There’s nothing better than the smell of a newborn. That warm powdery, milky scent is the cleanest, most pure scent in the world. I remember inhaling Max, trying to drink him in through my nostrils. When it comes to baby products, you want something soft and subtle – that won’t overpower that smell, but complements it beautifully. Of course you also want it to be as natural as possible, and easy to use. Amid the sleep deprivation, the tears and tantrums (both mum’s and bub’s) it can be a little hard to navigate the beauty aisle. So whether you’re expecting, or you know someone who is, here’s my shortlist of the yummiest baby beauty buys…
Burt’s Bees Baby Bee All Better Balm. A clever all-purpose salve, this handy stick is great to rub onto bumps, scratches and bruises. Along with sweet almond oil, beeswax, cocoa butter it contains calendula and chamomile to soothe.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Mom & Baby Cream. This is perfect for dry patches on bub’s (or mum’s) face. The formulation is super natural with Shea Butter and eco-certified organic ingredients and has the paediatrician’s tick of approval. Love the baby bag- handy size.
Jurlique Baby’s Soothing Bubble Bath. This lavender-spiked foamy treat is good for mums and bubs alike. It contains jojoba oil to hydrate and a delicious scent that threatens to send anyone who sniffs it off to snoozetown within seconds.
Invisible Zinc Junior Clip-On Sunscreen. It’s thick and needs to be rubbed in well but it’s a really thorough, low irritant sun block that bounces rays away from bub's precious untainted skin. Love that it clips to the pram or baby bag so you never forget to pack it.
Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash. This is a must – not just for mums, but for clean freaks everywhere. It smells like the brand’s famous hand cream, absorbs and dry-washes hands quickly without the alcohol sting that some hand sanitizers sometimes have.
The Aromatherapy Co Baby Therapy Heal Me Balm. A gorgeous lavender and tea tree scented blend of beeswax and rosehip oil that calms irritations and hydrates. The tiny tin is perfectly portable and great for slipping into a nappy bag.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Mom & Baby Lotion. Also from the delicious L’Occitane range, this creamy body lotion comes in a hand pump pack perfect for sitting on the change table. It smells sweet and clean, a little like milk bottles.
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder. Powder has had a bad rap lately due to the risk of babies inhaling talc. This contains cornstarch, which isn’t as easily inhaled as talc. To be safe, apply it to your hand away from bub's face then gently pat it on the nappy area after using wipes to dry off the area.
The Aromatherapy Co Baby Therapy Massage Oil. Anything that has a pump or spray gets my tick of approval (as anyone who’s ever tried to moisturise or massage a squirming baby can appreciate). This sleep-inducing oil contains…yep – you guessed it – lavender, along with sweet almond and citrus.