Your baby is so special of course you only want the best baby natural products for him or her! What exactly do you need and not need when you are expecting? Shopping for baby products can be like heaven for a woman! You suddenly have this strong maternal urge that you need everything and the best for your baby. Only to realise soon later that perhaps you were a bit OTT.
This is an updated post from 2015.
Are you wondering what are the essentials for you both?
The Essential Natural Baby Products
There are some very fantastic aids out there to help you and your baby to be healthy and happy… naturally!
With my kids I found the following items to be very helpful in mothering:
Most Australian women are not educated of how to look after themselves after having a baby. It is so important! Please tell everyone you know having a baby. Women understand the importance of pregnancy, but wellbeing after having baby reduces significantly. Please read this post and mentioned is a wonderful book. That every pregnant woman must read, The Golden Month by Jenny Allison.
Hug-a-bub is the Byron Bay inspired baby wrap carrier. It is tricky to learn but once you get the hang of it is fantastic. So far the best carrier I have used for baby from 0-4 months. They come in a gorgeous range of colours and were fantastic for both my babies. A timeless, natural classic! Best thing about it is you are also hands-free and great for baby to strengthen their neck muscles and digestion. Lying down all the time can cause wind, strapping baby comfortable close to you can warm their tum and help them digest well. Always follow instructions on how to use this and do it safely and properly. I found the hugabug better for the newborn/small baby stage compared to the Ergo. Which I also believe is very good.
Nappy Rash Cream
Nappy Rash be gone! With Weleda Calendula Nappy Rash Cream. It contains zinc and calendula (yellow flowers clear heat and inflammation!) and is reasonably priced too. A natural nappy rash cream that actually works. One of these creams sells every 10 seconds. Thank you Weleda!
Homeopathic arnica remedy 30c – Homeopathy is a wonderful medicine. The Royal Family have their own in-house homeopath would you believe? The other day I banged my shin so badly I was in excruciating pain! I took a couple of doses of arnica and the next day all the swelling and inflammation was gone and I was left with minor bruising and a scratch. Incredible! A great remedy to have on hand for children constantly bumping and injuring themselves. Homeopathy is a very safe and gentle medicine for adults, children and babies.
Garlic & Honey
Organic garlic & honey – this is the natural, hardcore and rather stinky antibiotic of nature (Pepe Le Pew style!). Melbourne winters can be very cold and harsh. In my last post-partum, I caught cold a few times. Taking 1 teaspoon of dark, organic honey with a clove of finely chopped garlic really clears the green/yellow phlegm and other nasties out of the body. Honey is very healing, read about if more here. Great for baby too as it goes through the breastmilk. A healthy mum engenders a healthy child. Take this three times a day until symptoms improve. Remember if it does not improve or get work see your GP/trusted and registered health practitioner.
Muslin Swaddling Blankets – so handy and you can wrap babe up. They later serve as dolly blankets and handy for nappy changes. These ones are lovely.
NB: Never give babies under 12 months honey.
Things To Rethink
- Change Table – they can take up a lot of space.
- Wipe-warmer – definitely not.
- Breastfeeding Pillow – we always managed with piles of bed cushions.
- Designer Hospital Gown – it is tempting to invest in one to feel fabulous. The hospital gowns are daggy however at least you don’t have to wash them! Your child will one day grow up again and you will be able to wear fine jewellery and white clothes some day!
- Plastic – it’s bad for the environment and you want to MINIMISE your baby and child’s exposure to plastic for their hormonal growth (Xenoestrogens). There are way too many plastics and toxins out there in the environment today.
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