which retail at Sh 2,000 per pack of 50 bags, are not washable and should therefore not be re-used. This is because the plastic used to make the bag is not strong enough to withstand subsequent washing and sterilization.
The expressed breast milk should not be heated but rather warmed slowly in hot but not scorching water so as not to destroy the anti-bodies in the milk which the baby needs. If the milk is frozen, it should be first defrosted, preferrably overnight. The bag should then be placed in a bowl of hot water until it becomes warm.
The milk can the be placed into a bottle for feeding. It should be swirled and not shaken, says Josephine, as this destroys the necessary anti-bodies. The milk should also never be defrosted or heated in a microwave.
For more information call 0720 023 313/0735 706 211
- Written by Victor Amadala for Kenyakidz
A time management app is helping kids and families prioritize duties in terms of urgency saving families time and energy especially at this time when kids are on holiday.
Kids will this holiday balance between their school holiday assignments, domestic chores and play time on their i pads effectively, thanks to Priority Matrix, an ipad application that crystallizes priorities into a visual and easy to understand format.
Dubbed Priority Matrix,the Ipad app separates tasks into four segments: urgent, non-urgent, important and not important, making kids spend the bulk of their time on urgent and important tasks while minimizing time spent on non urgent and non important tasks. The application comes with a master list complete with a daily and weekly action items, It can track progress effort, start dates, due dates, completion date and a comprehensive email report can be generated to show the progress.
The application comes with work plan templates to assist parents develop work load for their kids. Once developed and saved, a parent synchronizes it to their smart phone which allows them to get notifications when the kid completes task or try to skip work schedule. It also has an alarm to warn the user 10 minutes before due time for any activity. It records every day's activity on the gadget and a parent can programme frequency of report delivery on his/her email account.
To access this application, parents can download it from www.appfluence.com at a monthly premium fee of six US dollars which is approximately Sh510 at an exchange rate of Sh85 per dollar. Parents can pay for this service using their smart cards.
This application is a relief to many parents in Kenya who are preoccupied with either their careers or education therefore lacking adequate time to monitor their kids education, activities on technological gadgets and moulding them into responsible people. It helps children identify priorities in life, tackle them thus avoiding social conflicts like punishments at school or engaging into reckless activities.
Founded in 2010 by three Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics students from Stanford University in USA, Priority Metrics can also be used by employees and employers to monitor their progress at work.