Babies & Children
Give your child the best with gentle, natural baby products from Organic Babies. Most of our organic baby and children’s products contain over 90% active organic ingredients making them highly effective, very concentrated and excellent value for money.
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Babies’ and children’s skin is a thinner and more absorbent than adults’ so is a less effective barrier to chemical toxins. The rates of eczema and allergies among children are on the rise and the early introduction of harsh toiletries onto sensitive skin may be a factor.
We don’t use: parabens, lanolin, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate, phthalates, ethyl alcohol, petrochemicals or synthetic chemical fragrances or colourants.
What are the benefits of baby massage?
In the early days of your baby’s life, it is important for your baby to be in close physical contact with you. This closeness is essential for your baby’s development in all areas including emotional, mental, behavioural and physical.
- Touch and eye to eye contact is important in developing the bond between you and your baby
- Babies who receive regular massage have also been found to develop faster and tend to suffer less from problems such as gas, colic and can establish normal sleeping patterns.
- Babies who receive regular massage develop their first language of touch through body awareness and coordination.
- Massaging your baby enhances parents’ confidence and understanding of baby’s non-verbal communication.
- Baby massages alleviate trapped wind and constipation, soothing colic.
- A baby massage is ideal before bedtime as it releases tension and stress and promotes relaxation for a better night’s sleep.
- Babies who are deprived of regular physical contact have been shown to progress and develop more slowly than those who receive regular contact. Research has found regular massage aids weight gain and reduces stress in premature babies.
Tips on how to give your baby a massage
Setting the scene
Make the room warm, free of drafts and dim the lights.
Create a cosy, soft area for your baby to lie on and start with your baby lying on their back so he/she can see you whilst massaging.
What products to use
Avoid anything that has a mineral oil base or is strongly perfumed. Ideally use one of our natural baby massage products, which are certified organic and especially made for massaging sensitive young skin.
Our Organic Babies Soothing Baby Oil and Organic Babies Dry Skin Baby Lotion are both scent free and very gentle, embracing the purity of your baby’s skin. Apply a small amount onto your hands and rub your hands to warm it up first.
Avoid massaging just before or after feeding or when your baby has just woken up. A good time for massaging is in the evening before bedtime. The calming massage will encourage relaxation and some babies actually fall asleep during a massage. After a massage often babies sleep seems to be deeper and longer.
- Helpful tips for your massage technique
Always start with your baby’s feet and legs as this is where your baby is used to being touched. Rub feet and use a stroking action up the legs. Always massage towards the heart in smooth, sweeping actions.
- Move up towards your baby’s tummy using firm but gentle motions. Never press or use finger tips, only use the palm of your hands or the pads of your fingers. Always massage the tummy area in a clockwise motion (the direction of the natural flow of their digestive system.)
- Move towards your baby’s chest, then on to the arms and hands and rub palms. Remember to massage towards the heart, stroking the arms upwards from the hands.
- Gently turn your baby over (onto the tummy) and use stroking movements on shoulders, back and down to the buttocks.
- Always take care of your baby’s delicate spinal area and work gently either side of the spine.
- Carefully turn your baby over to face you and starting in the gap at the top of the nose between the eyebrows, using gentle stroking actions as you glide your fingers up towards the hairline. Repeat as many times as you wish. Do not massage near the eyes or eyelids.
If your baby doesn’t at first enjoy their massage
It can take time for your baby to become accustomed and accept the massage as a part of their routine. Don’t give up! We’re sure that you and your baby shortly will look forward to this special bonding experience.
How to get rid of cradle cap
There are plenty of things you can try to speed up the process of removing cradle cap, here are some suggestions that we hope you find useful.
- Your baby will be more comfortable by loosening or removing any clothing covering their scalp.
- You can help to soften and prevent the build up of cradle cap scales by massaging a small amount of nourishing, organic oil into your baby’s scalp. Gently rub Organic Babies Soothing Baby Oil, made with organic Evening Primrose, Rosehip and Pomegranate Seed oils, into your baby’s scalp before bed time to soften and release flaky skin. It is important to avoid using petrochemicals such as mineral oil on your baby’s delicate skin as this ingredient can block baby’s pores and prevent their skin from breathing. Mineral oil is a by-product of crude oil and is used in many conventional baby products but has little to no affinity with our skin.
- After you have applied the natural oil to the affected area, in the morning comb your baby’s hair with a fine-toothed comb to gently remove any loose scales. Do not use your fingers to pick the scales as this can lead to infection.
- When the scales have been removed, wash your baby’s hair with a mild baby shampoo. We recommend Organic Babies Lavender Baby Wash & Shampoo or Organic Babies Scent Free Baby Wash & Shampoo which are ultra gentle and suitable for very sensitive skin.
- Avoid shampoos, washes, soap and bubble baths which contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) as this will irritate your baby’s sensitive scalp. SLS is a harsh foaming agent that is also used in engine degreaser and household cleaning products so we always recommend avoiding this ingredient.
- If cradle cap persists or becomes infected, consult your doctor for advice. Most babies out grow cradle cap by 8-12 months old.
Best products to get rid of cradle cap
- Green People’s natural baby products are free from parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and lanolin. They are also recommended by midwives and have won multiple consumer chosen awards.
- Our Soothing Baby Oil is an absolute must-have product when trying to get rid of cradle cap. The unique blend of organic plant oils softens, loosens and helps to remove stubborn scales, whilst being extremely gentle and beneficial for your baby’s delicate skin.
- Another fantastic product to help soothe and soften your child’s skin is our Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve. Containing Shea butter, Hemp, Calendula and Lavender, this natural rescue salve helps to calm away irritation and nourish your baby’s skin.
Cradle cap can appear on any baby and will eventually clear, but having gentle, effective products that can soothe your baby’s scalp is reassuring for many parents.
Why calendula baby creams?
Calendula or the Common or Pot Marigold has been valued for many centuries and was used both as a food and a medicine in ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. Modern science has identified Calendula as a source of several antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, and the bright yellow colour of the petals comes from two further antioxidants flavoxanthin and auroxanthin. This combination of antioxidants gives Calendula excellent soothing and protective actions and it has been used to soothe and calm inflamed skin for centuries
Calendula baby creams are popular with mums for their soothing and calming benefits. They can be used to support the health of skin, especially around the delicate nappy area, and are often suitable for babies who are prone to sensitive skin.
Organic baby products with calendula
Green People use a certified organic extract of Calendula flowers that have been macerated in sunflower oil. This process, which takes many days to complete, draws the antioxidant actives from the Calendula flowers into the sunflower oil, turning it a bright yellow-orange colour in the process. The oil is then strained and filtered before we incorporate it into several of our Organic Babies formulations
Our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is one of the products that offer the most benefit from organic Calendula content, combining this with deeply nourishing Shea butter to reduce baby’s dry skin and Omega-3&6 rich Hemp seed oil. It is scent-free to provide the gentlest possible relief for sensitive skin.
Alternatively, our Soothing Baby Salve has the same basic formula but is delicately scented with organic Lavender and Lavandin essential oils, both of which are known for their soothing, calming properties. Both of these are perfect for calming irritated, delicate skin and protecting baby’s bottom against the dampness of nappy rash.
For babies that are very prone to nappy rash, we have combined Calendula extract with Zinc oxide and other protective oils and waxes in our Nappy Cream Baby Balm which is ideal for use on reddened, inflamed skin.
Finally, our Dry Skin Baby Lotion is a light, easily absorbed formula that combines the benefits of Calendula extract with soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera and nourishing Cocoa butter and Shea butter. This scent-free product is ideal for use after bathing your baby, and is perfect for giving your baby a soothing massage before bedtime.
What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash is when your baby’s bottom becomes inflamed, red, chapped and sore. Understandably your baby becomes uncomfortable, irritable and very unhappy.
Causes of nappy rash
- Chemicals from harsh perfumed soaps, creams and lotions can cause irritation and strip your baby’s skin of its natural protection.
- It is very rare that a baby can go for 2-3 years wearing nappies and not get nappy rash, but some babies are more prone than others. If your baby has dry skin then its barrier properties will be impaired making it more vulnerable to nappy rash.
- No matter how often you change your baby’s nappy, even super absorbent nappies still hold some moisture next to your baby’s skin. This becomes warm and moist, and means your baby’s bottom is susceptible to nappy rash.
- Your baby’s nappy can also rub around their bottom and cause chafing and soreness.
Chemicals from harsh perfumed soaps, creams and lotions can cause irritation and strip your baby’s skin of its natural protection.
Ways to prevent nappy rash
- Change your baby’s nappy as soon as possible once wet.
- Clean your baby’s bottom thoroughly in warm water each time you change them. You can add a few drops of an ultra mild and gentle natural baby wash which contains no SLS, parabens, harsh ArticleBodyLargepreservatives or synthetic fragrances. See our organic baby washes
- Dry the nappy area by gently patting the skin and try to let your baby stay out of nappies for as long as possible, so the air can fully dry your baby’s skin
- Use a gentle, effective barrier cream, made without synthetic fragrances and that is suitable for sensitive skin. Our organic Soothing Baby Salve contains water resistant beeswax which naturally protects your baby from dampness. It is also suitable for those who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. If your child is already prone to nappy rash, then try Nappy Cream Baby Balm which contains soothing Zinc oxide, whilst Beeswax protects from dampness to help prevent it from recurring
- Use nappies made from material that allows air to circulate and do not fasten too tightly, allowing your baby’s bottom to breathe
- If you favour reusable nappies use non-biological, environmentally friendly washing powders and rinse thoroughly
What to do if nappy rash persists
If you are already following the steps above and nappy rash is still a problem, it could be triggered by other causes. Keep an eye on your baby’s general health as nappy rash can mean there is an underlying problem.
Look for patterns; it could be triggered by certain detergents, foods that you have eaten if you are breastfeeding or foods that your baby has eaten, or even by hot weather. Other causes can include teething, stomach upset, stress or food allergy
To determine if it is a food allergy, only introduce one new food item at a time and wait several days until you introduce the next food type.
At home let your baby run free as much as possible and change your baby’s nappy as soon as it is wet. Use plenty of Zinc oxide cream in all the creases of your baby’s bottom. Organic Babies Nappy Cream Baby Balm not only contains the natural earth mineral Zinc oxide, but also organic Omega-6 from Hemp, organic Chamomile and organic Calendula which are plants known to soothe, calm and restore sore skin.
If the symptoms persist, consult your health visitor, nurse or doctor. You may need other treatments which specifically deal with an infection.
Why choose organic skin care for babies?
This guide offers information on you should consider using natural and organic skin care for your child. We look at our Organic Babies range which is suitable for all children, even those who may be prone to eczema, and which soothes, calms, nurtures and protects your baby or child’s delicate and sensitive skin.
Gentle, natural products for babies and children
Organic Babies is a collection of gentle products formulated especially for babies or kids, packed with natural ingredients that care for your child’s delicate skin and hair through the early years.
Organic Aloe Vera and natural bubbles from the stem of the Yucca plant soothe the skin, whilst the delicious scent of Lavender create a sensory bathing experience.
Why choose organic skin care for your baby or child?
Many children’s products contain ingredients such as SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances which can consist of up to 200 chemical components.
Our Organic Babies range is different to many of the others on the market today as it is so very gentle on young skin.
Many of the children’s products you will find in supermarkets contain ingredients such as SLS, parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances which can consist of up to 200 chemical components.
These, as well as the many other chemicals which are commonly used in skin care products, can cause skin irritation in children with sensitive skin.
Organic bath and body products for babies and children
Our Organic Babies shampoos, and body wash continue to be firm favourites with many little ones. The natural scent of Lavender is incorporated into gentle blends that are non-irritating for skin but effective at cleansing and moisturising hair, and the natural foaming agents make for lots of fun bubbles.
Prepare yourself before breastfeeding
When you are approximately 7 months pregnant it can be helpful to prepare your nipples.
Apply Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm and massage gently morning and evening, this will harden your nipples and prepare them for a hungry little baby.
Best treatment for sore, cracked nipples
- The best treatment for sore nipples is prevention. Frequent feeding does not cause sore nipples. A baby who doesn’t latch on well or is attached incorrectly at the breast is more likely to be the cause.
- It is important for you to get expert help from a breastfeeding counsellor or infant feeding specialist to sort out your baby’s latching on technique if you feel you need some guidance.
- Babies learn to suck properly by getting milk from the breast when they are latched on correctly.
- Nipple soreness will usually ease up after the first few sucks once you are relaxed and your baby is latched on correctly especially after the milk settles down and flows freely. Remember that your nipples are a very sensitive part of your body, and are not used to having stress put on them.
- To prevent sore nipples, we recommend 100% gentle and natural Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm which contains organic Calendula, Vitamin E and Shea butter. The balm can ideally be used before, during and after breastfeeding to soothe and nourish sore or cracked nipples and can be used safely whilst continuing to breastfeed your baby.
Essential guide to eczema in babies and children
This guide offer information on eczema in babies. We look at what eczema is and what can be the cause. We also look at how you should treat allergies and focus on the best ways to control eczema, including ingredients to avoid which are common irritants for eczema-prone babies and children.
Skin care for babies with eczema-prone skin
Organic Babies is a very gentle, natural range for babies and children who may be prone to eczema. Infantile eczema or Atopic dermatitis is a very common condition, thought to affect 1 in 8 babies, so if your baby has eczema, you are in the same position as thousands of other mums.
Many babies who are prone to eczema also have sensitive skin or allergies, which can make it hard to find skin care products that soothe and protect their skin.
Organic Babies is a very gentle natural range that is suitable for babies and children who may be prone to eczema.
What is an allergy and what is eczema?
What is an allergy?
The immune system is supposed to protect the body from bacteria and other harmful substances. When the immune system misinterprets harmless substances like pollen or types of food, an allergic reaction occurs.
Common symptoms of an allergy are asthma, eczema, swelling, rashes, sneezing, itchy eyes or skin, stomach pains, diarrhoea, constipation and migraines.
What is eczema?
Eczema is an unpredictable skin condition which can flare up at any time. When your baby or child has eczema the skin fails to do its job of acting as a barrier to prevent water and heat from getting out and bacteria and irritants getting in. This results in red, sore, itchy, dry skin.
What triggers allergies?
Allergic reactions are caused by ’allergens’. Almost anything can be an allergen, however most usually contain a protein which is what triggers the reaction from the immune system. Allergies can be hereditary or acquired, often appearing spontaneously.
Food intolerance is most common in babies and children. However, most children grow out of their intolerances.
Common non-food allergens
House dust mite
Pets such as cats, dogs & horses
Insects such as wasps & bees
Common food allergens
How should you control allergies?
Conventional tests like blood tests, skin prick and patch tests can be carried out by your doctor if your child’s symptoms persist. If their symptoms take longer to appear, it may be harder to diagnose with these tests.
There are other forms of tests available from alternative practitioners and health food shops that could determine what your child’s allergy is; alternatively if you believe your child has a food intolerance you could try eliminating certain foods from their diet to see if their symptoms reduce.
How should you control eczema?
Eczema can irritate and aggravate your child or baby. It is important to not use toiletries that contain harsh foaming agents, sensitising preservatives or perfumes as these are known irritants to eczema prone skin.
All of our organic baby products are free from sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate, parabens, lanolin, propylene glycol, harsh foaming agents, synthetic fragrances, irritating emulsifiers, PABA-sunscreen, petrochemicals, ethyl alcohol, colourants, DEA, TEA, PEGs, urea and all other unnecessary synthetic additives common in many of today’s health and beauty care products.
Parents with children who suffer from eczema can also find it helpful keeping a food diary so any specific foods can be identified that trigger the eczema.
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