Just one more week left of the holidays here. I have to say, school can’t start soon enough here (we have a staggered intake by age into reception – I’m just glad she is a spring not summer baby or it would be nearly half term before she starts). After nearly 8 weeks of holidays we are starting to crave some structure again, and to be perfectly honest, I’d like to get on with some of my own projects again which have largely been on hold since both kids have required looking after all day. All summer we’ve been rather lax with all our routines including bed and bathing – simply chucking them both in the bath or shower when they really needed it, but not paying too much attention to bed times, or the occasional muddy feet in the bed. This week though, it’s been dark by 8pm again, and now LB is sitting in his chair with us at the supper table, we’re moving back towards a meal, bath, story, bed type evening.
As we’ve been clearing up and sorting out in an effort to get back to organised, I thought I’d round up some of our hero toiletries. Both of my kids suffer with eczema so all of these options are not only tried and tested for effectiveness and smell, but also whether they are ok for eczema sufferers.
This hair and body wash is a new product from Childs Farm. Blended with Argan oil to protect and moisturise young skin and hair, it smells delightfully of sherbet and summer fruits. I particularly like Childs Farm as all their products are suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin, and are approved and tested by dermatologists and paediatricians. Childs Farm is “committed to using natural, ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils in all their products, to help care for the skin and hair of newborns, babies and children. Their entire range is also extensively tested and trialled to ensure it’s mild, kind and safe to use, even on sensitive and eczema-prone skin” which means I can let Pip use scented products.
Although we have these mainly for LB, these are the only wipes that we can use on Pip’s hands and face when a clean up is required out of the house. We had numerous problems with the chemicals in other wipes (and washing powder on flannels at nursery) causing her eczema to flare up and then get infected, causing her on one occasion to be hospitalised with peri-orbital cellulitis, so we take our face cleaning regime pretty seriously. Once we’d switched to these wipes, and taken charge of the cleaning and washing liquid choices for her flannels (I literally had to provide one for each meal for nursery) we haven’t had any problems since.
Whilst we mainly use Cetraben cream from the GP, both Pip and I love the smell of this Weleda cream so I will often use this on her face in addition to the Cetraben. I use it on her little brother’s face too and his skin always feel really lovely afterwards.
Our original wash that we have used since Pip was born and which smells quintessentially of new borns. Whilst Pip now prefers her big girl scented Childs Farm options, we still have this in our bathroom – I like it so much that I’ve been known to bring it back from my favourite budget pharmacy in Paris and I still use it most days in the shower.
One day Pip’s hair took me by surprise. We’d been using the Mustela newborn shampoo very happily with excellent results. And then suddenly, overnight, she grew up a bit and the newborn shampoo was no longer effective. We both like the texture and smell of this Green People one and we use the tiniest of dollops on the end of her hair. She likes it because she wants to be like me!
Another of our hero products that we use year in, year out. I love it so much I write about it frequently – it goes on beautifully, doesn’t aggravate her skin and protects it nicely. We do mix it with a sun hat and long sleeved shirt (or rash vest in the water) as I am also a believer in staying out of the hottest sun and covering up too, but it is our go to suncream.
This oil is excellent for when Pip’s skin is feeling a little sore – it goes into the bath as oil and then turns a milky white, very soothing. We also like the Weleda version.
As with the blackberry wash above, the shampoo contains nourishing argan oil for a tangle-free formula and smells delicious in strawberry & organic mint and works really well on Pip’s hair. After we use a little drop of the Green People conditioner, I then towel dry her hair and spray with the detangler and brush with a tangle teezer. Pip has really long fine straight hair and we found the newborn shampoo we were using previously tied it up in knots. This stuff is fantastic.
What about you – what other products should I be trying out for Pip?
Some products were initially sent to us for testing/review but everything featured here I have since bought again myself.