Zeeview | Johnson’s Baby Gentle Protect Bath

We were in Dischem recently, with Zee happily pulling the little wheeled basket around, and daddy close by reminding her to be alert and not run over anyone’s toes. We were in the baby aisle, and I think it was the first time I noticed that the only other moms and dads there were those with tiny crying or sleeping babies.

I’m not sure what the “correct” age to move your little one over to adult/family body wash/soap/lotion/shampoo is. I mean, up until a few months ago I still used Johnson’s top-to-toe as her body wash – that’s what they used at the hospital for her first bath… ok so I got a little attached to that one, but I figure if it gets her all clean and fresh, and doesn’t irritate that delicate skin, it’s a keeper.

I know Zee has grown. I see proof of this in her height, her intelligence, her sense of humour so much like my own. In so many ways though, she’s still so baby. The way she still loves curling up on me for cuddles at random times, how she wraps herself around daddy’s leg and asks him to stay home and not go to work (he has to walk like this all the way to the door). Maybe that’s why I try holding on to the babyness in all kinds of ways, even in my vehement refusal to say goodbye to the baby aisle. 

I have made progress though. No, really. Just look at the product Zee is reviewing today. I know it says Baby on the front, but at back it describes it as being a wash for toddlers. See, progress. 😉

Here’s what Johnson’s says about their product:

Washes away up to 99.9% of dirt and germs while being mild on your toddler’s delicate skin.

We love toddlers. We also understand that as they start to explore the world around them, you’ll want to keep them clean and protected from dirt and germs.

NEW JOHNSON’S® Gentle Protect™ Bath is specially developed to effectively wash away dirt and germs, while being gentle to your toddler’s delicate skin. Our unique No More Tears® formula is enriched with a combination of natural ingredients including honey and extracts of rooibos & green tea.

Ideal for everyday use, Hypoallergenic (formulated to minimise the risk of allergy) and Soap free. 

What Zee said:

What do you think of the bottle?

I like the print on the bottle, because it’s a honeycomb (I didn’t even know she would identify what it is), and I like the shade of blue because it matches my Donald Duck bath toy! 

How does it smell?

It smells like honey and flowers. I love the smell!

How does it feel on  your skin?

It feels soothing (seriously, where do the words come from?) and soft, like flowers gently tickling my skin, you know like when I pick a flower and tickle you with it. 

How does your skin feel after bathtime?

My skin feels moisturised and soft. Ooh, and I smell nice! (Sniffing her forearm to see if she still smells like honey)

Would you like to tell your friends about your new honey body wash?

Yes I will. You know who’ll like it? Breanna. I’m going  to tell her next time at ballet. Oh, and Kganya too. Actually I’ll just tell aunt Jules because Kganya’s still a baby. 

So Johnson’s Baby Gentle Protect Bath gets a big smiley face from Zee. 😀

Mom verdict: I’m not crazy about the honey sweet smell, but I’m not the one being bathed in it, so that really isn’t an issue. I am impressed with the lovely lather you get from squeezing just a little of the wash onto her facecloth. It leaves my little person squeaky clean, whilst being kind to her skin, so a smiley face from me too.

You can find it at Dischem and Clicks, retails between R64 and R67 for the 500ml bottle.

#CarseatFullstop, I’ve Learned So Much.

Zee was two days old when she and I were discharged from the hospital. That day my little girl had her first of many car rides, each time strapped safely in her car seat. Whether its a quick trip to Spar in mom’s taxi, or on holiday in Cape Town in a rental car, Zee has always been in a car seat.

But wait! This isn’t a post about how I’m the perfect mom, who always does the right thing. I’m not, and I don’t. You see, while I have been absolutely uncompromising when it  comes to my child’s car safety, HOW this was done wasn’t always 100% correct. This post is to tell you about two major mistakes I’ve made along the way, and more importantly, to share with you what I’ve learned since the #CarseatFullstop campaign began.

What is #CarseatFullstop?

For those who’ve yet to see posts by, or about #CarseatFullstop, this is the crux of it:

#CarseatFullstop is an awareness campaign designed to educate South Africans on the life-or-death importance of using car seats for kids under 12.


Dragon Lady

Confrontation – out here in the real world, or online – isn’t for me. That’s why you won’t find me getting into debates and fights even on social media. I try not to allow most things to get me worked up… Except for that time I saw a child standing on the front seat of a moving car, or those kids bouncing around on the back seat of another. Now that makes me go from good ol’ chilled, sunshine and rainbows me, to full on fire breathing dragon/monster/beast.

I’m not that judgemental mom – none of us should be, we’re all imperfect here, and are entitled to handling this parenting thing whichever way works best for us. However, some things, such as the safety of our children, are non-negotiable. Seeing children left unsecured in a car makes me want to shake their parents by the shoulders while screaming, “that  is a little life you brought into the world, why are you not doing your best to protect him/her???”

Alright, rant over. Sorry if I got a little carried away there. Time to get back to my own mistakes, and what I’ve learned.

1. Forward-facing at one… What was I thinking?

Zee had just about outgrown her first carseat, the rearward-facing baby one. Excited new parents, off we went “big” carseat shopping. We bought a forward-facing seat from Toys R Us, and we were quite happy with our purchase.

Here’s what I discovered through the #CarseatFullstop campaign and Volvo’s Children and Cars safety manual: Children should be in a rearward-facing carseat for as long as possible, at least until the age of three or four. The neck muscles are weak during those early years, and the skeleton isn’t fully developed either. Rearward-facing carseats greatly reduce the risk of injuries should there be a collision.

This one really got me in the heart, because Zee was just over one when I had moved her to a forward-facing seat. We knew that we wanted to keep our baby safe, we just weren’t educated on how to properly do that. All I could do after reading that was be extremely thankful that there had been no incidents in all those years that I was getting it wrong, and try not to hate myself for being a bad mom.

2. “It looks a little uncomfortable, let’s loosen the straps”, she (I) said.

I would sometimes loosen the car seat straps, thinking they were too tight or uncomfortable. Fail!


The pic above is a post I saw on the #CarseatFullstop Instagram account. It mentions the pinch test – if you’re able to form a fold when you pinch the strap together, it’s too loose. The straps should be tight and untwisted, in order to properly secure and protect your child.

It’s safe to say, Zee is tightly strapped in now, no more loose “comfy” carseat straps for us.

Knowledge is Power… IF you apply it 

We’ve all made mistakes, the key though is making the necessary changes once we’re educated on  how to correct those mistakes. Had Zee still been a tiny bit smaller when I learnt what I did, I assure you she would’ve found herself back in a rearward-facing carseat. She may have found it strange, she may have fought me on it, but I prefer a SAFE and secure crying/screaming child over the alternative.

To learn more, like I have (and still am), like and follow #CarseatFullstop on Facebook, and Twitter/Instagram, then tell everyone you know too. 🙂




A Quick Peek At Dullstroom + Pickles & Things

This past Saturday, Shawn had some work to do in Dullstroom. Seeing as it was the weekend, and we’d not been there before, Zee and I tagged along for the almost two hour drive.

The people he had to see were at a property just outside the town. We hadn’t even gotten past the gate when Zee let us know how unfair she thought it was that we didn’t live in a place like that! The photo below is of what greets you at the gate. No explanation needed for why my child wants a house here.


The lady who met us once we were inside, invited Zee and I to take a walk and have a look around while we waited for Shawn. Zee didn’t need to be asked twice. 🙂

She could barely contain her delight at the sight of a waterfall amidst all the green. So pretty!



Shawn was done within forty minutes, and we made the short drive back into town. It was already afternoon, and shops were getting ready to close, but we made it into one of them in time. The Toy Box is a little store I’d spotted on the main road, on our way in. Zee found a special handmade fairy princess there – she loved her from the second she saw her.



Our next stop had to be for food, as all three of our tummies were rumbling by then. We walked along the main road, trying to decide where to eat, when this amazing smell came wafting through the air from a restaurant across the road. Decision made! 😀


We were shown to our table at Pickles & Things – right by one of the two fireplaces – by our waiter Michael, who was friendly, and quite helpful when we asked what he’d recommend to a couple of first timers (I always appreciate this over the “everything is nice, you can order anything” response).



We were so hungry, we went straight to mains. Zee ordered the beef cheese burger with fries. According to Zee (and I agree based on the bite I stole), the burger was “sooo yummy!” A proper meaty patty, with loads of grated cheese which is a nice change from the usual slice of cheese and definitely added to the yumminess.


Shawn and I opted for two of the specials, both of which came highly recommended by Michael. Dullstroom is famous for its trout, which most visitors to the town are there either to catch or eat.

Shawn wasn’t going to leave without trying this speciality, so he ordered the Trout stuffed with haloumi, caramelised onions and fried tomato. It did not disappoint! The fish was perfectly cooked, and generously stuffed. The mash and veggies were nicely done, and rounded off the dish well.


I was feeling cold after the walk outside, so I went for the lamb curry, as I wanted something really  warming… Plus I have a thing for trying out curries everywhere I go. 😛

I loved the flavour of the curry. I was a little unsure how curry and mash would go together, as we usually eat curry with rice or bread, but this worked! Tender lamb pieces + smooth mash = winning combo. I had to take half of it away though, because Shawn kept feeding me stuffed trout, and I needed to save some space for dessert.


Zee had the pancake with chocolate and berry sauce, Shawn the baked cheesecake, and I got a cappuccino. The reason I don’t usually order a third desert is I know my child – that little tummy can only take so much. And seeing as she was already half a cheese burger down, I knew I’d be feasting on pancake for desert.


Cappuccino. With cream, yes. I regret nothing.


The pancake was nice, as pancakes and fresh cream are. Personally, I could do without berry sauce on this, or on anything actually, but that’s me.


The baked cheesecake was so delicious, it got the closed eyes sigh of contentment from Shawn on the first bite. You know I had to get in on that action after that! From the beautiful biscuity base to the lemon flavour, it was so, so good! Again, not a fan of berry sauce. Next time I’d ask them to leave it off.



Pickles & Things is a lovely, cozy restaurant, one I’m so happy we found on our short trip. Excellent service and delicious, hearty food has ensured our return on any future trips to Dullstroom.