Organic and natural products for new mums and newborn babies
When presented with a precious new baby even the most hardened high street ‘pharmacy’ shopper stops and thinks about 100 per cent natural products. It suddenly feels like the time is right to go organic and natural to care for that precious baby skin the way nature intended.
It’s easy to go DIY, make your own baby ‘bum’ wash with water infused with cooled chamomile tea bags, add a drop of lavender oil and spritz away. But for when you are way too exhausted to start concocting, help is at hand too from old favourites Weleda who have the excellent Baby Derma range which contains White Mallow, very soothing and moisturising, check out the range at www.weleda.co.uk
The best staple to have on hand for just about all occasions is Tiana raw organic extra virgin coconut oil, you need just the tiniest amount to moisturise, (your own skin and the babies) and you can pop a spoonful into the bathwater for a silky bath time treat.
Baby massage can be a wonderful way to establish a bond with your baby, and you can use some gorgeous organic oils, it’s hard to beat The Soothing Baby Massage Oil from Mummaloveorganics. Samantha who runs www.mummaloveorganics.com has also written the awesome book ‘Comfort Settle Sleep’.
One of my favourite Cornish companies Beyond Organic Skincare have the ‘Happy Baby’ Nappy Balm which is wonderful for nappy rash and cradle cap. It contains chamomile, calendula and vanilla, they also do the excellent Organic Stretch mark cream for you! www.beyondorganicskincare.com
Multi purpose products are great to pop into the Baby changing bag and Green People have excellent affordable products and it’s hard to beat the Organic Babies Mum and Baby Rescue Balm with organic shea butter, hemp, beeswax and calendula – and nothing nasty! www.greenpeople.co.uk It’s important to look after yourself at this time, you need to build up your immunity and support your nutritional requirements after giving birth and possibly breastfeeding, the Fertility, Birth and Post natal expert Zita West has some great supplements for new mums.
Revital Essence includes important nutrients such as choline, calcium, which is important for the development of bones and teeth, and Vitamin D which helps support continuing cellular growth. www.zitawest.com For when you just want indulgence, check out the gorgeous artisan chocolate from Seed and Bean – I know you’re wondering how we go from organic skincare and natural supplements to chocolate? That’s easy, it can be stressful being a new mum, but ‘desserts’ is stressed spelt backwards!
Janey Lee Grace