13 July 2014


My little baby boy is growing so fast, and turned one last month, so officially no longer a baby, but rather a toddler now weighing over 10kgs, which my poor old back can sure feel when I pick him up and carry him around. . And he is growing and developing so fast, learning new things every day, and his vocabulary is also slowing expanding, and he is now calling one of our dogs, Jazz, for ‘azzzz’, which luckily she understands so she comes when he is calling.

My own skin is feeling the effects of the cold winter – it was a chilling 6 degrees when I went grocery shopping this morning, - and naturally his skin would be feeling it too, although he is rugged up like an eskimo each time we leave the house. So I do my best to use a good selection of skincare products for him, and here are some of the products that we’ve been using lately.

For my first birthday, I got a Jeep....

Milk Baby Shampoozle + Conditioner*

I really love the fact that this shampoo is made in Australia from 95% naturally derived ingredients. The Shampoozle + Conditioner promises to ‘make your washing your bub’s hair the highlight of the evening. No matter what floats your bub’s boat’ in the hair styling department, this naturally derived shampoo + conditioner will leave your bub’s hair silky smooth, tangle free and smelling beautiful. And while he and still only has a little very short and fine blonde hair, and hence doesn’t need a conditioner to detangle his hair, it does leave it super soft and so shiny. And while I would prefer it to be fragrance free, on the other hand, I do love the beautiful gentle vanilla scent, that almost makes me want to eat him when he is out for the bath.
The shampoo is very concentrated so we only need the tiniest drop to wash his hair, so the large 375ml will last for absolutely every, which also makes it very affordable.

RRP: 12.95 (375ml) – Available from Milk, Coles and Woolworths

Milk Baby Snotty Grotto Room Spray*

There is nothing worse than a small baby with a cold. They don’t know how to blow their noses, so it just seems to build up, making it difficult for them to breathe, and consequently everyone’s night sleep is disturbed. Unfortunately our little boy got a bit of a reaction to his 12 months immunisation, and as well as a rash on his body, he also got a head cold. But lucky we had a Snotty Grotty Room Spray at hand as just a few sprays into his room, helped clear his nasal passages making him more relaxed and sleep so much better. The Snotty Grotty spray works  thanks to among others menthol, chamomile oil, tea tree leaf oil, eucalyptus oil, ylang ylang, camphor oil, and orange flower oil, which combined it a beautiful with predominantly a menthol scent with a touch of citrus – strong enough to clearly make a difference, yet gentle enough to be used in a baby’s room! This is definitely a must have item during winter when everyone is prone to colds.

RRP: $12.75 (75ml) – Available from Milk, Coles and Woolworths

GAIA Natural Baby Skin Soothing Lotion*
I have previously declared my love for the GAIA Baby products as I love that they are natural and organic and contain certified organic ingredients. The products are formulated especially for delicate baby skin, and are suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitivities and irritations, making them eczema friendly.

The products are also free from all the chemical nasties such as artificial fragrances, soap, sulphates, petrochemicals, mineral oils, lanolin, paraben preservatives, propylene glycol or phthalates, and it contains among others wheat germ oil to keep the skin smooth, chamomile, calendula and lavender  to calm and soothe the skin, and zinc, castor oil and beeswax to provide a protective barrier on the skin.

And it is a true multi-tasking product, suitable for use at nappy changes to keep the baby’s bottom soft and smooth, but it can also can also provide relief and soothe skin irritations, including dribble rash, which apart from using it on Oliver’s bum, is what we’ve mainly been using it for. He had the last lot of teeth come through during the Easter Break, and since then there has been constant dribbling, to the point that his poor little chin is red raw with the worst rash, yet still no new teeth have cut through. We even got a Cortisone prescription at the doctor to try to help, but as that is a steroid hormone, I’d like to minimise using it and much prefer to use the more natural Gaia Skin Soothing Lotion, knowing that it doesn’t contain any chemical nasties.
At the end of the day, after a long day of dribbling, his chin is usually at its worst, as in spite of frequent bib and jumper changes, I just cannot keep up keeping him dry, and it is obviously irritating him so much that he is rubbing the area himself – but as soon as a little Skin Soothing Lotion has been applied, he leaves it alone, so it is clearly helping. I also like that it comes in a handy to use tube, so it is perfect for the nappy bag too.

RRP: $9.99 - Available from Coles, Priceline and select pharmacies

My Eco Sponge Konjac Baby Body Sponge*

Oliver absolutely loves bath time, there is simply nothing better than splashing in the water and playing with his favourite bath squirts, while we wash him. And to make this task easier, we’ve been using the Konjac Baby Sponge from My Eco Sponge. The sponge is made from nothing but 100% natural konjac, which is both sustainable and biodegradable, as well as it contains absolutely no added colourings or additives. The sponge is so gentle, that it is suitable even for those with extremely sensitive skin, or if you have skin irritations, or been sunburnt, so it couldn’t be better to use for washing a baby’s sensitive skin. 

It claims to hold ten times their weight in liquid – and of course I had to test this – so I soaked the sponge, and then tested how much water it held – a massive 40ml, which is a lot for such a small sponge – but it makes it so easy to use when you rinse your little one’s hair, no cup needed, as the sponge simply holds sufficient water. Absolutely brilliant.

RRP: $12.30 – Available from My Eco Sponge


So there you have it, these are the products that we are so far enjoying using.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What about you, have you tried any of these products? And can you recommend others worth trying?

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