Cocobare Baby

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Jun 022019
 

For as long as I can remember I have loved coconut. As a child I would be over the moon if my mum bought a coconut, savouring every piece I could get out of the shell. As a teenager I was addicted to the tropical scent of coconut shampoos and body creams and of course I would eat more than my share of yummy Bounty bars. Aside from the delicious smell and the scrumptious flavour coconut is full of fabulous health benefits, so I knew I was in for a treat when I discovered Cocobare Baby:

Made right here in Australia by the skincare experts at Beauty Ninja this lovely coconut based baby skincare range is the bee’s knees, one little sniff and you’re hooked! Cocobare Baby skincare uses naturally derived and organic ingredients to keep your baby’s delicate skin in tip top shape (and secretly this mama adores it too).

Unlike many other skincare brands, that use water and synthetic ingredients to treat only the top layer of the skin, Cocobare Baby uses soothing coconut oil which penetrates deeper, making it an excellent moisturiser and nourisher. Not only does it pamper the skin thoroughly, it also kills harmful micro-organisms so it is a gentle but strong protector too. Combine that with natural superheroes like chamomile, aloe vera, calendula oil and Shea butter and you’re in for a treat.

Whether you are fighting a battle with stubborn nappy rash, flaky cradle cap or itchy eczema or just want to keep your baby’s skin soft and supple Cocobare Baby has you covered from top to toe with a Baby Wash, Shampoo, 2-in-1 Shampoo and Baby Wash, Lotion, Bottom Balm and Massage Oil. The entire Cocobare Baby range is completely free from nasty minerals, paraben and palm oil, ensuring parents they are making the right choice for their precious little bundle and the environment at the same time. Cocobare is not tested on animals so our little fluffy bundles give it the thumbs up too!

To find out more about Cocobare Baby, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.cocobarebaby.com, prices range from RRP $9.95-$15.95.

Jun 232017
 

ecostore

I totally get it, after five babies my friends and family really don’t know what to get us anymore for baby no.6. Baby’s wardrobe is already filled with gorgeous clothes and we are fully kitted out with pram, carrier, car seat and other baby gear, all that is left is for baby to grow bigger and stronger before its arrival in September.

However one thing you can always make me, and any other expecting parent, very happy with is a new supply of ecostore goodies. As a big family of ecostore-fans who uses their natural skin, boy and haircare products every single day we always welcome a stock-up, I think it makes the perfect baby shower gift:

ecostore has lovingly developed a fabulous range of baby products that are gentle on your precious bundle and kind on the environment too. Wave goodbye to yucky chemicals, synthetic dyes and perfumes, mineral oils and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients and go green with ecostore. Of course it is not just a great choice for little ones, our whole family uses ecostore Baby Body Wash (RRP $8.99, 200ml). It’s soft on the skin and the lavender/geranium scent is not too overwhelming.

ecostore has your daily clean covered: we used the Baby Body Wash in the shower and for the kids’ bath we add a splash of playful bubbles with the ecostore Bubble Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) for extra fun. Hopefully the soothing ecostore Sleepytime Bath (RRP $8.99, 200ml) lives up to its name and will help us get some much-needed sleep when baby has arrived! Did you know the ingredients used in these bath products are so gentle that with proper greywater systems in place your bath water can even be re-used on your flower gardens, lawns and trees?

ecostore Baby Shampoo (RRP $8.99, 200ml) is a plant-based formula that cleanses your child’s hair whilst carefully protecting its natural properties at the same time, it gently strips away the dirt but not the important natural oils. A small amount goes a long way so a 200ml bottle lasts ages, especially if you only have a fine layer of baby hair to wash (unless our new baby surprises us all and is born with a full head of hair!).

I know the ecostore Baby Moisturiser (RRP $9.99, 200ml) was officially created for babies but I often reach for this nourishing moisturiser for my own sensitive pregnant mama-skin too. It is absorbed quickly and the light fragrance is really pleasant and not too strong. Once our baby has been born I can hold him/her close to my skin without worrying about what the baby is breathing in, if it is safe for baby it is safe for me too! This moisturiser is also perfect for a post-bath massage.

It may be small in size and in price but the ecostore Baby Soap Goat’s Milk & Lavender (RRP $2.99, 80g) is by far one of my best finds. This soft, creamy and natural soap is ideal for our older kids who wash hands countless times a day, there is no allergic reaction like they experience with many popular liquid handsoaps (and a block of soap is a lot less wasteful) plus I know they won’t be transferring yucky chemical nasties when they touch our tiny newborn.

To be honest I think the ecostore Nappy Balm (RRP $9.99, 60ml) could do with a new name, as this little jar of magic can be used for so many more things than red bottoms. Yes it does work wonders for nappy rash, but it can also bring welcome relief for cradle cap and other little skin problems, it is one of my first go-to products when our children’s skin is playing up. ecostore Nappy Balm is a wonderful non-greasy, non-staining barrier cream that helps protect your baby’s skin the natural way.

To find out more about ecostore, to locate an ecostore stockist near you or to order your favourite ecostore Baby products online visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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Dec 192016
 

Christmas Countdown – Day 19

It’s a feeling all parents know too well: whether you are a soon-to-be, new or seasoned mother, getting a gift for your little one(s) is often more fun than getting something for yourself. We totally understand how easy it is for mum to be forgotten, so we have made sure our Christmas Countdown has the whole family covered. In fact, this sweet prize pack from Milk and Love spoils both mother and child in one go:

Lovingly put together by Milk & Love owner Corryn the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box (RRP $59.95) contains three fabulous products any eco-conscious mama will adore:

Made right here in Australia with nourishing goat’s milk this luxurious Billie Baby Goats Milk Moisturiser (100ml) will keep your family’s skin soft and nourished the natural way. The gentle, caring formula is ideal for people suffering from eczema and other sensitive skin conditions as it is completely free from colour and fragrances that often cause irritation, you can even use it on the delicate facial area.

Containing the same delicious Aussie goat’s milk, as well as a number of carefully selected skin loving ingredients, Billie Baby Goats Milk Baby Body Wash (240ml) is the perfect addition to your daily bath or shower routine. This gentle cleanser is free from questionable nasties like parabens, SLS, propylene glycol, DEA and petrochemicals, so you can safely use it on your precious newborn (and the rest of the family). One little pump is all you need, so this bottle goes a very long way.

Measuring a very generous 120 x 120cm in size the beautiful Little Bean Organics Baby Wrap will surround your precious bundle with layers of super soft and snuggly organic cotton that is free from pesticides and other toxic ingredients. You can use this versatile wrap as a swaddle, a light blanket in the cot or pram, a play mat or even a nursing cover when out and about. The gender neutral leaf print is perfect for both boys and girls and of course surprises, what a wonderful babyshower gift idea.

As the cherry on top (and to make your life a little easier) one of Milk & Love’s Celebrating Motherhood Gift Cards and complimentary gift wrapping are included, ensuring the Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box is ready to be gifted to a special mama in your life.

To find out more about Milk & love, to browse the range and to order online visit www.milkandlove.com.au.

For your chance to win a Mother-to-Be Eco Gift Box (RRP $59.95) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Jun 302016
 

Baby By Sia

No matter how tired or grumpy she is, the sound of the shower never fails to cheer up our little Hattie who absolutely loves bath time. Thankfully so as she is turning out to be a very messy eater, after a busy day she loves relaxing in the bath while I rinse of all that sticky goo. If you adore a squeaky clean baby too but you are worried about what you’re putting on your baby’s skin you’ll appreciate the gentle approach of Baby By Sia:

Baby By Sia Pack

Lovingly created by skin expert and mum-of-two Sia Hendry (the clever lady behind You by Sia) this dedicated skincare range for babies uses the finest kind and soothing botanical ingredients. Each of the specially formulated products values the skin’s natural properties and helps to protect and nourish the natural way.

WashiWashi (RRP $22, 250ml) by Baby by Sia is a fresh and fruity baby wash that gently cleanses and cares for chubby baby rolls and soft tufts of hair. It has a light citrus-based smell that is pleasant and refreshing, perfect for cleaning your tiny treasure at bath time. Made with olive and avocado oil to add moisture and seabuckthorn to soothe the skin Washi keeps your newborn’s skin naturally healthy by preserving the natural oils that make baby’s skin so soft and cuddly.

ZinkiHarsh sun and wind, heaters, airconditioning, germs and other invisible pollutants in the air… when you think about it your baby comes into contact with so many things every day and it is bound to have an effect on their sensitive skin. Zinki (RRP $27, 50ml) offers an effective little layer of protection in the shape of a gentle face and body lotion that is absorbed easily (no thick white paste like many other zinc products). The addition of natural gems like olive leaf extract, green tea extract and coconut oil ensures skin is left hydrated and nourished throughout the day.

MutiOne look at the pretty packaging of Baby by Sia’s Muti (RRP $29, 15ml) and you know you are in for a treat. This luxurious Soothing Skin Repair Ointment is the ultimate rescue package for dry, irritated skin, red patches, nappy rash, burns and bruises. Harriet is a real grabby crabby and sometimes leaves small scratches on her face, Muti is the perfect balm to help calm and heal those red lines. Just a tiny amount of ointment is needed so this compact dispenser goes a long way.

The secret ingredient to this powerful potion are Vitamin C, B5 and K1, skilfully blended with Aloe Vera, Millet Seed and Liquorice Root Extract. It’s safe to use from top to toe so if you are looking for a fabulous multi-purpose product for your precious bundle Muti is sure to do the trick.

To find out more about Baby by Sia, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.babybysia.com.au.

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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May 222016
 

Antipodes

When you have a big family like ours your days are filled with wonderful amounts of hugs and kisses, laughs and giggles, jokes and joys. Unfortunately five kids also come with their fair share of tears over scrapes, bruises, rashes, redness and other minor skin dramas that can bother little people. You may not be able to carry a big first aid kit everywhere, but you can always count on this handy dose of compact care:

Saviour Skin Balm

Packed in the prettiest little tin this ‘wonder salve’ by much loved New Zealand skincare label Antipodes is an absolute must-have for your handbag or baby bag, it has so many great uses that it will soon become your go-to product when your skin needs a helping hand.

Antipodes Saviour Skin BalmMade with pure, natural ingredients like Australian Tea Tree Oil, New Zealand Totara and antioxidant-rich Vinanza Grape the amazing Saviour Skin Balm (RRP $48, 75g) is gentle yet powerful at the same time. All ingredients are carefully selected for their unique skin saving properties, creating an impressive skin rescue product that is antibacterial, anti fungal and encourages cell and skin repair where you need it most.

Whether it’s dry skin, cracked heels, chapped lips, irritated bottoms, rough cuticles, little grazes, bruises, sunburn, sore muscles or red patches, Saviour Skin Balm instantly hydrates, softens and conditions. It can even be used to shape eyebrows or style hair, now that’s what I call multi-purpose! It can safely be used on sensitive skin and is suitable for all ages making it a perfect choice for the whole family. Bonus: You only need a small amount so this generously sized jar goes a very long way.

Antipodes Night CreamA sneaky little recommendation for tired, sleep deprived mamas: I know at the end of a long you want nothing more than to roll into bed and sleep, but please don’t neglect your skin! Applying this lovely Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (RRP $62) takes just a few minutes and in the morning you’ll be so glad you did. It smells absolutely amazing, it’s absorbed quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and elastic.

The moisturising, refreshing, rejuvenating effects are a result of premium ingredients like New Zealand Manuka Honey, Avocado Oil and Vinanza Grape, whilst the wonderful fragrance is thanks so Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Sandalwood. When I first used this lovely cream it reminded me of a day spa: a luxury feel, a delicious smell and instant results that last well into the next day, and all of that in the comfort of your own home.

To find out more Antipodes, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.antipodesnature.com.

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May 012016
 

Po-Lice

I have loved the lazy breakfasts, PJ days, fun outings and playing with my little tribe these school holidays but all good things come to an end and it’s back to school for my babies. On the last day of term the twins brought home yet another one of those dreaded notes no parent likes to read: ‘A case of head lice has been reported in your child’s class…’

Head Lice Note

So far our family has never been visited by head lice (knocks on wood!) but that doesn’t stop me from feeling itchy and scratching all over at the thought of it. We have had several of these notes this year already and I am sure this won’t be the last one either.

Po-Lice Hair TiesI am a firm believer in prevention is better than cure, so I would rather take some easy measures to keep those creepy crawlers far away. I already make sure my girls’ hair is always up and tightly plaited and now I am also adding an extra line of defence with Po-Lice hair bands, head lice are not welcome here! These clever hair ties contain a natural and safe formula that is pesticide-free, non-toxic and leaves no residue, defending your child’s hair the gentle way.

Using a special combination of natural ingredients like tee tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil and more Po-Lice Hair Bands (ages 3+) effectively deter nasty head lice without the need for special sprays or shampoos. My girls love the subtle smell and this naturally fragrant mix is much more pleasant than an ordinary spray of tea tree oil like I used to do. It is great peace of mind knowing my kids are well protected just in case there are head lice lurking around the class room.

Po-Lice Bands

One Po-Lice hair band offers up to 2 weeks of protection so it’s an easy and convenient solution to an itchy school problem. Po-Lice hair bands are available in handy 2-month (4 hair ties), 4-month (8 hair ties), 8-month (16 hair ties) or 12-month (24 hair ties) packs with prices starting at $15.95. Each coloured hair tie is individually wrapped so you can use as needed and they come in a range of fun colours to suit your child’s outfit or occasion.

To find out more about Po-Lice, to locate stockist near you or to order online visit www.po-lice.com.au.

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