As Baby L grows, we’re becoming more aware that we need to teach her good habits. Now I wholeheartedly admit that I’m probably not the best person to teach her these things, which is why it’s good that I married the missus. (N.B. I’m great at teaching things like farting, squeezing spots and playing on the PS3, if you’re interested).
A few factors have come together recently which has made us aware of this need for good habits. Firstly, her two bottom teeth have popped through recently. Secondly, she’s started crawling and is getting everywhere. And thirdly, the weather is getting nicer as the sun has eventually decided to put his hat on.
We were therefore delighted to sample and review a couple of products from organic beauty brand Green People’s huge range of baby and children products. We were sent Sun Lotion SPF 25, Lotion & After Sun, Toothpaste and Sticky Hand Sanitiser which would all hopefully start to teach Baby L the importance of things like oral hygiene and sun care. Below you’ll find my review of each of these four products:
A non-greasy, natural sun lotion for children with sensitive skin who may be prone to eczema or psoriasis. Pour a generous amount of sunscreen into your cupped palm then liberally apply to body 20 minutes before exposure to sun then every 2 hours or after swimming.
- Offers 96% UVB protection
- Medium protection against UVA and UVB using natural ingredients
- Moisturising and soothing with Lavender scent
- Ideal for sensitive skin and prickly heat
- Water repellent but not pore clogging
- Organic Aloe Vera, Beeswax, Edelweiss & Lavender
With the weather starting to get better as summer approaches – I write this on a day when the mercury hit 23 degrees Celsius – it’s pretty vital to ensure that your little ones are protected from the sun’s harmful rays. When it’s hot, we try to make sure that the little one is covered up, be it with a hat, the pushchair hood or our travel centre tent thing, but that’s not always possible or feasible.
We were therefore on the lookout for a good, child-friendly sun lotion which we could slop on to the little one when out in the sun, so were chuffed to be able to sample the Organic Children one. As a baby’s skin is generally more sensitive than that of an adult, we really liked the idea of having a lotion that was kind to her skin, as natural as possible and easy to apply, compared to the cheaper more chemical filled sun creams available.
Having used the Organic Children sun lotion on numerous occasions now, we’ve had no issues at all. It appears to have protected her from the sun (as much as you can tell with the naked eye!) and hasn’t caused any irritations with her skin. I was pleasantly surprised at how thick the sun lotion is – I struggle at the best of times to not get it all over myself, so was a little apprehensive about trying to cover a wriggling baby. However, the thick consistency makes it easy to rub between your hands and then apply to the little one in between her wriggles. The bottle is a handy 150ml in size, so fine to be thrown into a changing bag, and costs £16.95.
A gentle, natural moisturiser and after sun for young, dry, sensitive skin. It can be applied to face, hands and body as often as required and used after bath time or as an after sun lotion.
- Keeps your child’s skin smooth and soft
- A moisturising lotion for face and body
- Soothing after bath time or after sun exposure
- Calendula and Rosemary protect delicate skin
- Organic Aloe Vera, Calendula, Myrrh & Lavender
We originally chose the Organic Children lotion & after sun thinking that it’d be a good option to use if Baby L had got a bit too much sun. However, we’ve actually used it more as a moisturiser which we’ve applied after her bath to keep her skin soft, soft, soft. We’d noticed that she’d started to get a few dry patches, particularly on her back and neck, so we started to use this moisturiser each night.
I obviously can’t be sure that the Organic Children lotion was the reason that the dry skin disappeared, but after applying this for a week or so, her skin did return to normal. The missus has even been using it on her hands and has noticed an improvement. The lotion smelt nice, rubbed into her skin well, and most importantly, appears to have helped hydrate her skin.
As it’s designed for sensitive skin and made from natural products, it is also a great relief to know that I’m only smothering her in good stuff, rather than creams which contain nastier ingredients. The bottle is 200ml in size and costs £10.50.
A certified organic toothpaste safe for babies’ gums and milk teeth. With a really fruity taste, it’s great for encouraging kids to brush! Gently brush teeth and gums with a small amount of Mandarin Toothpaste – there is no need to rinse the remaining toothpaste away, left in the mouth it will continue to have a protective action against bacterial growth.
- Non-toxic if swallowed by babies or children
- 100% natural – free from SLS and fluoride
- Removes plaque and reduces bacterial regrowth
- Contains antioxidant Olive Leaf extract which helps to protect gums
- Organic Mandarin, Aloe Vera, Orange & Myrrh
Like with a lot of things, we’ve wanted to get Baby L used to stuff from a young age in order to normalise it – for instance, if she eats different types of food right from the start, then there’s (hopefully) going to be less of an issue when she’s that little bit older. The same goes for brushing her teeth – if she gets used to the concept and action of sticking a brush into her mouth, then she’s less likely to be one of those kids on Channel 5 who’s had all of their teeth removed by the age of six!
We were therefore really keen to try a natural, organic toothpaste which would help encourage her to brush her teeth. The Organic Children toothpaste has done just that – the whole process has gone much better than we expected and she has even taken to putting the toothbrush into her own mouth now.
I think a big part of this is down to the orangey taste of the toothpaste – I’ve tried a bit and it really does taste nice. Baby L actively sucks, licks and gums the toothpaste which I think is a great introduction to brushing her teeth. The good thing as well, is that because it is natural and organic, there is no harm done if she swallows the toothpaste. The Organic Children toothpaste costs £3.50 for a 50ml tube.
Naturally sanitise sticky fingers, faces, toys and high chairs to leave things clean and germ-free. Can be applied directly to sticky hands or used with a cloth to wipe faces, clean toys and high chairs.
- Cleans dirt, grime and germs with a squirt
- No need for water so perfect for days out
- Mum can use it too after every nappy change
- Tea Tree extract for added antiseptic properties
- A great ‘eco buy’ for families as you get up to 200 squirts per bottle
- Organic Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Orange & Mandarin
As much as we love Baby L, the truth is she’s a bit of a walking Petri dish. Since she’s started crawling, I hate to think about what she’s touched, picked up and put into her mouth. I’m not a parent that wants to protect her from all germ exposure, but chewing the dog’s toys or standing up with the help of the toilet does make me cringe a bit. Then there’s also the mess called weaning which makes everything messy, sticky and generally a bit urgh.
I was therefore keen to give the Organic Children sticky hand sanitiser a go to try and keep things a little bit cleaner and hygienic. I really like the fact that the sticky hand sanitiser is a foam rather than a gel. We tend to always have hand sanitisers with us, but they can often be a bit messy when in gel form, however this rubs in and disappears pretty quickly without any mess.
We’ve used it in a number of scenarios – washing the little one’s face, washing our hands, wiping down surfaces etc – and it’s given us that added reassurance that things are clean. The most useful situations have been wiping down highchairs and tables when out, as well as using it as a hand sanitiser after a nappy change. There are some situations though when I’d still turn to a good old wet wipe rather than choose to pump this onto a cloth and then wipe something. The hand sanitiser costs £9.95 for a 100ml bottle, which personally feels a tad on the expensive side.
It’s been great to try out the Organic Children range of products from Green People. Each of the four products have done their job well and there is a huge reassurance in knowing that the products are natural and contain as few nasties as possible. As a result, the price of these items is a bit higher than you’d pay for the usual supermarket products, but I don’t mind that because of the quality ingredients used.
We’ve liked all of the products, but our favourite has been the toothpaste, which tastes nice and has got Baby L used to brushing her teeth, as well as the lotion & after sun, which has helped to hydrate the little one’s skin and get rid of a few dry patches.
That’s not to say that we didn’t like the sun lotion and sticky hand sanitiser though. The sun lotion has been used multiple times and has provided that extra protection we’ve been looking for, whilst the thick nature of the cream makes it less messier than usual. The hand sanitiser has been good for hands and I like the fact that it is a foam, however in some situations a wet wipe is my preference, e.g. wiping hands and face or cleaning surfaces.
The DADventurer Star Rating
Sun Lotion SPF25 – 4.5 out of 5
Aloe Vera Lotion & After Sun – 4.5 out of 5
Mandarin & Aloe Vera Toothpaste – 5 out of 5
Sticky Hand Sanitiser – 4 out of 5
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the products. The range of Organic Children products were sent to me by Green People with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the products.