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Guide to Teething

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When do babies start teething?

A baby’s first teeth (commonly known as milk teeth) start to develop during pregnancy while your baby is still growing in your womb. Some babies are born with their first teeth, others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months. But most babies start teething at around 6 months. The bottom front teeth are normally the first to come through at around 5–7 months, followed by the top front at around 6–8 months.

Teething symptoms

Teething is part of the normal process of development. Your baby’s first teeth may come through with no problems, but it can also be a painful experience. Many parents find that the symptoms are worst before the tooth actually emerges, while it is pushing its way up through baby’s gum.  Signs that a tooth is on its way include:

  • Red, swollen and sensitive gums
  • Heavy dribbling
  • Red flushed cheeks
  • Rubbing the ear on the same side as the emerging tooth
  • Changes in the way baby latches on to the breast
  • Inconsistent feeding
  • Sleepless nights and grumpiness
  • Chewing on his/her fingers, fist, toys or clothing

Some believe that teething causes other symptoms, such as diarrhoea and fever, but the National Health website suggest that there’s no evidence to support this. Ear infections can also be mistaken for teething. If you are at all worried about your baby’s symptoms do seek medical advice.

What are the best ways to soothe my baby’s painful gums?

  • Teethers give your baby something to chew on safely. This may ease their discomfort and distract them from any pain. Some teethers can be cooled first in the fridge (but never the freezer), which can also help to soothe your baby’s gums.
  • Try gently rubbing you little one’s gums with your clean finger or give a cold flannel to chew on. Its texture will feel good on their gums too.
  • If your baby develops a red rash on his/her chin from dribbling, gently wipe the dribble off with a soft cotton cloth. A dribble bib is a great way of keeping clothing dry and always having something to hand. You could also apply a barrier cream to your little one’s chin to protect against soreness.
  • One alternative remedy that helps to soothe the pain is homoeopathic teething granules which can be given to babies crushed and dissolved in boiled and cooled water.
  • Another alternative teething remedy that is applied to the outside of the cheeks is a cheek rub or oil. Essential oils are selected for their soothing qualities.
  • Breastfeeding can be really soothing for a baby who is unhappy or in pain.

If your baby is older than six months, you can give a variety of foods to chew on, but always stay close to avoid the risk of choking. The following foods may help:

  • cold, raw fruit and vegetables, such as a piece of apple, carrot, celery or cucumber
  • rusks, teething biscuits or a piece of bread with a chewy crust that’s not too hard

Finally, lots of cuddles, huggles, fun distractions (during the day), and lots of patience will get you all through!

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(We used the Weleda Chamomilla granules and found them to be an excellent help when our own little ones were teething.)

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Does teething affect breastfeeding?

Many mums fear for their nipples during this period, but don’t worry! Many babies never bite at all, and most who try it once usually respond to your startled reaction by never doing it again. With some babies, it is a little harder to break the habit, but all babies, no matter how old, can learn not to bite.

Sometimes when a baby is cutting a new tooth they will bite on anything to help ease the pain in their teeth and gums and that can include your breast or nipple. Biting is most likely when the tooth is on its way through, rather than after it has emerged, so they actually ‘nip’ with their gums. However, a new tooth can be very sharp, so may leave a scratch.  Being extra mindful of maintaining good latch and positioning will be especially helpful in this period of change.

When baby is latched on and feeding effectively, their tongue will be between their teeth and your breast. If baby is starting to bite bring your baby firmly into your breast so she has to open her mouth to breathe and, therefore, unlatches herself. Alternatively, inserting your finger between his/her gums behind the front teeth helps extract your nipple. If you say ‘no’ calmly but firmly at the same time, your baby will begin to understand the sound and learn what it means.

If gumming the nipple and biting become an issue, one thing you can do is to observe your child closely to see when active feeding has finished. Once you see signs of slowing down at the breast, unlatch your little one by gently breaking the seal by inserting a clean finger at the corner of their mouth. At that point, offering an alternative to chew on may work well as a preventative measure.  If biting tends to happen at the beginning of a feed, offer a teething substitute before the feeding.

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Good tooth care for children

Well cared for baby teeth are the essential foundations for a healthy set of teeth later in life. With a baby or toddler, the main objective is to get them used to tooth brushing as part of their morning and bedtime routine. From the very first tooth, start to remove any plaque using, for example, a damp cotton wool bud. It’s a good idea to try and make it fun so that tooth brushing is associated with a parent’s attention and an enjoyable time.

When children start to learn to clean their teeth, they may enjoy sucking the toothbrush and swallowing the toothpaste. There are many natural toothpastes that will clean your little one’s teeth effectively, without the nasties.

Children lack the skills to clean their own teeth properly until they are around eight years old, so they will require assistance until then.

Diet plays an important role in proper dental care. During breastfeeding your baby doesn’t normally need any additional drinks. As soon as you start weaning, continue to give your baby either breast milk, formula, water or unsweetened herbal tea. Fruit juices contain acids which attacks tooth enamel and is best avoided.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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 Pregnancy Body Oil – Banish Those Stretch Marks

I am delighted to tell you that Ulula now stocks the fantastic Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil. The oil is part of Weleda’s new pregnancy care range which has been developed in conjunction with doctors and midwives to provide comfort and skin care for mums before, during and after pregnancy. The specially formulated pregnancy body oil helps prevent and treat stretch marks during pregnancy and has recently been awarded the  ‘Must Have Belly Balm’ award by TIPS. Read the TIPS review below.

The pregnancy oil has a base of sweet almond oil, which gently works to deliver intensely moisturizing essential fatty acids that keep your skin supple and protected from drying. Because pregnancy is a big job for your muscles and skin, the organic arnica flower extract helps ease tightness and provides a layer of comforting warmth when you indulge yourself with a soothing massage using the oil. Nourishing wheat germ oil conditions and refines your skin’s texture and delivers a high quantity of vitamins A, D and E.

In summary then, regular use of the Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil visibly helps to correct the appearance of stretch marks on your pregnant belly; your thighs, bottom and breasts; and helps prevent the appearance of new ones.

Using Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil – Banish Stretch Marks

Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil can be applied two to three times daily – from the beginning of pregnancy up to three months after birth – with light, circular massage movements over the stomach, thighs, bottom and breasts.

A kneading massage is not recommended. If you are unsure of the best way to apply body oils, please consult with your midwife, nurse or doctor. Please note that oils containing Arnica should not be used on broken skin as they may cause irritation.

TIPS Awards 2010 – Must Have Belly Balm

“Manufactured to the highest standards using naturally sourced raw materials and organic essential oils, this pregnancy oil was a favourite with our pregnant testers. The extensive Weleda range is produced by a company with ethical and environmentally-friendly credentials that are second to none. The information on pack and online is excellent. It follows the latest guidelines published by National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and by the Department of Health. Testers said the product was easy to use and absorbed immediately. They liked its ‘gorgeous’ scent. Testers were impressed that the oil contains arnica, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Testers suggested awarding this excellent product a ‘must-have’ to show how much they had enjoyed using this soothing oil.”

The Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil is rapidly becoming a very popular must have item on every mum-to-be’s shopping list. And who doesn’t want to avoid those disfiguring stretch marks if at all possible? Let us know how you get on with the oil by either leaving a comment to this article or posting a customer review using the link at the bottom of the Weleda Pregnancy Body Oil page itself.

Weleda Wins More Ethical Awards

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Weleda Calendula Baby Nappy Change Cream

Weleda have recently celebrated four coveted new awards. In the Ethical Living Health & Beauty Awards, a shortlist of 10 categories was drawn up by the editorial team and readers’ panel. Weleda won each of the 4 categories where they were shortlisted thanks to readers votes.

Weleda Skin Food – Best Skincare Product

Weleda Skin Food scooped the Best Skincare Product award, making this the 10th award in the UK for this true beauty  classic in the past two years alone! This impressive multi-tasker has proven to be unbeatable in all areas: from high  fashion glossies through to trade journals and complementary health practitioner magazines. This product now enjoys a  high profile following with dozens of beauty professionals, supermodels and ‘screen goddesses’ amongst its fan club.

Weleda Nappy Change Creams – Best Baby Product

Weleda’s Calendula Nappy Change Cream was awarded Best Baby Product, squeezing out of the limelight other well  known products from Green People and Burts Bees. This award comes hot on the heals of the 2010 TIPS midwife-tested  awards where Weleda’s nappy cream also won Best of the Best. Not surprisingly this unbeatable cream is Weleda’s no.1  selling product in the UK and has a huge following of mums and midwives, as well as a celebrity fan base of ‘yummy mummies’ including Dannii Minogue.

Weleda – Best Overall Brand

Weleda also celebrated the Award for Best Overall Brand, beating other natural brands Lavera, Green People and Jason for this coveted prize!

Ethical Living’s editor Kim Marks enthused:
“I’ve always loved Weleda’s range and that our readers agree is no surprise! These awards are well deserved and I’m  delighted for Weleda, a brand I know is led by principles and quality.”

Do you agree with the readers of the Ethical Living magazine? Which is your favourite Weleda product and why? Let us know your story.

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.

Weleda Skin Food Wins Major Beauty Award – Why Not Treat Yourself?

Classic Beauty Product of the Year

Weleda have just announced that their wonderful Skin Food has won the prestigious Silver Award for the Classic Beauty Product of the Year at the Clothes Show London. I use the Skin Food everyday and can certainly agree that it is a real winner!

Weleda Skin Food is a rich cream to deeply nourish, protect and repair skin. It is one of Weleda’s original skincare products and is extremely popular now due to it being ‘discovered’ by a number of celebrities – and, of course, the fantastic combination of plant extracts that really do feed your skin the goodness it needs.

Mums Work Hard – You Deserve Treats Too!

Weleda Skin Food is a deep-penetrating replenishing skin repair cream for dry patches of skin and for added protection. It  contains extracts of soothing chamomile, calendula, wild pansy and a blend of enriching oils and waxes to provide a fine protective barrier against the ravages of the weather.

Even before the addition of the plant extracts and essential oils the base itself is food for dry skin. Hypoallergenic lanolin, sweet almond oil and sunflower seed oil are three of the main ingredients of the base. Lanolin, chemically, is almost identical to sebum, the natural oil produced by the skin. It is therefore an ideal substance to ‘feed’ to dry skin. Both almond and sunflower seed oil soften and soothe the skin and also assist in the penetration of other soothing, rejuvenating ingredients.

How and When to Use Weleda Skin Food

Skin Food can be used as a nourishing day and night cream. It is good for rough, dry skin anywhere on the body; face, hands, elbows, knees etc. It can be used as a protective cream in harsh weather and is excellent for anyone regularly out of doors.

Directions for Use

A little goes a long way, so apply sparingly. This very rich cream is best applied to the face by gently patting on so as to avoid dragging the skin. Elsewhere on the body gently smooth into the skin until the cream is absorbed. To deeply nourish hard working, dry hands: apply liberally, cover with cotton gloves and leave overnight.

I use the Weleda Skin Food everyday and can feel the results. Let me know how you like Weleda’s latest prize winner.

Where Are the Weleda Edelweiss Suncream and Sun Protection Products?

UPDATE: This article about the Weleda Edelweiss Suncream and Sun Protection Products has been updated. The Weleda sun care range has not been available since 2009. At Ulula we use and recommend sun care products from Lavera and Organii (who produce an excellent natural and organic sun block for babies and children – very effective and highly recommended).

A baby’s skin is four to five times thinner than adult akin and is extremely absorptive. This is just one good reason to only use natural plant and mineral based products on their delicate and sensitive skins, rather than risking artificial chemicals.

With the mild and sunny weather, many Ulula customers who bought the Weleda Edelweiss Suncream products over the last few years have recently asked me why they couldn’t find them anymore on the Ulula website.

Many years ago, when Weleda developed the Edelweiss Suncream and their whole Suncare Range, the company developed a mineral UV filter which was the only sun screen accepted by the BDIH, the German certifying body for natural cosmetics. Weleda also used Australian standards to certify their UVA protection.

To ensure total protection for consumers, recently introduced EU regulations on sun protection filters (including extended UV-A protection), as well as generally higher expectations of sun protection products, have made it necessary for all sun care producers to incorporate a new, more effective UV-A filter in a considerably higher concentration than previously required.

These new EU regulations do not comply with the Australian standards Weleda previously used as a base and the company have said it is difficult to ensure the specified level of protection with natural mineral UV filters.

Therefore Weleda decided to take the Edelweiss Suncream and Sun Protection Range off the market from January 2009.

At Ulula we have been looking hard for an alternative suncream to the Weleda.  We only want to offer our customers suncreams and sun care products from an equally well regarded natural cosmetic manufacturer that produces high quality organic and natural skincare products.

At the Natural and Organic Show in London in April, we had a chat with the ladies from the Lavera stand about their suncream and sun care range. I already knew Lavera products from Germany and it is one of the few cosmetic an skin care ranges I am prepared to use myelf. Lavera is not only one of the leading suppliers of organic and natural cosmetics, Lavera is the market leader for natural sun protection and has won many awards. Lavera was the first manufacturer worldwide to produce 100% natural mineral-based sun protection.

UPDATE: We have also recently introduced a total sunblock for babies and children by Organii – another natural and certified organic alternative that is very effective and highly recommended.

Protecting Your Baby – With Natural Suncreams

We all love the sunshine but it is so important to keep your baby safe, even on less sunny days during the summer. Therefore sun protection is very important for the whole family.

Some guidelines to consider:

  • Babies under six months should never be exposed to the sun – always keep them in the shade;
    Keep babies and children out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm;
  • Make sure they always wear a hat, preferably one that covers the top of the neck too;
    Keep babies and children well hydrated with lots of water;
  • Make sure they wear loose clothing made from close-weave fabric to prevent sun rays from penetrating;
  • Use natural sunscreens designed for children and apply frequently and in sufficient quantity;
    Explain to your little ones why you are protecting them.

We are delighted to announce that we will soon be taking delivery of some of the Lavera Sun Cream and Sun Protection Range so you can be well prepared to naturally protect your baby and your whole family for the coming summer. Lets hope we get some sun!