We recently became the proud parents of an adorable little baby boy. As all you parents out there already know, these little guys demand lots of time and leave little time for things like blogging and doodling around. But now that we've settled in, things are going back to normal. Or should I say, we are settling into our new normal. Our new normal has provided us the opportunity to use the natural baby products we sell on the Greenlove store. Allow me to shamelessly punt these great baby products to you as I share my first hand experiences using them.
So far I've used the Bio Baba cloth diapers, yip you heard me, cloth! For cleaning I'm using Pure Beginnings wet wipes, baby shampoo and for moisturizer the Bloublommetjies coconut oil and bum balm.
1. Bio Baba Reusable Nappies
Two products I use on a regular basis is the Bio Baba reusable cloth nappies and Pure Beginnings wet wipes. Most people who heard I was going the cloth diaper route was all doom and gloom, saying 'good luck with that!'
I've been using cloth nappies for a month now and in my opinion, they require a little more effort but the peace of mind I have by knowing that I am not contributing to the disposable nappy dilemma makes it all
worthwhile. Conservatively speaking, if I used disposables, I would have dumped 240 toxic diapers on our landfills by now. Not only do I have peace of mind but we're also saving money in the long run.
As many of you may know, disposables take hundreds of years to decompose while polluting our water tables. Plus if you don't throw out the poop before you dump it in the bin you might aid in creating health hazards. Calculate how many nappies one baby uses during its entire infancy. Multiply that amount of nappies with thousands or millions of babies. Now imagine how huge that heap of nappies must be.
I wash the nappies every second day, which is easy enough since the invention of the automatic washing machine. To wash I use Bloublommetjies Laundry Liquid and a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil to disinfect. Pop the booster pads in the tumble drier if it is not warm enough to dry outside and hang the diapers. They dry very quickly and are ready for use in no time.
2. Non-Toxic Natural Wet
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The Pure Beginnings wet wipes are just to handy. They're super convenient when I'm out and about. At home I will either use a wet cotton cloth, toilet paper, or both when required. The Pure Beginnings wet wipes are quite moist and this helps makes cleaning easier. The clean fresh scent helps dampen the other lurking aromas. Unlike other wet wipes, these wet wipes doesn't dry out your baby's skin at all.
3. Baby Shampoo & Wash
Although I give my baby a bath every evening I use Pure Beginnings baby shampoo & wash every second evening. He's so cute and remarkably calm when the lukewarm water envelops his little body. The baby wash has a heavenly refreshing scent and increases cuddles dramatically! Its liquid form makes it easy to use. I'll be trying out some of our baby soap bars soon. It really makes me happy to know that I am not using any harsh chemicals on his skin.
4. Natural Baby Oil
After bath time, I rub and massage him with Bloublommetjies coconut oil. This is very good for anybody's skin and has anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing properties among many others. It is perfect for baby skin that is prone to eczema and other skin conditions.
5. Natural Baby Balm
When needed, I use the Bloublommetjies bum balm on his 'boudtjies'. I even use some on his face, as his cheeks tend to get a bit dry. This is a great natural product with the wonderful healing properties of honey and calendula. This is a perfect product for grown ups too, use on chapped lips, heels, elbows, anywhere!
We've only had him for a month, so I'm pretty sure I'll be using more of the baby products in the near future. Things like SOIL rose geranium hydrosol for all those cuts and scrapes from climbing trees, Badger sunblock for the sunny days at the beach, Pure Beginnings kiddies toothpaste for that first tooth and many more adventures in odyssey still lay before us.
Enjoy your little ones!