How to prevent and treat nappy rash with natural nappy creams

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I started to give nappy cream some thought – maybe I would need nappy cream in my hospital bag, and at my baby's changing area? I pondered if mainstream nappy creams would be full of junk ingredients, like a lot of mainstream baby products.

Like a lot of parents to be, a Bounty newborn baby pack was thrust into my hands, with its free mini tube of Sudocrem nappy cream. Scanning over the ingredients (including sodium benzoate, paraffin wax, and heavy liquid paraffin), I quickly realised I'd need to look for a natural and healthy alternative nappy cream.

Browsing online I wondered which of the nappy creams would be the most effective, and if I could find the best nappy cream for my baby.

Would nappy cream be a preventative, stopping nappy rash from happening in the first place, or a cure – only to be used once signs of nappy rash developed?
What causes nappy rash? The term "nappy rash" tends to be used for all kinds of skin irritations …

Four beauty products to rethink before baby arrives

Pregnant and still using mainstream beauty and skincare products? If you haven't already, here are four of the dirtiest you'll want to rethink before baby arrives, and some great alternatives that are kinder to baby, you, and the environment.

How much of what we put on our skin is absorbed? In researching this blog post, I wondered how much of what we apply to our skin actually gets absorbed. Figures fly around the internet at something like 60 – 70%. Well, this isn't true, because there is no one magic percentage.

This article explains why we don't know how much of an ingredient will be absorbed when applied topically.

To step back a little, penetration and absorption are actually separate things – penetration is where a chemical makes it down into the deeper tissues of the body. Absorption is where a chemical actually enters the bloodstream (source). Both depend on several factors:
The chemical being applied to the skin, and what other chemicals are present. Some ingr…

The Global Big Latch On 2017

We've just got back from the Global Big Latch On 2017, where families around the world gather at their local event to simultaneously breastfeed and offer peer support. The children are all latched on at exactly 10:30am so it truly is a participatory event, and it's great to be involved in something so big! The Global Big Latch On takes place during World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th August). It aims to create a lasting support network for women, their families, and the wider community, and quite importantly sets out to normalise breastfeeding as a part of daily life.

We attended the Middlesbrough Big Latch On which is held at Stewart Park, a gorgeous old Victorian park with sweeping views over the beautiful ancient trees. In total, 34 women and their nurslings took part in the event.

History of the Global Big Latch On The Global Big Latch on was founded by Women’s Health Action in New Zealand in 2005. Just look at how the event has increased in popularity since its inception:…

A breast milk and calendula bath – the benefits of breast milk bathing

It's been a long time since I expressed breast milk for Jonah. It used to be a regular thing for me to have the Haakaa pump swinging from one breast whenever Jonah was attached to the other. I could leave some milk for him while my husband had him for an hour, and I'd take some much needed self-care time in the form of pilates classes.

Fast forward a few months, and I'm done with classes now, feeling fully recovered from pregnancy and birth, and feeling like running around after my steam train toddler is just about as much physical exertion as I can handle.

This week, Jonah's had a few stubborn spots across his cheeks. It's been two weeks since his one year immunisation jabs. A rash is a symptom of the MMR immunisation once the measles part of the jab kicks in. We weren't sure – it could've been a mild measles rash, or just some other flare up. Somewhere along the line I heard that breast milk could help with skin complaints, so we thought we'd give a b…

Why we vaccinate – Jonah's one year immunisations

Poor baby had his one year immunisations yesterday at Norton Medical Centre. Martin took the afternoon off work so we could take him to the appointment together. We arrived in the waiting room, where a little boy was crying after receiving an injection. His mother, trying her best to comfort him, pointed to Jonah and remarked "that little boy isn't crying", but we all knew he soon would be – how sad.
"The two public health interventions that have had the greatest impact on the world's health are clean water and vaccines" ~ World Health Organisation

The nurses were friendly and helpful, explaining what would happen, providing us with patient leaflets, and asking about previous immunisations. 
Daddy held him during the four injections, which were performed one at a time, one in each limb. I cupped his head and told him it would be okay. I hope this helped – it makes me tear up thinking about it! After the final injection I scooped him into my arms, and quickl…

Green People Nappy Balm Review

Experts say you should only use nappy cream when baby's bottom is red. We like to use a tiny smear of nappy cream at most nappy changes – it works well for us. Despite frequent nappy changes, if we don't use nappy cream, the dreaded redness appears.

Thankfully, we've not had a serious case of nappy rash yet, so we must be doing something right. For Jonah, I only use a skincare product when absolutely needed – and nappy cream is a skincare need, since being in a nappy for almost all of the day is not very natural!

We're huge fans of Weleda nappy creams – White Mallow nappy cream is our absolute favourite, with Calendula nappy cream following a close second. However, since I've had such great results with Green People products, I thought we should try Green People nappy balm as well.

Green People products are great – their cleansers and moisturisers are part of my everyday routine. And it's handy to have two or three nappy creams on the go. One for the changing t…

Weleda Calendula vs. White Mallow Nappy Change Cream

We've been regular users of Weleda's White Mallow Nappy Change Cream since Jonah was born. Recently we were gifted a tube of Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream by our friend (thanks Andrea!) and were really happy to give it a go. We love Weleda's Calendula range since it is so effective, gentle on skin, and smells great. This nappy cream is no exception to the rest of the range.

In this post we'll look at the similarities and differences between the two nappy creams, research all the lovely ingredients, and make a choice to which is most suited to our baby.

First a bit of background on Weleda. From their website:
Weleda’s goal is to maintain, enhance and restore the health of people. What started in 1921 as a pharmaceutical laboratory, with its own medicinal plant garden, is today a world-leading manufacturer of holistic natural cosmetics as well as pharmaceuticals for anthroposophical therapy.
I love this brand and have followed it since discovering my first Weleda p…