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Choosing toxin-free baby skincare

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.   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...

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Windy or colicky baby? Try this!

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...

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Skin Spotlight: Cradle Cap

What is cradle cap?  Cradle cap is a form of dermatitis that causes thick, yellow crusts on the scalp. It is thought to occur when the sebaceous (oil) glands in a baby's skin become enlarged and overactive (as a result of maternal hormones in the body after birth). It is a common condition that usually appears within the first 6 weeks after a baby is born. While it may look uncomfortable, cradle is not usually itchy and won't irritate your baby.  How to treat cradle cap?   Cradle cap will often disappear on its own after a few months; however you can help improve the look of it faster if you wish. Try rubbing a massage oil into the scalp to soften the skin. Leave to absorb...

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Little Bairn is going certified organic!

We are thrilled to announce that the next few months will see a transition to certified organic products at Little Bairn! While our products have always used 100% natural and organic ingredients, obtaining organic certification is an important step to assure you that our range complies with stringent organic standards. Beware imitators! There are currently plenty of baby skincare products that market themselves as organic, however their ingredients wouldn't pass the certification test. The "bud" logo on our products shows that they have been  certified under the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) standard - one of the most respected and rigorous standards in the world! Why choose organic?   The answer is simple – Going organic is not just a fad. When choosing an organic product you...

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Baby massage - 10 tips for getting started

We're all familiar with the feeling of a relaxing massage ... It's a guaranteed way to relax the body and release stress-fighting endorphins in the brain.... But did you know it's the same for babies?  Babies love massage in the same way we do! Massaging your little one can help them calm, soothe and relax. Not only that, it is a beautiful way to facilitate bonding, and can also help reduce crying and encourage them to sleep more soundly (who'd say no to that?!) Why not give it a go? Here's 10 tips to get your started: The best time to massage your baby is when they are quiet and content. Avoid times when they are fussy or overtired. It’s also important to make sure...

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