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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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Gag me with a spoon! Why it’s all a normal part of weaning.

Posted on 31 August 2016 by Admin


Giving your baby those first tastes of ‘grown-up food’ is undeniably exciting, but it can also be a bit nerve-wracking - mostly because real-life weaning rarely resembles the serene, orderly images we see on TV and in magazines.

Our little darlings might open their mouths like obedient baby birds, sure – but they’re just as likely to clamp those rosebud lips together, or worse, take a big mouthful and then gag like you’ve just tried to feed them a spoonful of bug guts.

The good news? This is all normal behaviour. Yes, even the gagging, and those scary moments when they somehow manage to cough up something they’ve already swallowed so they can have another go at chewing it. And no, they’re not doing it just to give you a heart attack.

You see, babies are born knowing how to do one thing very well: using those little mouths to suck and swallow milk. They then spend the next six months perfecting this skill, several times a day. None of this, however, prepares them for the next big job: learning to deal with non-liquid food.

As adults, we think nothing of chewing and swallowing our food, but for your baby, this is a big and sometimes confusing task. Solid food - even in its runniest, most pureed form - isn’t nearly as easy to deal with as milk; it needs to be moved around the mouth by the tongue before being shunted to the back and swallowed. (Later on, when you start to add more texture, there will be chewing involved, too.) 

In the early days of weaning, your baby is still learning how to deal with these new and unfamiliar tasks, so a certain amount of gagging and dribbling is absolutely par for the course. And though it may make your heart leap when they do it, your baby’s gag reflex is an important safety mechanism that helps protect them from choking.

 A young baby’s gag reflex is located fairly close to the front of the mouth, but by the time they are ready to wean, most babies have cleverly accustomed themselves to the feeling of having objects in their mouths (yes, all that gnawing on their fists, toys and everything else within reach did have a purpose!)

However, if a spoonful of food does make its way to the back of the throat before your baby is ready, the gag reflex is there to keep it from going any farther. Your baby may heave and splutter a bit, or get a bit red in the face, but within a couple of seconds the food will be out of the danger zone. (In contrast, choking looks quite different; it may be completely silent, and the skin will often turn a dusky colour. This requires immediate assistance; the NHS has a helpful page on what to do if your baby is choking.)

The good news about gagging is that it’s actually a learning experience for your baby; as unnerving as we parents might find it, those heaves and splutters are teaching your little one a lot about how to manoeuvre food around in the mouth. And this is going to come in very handy in a few weeks, when you both tackle the next big challenge: lumpy foods!


Does your baby splutter a lot when eating solids, or has it been a smooth ride so far? Let us know in the comments section below!




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Tricks for introducing new tastes

Posted on 24 August 2016 by Admin


Once your baby starts the wonderful adventure of weaning, it’s a great idea to offer as many new tastes as you can, to get him or her used to the idea that food can have a wide range of flavours. (The exceptions to this, of course, are salty and sugary foods; babies don’t need either of these!)


It won’t take you long to realise that your baby has some decided preferences. For instance, many babies will hoover down as much pureed fruit as you’ll give them, but turn up their button noses at veg. According to HiPP’s nutritionist, Helen Gardiner, “This is a natural reaction – after all, babies are born with a preference for the sweet flavour of breastmilk – but it’s important to expand their tastes to include less sweet foods, too.”


This means offering some of the more pungent veg, like broccoli, greens, green beans and even that bane of children everywhere, sprouts. The more variety you can expose them to at this age, the better; research has shown that babies who were offered a wide range of vegetables early in the weaning process ate more veg at age 6, and were more willing to try new foods as well.


But what’s the best way to get a reluctant small person to try that spoonful of green puree, without having it end up on the floor (or the walls, or in your hair)?

Here are some tips on introducing your baby to new flavours that will have you spooning your way to success in no time.

  • Persistence is key. We’re putting this tip at the top, because it’s probably the most important. If your baby spits out sprouts once, that doesn’t mean you need to bin the rest! Instead, try the opposite tactic: Move on to something else for now, but offer the sprouts (or broccoli, or beans) again at the next meal. And the next, and the next; the study above showed it can take up to ten tries for a baby to decide that a new taste is actually okay after all. (However, once they’ve changed their little minds, it seems to stick; most of the babies in the study were still eating the previously disliked vegetable six years later!)
  • Don’t be afraid to mix flavours – at least at first. It sounds less-than-appetising to us, but if your baby loves squash and hates spinach, try blending them together. You might need to start with 10% spinach for the first meal, but you’ll probably find you can gradually increase the proportion until there’s not much squash in there – or none at all.
  • Try a different shape. Some babies are little individualists, and just want to explore this new, fun activity for themselves. So if your baby won’t have pureed broccoli, try steaming a spear until it’s quite soft, cooling it and just handing it over. (After all, everything ends up in the mouth before long, so why not take advantage of it?)


What’s your little one’s favourite “grown-up” food? Are there any they just won’t touch? Join the conversation in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!






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