Category Archives: Baby Skin Care

Bathtime Fun

Bathing is soothing to most babies as the water reminds them of being in their mother’s womb. However, when babies are tiny, you don’t need to bathe them and certainly not every day. Their skin is still forming and adjusting to being on the outside and so needs only simple, gentle care. To start with you can just wash baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom. This is often called ‘topping and tailing’.

From about four months, baby’s skin has developed a functioning protective mantle and it is around this age that bathtime can really become fun. Choose a time when your baby is awake and happy and make sure that the room is warm and there are no draughts. You must never leave your baby or toddler alone in the bath, so gather all the things you will need beforehand and put them within reach.

You can use your elbow to check the water temperature if you don’t have a special bath thermometer – it should be about 37°C, which is about the same as body temperature and best suited for baby. A careful dipping of their feet or the bottom first helps them to get used to the water. For tiny babies, put your left arm under baby’s neck and gently hold around their shoulder and arm with your left hand – the back of baby’s head should feel supported and secure on your forearm. With your free hand you can then wash baby. For larger children, the bathing water should not reach higher than their waist and babies can feel more comfortable when they can touch the end of the bathtub with their feet.

It is important that baby doesn’t get too cold. Five to eight minutes is normally long enough in the bath as you don’t want the water to cool down too much and since the head loses a lot of heat, only wet their hair towards the end.  After the bath wrap your little one up in a warm towel and gently dry. Now is the perfect time for a lovely cuddle followed perhaps by a massage with a soothing baby oil.

Weleda Calendula Baby Oil

Martina Gebhardt Calendula Body Oil

Baby’s Delicate Skin

After birth, your baby loses the protective warmth of the mother’s body and now the skin is the only border between inside and outside and the environment. Baby skin is five times thinner than adult skin and is still developing. The top layer is formed through interaction with the environment, while the protective acid mantle and barrier function are also still forming. This means that baby’s skin absorbs externally applied active ingredients faster and can be much more sensitive. The sweat glands are also not yet fully developed, so baby’s small body has trouble regulating its warmth independently.

After birth, babies therefore need a warm, protective coat, not only in the form of natural, breathable materials, but also through skin-compatible care products and loving skin contact.

During the first months of life baby’s skin needs simple, gentle care, for example your baby doesn’t need foam baths or shampoos as they only dry out the skin. A bath once a week is perfectly adequate in the first months of life and in the meantime your baby can be cleaned daily with a soft, damp washcloth. After washing or bathing, a body lotion can be applied to protect the skin of your baby and provide moisture. The most sensitive part is the nappy area, which needs extra special care. After a nappy change, it is good for the skin to be cleaned and treated with warm water, a soft cloth and then a few drops of body oil. Alternatively, you can put a few drops of oil in the water. If possible allow your baby to lie in a warm place for a few minutes, without a nappy on to allow the skin to have some fresh air. Finally, a layer of a good nappy cream offers protection against soreness.

Weleda Calendula Baby Care provides comfort and supports the development of healthy skin. From over eighty years of experience working with natural substances comes Weleda’s deep understanding of the special needs of a baby’s delicate skin. All of their products have been developed with the assistance of physicians and midwives and are dermatologically tested.

Martina Gebhardt’s Baby Care Range is demeter certified, ensuring the finest quality ingredients. The creams contain wool wax or lanolin as a base. The special value of the wool wax is that it closely resembles the vernix, the white, cheesy cell layer that covers and protects the baby‘s skin while in the womb. Wool wax gently protects sensitive baby skin and is very effective against nappy rash, which is why it is an important ingredient in the Martina Gebhardt Calendula Super- Protect cream.

Tip: Make your own wipes for traveling: for the purest option combine cooled boiled water with a few drops of organic baby oil. Place organic cotton wool pads in a shallow leak-proof container and pour the water and oil mixture over the pads until they are fully moistened. Keep the lid on to maintain the moisture and you are ready to go. As the liquid contains no preservatives or chemicals, make enough for just a couple of days at a time. You can also add some baby soap, but we didn’t find this necessary. Essential oils can cause irritation to very sensitive skin.

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Martina Gebhardt’s skin care is built on the philosophy that less is more and that truly healthy skin requires a truly holistic approach. The range contains ingredients that promote healthy skin and which complement each other harmoniously. The result is a highly effective range of skin care products that nurture your skin’s functions naturally for a healthy, effortlessly radiant, glowing complexion.

All Martina Gebhardt’s products are Demeter certified biodynamic and carry the cruelty-free seal, guaranteeing the highest possible quality and absolutely no animal testing.

 Rose – balances dry, sensitive skin

Discover the beauty of the heaven-scented Rose Skin Care System by Martina Gebhardt with the Rose Mini Kit. Created for dry and sensitive skin, regular use helps to prevent premature wrinkling and support regeneration, leaving skin looking and feeling soft, smooth and radiant.

 

Sheabutter – mild & soothing

The Martina Gebhardt Sheabutter Skin Care range offers soothing, moisturising care for hypersensitive, allergy-prone skin. Totally free of any substances that may irritate allergy-prone skin, such as essential oils, alcohol, herbal extracts and bee products, and of course, any synthetic ingredients.

Ginseng – enlivens demanding, tired skin

The Martina Gebhardt Ginseng Skin Care range is packed with vitamins and activating, vitalising plant extracts to strengthen the immune system and support regeneration. Ideal for 30+ skin, it enhances the skin’s regenerative capacity, improves elasticity and maintains optimal moisture levels, leaving the skin soft and supple. Also beneficial to restore balance and harmony to your skin after an illness or a prolonged holiday in the sun.

Salvia – balances oily, combination skin

The Martina Gebhardt Salvia Skin Care products help to nurture, tone and restore balance to oily, large-pored and combination skin by working to regulate the activity of sebaceous, oil-producing glands and restoring harmony to the skin’s natural protective skin layer. The Salvia Mini Kit is perfectly sized for travelling, and makes a wonderful gift.

Happy Mother’s Day xx

 

 

When your little one is suffering with constipation

Constipation is bad enough when you are a grown up, but for little ones it can be miserable.

Constipation can occur for all sort of reasons; sometimes it is because of diet, some children have a sensitivity to foods and their bodies reaction is to experience a stool firming effect – constipation and for some little ones it is not what they eat but for example too little fluid intake. However it is common and in most cases, easily resolved.

How Holle can Help – when you are what you ‘Holle eat’!

Certain foods can have a stool firming effect, whilst others can have a stool loosening effect. If your little one becomes constipated avoid feeding constipating foods for a while or feed them only in small quantities.

Rice Porridge can have a firm stooling effect, in which case, you can happily swap to Holle Millet Porridge (gluten-free) or Rolled Oats Porridge which are both stool regulating.holle-organic-millet-porridge-with-rice

Carrots, bananas and raw apples can sometimes cause constipation in babies and complicate their digestion. Good alternatives are parsnips, pumpkins and cooked apple and pear.holle-pure-organic-pear-baby-food

As in all aspects of parenting, there is always an element of trusting your instincts – and those of your baby. If your little one refuses to eat a certain porridge, or fruit, or vegetable, they might well be instinctively self-selecting – telling you what they don’t need, and that may well help you find what they do need in order get themselves comfortable once again.

The beauty of Holle is that the company and their nutritionists, understand this completely – both scientifically and instinctively – and have produced a good selection of Demeter quality foods to support your little one’s needs. For a helpful and handy list of all the Holle Jars and their guide to introducing solid food take a look at the Holle Nutrition Guide.holle-demeter-baby-jar-nutrition-guide

How can I tell if my little one is constipated?
If your little one is straining to do a poo, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are constipated. When it comes to a baby’s bowel movements, there is often no normal number or schedule. Similar to adults, babies’ bowel movement patterns vary. Poo can also change in texture from day to day.

If you’re concerned that your baby may be constipated, look out for these signs:

• Crying and discomfort, irritability or pain before doing a poo
• Dry, hard, pellet-like poo that she has trouble passing
• Fewer than three bowel movements a week
• Foul-smelling wind and poo
• Loss of appetite
• A hard belly
• As odd as it sounds, very liquid poo can be also be sign of constipation. Liquid poo can slip past the blockage of hard poo in the lower intestine. If you see this, don’t assume it’s diarrhoea. It may be evidence of constipation.

What causes constipation?
There are several possible reasons why your baby may be constipated:

• Formula milk. A formula-fed baby is more prone to constipation because formula can be harder to digest than breastmilk, causing poo to be firm and bulky. A breastfed baby is unlikely to get constipated. Breastmilk produces poo that is almost always soft, even if a baby hasn’t done a poo for a few days.
• Introducing solids. Babies often become constipated when they start solids, as their bodies learn how to manage new foods. Low-fibre foods and not enough fluids also contribute to constipation.
• Dehydration. Your baby may be refusing milk because she’s teething, or is poorly with a cold; Your older baby may not be drinking enough milk or water with her solid foods. Whatever the reason – if your baby isn’t getting enough fluids, she may become dehydrated. This can cause dry, hard poo that is difficult to pass.
• A medical condition or illness. Occasionally, constipation can be a symptom of a food allergy, food poisoning, or a problem with the way the body absorbs food, known as a metabolic disorder.
• Worry – maybe about a big change such as moving house, starting nursery or the arrival of a new baby.
For more information and advice click here NHS

Babies who haven’t been weaned
If your baby is constipated but hasn’t started to eat solid foods, the first way to treat them is to give them extra hydration between their normal feeds. The Holle Nutritionists recommend for little ones’ the Baby Tea which contains the herbs fennel, aniseed, caraway and camomile, which together act effectively to relieve wind and support and encourage healthy digestion.holle-organic-baby-tea

The Tea can be taken either on its own, or if your little one is still drinking Milk, the Tea can be mixed in with your Holle Infant Formula by using 1/3 Holle Tea and 2/3 water. Do not use more water than recommended on the packet when you make up the bottle.

“Absolutely love this milk started my baby on it at one week old for a top up with my breast milk as I found it too hard to express breast milk! My baby girl took to it instantly and has had no negative side effects, although I found she was constipated (this is normal for breastfeed baby’s as they absorb all milk) although I did email ulula to ask if they had experienced anyone else having constipation, there customer services was incredible and suggested making the formula with 30ml of their kinda tea and they sent me some samples to try! Instantly this relived my baby’s colic and constipation! She LOVES the milk so much that TBH would chose the formula over the breast lol but she is happy with both! I would highly recommend both these products!” Vicki

“Hi, We we’re giving breast milk & bottle but now only give bottle milk & our 4month old was getting constipation. I read somewhere to give him a tsp. of juice which worked but I didn’t want to be giving him so much sugar all the time, I read a review on this website from the goats milk that said they use this tea. I ween him off the juice now & his poo it great. I use little tea pot & get three bottle from one tea bag. It works fine & saves me some money. Thanks Holle x” Charlotte

Constipation in children
Constipation is common in childhood, particularly when children are being potty trained. As well as infrequent or irregular bowel movements, a child with constipation may also have any of the following symptoms:

• loss of appetite
• a lack of energy
• being irritable, angry or unhappy
• foul-smelling wind and stools
• stomach pain and discomfort
• soiling their pants
• generally feeling unwell

If your child is constipated, they may find it painful to poo. This creates a vicious circle: the more it hurts, the more they hold back. The more constipated they get, the more it hurts. Even if pooing isn’t painful, once your child is really constipated, they will stop wanting to go to the toilet altogether. The Weleda Nappy Change Cream is a must for sore bottoms.cal_nappychangecream75mltubeen

Ways to help prevent and relieve constipation in babies and children:

• Make sure your baby/child has plenty to drink – this includes breastfeeding and formula milk feeds.
• You may want to try gently moving your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion or carefully massaging their tummy to help stimulate their bowels.baby_body-oil
• Once weaned successfully, give your child a variety of foods, including plenty of fruit and vegetables which are a good source of fibre.
• Encourage your child to be physically active – it really helps.
• Get your child into a routine of regularly sitting on the potty or toilet, after meals or before bed, and praise them whether or not they poo each time. This is particularly important for boys, who may forget about pooing once they are weeing standing up.
• Make sure your child can rest their feet flat on the floor or a step when they’re using the potty or toilet, to get them in a good position for pooing.
• Ask them to tell you if they feel worried about using the potty or toilet – some children don’t want to poo in certain situations, such as at nursery.
• Stay calm and reassuring, so that your child doesn’t see going to the toilet or mealtimes as a stressful situation. You want your child to see pooing as a normal part of life, not something to be ashamed of, and food and eating as their friend, not something that ultimately hurts them.

If your little one’s constipation is not getting better don’t struggle on alone; do please consult your GP or Health Visitor for support.

Weleda Nappy Change Cream – Protecting Babies for Thirty Years

Weleda’s Nappy Change Cream is 30 years old this year! I used the whole Weleda calendula baby care range with all three of my children and the nappy change cream was an essential in the changing bag. I didn’t go anywhere without this wonder cream and would highly recommend it.

Weleda nappy change cream - happy bithday!

The Weleda Nappy Change Cream is made with only 100% natural ingredients and each tube contains seven whole calendula flowers. This is a deeply nourishing and protective barrier cream that helps prevent soreness and reduce redness. The formulation has hardly changed in the last thirty years and has consistently won awards from many major parenting magazines for its effectiveness in caring for and protecting the delicate skin of the nappy area. I use it even now for minor blemishes and as an emergency barrier cream – you’ll always find a travel tube in my handbag.

Using Weleda Nappy Change Cream

The Weleda Nappy Change Cream provides reliable protection for the nappy area. For daily use apply after cleaning the skin with Calendula Oil or Calendula Lotion. Apply liberally, especially in the folds of the skin. This cream can still be applied to open / sore areas. To promote healing let your baby have an hour or so without a nappy – air helps healing. The cream protects from irritation & inflammation and adheres well to the skin.

This nappy change cream is suitable for vegetarians and is free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants. All ingredients are guaranteed not to be derived from mineral oils.

The Weleda Nappy Change Cream comes in two sizes. The standard 75ml tube is ideal for the chaging area at home and costs just £6.95. The 10ml travel size  tube is perfect for the changing bag or handbag when out and about and costs £2.45.

So, happy thirtieth  birthday to Weleda Nappy Change Cream – the wonder cream for keeping your baby’s bottom protected.

Protect Your Baby this Winter – Weleda Weather Protection Cream

We all know that harsh autumn and winter weather takes its toll on a baby’s delicate skin – chapped lips, sore noses and wind-swept cheeks are all too common. And those in the know are forecasting another long British winter to come. As well as wrapping your precious baby in warm hats, scarves and coats it’s important to protect and care for those still exposed areas of sensitive skin, especially on your baby’s face. This is where the award winning Weleda Weather Protection Cream helps…

Children Need to Play Out – With Protection

The British autumn is a time that is very special – there is a particular light and the colours are bright and rich. It is surely a time for babies and young children to be out and about exploring the best our local countryside and parks have to offer. And who would deny our youngsters the opportunity of puddle splashing and playing in the snow as the year progresses? There is no doubt that our weather is a source of endless fascination and exploration for our young children. I believe our children should play out at all times of the year – it helps build and strengthen their connection with nature and the world around them. All within reason, of course, and with adequate protection.

Natural Skin Protection for All Weathers

The Weleda Weather Protection Cream is 100% organic and is made from extracts of biodynamically grown calendula flower and precious sweet almond oil. The cream is especially formulated to provide an effective and natural barrier against the elements, as well as nourish your baby’s skin.

This year the Weather Protection Cream has, once again, won the ‘Must Have’ award in the Baby Lotion or Cream category of the prestigious and independent TIPS Awards backed by UK midwives. Here is what the judging panel had to say:

Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream – Must Have
“Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream provides a skin-friendly barrier protection which is especially useful in the winter months when chapped lips and wind-swept faces are all too common. The 100% natural formulation is based on sweet almond oil, hypoallergenic lanolin and beeswax, with the trademark scent of calendula flower. This product is obviously useful for chapped hands and lips, but testers found many other uses for this innovative rescue remedy, including sore noses and weather damaged cheeks. Parents suggested this would be great for winter trips and outdoor activities. In fact so handy was this product that testers voted it a ‘Must-have’ award.”

Some tester comments:

  • “This little tube was full of magic – what a lovely product!”
  • “It sinks into your skin beautifully leaving you feeling like there is a barrier but without looking greasy or shiny”
  • “Value for money as a tiny amount goes a long way”

TIPS Midwives Awards 2010

Weleda Weather Protection Cream – At a Glance

The Weleda Weather Protection Cream comes in pocket-sized 30ml tubes and, at just £7.95, is excellent value for money:

  • Dermatologically tested for use on sensitive skin;
  • Product and ingredients not tested on animals;
  • Suitable for use from birth onwards;
  • Suitable for vegetarians.

The Weleda Weather Protection Cream is a real all round winner that will help you provide your little one with the skin protection he or she needs while still being able to get out and about. Let us know your experiences this winter.

Weleda’s Calendula Cream Bath Wins Prizes Again

The delicately fragrant, moisturising Calendula Cream Bath from the all-natural Weleda Baby range has been voted ‘Best of the Best’ Baby Bath in the latest midwife-tested TIPS Awards. As midwife and author Sharon Trotter, the founder of the TIPS independent testing initiative explains:

This gorgeous cream bath makes a welcome change from bubble bath. It is easy to dispense, non-greasy and completely safe for everyone to use. Testers commented that it left their little ones’ and their own skin silky smooth. It also proved effective against dry skin. This product made bath time an overwhelming success. The fact that it is manufactured by a company with outstanding ethical and environmentally-friendly credentials is an added bonus.

Dermatologically Tested Baby Skin Care

Weleda’s Calendula Cream Bath is free from lauryl/laureth sulphates (SLS/SLES) and especially suitable for easily irritated skin – ideal not just for babies but also for pregnancy when skin can become more sensitive than usual. It has been dermatologically-tested on skin prone to eczema and dermatitis, to check for gentleness and also for protection against moisture loss. This means the product is also suitable for older children and adults who have to take special care of their skin due to sensitivities. No surprise then that it’s a best kept beauty secret of several A-list babes including supermodel Georgia Jagger.

Weleda have been making natural baby products since the 1950s. Putting this experience to good use, Calendula Cream Bath is made with carefully selected ingredients including extract of sun-kissed calendula flowers, grown organically in Weleda’s biodynamic herb gardens. This is combined with precious plant oils of organic sesame and sweet almond, to protect skin against dryness.

Finally it is delicately fragranced with pure essential oils of lavender, rosemary, orange and ylang ylang – warming, nourishing and nurturing. When the children are bathed and put to bed, tired mums will also enjoy a relaxing soak in Calendula Cream Bath to soothe both the skin and the senses.

Weleda – The Choice of Celebrities

Weleda Baby was additionally voted ‘Best Baby Skincare Range’ in the recent Mother & Baby Awards earlier this spring. The range also has a celebrity fan club of yummy mummies including Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore, Elizabeth Hurley, Elle Macpherson and Liv Tyler.

Have you tried the Weleda baby care range with your baby? Share your comments and experiences of this award winning range with other mums and dads.