My daughter was born peacefully and gently in a home water birth. We left the vernix on her to dry naturally, and didn’t give her a proper bath until she was two days old. She had beautiful, porcelain skin. By the time she was five days old, however, she looked as though we had dragged her through gravel on her bottom. She had a bleeding nappy rash which caused her to scream in pain every time she urinated.
As a new mother, I was beside myself, not knowing what to do. I applied the nappy creams I had received in my Bounty pack and prayed for it to go away. Eventually, through a combination of different nappy rash treatments (including corn flour and egg whites, herbal baths, the Bounty pack nappy creams and vitamin C serum and finally realising it was a reaction to the nappies themselves and changing to a different brand) we finally mastered the bleeding nappy rash.
We eventually changed to bamboo nappies, a move we’ve never looked back from, and all nappy rashes stopped. When we went on a five week camping holiday, however, we had very limited access to washing facilities, and had to resort to disposables once again (the lack of environmentally friendly nappies across Europe is definitely worthy of investigation.)
Within a week, the rash had flared up again but this time we were prepared. We had with us the Green People Nappy Cream Baby Balm.
Last week I introduced you to Green People, the organic skin care range for the whole family. I told you about their fantastic sun lotion for children (and you can still enter to win Â£30 worth of skincare products for mums and little ones.)
Winner of both the Bizzie Baby Award 2009 and the TIPS 2010 Best Organic Nappy Cream Award, Green People states that its Nappy Cream Baby Balm is made up of 98% organic ingredients. These ingredients include palm oil, olive oil, bees wax, zinc oxide, hemp oil, sunflower seed oil, marigold oil, roman chamomile oil, and natural vitamin E.
According to the Green People website, the nappy cream is suitable for people who may be prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. They also say that their natural baby product is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest baby balm that nature can offer.
Personally, the nappy balm has exceeded my expectations. I was happy enough with the commonly available nappy rash products, but since having tried this, would not go back to them.
The scent of this cream is pleasantly surprising, not smelling of chemicals at all (since it contains none) but rather of soothing and calming chamomile. It is quite a thick cream, but spreads fantastically well. A small amount really does cover the whole bum, and even after a month of using it regularly, we still have more than half a jar left.
As to its effectiveness, I am really happy with it â€“ it works super fast, soothing and removing the redness and rash, and it actually works all over the body, not just on the nappy areas.
The 40ml container has an airtight and, in my experience leak-proof, seal between the pot and the lid, even in high temperatures when the cream itself becomes quite runny. With a screw-top lid there have been no mishaps in the nappy bag, as I have experienced with other brands.
The only real down side is the cost. At Â£9.25 for 40ml Nappy Cream Baby Balm is quite a bit more expensive than conventional, mainstream alternatives, but as I’ve said above, I feel it is entirely worth it and is certainly what we are and will be using in the future. I wish, in fact, that this had been in my Bounty pack from the start.
Green People have kindly offered to give one Diary of a First Child reader a baby and child skin care set including No Scent Sun Lotion, No Scent Baby Lotion,Â No Scent Baby Wash & Shampoo and a Nappy Cream Baby Balm, worth Â£40!
In order to be in with a chance to win, just answer the following question by looking at their website and then leaving your answer below:
What Green People babies and children product would interest you most?
Competition closes at noon (GMT) on 2 August 2010 and the winner will be drawn randomly using Random.org
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And the winner is:
Wendy Stanger. Congratulations!