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What bathtime play is teaching your baby

Posted on 18 October 2016 by Admin

We all know that regular baths are important for keeping your little one healthy and smelling sweet, but bathtime isn’t just about getting clean! It’s also a great learning experience for your baby.

Why? Essentially, our brains learn best when they’re being exposed to lots of new information, and for a young baby, being immersed in that lovely warm water is quite a novel thing. Later on, when they’re better able to sit up and explore, the bath is a great space for them to experiment with some big, important concepts. Here are a few things bathtime is teaching your baby:


When you support your newborn in the bath, the sensation of the water on their skin stimulates their sensory development, and it also helps support their weight, which lets them stretch out and practice moving those little arms and legs in new ways. It’s also a great chance to bond with Mum or Dad; as you support their body and head, you’re at the perfect arm’s-length distance, so they can focus on your face. Go ahead and have a chat to them, or sing a song; they’ll love the close interaction with you.

Young babies

As your baby gets a bit older, those arm and leg movements will get bigger and more energetic (keep a towel handy!) This isn’t just an attempt to soak the bathroom, though – they’re experimenting with their own movements and learning a lot about cause and effect.

Plus, it’s great fun for your baby to be able to have such an effect on their environment; the sound of the water and the sensation of splashing is very exciting and stimulating. Add in the scent of the soap (like the sandalwood in our Good Night Baby Bath) and the sight of bubbles and toys bobbing in the water, and you can pretty much guarantee they’re learning a lot.

Older babies

Once your little one can sit up in the bath (perhaps in a bath seat), things get much more exciting! Grabbing for bubbles or toys floating in the water is a great way to practice motor control, and watching a toy sink to the bottom (or, even more exciting, bob to the top) is a wonderful puzzle for their little brains to try to figure out.

Try holding a buoyant toy under the surface, then letting it go; you’ll likely get a fascinated reaction from your little one (but be prepared, you may need to do this a few dozen more times before they get tired of the game!) You can also show your baby how to pop bubbles, fill a cup or stick foam shapes to the side of the bath; all these little games will teach them important lessons about how the world works.


Once your child has better motor control, bathtime will probably become some of the best playtime of the day! Many toddlers adore spending time in the bath, filling and pouring the water with cups, squeezing it out of squirty toys and flannels, or using it to turn a water wheel. As they develop a sense of pretend play, you may find them wanting to bathe their dolls, or have a race with toy boats. All this play is really valuable, and will teach them important concepts, from basic physics (gravity, buoyancy) to maths (empty vs full) and problem-solving skills.


What’s your little one’s favourite bathtime activity? Which toys or games do they like best? We’d love to get your ideas – feel free to share them in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!






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Nappy rash and teething – are they connected?

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Admin


Many doctors say this is an old wives’ tale, but it’s a persistent one, and for a very good reason: for lots of babies, the appearance of those first tiny teeth is accompanied by a rather red, sore bottom.

No studies have yet found evidence that teething is a direct cause of nappy rash, but one theory is that all the extra saliva your baby swallows when teething can affect the composition of the poo, making it more irritating to the skin. (Many babies also get a bit of mild diarrhoea when a tooth is coming through, which also makes them more prone to nappy rash.)

 Unfortunately, adding a sore bottom to a sore mouth can result in a rather unhappy baby! Your best bet to avoid this is probably to keep a close eye on things from around 4 months of age, so you can spot the signs that a tooth is about to make its appearance. Once the drooling and chewing begins in earnest, frequent  nappy changes and a judicious application of barrier cream should help to keep the rashes at bay – and hopefully keep your little one smiling to show off those brand-new teeth!

HiPP parent poll: Did your baby get nappy rash whilst teething? Let us know in the comments below!






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The ins and outs (and round and rounds) of baby massage

Posted on 6 October 2016 by Admin

If you’re a new parent, goodness knows you have plenty on your plate. There are the oh-so-frequent feeds, all the accompanying nappy changes, multiple naps (few of them yours, sadly), and, oh yes, the housework and laundry that stubbornly persists in piling up.

So when someone mentions baby massage, you could easily be forgiven for breaking into semi-hysterical laughter. It does seem a bit indulgent at first blush – with overtones of expensive spa days and herbal tea – but bear with us, because baby massage is something that could actually pay off in spades (or better, a good night’s sleep!)

That’s because the gentle skin-to-skin contact of massage stimulates your baby’s central nervous system, helping to release relaxing feel-good hormones like serotonin. Added bonus: If your little one has trouble with gas or colic, a gentle belly massage can help to work out the painful kinks. And, of course, a massage can be a wonderful way to bond with your baby and marvel at the tiny miracle you’ve created.

The big question, though, is this: How do you pull it off, when life with a newborn is often so chaotic? It sounds wonderful, but how’s a busy new parent meant to find the time?

The secret is in choosing your moment wisely. Here are a few tips for newbie parent masseurs.

  • Pick a moment when you’re reasonably relaxed, and your baby is calm and alert. It’s best not to wait until he or she is super-tired or getting hungry; this leads to lots of protesting, which is the opposite of what you want.
  • When you’ve found your magic moment, make sure it stays serene: take your phone off the hook or turn the ringer off, and you might also want to put a note on the door asking people not to knock.
  • Adjust your own mindset – this sort of thing works best if you can manage to consciously ignore the many other things that need doing, and just tell yourself you’re going to spend the next ten minutes focusing completely on enjoying your baby.
  • Don’t despair if it doesn’t work out perfectly the first time! If your baby doesn’t seem to be enjoying his or her spa experience, it’s fine to wind things up and try again another time. Some babies take a little while to get used to the sensation of massage, but most learn to love it. And best of all, when the massage is over they tend to sleep like... well, like babies.


Have you tried massage on your baby? How did you find it? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section, or on our Facebook page!






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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!




 [Amanda Ha2]Link to our article on baby skin conditions





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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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