Blow, Wind, Blow, We've Got A Mum & Baby Rescue Balm

The winter has been comparatively mild, we haven't had any snow where we live, but the combination of the damp air and harsh winds outside as well as the heating inside could do a lot of damage to a delicate skin. At 2, my little man is not a baby anymore, but the skin on his cheeks and hands gets dry and rough if we go out for long walks without any protection from the elements. We have been using Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm for a few weeks, and I have noticed the difference it makes.

As my older son's skin is prone to eczema, I am trying to do my best to prevent the same with Eddie. I have heard of Mum & Baby Rescue Cream before, as it was launched over a year ago.

What does the official Green People site say about its product?

"Organic shea butter, hemp, beeswax and calendula
New scent-free rescue balm, gentle enough for mum and baby to share.
- Organic Calendula and vit. E soothe sore cracked nipples before and after breastfeeding.
- Rich in Organic Shea Butter to reduce skin's dryness for mum and baby.
- Organic Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Hemp seed oil softens the perineum region before birth.
- Fragrance free and gentle for frequent use - use as often as required.

Also suitable for those who may be prone to eczema and psorias.
Organic Babies Mum & Baby Rescue Balm is made without Parabens, Lanolin, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest rescue salve that nature can offer"

What did we think of this product?
First of all, it is great to have a product that is multi-tasking, i.e. it treats so many skin irritations which occur in pregnancy, during breastfeeding and is also suitable for babies and young children. It has all the right ingredients like calendula and Vitamin E, sweet almond and Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids that are essential for the healthy-looking skin.

It is scent-free. It soothes rough patches. I have used it on my own face and even tried a little bit on my lips. It is similar in consistency to some of the nipple creams that I used in the past, especially after Eddie was born and my breasts were really sore, but at the same time it is less sticky like those creams, and is of a less dense consistency, making it easier to spread on the skin if you are uisng it as a barrier cream when going outdoors with your baby or tot.

It lasts quite a long time, as you only need a very small amount to apply. It is now part of our going out routine, when I dress up Eddie, he comments: Shoes, scarf, hat, coat and Keem (that's how he pronounces the word cream).

Verdict: it delivers what it promises.

And here are winter tips for babies (as advised by Green People):

ü  "Be careful not to let baby over-heat, this can make them sweat, which can irritate the skin.  As there is a greater difference between inside and outside temperatures during the winter months the best way to maintain baby’s temperature is through layering their clothes.
ü  Avoid the use of chemical loaded toiletries, certain ingredients commonly found in many mainstream products can dry the skin and cause irritation. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) added to achieve the bubbles that little ones love and found in most products in your bathroom cabinet is also used as an engine de-greaser! Instead choose organic and natural products which contain skin nourishing ingredients and plant proteins but still ‘bring on the bubbles’. We recommend you try our Scent Free Baby Wash & Shampoo, a super mild wash which is gentle on the skin and is suitable for those prone to eczema and skin allergies.
ü  After bath (and in the morning for those with really dry skin) massage baby with a gentle organic moisturiser, this is the best time to treat skin to a moisture boost as the cream will absorb whilst baby sleeps. Our recommendation is our Dry Skin Baby Lotion, a non-greasy, nutrient packed lotion which protects sensitive skin and soothes those prone to eczema.
ü  When out and about enjoying the winter snow, or for general winter skin protection for little faces try a rich, organic, water-resistant formula. We recommend our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm which is packed with organic goodness including Vitamin E to soothe skin and Shea Butter to tackle dryness. Its super-rich protective consistency blocks wind and cold weather whilst soothing and calming any irritation.
ü  Try to dress baby in natural fabrics rather than synthetic options, they let baby’s skin ‘breathe’. Avoid putting wool next to your baby’s skin as this can cause irritation and can worsen eczema. "