Written by Nina Eberhardt
Being the sister of 'Dot + Pop' certainly has it's advantages. Recently I was gifted a beautiful set of pregnancy products from the delightful company Little Bairn... It's a little different from the usual posts on Dot + Pop, however Eve was drawn to the products by their sorbet colours, minimalist feel and the vision of how dreamy they would look in a babies nursery.
I love products that are Australian made and organic, especially now I am carrying, and Little Bairn ticks both those boxes. Their products are all 100% natural, made from pure and organic ingredients, so you can be assured there is nothing nasty in store for mum or baby. The ingredient lists are short and there are no fillers – just pure, safe and simple products. All products are safe to use right from birth and are eczema friendly.
Victoria, the owner and founder of Little Bairn, found herself disappointed at the amount of unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients in baby care products available at the time her son Oliver was born, in 2011. Wanting to protect her son's skin she decided to take a 'back to basics' approach and in 2013 Little Bairn was launched.
I was lucky enough to receive four beautiful products to try...
The 'Relax Me' Pregnancy Bath Soak has been a godsend. Designed to soothe the body and calm the senses - it has lived up to it's name! Made with organic rose petals and lavender flowers, white clay, Himalayan saltand Epsom salt, it not only smells beautiful but looks gorgeous too. Even though I am only in my second trimester, I am usually exhausted and sore after a day spent up and down off the floor with twenty 6 year olds! A warm soak in the evening has been an indulgent way to relax, soothe my muscles and steal an hour away!
The 'Blooming Belly Oil' is designed for the prevention of stretch marks – something I am very interested in! I had been worried about the chemicals in bio oil and hadn't been all that keen to use it, so I wasvery glad when this arrived in the mail! The description on the bottle says 'A blend of organic, omega rich oils to boost collagen production and leave skin supple and smooth. Avocado and jojoba oils nourish the skin and help improve elasticity, while calendula, evening primrose and rose hip promote healing and renewing'. It smells beauitful and I feel a million times better rubbing this into my growing belly knowing that it is completely natural - and the best thing is, no stretch marks yet!
The Rose Hip Oil I haven't used much yet. I'm saving it to use after the birth as it can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, although I'm hoping not to have too many of those! In the mean time I have been using it on my face when it is feeling particularly dry as it is packed full of fatty acids which help to nourish and regenerate my skin.
I'm glad to say I haven't had to use the Nipple Balm yet! From what I have heard from friends who are mothers, it will come in very handy once Bub is here. I cant imagine putting something with nasty chemicals on sore, cracked nipples, so I am pleased to have this lanolin free balm to naturally relieve and protect. The ingredients include avocado oil, rose-hip oil and liquid Shea butter. A review to come in the future!
I am looking forward to ordering some other products for the baby. I have already found it tricky to buy products that are natural and I can't think of anything worse than putting creams or powders on my baby's skin that contain artificial colours, fragrances and other nasties. These are on my wish list:
Bottom Balm - A blend of soothing oil and natural beeswax specially formulated to both treat and prevent the symptoms of nappy rash.
Natural Baby Powder - A talc free powder, containing soothing white clay and a hint of lavender to leave baby smelling sweet while absorbing moisture and soothing skin.
Sleepy Time Bath and Massage Oil - I am excited to give this a try as I am looking forward to learning about baby massage. It is a gentle blend of nutrient rich oils that will leave baby feeling nourished and smooth. The addition of chamomile and lavender will help prepare baby for sleep too!
Go to www.littlebairn.com.au to see more beautiful products such as Sleepy Time Nursey Spray, Milk and Honey Bath Soak, Cucumber and Sweet Orange Body Wash. ( I feel a big order coming on!)