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I have a couple of these sponges, one I use on my little boy and one I use on myself. They are lovely and soft and perfect for using on my face to give it a good cleanse.
The sponge comes in a clear and white plastic packet. On the front there is a picture of a teddy bear sat on a cloud and inside the cloud in blue lettering it says 'special softness for your baby.' The top of the packet is white with the Ramer logo on it and directly underneath it tells you that it is a baby sponge and in the corners of the packet it tells you it has been manufactured in England since 1945. On the back of the packet it gives some product information, directions of use and care and safety advise as well as brand contact information.
The product and use.
The sponge is round in shape and comes in different colours (I have a blue and a white one) It is quite small (approx. 8X8cm) and very soft and their website confirms that they are hypoallergenic, lint free, machine washable and suitable for sensitive skin. (www.ramerssponges.com) You need to rinse the sponge thoroughly before first use and just use as a normal sponge. After each use rinse and allow to dry naturally. The sponge hardens as it dries. On the back of the packet it advises that occasionally you should clean in weak detergent or bath foam.
Price and availability.
The product is widely available both in store and on line, including Boots and Sainsbury's. Sainsbury's currently have it on offer priced at 73p (usually priced at £1.10)
My experience and verdict.
I love this sponge. It is really nice and soft and just right to use on my face. It is also long lasting and definitely great value for money.
I have two of these ramer baby sponges, both in a cream colour. One I had bought myself for around 99p in bodycare and one I received as a gift when I had my baby. These sponges are round in shape, and when in the packets and you press it, it feels like a lovely soft sponge, which is definitely what I was looking for, to wash my baby. I wanted something soft and gentle, and unfortunately I didn't get that with this sponge!
These sponges when in the packet look wet, and moist. You can see droplets in the pack, which I have never seen before. I expected this sponge to be really soft, however, when I opened the pack I think the surface is really quite rough. I would use it myself, but I don't think it's soft enough for my babies skin, whenever I bath him I'm scared of using this sponge too hard on his skin in case it hurts him. It doesn't seem to bother him though and loves being washed in the bath but I'm just not confident with the softness of these sponges to buy one again. The soap lathers really well in the sponge and I will use the other one I have got myself to not let it go to waste.
When dry these sponges go rock hard, I leave it to dry on the windowsill for a few hours, and afterwards they are easy to store away in the drawer. The cream one I have been using still looks like new, it hasn't gone grubby yet!
Unfortunately I won't be buying one of these sponges again for my baby, I prefer to use a mit, as they are softer, but that's just my opinion on the softness, others may think they are great! They do keep well, and are a nice small size to wash a baby. They also come in different colours too, and they do look really cute, but I don't think I'll buy one again!
When I finished work to start my maternity leave a few weeks ago one of the presents I received was a large hamper full of baby bath stuff all of which were essentials I would eventually need and which would be very useful, some of the items I hadn't even thought of buying. One of the items in the hampers was a Ramer Baby Sponge, to be honest I had never even heard of this brand, I knew that you could buy sponges especially for babies and that adult ones were not ideal for their skin, however this was not a brand I was familiar with. The sponge looked a bit odd in the packet and didn't really look like a bath sponge, it actually looked like a sponge that you would apply your make up with. Since Jayden has been home we have bathed him every day in our bath rather than a baby bath, I did buy baby towels with matching wash mitts to wash him with, I used these for the first few days, however we soon discovered that Jayden hates bath time at the moment and trying to hold a wet slippery baby who is kicking around and crying with a wash mitt on one hand is not easy so I decided to give the Ramer Baby Sponge a try, after all it wasn't going to stop me from using my hands properly meaning I could get a good grip of Jayden if he started moving around too much.
The Ramer Baby Sponge comes in a plastic bag style wrapper, the top quarter of the bag is a creamy colour and has the words Ramer Baby Sponge written across it, there is also a circle in the corner with "Original Ramer Quality since 1945" written in it, this top quarter of the bag actual rips off of the rest of the bag to allow you a access to the sponge. The rest of the packaging is transparent plastic allowing you to see the sponge inside, this is covered with the word Ramer written repeatedly. In the centre of the bag is a picture of a teddy sitting on a cloud shape, inside the cloud is written "Special softness for you baby". The back of the packet contains all of the product information you need to know including directions for use and care and safety advice, this is also written in a second language. The packaging is very minimal but it tells you exactly what you need to know.
The Ramer Baby Sponge is basically a small round blue sponge measuring approximately 88mm (d) x 21mm the sponge is small enough to wash your baby with but on the other hand is large enough for you to easily hold. As I have said the sponge reminds me of a make up sponge it has a slight rubbery feel to it and has no holes in it what so ever, the sponge has a very smooth texture and is also soft, this I was pleased about as I knew that it would be gentle of Jayden's skin. When you first take the sponge out of its packet it is slightly moist, you will notice that there may be some condensation inside the packet before you open it, this is to keep the sponge soft, when you allow the sponge to dry out after using it, it will actually go hard but softens up again ready to use after putting it in warm water. The sponge comes in two colours, blue and pink, obviously we have the blue one for Jayden, my work colleagues knew we were having a boy so this was not a problem, however so far I have only see the two colours, there is nothing neutral if you do not know what you are having.
Directions for Use
Using the sponge is simple, when you remove it from the packet you need to rinse it thoroughly before use, this needs to be done after each use, also as I have mentioned the sponge does go hard after it dries out so to soften it ready for use you simply put the sponge in warm water. When I bathed Jayden I simply put some of his baby wash onto the sponge and lathered it up with the water, the sponge holds the soap and water well, yet at the same time it is very quick and easy to rinse the soap out of the sponge despite there being no actual holes in it. You use the sponge just as you would any regular sponge the only difference is it does need a little extra care to keep it in good condition. The sponge is also machine washable at 40 degrees which also helps to keep it clean and hygienic for you baby.
There is not a huge amount of safety advise on the packaging, however it does state that you should make sure that the sponge has fully softened before using it on your baby. It also says that you should not leave children under 36 months unattended with the sponge as small pieces make break of and be a chocking hazard.
Price and Availability
The Ramer Baby Sponge is available in a variety of places including various supermarkets and shops such as Boots and Superdrug, I'm not sure where my Ramer Baby Sponge came from as it was part of a present, however I do know that these sponges are sold for around 99p, this may vary a little depending on which shop you buy it from. I feel that 99p is a reasonable price for this item as it seems to be of an excellent quality and is not too expensive to replace as and when needed, I would certainly be happy to pay this for this particular product should the sponge need replacing at some point.
I have used the sponge for some of Jayden's baths now and have been extremely pleased with it, the size is ideal for use on a baby and I like the way that it easily holds the water and soap making washing your babies hair and skin quick and easy, it also takes no time at all to rinse the soap from the sponge. The sponge appears to be of an excellent quality and durable meaning that it should be long lasting. The sponge is smooth and soft to touch and is very gentle on a babies delicate skin, I do not have to worry about it scratching Jayden at all and can confidently use it to wash him from top to toe. I will certainly consider purchasing the Ramer Baby Sponge again in the future should our current one need replacing and would certainly recommend it to anyone, in my opinion this sponge is ideal for your babies bath times.
I bought two of these sponges in Asda just before my daughter was born. The sponges cost 2 for £2. I bought pink ones. But they are also available in blue, purple, green and white.
The sponges are designed for smaller hands, good for new born and very small babies, long lasting, machine washable and easily sterilised they are also hypoallergenic.
The sponge when it is new comes in a transparent packet and is moist to prevent it drying up. The sponge when it is removed from the packet is really soft, it isn't like other sponges I have used it is really gentle and has no rough edges. It is also really absorbant and holds a lot of baby wash so you only need the smallest amount to wash all of your baby's body.
After use you need to rinse the sponge with clean water and leave to dry naturally. The sponge dies completely when it is left, it doesn't hold any water like other sponges this makes it ideal to take with you on the go. When the sponge is dry and hard you simply need to moisten it thoroughly and it is ready to use again. The sponge can also be washed, Ramer recommend using shampoo or shower gel and rinsing thoroughly. You can also wash the sponge on a 40 degree wash. I have washed mine once and it came out of the machine looking as good as new.
I would recommend this sponge to all parents, it is so soft I even use it on my daughters face and I have done since she was newborn. I also use it to rinse her hair it helps me to control the water so it doesn't go into her eyes.
These would also be good for toddlers who like to wash themselves as they are small and squidgy making them ideal for little hands and fingers!
I'm extra careful to look after my young baby's delicate skin and I avoid using anything that might irritate or dry out his sensitive skin. My little one really loves bath times though and has a bath every evening as part of his winding down routine before bedtime. I don't tend to use anything on his hair and body other than a tiny little drop of Johnson's baby shampoo and a Ramer baby sponge to rinse his hair and clean around his many creases!
The Ramer baby sponge is part of a range of really soft sponges for different uses and this particular one is a small round sponge, so perfectly proportioned to use on a baby's face and body. The sponge is made from PVA, which gives it the same appearance and feel as those 'cheese wedge' style make up sponges. When wet, this sponge has a lovely squidgy texture but it dries out completely when out of the water, making it a practical design for taking on holiday or to the swimming baths. When moist and softened, there are no hard edges or rough surfaces at all and this sponge feels really soft and gentle to handle so is ideal for a baby's delicate skin. I've been using this type of sponge since my little one was just a few weeks' old as it is soft enough even for newborn skin.
I use this around my little one's ears and eyes, taking care not to cross-contaminate, and find it much less cumbersome than using fiddly little balls of cotton wool and not as rough as a flannel or traditional sponge. I also find it ideal to rinse away shampoo suds from my son's head as this tiny little sponge absorbs a surprising amount of water which can be squeezed out gently over what little hair he has, without any tears.
Between uses, the manufacturers recommend rinsing well after each use and leaving to dry, as well as massaging through some shower gel or shampoo and rinsing clean on a regular basis. What I particularly like about this sponge is that it can actually be safely machine washed, without shrinking or damaging the material in any way. I tend to soak it in a dilute solution of Milton sterilising liquid beforehand and then wash it in a 40 degree standard cotton wash. So far, the same sponge has been washed twice in a washing machine and still looks as good as new.
I find that the ability to give this sponge a thorough clean is really reassuring. Like most babies, my little one grabs hold of his sponge whenever he can and it goes straight into his mouth for a quick suck! I can be confident that this particular sponge is kept clean and hygienic and isn't harbouring too many nasties.
I'd certainly recommend this little sponge to any parents of young children. It's gentle, perfectly sized and easy to keep hygienically clean. It is also an inexpensive purchase. I paid £1.99 for a pack of two baby sponges from Toys R Us but they are also available singly, in a range of colours, for around £1.30-£1.50 from stockists including Superdrug, Boots and Wilkinsons.
I first came into contact with a Ramer baby sponge a few months ago. My friend has a baby and I was giving her a bath and found it to be really soft of her baby, robust and easy to work with. I must have liked it cos I asked what brand it was at the time and where it was from to which I was informed she got hers from Asda for 99p and since then I have seen them in places like Superdrug and Boots for around that price range in two colours, pink and blue.
I have sensitive skin and after using it, like I said on a baby I could also see that is was suitable for anyone to use really. Its soft enough to wash the face with for example and small enough to handle to get between your toes and things. Needed a new sponge to remove face masks with anyway in the end I got myself one.
The packaging on this is minimal really. It comes in a see through and white plkastic bag with ramer written over most of it and it is a hanging bag that is displayed in stores that way. On the front of the bag there is a picture depicted of a teddy bear on there and we are told that it is Ramer Baby Sponge, Moist 'Special softness for your baby'. Other information on the back of the bag includes being given some care instructions for the sponge, cautions are listed and contact details for Ramer are given (and plenty of information is listed in foreign languages too). Easy to tear open bag this is and of course it is as informative as it needs to be.
The Sponge Itself:
Like I have previously mentioned I have seen this sponge avaiable in two colours, pink and blue which are light versions of the colour. What you get is a round thickish but totally flexible sponge with no holes or perforations in it as such, it is pretty smooth to the eyes and touch. This is a moist sponge which means when you get it you can see condensation within the bag so it doesn't dry out however it is pretty hard before first using it so you have to wash it through with warm water and whatever you want to prior to using it and then when it has dried after using it from then on it does 'set' and go hard to which you sijmply have to moisten it prior to use in the future.
This sponge is soft and flexible with lots of uses. I use mine to wash myself with and get in between my toes and I use it for gently removing face masks.....alsorts really lol. It's none scratchy (which is great for babies etc as well as us adults) it holds water and soap within it and rinses out easily. It's also lightweight and easy to work with so this gets a massive thumbs up from me and my friends baby!
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