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Top tips for baby’s skin: from Halos N Horns baby skincare advisor

HEALTHY SKINCARE FOR BABIES

TOP TIPS FROM SHARON TROTTER, HALOS N HORNS BABY SKINCARE ADVISOR

Halos N Horns understands how hard it can be for mums when a new baby arrives, especially when it’s the first child.  Looking after the delicate and sensitive skin of a new baby is just one of many things mum might worry about – so Halos N Horns has worked with its baby skincare advisor and award winning midwife, Sharon Trotter, to bring you some easy to follow, practical advice. 

Try these top 10 tips for looking after your baby’s skin:

· Just use water on your baby’s skin for at least the first month, so the skin has a chance to mature and develop its own protective barrier.

· Remember to wash your hands before and after carrying out any care of your baby.

· Read the labels of any skincare products before you buy them, and avoid products containing sulphates (SLS / SLES), parabens and phthalates.

· To help ensure your baby doesn’t react to a new skincare product, before you start using it do a patch test on a small area of skin.

· Breastfeeding your baby can help strengthen their immune system so their skin is less likely to be affected by potential irritants.

· Don’t overload your washing machine!  This will help prevent a build-up of chemical residues on clothing and bedding.

· Cloth nappies are as efficient as disposables and don’t give a higher risk of nappy rash – they are also kinder to the environment.

· Use a thin layer of barrier cream on your baby’s bottom to help protect against nappy rash developing – choose a cream free from preservatives, colours, perfumes, antiseptics, and ideally opt for a cream clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of nappy rash.

· Choose vegetable based moisturising lotions and massage oils, which are free from mineral oils and colours.  If there is a history of nut allergies in your family you should also avoid nut-based oils. If you want to try baby massage, contact a qualified baby massage therapist and ask for their advice on suitable massage oils.

· In line with Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart code, babies under a year old should be shielded from direct sunlight with the help of parasols, wide-brimmed hats and UV buggy covers or beach pods. Sun protection creams should be used with great care and avoided altogether for at least the first six months of life.

For more information and advice go to http://www.tipslimited.com

For mums concerned about what they put on their baby’s skin, try these baby care products from Halos N Horns, many of the harsher ingredients that can irritate the skin have been removed, so they’re safe, kind and gentle, and help leave skin clean and feeling baby soft. 

· Halos N Horns Baby Bath: a safe and gentle all-over hair and body wash, ideal for angelic little souls (after the first month) and pregnant mums.

· Halos N Horns Baby Moisturising Lotion : a gentle, hypo-allergenic non greasy lotion made with naturally derived moisturisers, ideal for baby’s delicate skin (after the first month).  Available exclusively at Boots.

Win Organic Babies soothing baby salve (closed)

World Breastfeeding Week takes place 1-7thAugust promoting the natural goodness of breast milk.

When I Breastfeed Ellie I really suffered badly with sore and cracked nipples and was at the point of giving up. When I was looking for a nipple cream/balm I found there weren’t that many on the market especially organic products.

Green People have the perfect natural and certified organic solution to sore and cracked nipples, common when breastfeeding.  Baby Salve is a dry skin wonder, suitable for eczema sufferers, babies prone to nappy rash and cradle cap. This skin hero is also a soothing and water-resistant nipple cream, highly nourishing with Omega-3&6 fatty acids.

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With 96% organic ingredients which are good enough to eat Baby Salve is 100% safe to be ingested by baby during breastfeeding, with no chemicals or artificial ingredients.

This natural baby product is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest rescue salve that nature can offer.

Also Recommended by Midwives and Mums and winner of “Best Eco Friendly Breast Treatment 2011”in the recent TIPS awards.

I have 3 Baby Salves to giveaway.

All you need to do is follow green people on Facebook and Twitter, then leave me a comment saying you have done so.

This giveaway ends 15th August at midnight. open to UK residents only

WIN! A QUACKTASTIC QUACK QUACK MOO GIFT SET (closed)

Win a fantastic Gift Set from Quack Quack Moo, a new range of practical baby accessories designed by a mum specifically to make parenting that little bit easier.

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Perfect for summer holidays and travel, the new Quack Quack Moo bed and seat protectors keep little one dry and comfortable and your car, bed and buggy accident free! Quack Quack Moo products are unique because they have a triple layered waterproof protection guard that absorbs more efficiently, dries more quickly and offers a better level of waterproof protection than anything currently available on the market.

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The bed protector is placed on top of the sheets not underneath, so no more stripping beds in the middle of the night! The seat protector is an innovative travel ‘mat’ that protects your car, furniture, buggy or high chair from accidents. Both are made from organic Bamboo towelling, are naturally soft, anti-bacterial and super absorbent. They feature a funky cow print on the underside, are machine washable and suitable for tumble drying

We’ve an awesome Quack Quack Gift Protection Set (worth £44.99) up for grabs.

Simply leave a comment telling me if you would like a girl or boy set. (you must leave a e-mail address in the box)

NB. By entering this competition you agree to your details being passed on to Quack Quack Moo.

This giveaway will close 31st August 2011 at midnight. Open to UK residents only

Win £1000 with WOW Toys

If you are like me and love entering competitions Wow Toys have a great competition giving away £1000.

The Competition

We’re WOW Toys and we make the friendliest, chunkiest, strongest little toys loved bytiny tots the world over.

We’re so proud we want to immortalise them in film. So, create a short video clip that shows just how tough but lovable WOW toys are and you could win £1000.

You don’t need swanky kit to enter, just grab your phone and start filming! There are lots of fab WOW toys as runner-up prizes too.

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Create your video clip of no more than 30 seconds
    and send it to us.
  • If less than 2.5mb then email it to wowtoysvideoclips@gmail.com
  • If larger than 2.5MB post it on YouTube and e-mail link or post on disc to WOW HQ. Details on facebook page.
  • Closing date is Midnight 12th August
  • The winner will be chosen by the WOW TOYs team at WOW HQ
  • For full terms and conditions please see http://www.facebook/WOWtoys

How to relax when you are a busy mummy

A recent study undertaken by mother and baby specialists, MamaBabyBliss revealed that out that 80% of new mums spent less than 15 minutes a day looking after themselves. Time is precious, so here are some simple tips for looking after yourself in only a few minutes a day.

 

Get up and glow!

For many new mums, the only ‘me-time’ is taking a shower. A great way to tone up the body and skin is some daily skin-brushing. Using a dry body brush, brush your body vigorously in a direction towards the heart BEFORE you have a shower. This helps break down toxins eg. cellulite and boosts circulation. Moisturise afterwards for an added glow.

 

Breathe!

It’s amazing how just taking a few deep breaths really can help not only calm you down but re-energise you instantly. Take a moment to stop. Find a comfy place to sit and place your hands on your tummy and take a deep breath in, pushing your belly out (it doesn’t look pretty but it works!). Next breathe out, drawing your tummy back in as far as you can. This simple breathing exercise will also strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Do this a few times whenever you feel a bit frazzled and see how you feel! You can also practise this with baby (see below).

 

Water, water, water!

Ditch fizzy drinks as high levels of sugar will only create a temporary ‘high’ and can lead to mood swings. Boring as it sounds, opt for water instead. Drinking 2 litres a day, will boost your energy levels and your sleep-deprived skin will look gorgeous. If you are breast-feeding, this will also keep you hydrated. Stash bottles of water around the house at all your feeding stations.

 

Get fit!

Schedule in an hour to go for a walk during the day. Fresh air is great for you and baby and you’ll have more energy to get things done when you get back. Treat this time as ‘you-time’. Play some music or why not go with a friend. Walking briskly for an hour will burn up to 300 calories, safely and healthily.

 

Relax!

Relaxation is key for our health and sanity and here’s a relaxation exercise you can try with your baby. Find a clean, comfortable and quiet spot for you to lie with your baby on the floor. Place a rolled up blanket or cushion under your knees. Then lay your baby on your chest or by your side on a comfy blanket. This way, your baby can really pick up on the relaxed energy and relax too.

Now just pay attention to your breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply into your belly. As you breathe in, your belly expands, as you breathe out your belly comes in. Begin with five breathes and build up to more. This simple exercise will de-stress and revive you so do it as often as you can during the day.

 

Smile!

Research has shown that people who smile and are optimistic have stronger immune systems and live longer. Keep a small notebook handy for you and baby and make a note of everything your baby does to make you smile! It’ll make a wonderful keepsake of the early days of motherhood too.

 

 

Swim with Konfidence

 

KONFIDENCE LAUNCH UNIQUE NEW UV CLOTHING RANGE

 

Konfidence, Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of premium swimming products for babies and children, has unveiled a unique new range of UV clothing.  The collection comprises long-sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve sun suits, shorts, and legionnaire style hats for children aged six months to 14 years.

Konfidence is excited about the new range because it uses a material called PBT. PBT is already used in high-end sportswear because of its extraordinary properties and Konfidence now leads the way in using the inherent benefits of this material in the design of children’s UV clothing.

Try the reusable one-size-fits-all AquaNappy from Konfidence for anxiety-free trips to the swimming pool.

 

Triple Protection

Designed by Konfidence in partnership with swim schools and parents, the AquaNappy features a unique triple-layered design with elasticated leg openings. It has a durable polycotton outer, a recycled plastic middle barrier layer and a soft protective inner that sits next to the baby’s skin.  It is an all in one product so there is no need to wear another nappy underneath; the AquaNappy IS the swim nappy making it simple to use and almost impossible to make a mistake when fitting it.

 

Snug one size fit

The AquaNappy features an adjustable Velcro sash and poppers, offering a ‘one-size for all option’ for babies aged from three to thirty months.  As baby grows, the fastening feature allows parents / carers to adjust the product in or out and create a comfortable snug and secure fit every time.  The fact that you only need one nappy from the age of three months to almost three years makes the AquaNappy extremely good value, as well as eco-friendly.   And, if you are going on holiday the swim pant is far more convenient to pack than bulky disposables.

 

Stylish Design

The AquaNappy range offers a choice of six stylish designs including two new colours added for 2011 – red and pink polka dot.   It can also be teamed up with Konfidence’s best selling Babywarma® – a soft neoprene wetsuit that enables babies to stay warmer in the swimming pool for much longer than would be possible without it.

 

 

Mechanically strong, PBT is perfect for body-huggable clothing, and when compared to lycra, it is proven to retain its shape for longer, is far more chlorine resistant and able to maintain a greater consistency in its UBF 40+ protection rating over the life of the garment.

 

For ease of use, PBT is also quick-drying which means it is great for both in and out of the water – removing the need to dry little ones to prevent chills.  Plus the sun suits for ages 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24 months incorporate crotch poppers to make nappy changing as easy as it can be.

 

The fabric is lighter too, and does not pull or snag like lycra when it comes into contact with rough surfaces, i.e. on the beach or in the garden – a key point for children, especially those too young to take special care of a lycra suit.

 

Andrew Regan, Founder of Konfidence, said; “PBT is made from a slightly thicker material making it ideal for children’s UV clothing because it is less prone to stretching and will last and protect for longer, offering parent’s best value for money.”

 

Konfidence launches the new colour co-ordinated range, which can be worn in or out of the water, in a choice of three bright and stylish colourways – nautical/cyan; dark pink/soft pink; and cyan/white.

KONFIDENCE EXTENDS ITS BEST-SELLING

BABYWARMA™ WETSUIT RANGE

 

 

The number of babies being taken to swimming pools is booming in the UK, with parents taking even the smallest of infants for a swim.   Estimates suggest that as many as 100,000 babies and infants visit a pool every week with their mum and dad.

 

Now Konfidence, the UK’s leading designer of premium baby and child swimwear, has responded to this increased demand by extending its best-selling Babywarma® pool wetsuit to include premature/tiny baby size.  The Babywarma® is a flexible 2mm-thick, soft neoprene wetsuit that enables babies to stay warmer in the swimming pool for much longer than would be possible without it

 

Andrew Regan, Managing Director of Konfidence, said: “Parents have told us they want to take even the smallest babies to the pool, but want the safety and reassurance of our Babywarma® wetsuit. We were only too happy to oblige because we understand the importance of introducing babies to the water at the earliest opportunity.”

 

The introduction of the new size is just one innovation introduced by the specialist swimwear firm for 2011. It has also extended its Babywarma® collection to include a new fastening option, and stylish new colour-ways.

 

The new and improved hidden flap design, is not only more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for baby, but allows parents to keep a firmer grip on their child in the water.  Andrew confirms; “The fastening on the Babywarma® is an extremely important feature.  As baby grows and his/her shape naturally changes as they start crawling and walking, it offers mum the flexibility to adjust the suit in or out and create a comfortable snug fit every time.  This also serves to enhance the product’s performance.”   As a result this new ‘hidden flap’ design is also now available in the 12-24 month sized Babywarma® wetsuit.

 

The Babywarma® also opens flat to allow quick nappy changes and works perfectly with the Konfidence range of adjustable and reusable Aquanappies, that fit from three to 30 months approx, and Nappicovas™, their unique soft neoprene covering that goes over swim nappies for double protection, offering peace of mind.  This double layer nappy system is now mandatory at many public swimming pools, and offers parents a quick, convenient and no fuss solution.

 

Konfidence has also added to the colour range for all sizes to feature four new stylish shades – gold/nautical, nautical/aqua, fuchsia/pink and red/yellow – all fashionably finished off with Konfidence’s trademark “swoosh” branding.

Andrew said: “These innovations, sizing changes and new colours have been developed because we listen carefully to what teachers and parents say about our products.

 

“And because we sell a complete range of co-ordinated accessories that keep babies and children warm in the water we know that they look fabulous, too.”

 

Konfidence has been delivering quality products that offer value for money, safety and comfort since 1998, thanks to its strong partnership with swimming teachers and parents across the country.