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When nappy rash isn't nappy rash

Posted on 4 October 2016 by Admin


It’s happened to many a parent - despite all your best efforts at keeping that tiny posterior clean and dry, you’re suddenly looking at a red, sore bottom and a very unhappy baby.

First step: Try to bin the guilt. You’re not the first mum or dad to confront a nappy rash, and you certainly won’t be the last. In the meantime, you can battle it with all the usual nappy rash tactics: fresh air, frequent changes and a layer of soothing cream (plus a good helping of cuddles, of course!)

But what happens if the usual tactics aren’t working? The fact is, sometimes what looks like a stubborn nappy rash is something different. Here are the most likely culprits:

  • Eczema. Babies who are prone to eczema often get a rash on the face and head, but they’re also more likely to get it in other areas that are exposed to irritants – like, you guessed it, the nappy zone. Your health visitor or GP should be able to help you tell if your baby’s rash is eczema-related, and they may give you a mild hydrocortisone cream to treat it.
  • Contact allergies. If your baby has been well and happy, and then suddenly develops a rash out of nowhere, it’s worth having a close look at both the rash itself and the products you’re using. Have you changed your brand of wipes lately, or borrowed someone else’s in a pinch? What are you using to sanitise the change mat? Babies’ skin is very sensitive, and in some cases even a single exposure can be enough to trigger a reaction. (The mystery can sometimes take a while to solve, however, as in the case of a mum from Kent whose toddler daughter turned out to be allergic to her potty seat!). Take a look at our new baby care range which is free from nasties.
  • A fungal infection. Common fungal organisms like Candida absolutely love a warm, moist environment, and unfortunately, the inside of a nappy suits them beautifully. If you’re slathering on the nappy rash cream and your baby’s bottom still looks bright red, with spots of rash around the edges and in the skin folds, you may well be looking at a fungal rash, and it’s probably time to head to the GP for a prescription cream to knock it out.
  • A bacterial infection. If the rash looks swollen and weepy, and/or your baby has a fever, it’s also GP time; you could be looking at a bacterial infection called impetigo, which will need antibiotics to clear it up.

Has your little one experienced any of these tricky nappy rash lookalikes? Tell us about it in the comments section, or on our Facebook page, and give other mums the benefit of your experience!




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Disposables or cloth nappies?

Posted on 30 September 2016 by Admin

If one thing is true about babies, it’s that they take a lot of keeping clean. Mostly down below. So the question of what you should use to swathe that tiny bottom is really fairly important – especially since the average baby gets around 4,000 nappy changes before they learn to use the potty!

Here’s what you need to know to make this big, bottom-line decision (pardon the pun).

Reusable nappies

Today’s reusable nappy systems are a far cry from the white cotton and safety pins your nanna used to use! Instead, the modern versions usually boast a colourful, waterproof outer cover that fastens with press-studs or velcro, paired with an inner layer that’s easy to wash and quick to dry. If you’re heading away on holidays, or just can’t bear the thought of all that washing, there are also disposable pads that fit inside the outer covers. Reusable nappies are also considerably cheaper than disposables – between £70 and £250 for a set, plus around £1 a week for the energy it takes to wash them.

Environmentally, the impact reusable nappies have isn’t always smaller than disposables, but they do save on landfill – a recent UK government report estimated that 2-3% of our household waste (that’s up to 400,000 tonnes a year) consists of soiled nappies! Another environmental point to consider: if you’re planning to expand your family in the future, reusing the washable nappies for your next child will cut their impact considerably.


Most parents choose disposable nappies, largely for the convenience factor – instead of soaking, washing and drying, you can just bin them when you’re done. The opposing factor, of course, is cost – at between 13 and 17p per nappy, the average baby’s disposables will end up costing somewhere around £800 in total!

The comparable environmental impact of disposables depends largely on how you would plan to launder cloth nappies if you were to use them; if you usually tumble-dry your laundry and own low energy-rated appliances, the carbon footprint of disposables might be quite close to the reusable variety. If you’re keen on green living, however, and you’re prepared to minimise your energy usage, you may find cloth nappies the better choice.

In the end, like most baby-related decisions, the type of nappy you choose is really up to you, and there are pluses and minuses to either option.


Which sort of nappies are you choosing, or have you chosen, for your baby? We’d love to know how you made your choice – come join the discussion on our Facebook page or in the comments section below!





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Water babies: Getting through the first bath with confidence

Posted on 23 September 2016 by Admin


So you’ve come through your baby’s birth with flying colours – congratulations! Now that you’re home, though, the tips you picked up in neonatal classes may have got a bit fuzzy, and you might be finding the idea of bathing your newborn intimidating. Don’t worry – you’re far from alone.

Tiny new person? Check. Slippery soap? Check. Parent who feels suddenly all thumbs? Definite check.

It’s a stressful scenario, and many newbie parents dread the eventual moment when baby must meet bath water. Trust us – we’ve been there too!

However, this is one of those things that must be done eventually – topping and tailing only works for so long before your sweet little one starts to smell something less than sweet. So take a deep breath, and remember that parents have been doing this for millennia; if they can do it, so can you.

Here are a few more practical insider tips on bathing your newborn. Follow these, and you’ll be a confident baby-bather before you know it!

  • The first step is to make sure you know how the bathing routine is meant to work (luckily, we’ve compiled a handy video guide to help you out). Grab a cuppa, take a look, and make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need on hand before you dive in (so to speak).
  • Don’t be afraid to recruit a bathtime mentor. Mums are fabulous in this role – after all, they bathed you for years and you’re still around, aren’t you? Siblings or friends who are veteran parents can also be a big help. Whoever you ask, you’ll likely find that having an extra set of experienced hands to assist you will boost your confidence no end.
  • Props can help, too. We’re not normally advocates of buying heaps of baby gear, but if you’re very nervous about bathing your baby, a supportive bath seat might go a long way toward alleviating your worries. These tend to be moulded to support your baby’s head and neck, with a soft, non-slippery mesh sling that will let the water pass through.
  • If you don’t use a bath seat or sling, your best bet is to keep your dominant arm under your baby’s neck and shoulders, with your hand keeping a secure hold around the arm that’s farthest from you. This will support your baby’s head and give you a good grip on your slippery little package, while leaving the other hand free for washing.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy it! If you’re a nervous first-timer, this may seem like madness right now, but trust us, bathtime can be a wonderful, relaxing experience for both you and your baby. Many adults love a warm, comforting bath after a challenging day, and your baby is no different – after all, your newborn has spent most of his or her existence to date floating in the warm ‘bath’ inside your belly!

    If you don’t believe us, check out this amazing video  of Sonia Rochel, France’s “baby bath queen”, to see how lovely bathing your baby can be. Of course, Sonia’s techniques are based on years of experience as a baby nurse, and are likely more advanced than you’ll want to try at first, but the concept is the same: a gentle, loving bath, given by the people they trust the most, is one of the very best ways to relax your baby for a good night’s sleep.

    Have you given your baby his or her first ‘proper’ bath yet? How did it go? We’d love for you to share your tips with other newbie parents on our Facebook page or in the comments below!




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Working bath time into your baby’s pre-bed routine

Posted on 20 September 2016 by Admin

When you first bring your new baby home, life is understandably a bit chaotic. Okay, maybe more than a bit. (The truth is, your tidy routine may well feel as if it’s been turned upside-down and inside-out for a while.)

But when the haze of the early days starts to recede a bit, you’ll probably realise that you’ve settled into a new routine – one that revolves around your baby’s need for food, care and sleep. This is a great step forward, because it means that you can plan ahead much better; for instance, meeting a friend for coffee is no longer such a hit-or-miss proposition if you know your baby nearly always naps between 11am and 1pm. 

Chances are, you’re also finding that one of the most important bits of your new daily routine is what happens just before you put your baby down to sleep at night – and not just because it means you’ll soon be able to make a cuppa and steal a few minutes with your partner and/or the rest of the family! The truth is, a good bedtime routine can set your baby up for a good night’s sleep – and that will make a huge difference to everyone.

This is why so many parents make a soothing, warm bath a regular part of their baby’s pre-bedtime ritual. As you probably know from your own experience, there’s something about a lovely soak in warm water that helps relax us like nothing else, and this trick tends to work just as well on babies. So if you can, it’s well worth adding an evening bath to the mix a few times a week.

As an example, a good bedtime routine might include:

  • Having a cuddle and reading a book to your baby
  • A nice relaxing bath (you can add some of our new Goodnight Baby Bath to the water if you like; the natural sandalwood scent is fabulously soothing, and it’s ultra-gentle on tender skin)
  • Changing your baby into a clean nappy and sleepsuit
  • Singing a lullaby or two
  • Tucking your baby in and giving a kiss goodnight

Experiment with the elements your baby seems to like the best, and you’ll soon discover what works best for you. Soon, these comforting rituals will become unspoken signals that will tell your little one it’s time to sleep – which, in turn, will help to build good sleep habits for life.

What does your baby’s bedtime routine look like? Do you give a regular bedtime bath? Let us know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!






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Introducing new products from HiPP to make bath time pure fun!

Posted on 16 September 2016 by Admin


(One of our Ambassadors trying out our new no tears, 'free from' baby shampoo)

Once they get used to the concept of bathing, many babies absolutely love the water, and bath time can be one of the nicest moments for parents and children – a time for closeness and enjoyment at the end of a hectic day.

That’s one of the reasons we decided to create a new line of HiPP baby care products! We’ve made good use of our 60 years of expertise in the organic industry to formulate our very first “free-from” products, all of them pure and gentle to protect your baby’s delicate skin.

Our new bath time heroes use only the kindest ingredients, without any of the additives that can cause irritation. By avoiding harsh ingredients like PEG, parabens, paraffin and allergy-causing fragrances, we can be sure that we’re offering you only the purest care for your baby – and we never use ingredients that pollute our oceans, like microbeads, so our products are safe for the environment!

If a bath is part of your baby’s regular bedtime routine, our Goodnight Baby Bath is a perfect, relaxing addition that will help your little one nod off peacefully. Containing sandalwood, a calming fragrance,this gentle formulation is free from all the common nasties.

Our Head to Toe Baby Wash is a lovely, gentle formulation that can be used all over, right from your baby’s first bath (it’s that pure!) With no allergy-causing fragrances or preservatives, it’s perfect for the early days before a shampoo is needed.

Once your little one has a bit more hair, you might choose to move on to our ultra-sensitive Baby Shampoo – it’s just as gentle, with a special “no-tears” formulation to help both babies and nervous parents be more comfortable! 

Toddlers and older kids will love our cute-as-a-button Foaming Hand Wash – its non-irritating formulation is kind to tiny hands, and the adorable, refillable duck bottle will make hand-washing time fun!

Keep an eye out for our new baby care line in Tesco, starting in September!

Take a look at what is being said about our new baby care range on our Facebook page. Have you tried our new range?  Let us know what you think. 





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