Winter skin care for mum and baby

Posted on June 06, 2017

Winter is such a beautiful time of year. The cooler weather is a great excuse to indulge in hot baths, deep mugs of tea and cozy cuddles on the couch – Bliss!

Not so heavenly, though, is the way the cold can wreak havoc on our skin. With its dry air, temperature fluctuations and harsh conditions, winter can make our skin severely stressed. The impact can be even greater for babies who have especially delicate skin (did you know that a baby’s skin is around 30% thinner than yours, making it more prone to moisture loss?)

There is no doubt that winter is a time when we need to give our skin a little extra TLC. There are a number of ways you can nourish your and your baby’s skin naturally and safely. Here’s our top five winter skincare tips for mum and baby:

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Dry skin is commonplace in winter. The effects can range from a tight, uncomfortable feeling, to more severe chapping and cracking. For babies (and some adults) eczema flare-ups are also common.

To combat dry skin use a quality body lotion each day. Applying lotion directly after your baby's bath (to slightly damp skin) will help create a protective layer on the skin, locking in moisture and shielding the skin from the environment. We recommend our Organic Soothing Baby Lotion which is also loaded up with herbal extracts to soothe redness and irritation.

 

  1. Use a barrier balm

We are all familiar with the way the wind can affect a baby’s chubby cheeks. Prevent wind-burned cheeks by using a barrier balm on your little one’s face. Our Bottom Balm is perfect for use on the face, including around the mouth. It forms a barrier against the elements, while still allowing the skin to breathe.

And don’t forget yourself, mum. A barrier balm on the nose, cheeks and lips will keep chapping at bay.

 

  1. Avoid soap and harsh detergents

Some baby body washes include harsh detergents (including sulfates) to create foam and bubbles. These detergents, however, can strip the skin of its essential natural oils – the last thing you need during winter!

When bathing your baby, choose a wash that is soap and sulfate free. Our Gentle Baby Wash is made using organic oils and herbal extracts to nourish and protect the skin during the cooler weather. This wash can also be enjoyed by the whole family.

Little Bairn Gentle Baby Wash

  1. Take a milk bath

The proteins, fats and vitamins in milk can help sooth dry, irritated skin. In the colder months, an indulgent milk bath can be a great way to moisturise the skin while combating stubborn dry patches.

Our Milk & Honey Bath Soak is a popular product for alleviating dry skin, including that associated with eczema. As a product that can be used by the whole family, it’s one of our favourites for mum and baby to enjoy together. Fill a tub, grab your little one and relax (just like Cleopatra, darling!) Just remember to ensure the water is warm, and not hot.

  1. Enjoy baby massage

Massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and calm them before sleep. But it can also have positive skin benefits. When using a cold-pressed vegetable oil, baby massage is wonderful way to provide the skin with nutrients and keep it nourished throughout winter.

Little Bairn Baby Massage

 

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A five-step blissful bedtime routine

Posted on April 15, 2017

Little people thrive on routine! Having a pattern to the day can help a baby feel safe and secure because they learn to know what’s coming next. By introducing routines and rituals your little one will generally be calmer and more cooperative, and bedtime is no exception!

Try not to worry about bedtime routines in the very early days, but from about six to eight weeks you can begin to introduce some simple rituals that, over time, will help your little one recognise bedtime and settle more easily.

Here is our way to blissful bedtime routine:

  1. Bath

A warm bath can be incredibly soothing and calming for a baby. It can also provide an opportunity for some skin-on-skin time if you jump in too! If your baby doesn’t enjoy being in the bath, leave it out of your bedtime routine. Remember, this routine is meant to be positive and enjoyable for you and your baby.

  1. Massage

Baby massage is a wonderful way to help your baby calm down to sleep. Studies show that babies who are massaged on a regular basis have higher levels of melatonin in the brain (that’s the sleepy hormone!). Try giving your baby a short, five-minute massage with an organic oil when they come out of the bath. We recommend our Sleepy Time Bath & Massage Oil which contains essential oils to promote sleep.



  1. ‘Goodnight moon’ / ‘Goodnight friends’

This is a lovely ritual to begin at an early age. Open the curtains and say goodnight to the moon, or move around the room and say goodnight to your baby’s special ‘friends’. This is bound to become a favourite part of bedtime as your baby grows.

  1. Story

Studies suggest that it is never too early to start reading to your baby! While your newborn won’t be able to understand the words you are reading, hearing you speak promotes brain and speech development. It also provides a great opportunity to sit and cuddle! Choose a simple board book with large, high contrast pictures.

  1. Feed and Lullaby

Fill your baby’s tummy with a breast or bottle feed, before singing them a gentle lullaby. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself to be a good singer; the soft, familiar tone of your voice will calm and soothe your little one before they lay down.

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Choosing toxin-free baby skincare

Posted on December 02, 2016

Did you know that your baby's skin is her largest organ, absorbing nearly all that is rubbed into it? That is why it’s important to be conscious of what we are putting on our little ones’ bodies in the same way we are concerned about the food we feed them.

But deciphering ingredient labels can be confusing! When it comes to choosing safe skincare, knowledge is power; so here's our run-down of the top five 'nasties' to avoid when purchasing skincare products for your baby.

 

  1. SULFATES

Used as foaming agents, predominantly in bubble bath and body wash products (and household cleaners). Sulfates dry and irritate the skin. Furthermore, sulfates can produce toxic by-products during the manufacturing process making them possible carcinogens.

The most common are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

 

  1. SYNTHETIC PRESERVATIVES

A preservative is essential in any skincare product that contains water to protect against microbial growth. Many synthetic preservatives, however, can cause skin irritation. There is also a group of preservatives known as formaldehyde-releasers that release a small amount of this known carcinogen while sitting on the bathroom shelf.

Preservatives that release formaldehyde include:

- DMDM hydantoin

- Imidazolidinyl urea

- Diazolidinyl urea

- Quaternium-15

- Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)

- 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane

- Hydroxymethylglycinate

 

  1. MINERAL OIL

A by-product of the distillation of petroleum, mineral oil is widely used in creams, massage oils, shampoos and bath products. It can cause allergic reactions, clog pores and dry skin. Research has also linked mineral oil to cancer, vitamin deficiencies and birth defects. Many baby oils are 100 per cent mineral oil!

Mineral oil may also be labeled as paraffin oil. Also look out for petrolatum (mineral oil in a jelly state) and paraffin wax (mineral oil in a solid state).

 

  1. COLOURS

Artificial colours exist only to make a product look more ‘attractive’. However, did you know that it can take up to 25 synthetic chemicals to produce just one artificial colour? Artificial colours can cause skin reactions, and some are known to be carcinogenic.

 

  1. CHEMICAL EMULSIFIERS

Emulsifiers allow oils (and waxes) to combine with water without separating out. They are the basis of any cream or lotion product. Many synthetic emulsifiers, however, can irritate the skin and may also be carcinogenic.

Look out for DEA and TEA which may contain nitrosamines, a class of chemical compunds believed to be carcinogenic. Also try to avoid PEG esters which are derived from petrochemical sources.

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Skin Spotlight: Intertrigo

Posted on November 14, 2016

Skin complaints are commonplace in babies. Their skin is still developing, making it highly susceptible to redness and irritation. One condition that we're all familiar with is that pesky rash that appears in the skin folds. We normally refer to it as chafing, but did you know that it has a medical term? Intertrigo can be really uncomfortable for a baby, but here's how you can identify and treat it.

 

What is intertrigo? 

A rash that occurs in a baby's skin folds, most commonly under the armpits and around the neck and/or thighs. It can also appear behind the ears, and presents as red and weepy.

 

What causes intertrigo?

Intertrigo is caused by excess moisture, often from dribble, sweat or milk. When this moisture collects in a baby’s skin folds it is not given the opportunity to dry and causes friction. These areas are also warm, creating a welcome environment for bacteria.  

 

How to treat intertrigo? 

Try to keep the affected area as dry and clean as possible. Wash with water, remembering that the area might be very delicate and sore (gently pat, don’t rub). Once the area is clean, apply a barrier balm to protect the skin. 

Try our Bottom Balm. It contains certified organic calendula and evening primrose oils to soothe red and inflamed skin, as well as tea tree oil to fight fungal infections. 

Our Natural Baby Powder may also be used to keep the skin dry and prevent chafing. This product is made using white Australian clay. Avoid cornflour-based powders as bacteria can thrive on the flour and make the infection worse.

               

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Windy or colicky baby? Try this!

Posted on October 29, 2016

Massage can be an amazing way to help your baby relax, but did you know that it can also help ease wind-pain and constipation?

Try this three-step routine - known as the "I Love You" sequence - to help relieve a bloated tummy. 

As you are practising this sequence don't forget to maintain eye contact with your baby and say the words "I love you" as you go. And, remember, consistency is key when it comes to massage. If your baby has especially bad wind pain, aim to use the sequence twice a day.

New to baby massage? Make sure you check out our 10 tips for getting started.



When it comes to choosing an oil for massaging your baby, we recommend using something that is plant-based. Avoid mineral oil which can clog the pores and doesn't provide any nourishing skin benefits. 

When starting out, our unscented Organic Newborn Bath & Massage Oil is a good choice. Research suggests that unscented oils are the best choice for newborn massage - the smell of mum is all a little baby needs at this young age!


 

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