By Heleayner Davies
Being a mother is an overwhelming, yet rewarding experience accompanied with sleepless nights, endless nappy changes and constant cuddles (we salute you). When it comes to caring for your child’s skin, it shouldn’t have to be confusing but there are so many options available that it can sometimes feel like you’re navigating a minefield.
An infant’s skin is essentially ‘brand new’, meaning that it is a lot thinner and permeable than an adult’s because it is still developing and is more prone to irritation, infections and sensitivity. Organic brands have certainly made their mark in the beauty industry as they are free of synthetic ingredients including SLS, alcohol and parabens. However, organic baby products are now increasing in popularity among new mothers who are looking to give their baby the most natural start in life when it comes to skincare.
So, if you’re looking to invest in some organic and seriously soothing products for you and your babe, we have gathered a list with some of our favourites. From indulgent bedtime massage oils to lanolin-free nipple balm (because taking care of you is important too), these products will make caring for your little one’s skin a lot less worrisome.
Although breast feeding is one of the best ways to bond with your baby, it can often cause the nipples to become dry and sore (something no new mother should have to deal with). Combat this with NESSA’s lanolin-free nipple balm. Packed full of moisture boosting ingredients, this buttery balm contains organic tropical fruit oils including mango, cocoa and coconut to soothe and renew cracked nipples. Being multi-purpose, this product can also be used to treat dry lips, hands, feet and can even be applied as a lubricant before pumping. It is also entirely safe for both mother and baby, so there’s no need to remove before breast feeding. No wonder is has glorious reviews.
Handmade in small batches in the UK, Neu Oils are carefully formulated with the whole family in mind. This sweet bundle contains three luxurious aromatherapy blends that are gentle and safe enough for your little one. Baby Rest; to help soothe your baby to sleep, Baby Air; to promote clear airways and fight away sniffles and You Energy; to help keep you uplifted and energised (because we know you need it). The perfect gift for any new mother and her little one.
Bath time will be free of tears with this SLS, paraben and fragrance-free wash from Pai. Formulated with a blend of calming botanicals, this ultra-gentle wash is specifically designed for young, delicate skin to create a soothing bath time experience. Use with the super soft konjac sponge to produce a gentle lather that leaves the skin, hair and scalp moisturised and soothed.
A must-have for those fussy bedtime tantrums. This indulgent oil contains a nurturing blend of beautiful oils and delicate flower essences including lavender, chamomile and linden blossom to help settle and soothe your little one to sleep. It can be used as a nourishing bath oil for both mother and baby, or is the perfect accompaniment for a sleep-inducing baby massage to bring you and your little one closer together. You’ll be waving hello to a good night’s sleep.
Every mother loves a time saving, all-in-one product and this light, easily absorbed lotion can be used all over the face and body. It contains extracts of organic Chamomile, Evening Primrose and Calendula to keep your baby’s skin soft and protected whilst Apricot provides a natural, delicate scent that will prolong that heavenly new-born baby smell that we all know and love.
Help keep unwanted nappy rash at bay with this rich, comforting cream. It contains a nourishing blend of beeswax and organic chamomile to moisturise your baby’s skin and is even gentle enough to use on new-borns. Apply with each nappy change to keep your child’s skin hydrated and soothed all day long.
Baby’s skin is a lot more sensitive to sunlight, so keep it protected with this natural, scent-free and high protection factor lotion. The soothing and non-greasy formula is easy to apply and instantly absorbs into the skin. What’s more, is that this nifty tube is made from plant-based and 100% recyclable packaging and 30p from each purchase will be donated to The Marine Conservation Society to help protect our seas. They’re true eco-warriors.
Wet wipes are popular with many mother’s due to their multi-purpose abilities. Nappy change? Sorted. Messy Hands? Be gone. However, they are incredibly awful for the environment as they are made from more than 90% plastic. According to citytosea.org, there are 300,000 sewer blockages caused by wet wipes every year in the UK causing polluting fatbergs (gross). Instead, opt for these earth-friendly alternatives by My January Baby that you can wash and reuse time and again. Made from 100% cotton and organic bamboo, these beautifully soft wipes are kind and gentle to your baby’s skin and there are five pretty prints for you to choose from. Once dirty, simply pop them into the washing machine with your normal load. What’s not to love?
These award-winning eco-nappies are made from luxurious and breathable bamboo fibres that feel silky soft on your little one’s skin. The only nappy company to use 100% compostable packaging (hallelujah), these nappies are free from irritating chemicals like alcohol, chlorine and preservatives and have natural antibacterial properties to reduce the chances of nappy rash. Not only that, bamboo fibres have incredible moisture absorbing and temperature regulating (mind blown) properties to help keep your baby’s skin dry and comfortable, even during the hottest of days. Chose from a one-time purchase of £6.40 per pack or subscribe and save from £30.40.
NOTE: Although shopping organic is often more expensive, it is a lot kinder to the environment as this way of farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilisers which can have a negative impact on our water, soil and overall health.
The price tag may be bigger, but you can be rest assured that not only are you being kind to your skin, you’re being kind to the planet too. The best of both worlds.