Thursday 25 August 2011

Smooth as a baby's bottom - baby sensory cleanse & protect nappy balm review

I was very lucky to be sent some baby sensory cleanse and protect nappy balm to review recently. I'm a big fan of the baby sensory classes having taken my son to them for three terms and buying the cd which he still loves so I had high expectations of the baby sensory nappy balm. (You can read my post on baby sensory classes if you like?)

I'm rather particular about chemicals and do my best to avoid things such as parabens  (Yep, there's something you should know about parabens) so I was very happy to discover that there are no nasties in this balm, it's all natural and handmade in Scotland just for Baby Sensory.
(I can't help but imagine a small team of people cooking this up in a traditional farmhouse kitchen complete with tea and shortbread biscuits... and a sheep outside the window - I know I'm probably wrong!)
There's no added perfume to the nappy balm and I could only detect a small hint of the scent of cocoa butter. The ingredients list is fantastic all natural and boasts things such as local beeswax and sunflower seed oil.

At first I was worried the balm would be quite greasy, afterall it does need to provide a bit of a barrier but actually it soaks in quite quickly. (I've found other brands to be a bit too greasy and seem to do more harm than good) and it's texture was much smoother and waxy than other nappy creams.

We used it on my 26 month old's sore bottom and it really helped - my son has started sleeping on his tummy and we are having huge issues with night time nappies, every disposable we've tried has leaked in the night - they just don't seem to be able to cope with the concentration of wee in the front and obviously my son wakes up distraught and wet through usually at about 5am so he's left tired but also too awake to go back to sleep.We have found that using a reusable booster in a night time disposable works most nights, however it has left him rather sore - probably from having a soggy booster stuck to him all night.
I've found that the baby sensory balm doesn't make him wince or shout in pain when applied and as it does form a barrier, it has helped to protect him in the nights and I have seen an improvement on the soreness.

I've also been using the balm on dry patches on my face, I had baby2 only 8 weeks ago and once again, I've found myself suffering from dry post natal skin. I've found that if I apply the balm to my dry patches early in the morning, it's soaked in enough by the time we head out (it is quite shiny on your face!) and it helps relieve the tightness and dryness but only for a few hours then I need to reapply but my skin is definitely improving.

It does make a fantastic night time hand/ foot cream too and is great on dry cuticles!

I think I would have loved this product when I was pregnant and my tummy had that prickly "stretch mark developing" feeling. The ingredients and texture make me think this would have been very soothing! I don't believe any product can stop stretch marks but I do think some soothe that horrible prickly feeling and moisturising might help slow down the severity of stretch mark!

It comes in quite a large 50ml pot but some of the pot is wasted empty space below the product. For me, I always prefer a squeeze tube or pump when it comes to nappy creams. I just feel it's more hygienic and harder for the toddler to access it! But that's the only change I'd make to the product. It's performance, ethics and ingredients can't be faulted.

You can buy the balm from the baby sensory website for £5.99 which I think is reasonable as it does last a while, however postage is an extra £3.95 which makes this product £9.94 a tub which in my opinion is more than I would like to pay for a nappy balm, even a good one!

Emma in Bromley x

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