Month: January 2018

The burnout is real

The burnout is real

Who says that motherhood is easy? That it should come natural and women are somehow genetically “programmed” to cope with all the needs of a child effortlessly. Well that is completely science fiction because the burnout is real! Only mothers, and breastfeeding mothers in some […]

Best breastfeeding accessories

So you’ve decided to breastfeed, congratulations! I’m sure you are aware that it is not an easy task, it takes a little bit of time to get used to, and that there will be some times that you’ll feel tired of it. Baby is worth […]

Best diaper rash cream for Babies

All babies at one point in their first year of life will experience diaper or nappy rash, and it’s not pleasant for the poor baby nor her worried parents. Thank goodness we have products to help them heal and/or prevent getting any, but there are so many brands out there! So the next question comes up. What is the best diaper rash cream for Babies?

I have created a list of creams that we’ve used on my little Bee and have proven to be effective and gentle to his skin. I’ll post in order from the best to the least likened, yet all of them works, they are just different and some are organic while the others are popular creams.

1st Place. Childs Farm

It’s a fairly new British brand of Organic skincare for babies, it’s specially aimed to Eczema prone skin, and believe me it’s really good! I first saw it on the aisle of baby products in my local Boots (a Pharmacy and drug store type of shop very popular here in England), and to the eye the design is appealing. The packaging uses happy and fun designs similar to collage cartoon featuring children in a farm and outdoors.

Click to purchaseThe range is quite extensive starting from newborn toiletries up, and we’ve been using the newborn range on Bee as soon as day one, and I have been recommending them to all of our friends. It has three important facts that convinces you to at least trying them:

  • Organic. Yes! We try to not to expose our children to nasty things like chemicals as little as possible, their skin is greatly more sensitive than an adults’. The ingredients used are on the label, all of them, and they only use natural products.
  • High value. They are of great quality yet very much affordable, it’s as good as leading brands like Weleda or Burt’s Bees!
  • Accessible. It’s sold in Boots and many more shops and supermarkets like Tesco. Also online like in the colossal Amazon.co.uk or on their own website.

For more information about their product or range go and check their website, it’s packed of lots of facts and goodies like discounts: https://www.childsfarm.com/

2nd Place. Moogoo

Click to purchaseAnother organic brand that is getting more and more popular every day, coming from all the way from Australia. Its name comes from their first product originated from Udder Cream, yet because it was so thick its creator made a skincare product with natural ingredients that is lighter and non greasy. From then the range was extended as its clientele grew bigger, making the brand pretty much in high demand. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s worth every penny, all their creams smell lightly like fresh cream and to me it smells yummy!

Moogoo has a baby range and their Nappy Balm is top-notch, non greasy and soft. We bought the baby toiletry set and it came with a rubber toy cow. It doesn’t say it’s for sensitive skin but all their baby range was created with that in mind and it won’t disappoint you. All the packaging design is fresh and clean resembling of a milk carton and products, with their cow picture in all of them, a very genius branding. For more information please visit their website: https://moogoo.com.au/

3rd Place. Weleda

Organic rocks!

Weleda is another natural focused product, with a big range of skin products as well yet a shorter one for baby products. The price range would be between the Moogoo and Childs Farm, making it affordable to most people, yet their Calendula Nappy change cream is quite rich and with a pea sized is more than enough for the whole area! There’s also a second version of the cream for the more hypersensitive skin called White Mallow Nappy change cream.

We’ve been given this cream as a gift from friends and before that we really didn’t pay much attention to this Swiss brand, but it’s not a new one compared to the former creams on the list. The company originally created the products in a pharmaceutical laboratory, and has been around for almost a century! Many people in Europe have benefited of its products and the brand grew stronger and better, it’s definitely one to trust.

4th Place. Sudocrem

This one is not organic, yet it’s worth to mention. Pretty much a popular one in Ireland and in the UK, and if not number one then pretty close, although organic products like Childs Farm is growing more popular every passing day. Nurses will recommend you this one first thing instead mentioning other brands, as it has been around for a while too! It’s pretty affordable to the par of Childs Farm, and it’s sold almost in all shops across UK and Ireland.

Its creator, Professor Thomas Smith, developed in his humble shop in Dublin a unique cream that was proven effective for minor skin lesions, included nappy rash and baby skin related ailments. It became highly demanded and popular when he did a genius move to give samples to new mothers, and from then they expanded to the British isles.

I already knew this brand back from my years living in Dublin when I was a Childminder, though I wasn’t a fan of its thick cream. When I had Bee I received some samples and one of those was the Antiseptic Healing cream, which I tried when Bee was three weeks old and developed a light nappy rash (because we ran out of the small tube of Childs Farm) so we used this one and it gave great results, also it’s lighter than the original Sudrocrem. We wouldn’t mind using it but we prefer to use natural creams on our children.

Creme de la Cream

I believe that there’s more great creams out there and I’m more than happy to test them out, preferably organic, and if I find one cream that tops any of the list I’ll update this post soon after. But for the time being, my baby and I love our chosen ones and we don’t have the need to change any of them. Do we share the same choices as yours? If not, please comment below and let us know (and who knows, eventually forcing us to provide an update? Lol).

 

With joy and light,

 

 

 

 

The Big BAG Theory

Many times I have gone out and thought I packed what I needed and then, and when the moment came to change Bee’s nappy (or anything else baby related) I find to my shock that I wasn’t carrying that so needed thing. Oh shoot…! I […]

5 Ways you can use reusable breastfeeding pads

If you are breastfeeding one of the things you normally buy are breast pads, if you don’t buy it before having the baby, eventually you’ll buy some as the breasts tend to leak. There’s two types available so far: reusable breastfeeding pads and disposable ones. […]

How to access breastfeeding faster

Portrait this: lovely sunny day, you decide to go out with your baby to catch some rays as Vitamin D is good for both of you (and hopefully getting a little bit of a tan). You get everything ready, packed some snacks and drinks, got dressed and baby ready and cozy in the pram… Smooth so far. You arrived to the park and baby is starting to be a bit uneasy and you check the time, it’s time for his feed!

You choose the lovely sunny spot near the flower bushes, sit down and park the pram beside you. Picking baba up, she is already getting anxious jerking her head with mouth wide open. With one hand you unbutton your jacket clumsily, baby is getting anxious. You are already with your hand underneath your top and trying to pull it up, and then trying to reach the bra… Baby is screaming her head off and you are getting a bit nervous too, the hot sun is not helping much either and makes you wonder why you didn’t choose that bench under the shade.

Some of you might think I’m either crazy or stupid. We know that breastfeeding that looks picture perfect (with no effort nor struggle) is either in our dreams, staged; or possible if you are mega rich and have a lovely army of helpers (paid, and also non paid aka reliable and kind family members). We can’t predict when our baby will be thirsty or hungry, we can kind of guess when they are though by some gestures our little ones do, such as suckling noises or tongue licking.

By the time we know it’s feeding time we find ourselves hurrying to get one breast out to feed our now hungry and hysterically crying baby. Some of us prefer to cover ourselves for privacy and yet that adds extra time for our precious child to wait, which makes her even more impatient and therefore results on a high-pitched crying that could shadow a police car siren. That’s far from the picture I mentioned in the beginning!

I made a small list with helpful ideas I came up with from all the times I had to breastfeed. Tips that most of the time worked for me and helped me to get access quickly to feed my baby.

Breastfeeding bra or top

In the beginning I wasn’t sure either to buy a bra or a top, so I ended up buying both. Wearing a breastfeeding bra or breastfeeding top is a must if you need to access quickly to your breasts although wearing pads can make the task a bit harder or uncomfortable.

A breastfeeding or nursing bra is a bra that opens easily on the front to reveal the breasts, it has either a small hook in each side that drops the cup, or it can be buttoned on the middle opening the cups sideways. I think there’s also bras that have a zipper in the middle but I never bought nor tried any of those.

My preferred choice is the top as I find it much easier and comfortable to use, also it is great for its multiple use (which I’ll cover soon in a detailed post), and it’s available in many colours, designs, and even styles. As with the bra it has hooks that when unclasped it drops the cup or layer that covers the breast. Some doesn’t have hooks, instead they are tops that have an extra layer, the inner one has one vertical opening/slit in each side.

 

Loose buttoned cardigan/jumper

They serve as an extra layer on top of the breastfeeding top, they are handy as while wearing it you can hide a bit your baby from unsolicited attention. The looser or wider the cardigan the more fabric you’ve got to cover or shield your child. It’s also handy when you forgot to bring with you anything to cover baby with.

It’s also good for wrapping her while you are holding her in your arms when it’s very cold and windy, or even when it’s snowing or raining!

Wrap shirt/dress/cardigan

These are not specially for breastfeeding, they are just normal wrap shirts, wrap dresses and wrap cardigans. The advantage is as you probably noticed is in the wrap!

You see, the convenience of wrap is that the way is done is like a layer crossed on top of the other on the chest area, which enables quick accessibility. They normally tie up or have a button on the side, or a diagonal zip, features that helps to get in and out of them too! I’ve got few wrap cardigans that came out very handy when going out.

I normally wear a breastfeeding top underneath, mostly because I don’t like feeling like I haven’t got anything to cover (and hold) my breasts, I’m too used to wear bras! Some people, past the engorgement episodes and once the milk fluctuation becomes stable (by around 3 months, though there’s the occasional leak) don’t need breastfeeding pads, therefore a breastfeeding bra/top is optional. If you like going “au-naturel” underneath your clothes then it’s a plus mostly on those boiling hot summer days!

Ponchos and very loose tops or shirts

Again these are very, very easy to access too. So much that one has to be careful if the fabric is very light when wearing them on a very windy day! You can almost hide baby underneath, protect them from wind or sunlight, etc.

With ponchos, I recommend wearing a top underneath, basically because it’s like wearing a towel with a hole in the middle to put your head through, it’s pretty much open both sides. Some are closed on the shoulders down to midway to your elbows, still it’s for aesthetics purposes nothing functional.

Loose tops and shirts had become the main choice for many mamas out there as they are simple, cheap, and accessible. As a matter of fact almost everybody has at least one very loose top/t-shirt/shirt, or at least someone you can borrow any from. Very good for those lazying-in days, or when getting all messy playing and painting with your child!

Shawl/Scarf

Sometimes I bring along a shawl with me and when wrapping it around my shoulders is the same effect as a poncho or wrap top. It’s handy and it can be used in multiple ways depending on its length and fabric composition, such as:

  • Breastfeeding aprons
  • Baby carriers
  • Baby blanket
  • Pram shade or wind cover
  • Babby Swaddling

 

Well, these are my tips so far concerning quick access for your breastfeeding necessity and routine. I’ve tested them all and it’s up to you to choose which one works for you and your baby. If you think you can contribute in this list please comment below!

 

With light and joy,

 

Once upon a time.. A breastfeeding start

Once upon a time.. A breastfeeding start

How it all started: Roleplaying Once upon a time, I’ve always wanted to be a mother, since I was very young no doubt. I grew up in a very warm and close family, with my aunties and grandparents very close to help my parents out […]


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