A New Baby!
Ahh, new babies. So beautiful but, the anticipation and planning can be very overwhelming to the expectant parents. Will the baby come early? Do I have what I need? Should I have found out if I’m having a boy or girl? What should I make sure I’m stocked up with before the arrival? What are the best natural skin care products to be using? These are just a few of the zillion questions new parents have. Babies require a lot of stuff and adding up everything can be expensive for new parents. Thank goodness for baby showers and friends bearing gifts. Here are some new baby gift ideas, practical ideas for cruelty-free and natural skin care, and some great ideas for extras that may seem frivolous but the parents will thank you!
When it comes to choosing natural skin care products Camomile Beauty is a fantastic go-to. Everything on Camomile is cruelty-free, and baby lines range from wipes to oils. Many of the products are made in Canada where, in case you didn’t know, ingredients are more restricted than in the US. You’re able to sort what you want by choosing from the following preferences:
Attitude Living, Also available from Amazon. : “A cruelty-free, environment-friendly brand on a mission to promote responsible consumption by minimizing the negative impacts of their products on the environment. On its journey to rediscovering the beauty in nature, the company scoured the Earth looking for natural ingredients that are just as effective as synthetic ones to create products that are ultimately purer and healthier. All their products are worry-free, 100% safe for you, the planet, and free of cancer-causing chemicals, mutagens and endocrine disruptors.” Products available are biodegradable Eco Baby Wipes, Diaper Rash Cream, Bubble Bath, Lids 3-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash, and Body Lotion.
Badger Balms, Also available from Amazon.: “Badger is a small, family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly company that blend the finest organic plant extracts, exotic oils, beeswax, and minerals to make the safest, most effective products possible to soothe, heal, protect and otherwise treat your body. They only use ingredients that fit their rigorous natural standards for healthy agriculture, minimal processing, sustainable supply chain, and health-giving properties.” Badger Balms offers Baby Balm to soften, moisturize and protect skin, Baby Oil and Sunscreen.
Boo Bamboo, Also available on Amazon: “The creators of Boo Bamboo come from a long career working in the hair care industry and wanted to create natural and organic products with a high level of performance. Boo Bamboo created a line of personal care products including skincare and baby products. All the Boo Bamboo products use certified organic bamboo extract at the highest concentration. Why Bamboo? Bamboo is the fastest growing plant and is rich in mineral and organic proteins. Bamboo extract helps strengthen the hair follicle and retain moisture to promote instant shine. Rich in silica, minerals and organic proteins, bamboo extract helps strengthen your hair and improves your skin’s ability to retain moisture, delivering dramatic results after just one use. Boo Bamboo formulas are completely biodegradable, PETA certified as cruelty-free, vegan and made in Canada.” Products include Baby wipes, Diaper Cream. Unscented Body Lotion. Baby Wash/Shampoo, and Sunscreen (spray and cream).
Derma E: “Their 100% vegan, cruelty-free formulas do not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colours, gluten, soy or GMOs, and their ingredients contain the most potent natural antioxidants and targeted vitamin solutions to ensure that their effectiveness is unmatched. Derma E is also an environmentally conscious brand which strives to lessen its products’ impact on the environment. Finally, they also use nano-particle-free, chemical-free broad spectrum Zinc Oxide, tested and proven to be reef safe.” Derma E specializes in SPF 30 Sunscreen.
Earth Mama, Also Available from Amazon.: “Founded by Melinda Olson, a nurse, herbalist and expert in plant medicine. She had a belief that moms, babies and families have a right to effective and organic herbal products without any ingredients that are harmful, toxic or unnatural. After formulating organic herbal remedies from her kitchen for her friends, her love of organic gardening, passion for herbs and desire for safe products for mothers and babies let to the founding of Earth Mama. Earth Mama manufactures Organic Diaper Balm, Baby Oil. Non-Scented and Sweet Orange Body Lotion, and the body wash in Sweet Orange and Calming Lavender.
Ellie Bianca, Also available from Amazon.: “Ellie Bianca is a skincare company realized by Kenyan born Evelyne Nyairo. Her products are centred around raw, unrefined African shea butter and oil, which are not only incredibly rich in skin-loving properties but also come from the shea nut, which can be sustainably harvested and prepared. Inspired by her rich heritage, and her passion for the environment, natural beauty and healthy living, Evelyne set out to help create a world where every woman has the opportunity to embrace and own her strength and beauty inside and out. She considers both environmental and social factors and is passionate about making all natural skin care accessible to whomever she can. Ellie Bianca is a proudly Canadian, all-natural, environmentally sustainable, socially conscious skincare line that recognizes beauty in all forms and supports the empowerment of women through business and education.” The baby specialty of this company is Baby Oil derived from plant and nut oils.
Green Beaver, Also available from Amazon. “Green Beaver is a company which creates products that do not harm animals, do not harm the earth, and do not harm you. Their philosophy comes from years of research about the harmful effects that chemicals have on our bodies and the environment, driving them to infuse all-natural goodness into everything they do. Green Beaver believes in using “green tech” ingredients, which perform like synthetic ingredients, but without any of the toxins. In other words, they believe in products that can be used safely by everyone.” Products include Diaper Cream, Fragrance-Free or Calming Lavender Baby Lotion, and Baby wash in fragrance-free or calming lavender.
Hugo Naturals, Also available from Amazon. “Hugo Naturals’ product line started from handcrafted soaps that were made with all-natural ingredients and sold at its local Farmer’s market. The brand believes that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it. Its philosophy of making products solely from food-grade quality ingredients has been revolutionary and the response overwhelming. The raw materials Hugo Naturals uses to manufacture its products are the purest and natural available. Many of the ingredients the company uses are not used by any other body care company in the industry. Its effective ingredients are grown in rich, naturally nurturing soils following the law of nature without the use of toxic or persistent chemical pesticides or herbicides.
Furthermore, the brand works with farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and harvest their crop according to specified methods. Indeed, being respectful of the earth’s natural resources, and being a steward of this wonderful planet is what Hugo Naturals is all about.” Hugo Naturals has a lavender and chamomile baby mist that is used as a bedding spritz or air freshener or as a soft cleanser which sounds amazing! Also in the line are Diaper Cream, Body Lotion, Foaming Milk Bath, Shampoo/Body Wash, Baby Oil and Baby Powder.
La Vigne: “LaVigne Natural Skincare is dedicated to making natural products that both heal damaged skin and protect against the effects of day-to-day stresses from the environment. Each product is created to work effectively within their total skincare system or by itself. President and founder Linda Zaurini (née LaVigne) has always had a keen interest in natural health and beauty, and in 2002, while living in Mexico, she began looking into the healing secrets of the Mayans and visited with local experts to uncover the remarkable properties of Tepezcohuite. After confirming the available research about this amazing substance, she decided to make it the key healing ingredient in her skincare products. After establishing a reliable source of Tepezcohuite, Linda developed several products and arranged with a reputable cosmetics lab in Vancouver, Canada to manufacture LaVigne Naturals’ product line. They continue to research and develop new products to meet the needs of our customers.” One baby product available called Baby Magic Balm, a slave for elbows, knees or diaper area. It’s a multi-purpose ointment rich in vitamins to help replenish lost moisture.
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Amazon has some great choices as well. Be aware though filtering out cruelty-free baby care can be an issue. I’ve chosen some popular ones for you.
Himalaya on Amazon: “Since your baby’s skin is gentle; it needs gentle daily cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing to ensure the skin is healthy looking and glowing. At Himalaya, we know it is important that your baby is comfortable, relaxed and happy. Our Himalaya Baby Care range offers clinically studied formulas that are free from petroleum, SLES, parabens, silicones, phthalates and artificial colours. Himalaya products include Massage Baby Oil, Baby Lotion and Cream. They also have baby wipes, but I don’t believe they are biodegradable.
Abundance on Amazon: “Our new Abundance Naturally Baby brand is locally made using soothing essential oils, nourishing plant botanicals and healing herbs to cleanse, heal and nurture baby’s new skin and pregnant and nursing moms without the use of any synthetic, petrochemical and harsh ingredients which penetrate the skin into the bloodstream. We thank all moms (and dads and caregivers) who trust our products to use on the skin of precious babies.” Abundance is all about the balm. Baby Balm for the littles and Baby Belly Butter for Moms.
Burts Bees: This company is top of mind for consumers when it comes to healthier alternatives for baby’s skin. I’m personally on the fence about this company because BB’s parent company is Clorox (animal testing) AND Burts Bees moved into selling in Mainland China. Mainland China=animal testing. Burts Bees claim to have been able to circumvent the Chinese animal testing policies and remain cruelty-free. However, this article explains why it’s still a problem. The bottom line for me is this, they claim cruelty-free, but for me, they do not check all the boxes. You may be different, that’s cool, and It’s there on Amazon if you still want it.
The Honest Company: Yes, this another well-known brand, primarily because Jessica Alba is the Founder. Honest has had many troubles over the last few years, including lawsuits for being not so honest. Honest is a funny company because although they claim to be cruelty-free, they often will not answer questions about it. Yes, PETA has certified them, but PETA also certifies companies that are tested in the Chinese market so it can be BS. There are so many transparent and independent-minded companies that for me, The Honest Company is a pass. Again, if it’s all good with you, you’ll find them on Amazon.
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Whether the new Mom is exclusively nursing, bottle feeding or both, these are must-haves.
An Electric Breast pump: These range in price from $38.99-$500+ CDN. In my experience, a pricey one isn’t necessary. However, make sure that if it does not come with freezable bottles for storage, you get some! Available from Amazon.
Bottles: Even if she’s breastfeeding, the new Mom will need these. There will be a need even if it’s to bottle feed breast milk on that rare night out or when she heads back to work! Available on Amazon.
Baby Bullet: Making baby food has never been easier since the invention of this little gem. The mashed food stage comes up quickly and the new Mom might as well be prepared. Team it with the fabulous storage system, and she’ll be all set! Available on Amazon.
Yes, it will happen, babies have trouble sleeping or settling. Both Baby and parents will pay the price. Here are some products that will help with that!
The Rockit-portable Baby Rocker: Attaches to your stroller with a universal bracket and with the push of a button the stroller will keep gently rocking your baby.
- Scientific tests show the vibration level closely mimics the normal hand rocking of a pushchair and the subtle yet soothing movement is gentler than a pushchair moving over paving stones.
Whisbear-The Humming Bear With Cry Sensor: At some point, the baby is going to have to learn to self-soothe and get themselves back to sleep. Whisbear is a brilliant toy/white noise machine.
- Whisbear emits white noise, a sound that the baby remembers from the fetal life. The device operates for 40 minutes and then switches off
- If the baby cries during standby mode, the cry sensor function will turn the sound on for an additional 20 minutes, to soothe baby back to sleep
- The rustling ears and paws and long legs, sewn from colourful and contrasting fabrics, provides the perfect sensory stimulation for the baby
Munchkin Lulla-Vibe Mattress Pad: Another sleep aid to help baby self-soothe.
- Vibrating pad easily slips under the crib mattress, providing soothing vibrations throughout the crib
- Vibrations help baby to fall asleep, perfect for bedtime, naptime, or to calm a fussy baby
- Two vibration speeds let Mom customize to baby
- Vibration gradually shuts off to help baby stay asleep
Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother Crib Toy With Remote: Yet another soothing option. This one has music and remote control!
“Fill your little one with wonder and set sail for sweet dreams with this best-selling aquarium crib soother. More than just a lullaby machine, the Sea Dreams Soother comforts baby with classical melodies and soothe and glow light effects – brought to life by an enchanting cast of Baby Einstein characters. Little eyelids grow heavy with the unique Drift Off feature, which gradually softens lights and sounds every 10 minutes. Parents can reactivate the soother remotely to avoid wake-ups or disturbances. And because this sleep machine is made just for our littlest loves, babies can easily turn the soother on themselves if woken in the middle of the night. Even the busiest babies need a good night’s sleep, so they can explore the world around them well-rested and refreshed.”
Baby Monitor: A must have for every baby household. These start at $29.99 CDN and go up from there. Price varies depending on distance range and whether it’s audio only or audio-visual.
Umbrella Stroller: Big Strollers are wonderful, and most parents I know want to pick those out themselves. An Umbrella Stroller is something most new parents don’t think about, but they are fantastic to have when babies are at the sitting up stage. These mini-strollers are easily transportable and collapsible for quick in and outs of the car, travelling by air or for when the big stroller will be too cumbersome.
Backpack Diaper Bag: The most awkward thing about long strap Diaper Bags is having them slip off your shoulder when you’re manoeuvring around with baby in tow or arms. I love the idea of the backpack with handhold. It’s on your back, out of the way and it’s not going to slip off the shoulder and slam into something.
Baby Thermometer: Every new parent will need a thermometer for years to come.
Teething Relief: From Teething Mitts to Balm Baby Teething Rub. Teething Relief is something every new parent needs on hand because one day, BAM, it happens and you don’t want to be without something to help the little munchkin through.
Humidifier: Snuffy, snuffly noses are very uncomfortable and hard for babies to handle. A portable in-room humidifier is a godsend for times when the little one has a cold virus. When choosing a humidifier, it’s critical to find one that easy to clean and de-scale!
The Home Helpers
Diaper Genie: Regular old school diaper pails STINK, period. Enough said.
Mrs. Meyers Cleaners: Once the baby is putting EVERYTHING he/she can get her hands on into their mouth parents will worry about having toxic ingredient cleaners. I recommend Mrs. Meyers because it removes dirt, grease and grime, it’s biodegradable and non-toxic, it’s multi-purpose and, it smells AMAZING!!!
Don’t Forget About Mom and Dad
Finally, don’t forget the new parents. Prepare a meal or two for them once the baby comes. Drop one ready to eat and one for the freezer. Keep an eye on Mom, if she seems to have the baby blues then be there for her. If breastfeeding is a problem and you’ve been there, done that, offer to help her with it.
If Mom is breastfeeding, make sure she’s drinking enough water. Buy her a lovely water bottle like a S’well or a Wellness-Gem Water Bottle which are beautiful!
New Moms usually find their morning tea or coffee gets cold before they have a chance to drink it. Make sure her coffee or tea stays warm for hours with an HYDY Tumbler, much prettier for use at home than a big travel mug. Once her nursing is all done, she can use it to keep her glass of wine cold for hours, BONUS! Both The Wellness Gem and the HYDY Tumbler are available from safeandchic.com
Last but not least remember, when it comes to raising children and getting through the newborn stage, it may not take a village but, it sure makes it easier!