Planning for the arrival of a precious new life will likely mean your attention is focused on the safest and most healthy baby products. You can make a difference to the world you are welcoming your baby in to by choosing products that love the planet and are effective and gentle.
By the time you are around 36 weeks pregnant you will want to have your bag all packed and ready to go. Here are our top tips for eco and baby friendly products to include.
During and after labour your lips can get really dry and uncomfortable so pop some nourishing lip balm from Ecostore in your bag.
Don’t forget to include toothbrush and toothpaste – Ecostore now have great range of eco friendly toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Constant hand washing is going to be a part of your life now! In addition to your normal handwashing routine, you will be adding in after nappies and before feeds so your hands will easily become dry so pop a lovely hand cream like the Extra Moisturising one from Ecostore in your hospital bag
Your baby is likely to be born with a creamy white coating on their skin called vernix. This helped protect baby’s skin while in the womb and actually helps your baby regulate their temperature while continuing to protect their skin. For this reason it is not recommended that you bath baby for 24-48 hours after they are born. Water is all you need for the first few weeks of bathing.
It is common for new-born skin to get a bit flaky and dry as the skin adapts to the new environment, so you could pop an Ecostore moisturiser especially formulated for babies in the bag too.
The first poo your baby will do is called ‘meconium’. It is greenish black and thick – looks a bit like liquid liquorice! As it’s a bit sticky and tricky to remove from your baby’s bottom, applying the Ecostore nappy balm helps provide a barrier and makes the clean up a bit easier. A bottom balm is also a great way to avoid nappy rashes too.
Skin to skin touch is known to be really important for new babies. You can continue kangaroo care as it’s sometimes known for as long as you like but you might also like to introduce baby massage as this also helps your baby feel calm and loved. Eco Store Baby Oil has black currant and almond oil and is perfect for baby massage. It’s also ideal for when your support person gives you a massage too!
Written by Robyn
Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments.
Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass.”