Thursday, 31 August 2017

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment* Review

We have tried our best to avoid nappy rash at all costs, from using eco friendly nappies to the gentlest wipes and only natural skincare for the first six months of Emme being earth side but it would appear that nappy rash isn't just caused by 'nappies'. Although the term nappy rash is usually used to describe the inflammation of the baby's skin due to prolonged contact with a damp nappy, it can actually be caused by many other factors including antibiotics, bubble bath and teething.

We are currently toilet training Emme but nappy rash cream is still very much a staple product for us as although you would think that less nappies means less 'nappy rash' we have discovered that is not quite the case, so when I was contacted recently and asked if we wanted to review Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, it was a very welcome opportunity. We were kindly sent a very generous hamper of goodies for Emme along with two tubes of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment* to try and with us just at the end of our last tube of nappy rash cream, it couldn't have come at a better time.

We have been applying Bepanthen to her skin as part of her bedtime routine to help protect against the causes of  'nappy rash' as she had previously on occasion experienced inflammation from having accidents in bed which causes her skin to be in contact with urine for a prolonged amount of time, until one of us wakes up and realises. Luckily Bepanthen has a new easy-to-use, flip-top cap so when I wake at 3am to change Emme, myself and the bedding from an accident, its easy to quickly pop some cream on her to soothe any irritation without having to turn the light on and wake her up to look for a lid, perfect for wriggly toddlers.The new tube is also plastic which is much better than the previous metal tube and is much better than other brands tubs which I find to be unhygenic and causes wastage

At first I have to admit, I was unsure about the texture of the cream as upon first contact the product can appear very greasy due to the oil, however the texture is something I very quickly became used to and realised that this meant that a little goes a long way.

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment creates a transparent and breathable barrier to protect delicate skin from the causes of nappy rash whilst the Pro vitamin b5 gently helps to aid skin recovery whilst locking in the skins natural moisture, allowing the skin to recover without drying it out. It is also the 'only leading nappy care product meeting all of the 9 gold standards of an ideal nappy care product which means Bepanthen:

  • is clinically proven for babies delicate skin
  • enhances the natural protection of the skin
  • maintains optimum moisture levels
  • no unnecessary ingredients
  • contains ingredients with documented safety and benefit
  • is free from potentially toxic ingredients
  • is free from potential sensitisers such as fragrances
  • contains no antiseptics or preservatives
  • is pleasant to use'

Although we have been quite lucky in that Emme hasn't had an awful lot of rashes whilst in nappies compared to some babies and toddlers, as statistics show that 1 in 3 has nappy rash at any one time; she does have quite sensitive skin. So if we use a new washing detergent on her clothes or a bath product on her skin, her skin does sometimes react and with her now wearing 'big girl pants' which sit against her skin, this is something I have had to be more mindful of. Emme's most common cause of nappy rash however has infact been when she has cut teeth. If I have ever even had an inkling that she may be cutting a tooth, 'nappy rash' has always confirmed it and with teeth still left to cut, we still have the dreaded rash from that to look forward to too. Luckily we have found that a thin layer of Bepanthen before bedtime has helped to keep Emme's skin protected from irritation due to night time accidents and if she has had any signs of irritation, a thin layer on the affected area seems to soothe the rash, reducing the redness and inflammation and it clears it up quickly too. 

Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment is available from all leading supermarkets, chemists and independent pharmacies. RRP £3.99 for 30g and £7.99 for 100g.

So if your starting toilet training and thought your nappy rash cream was no longer needed, you may want to dig it back out just in case. 

Have you used Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment?

Love Abbie x

* gifted pr sample, please see disclaimer

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Toilet Training Regression

I have been more than open about my struggles as a parent from having a child that hates sleep to a much shorter breastfeeding journey than I had set out for, lets just say that my parenting hasn't turned out exactly how I imagined it to. So when we recently started full on potty training not long after Emme turned two and she pretty much aced it within a week, including day trips and bed time, I have to admit I was quick to post about it on social media. Not to brag by any means but because I was bloody well proud that we'd managed something with ease and I wanted to be able to look back and remember how proud I felt and remember that we'd managed to crack something ahead of schedule, instead of being behind.

Of course as soon as you hit that button to tell the world something positive, you know for a fact that you have well and truly jinxed yourself. Fast forward nearly three weeks and we've all of sudden had countless accidents. The first being the worst explosion Emme has possibly ever had whilst out in the city centre, I don't even think she had a nappy this bad as a baby, followed by many nights of bed wetting, something she mastered from the first night but seems to have completely back tracked on and I'm not entirely sure why.

Part of me wonders if I've moved everything on far too quickly for her. We started off bedtimes with nighties and going commando so that she didn't have anything to even feel remotely protective like a nappy, in the hopes that she would not wee and she grasped it amazingly with no accidents at all, (at least at first) so I then moved onto putting pants on under her nightie and very quickly moved onto putting pyjama bottoms on when her nighties were in the wash, when maybe she just wasn't ready for such a quick progression.

The explosion however I think and hope was just a one off, it did resemble that of an upset tummy and therefore is completely understandable but with the bed wetting too, it makes me question where things went wrong.

Emme is still telling me when she needs to wee during the day, and she loves to use it as an excuse several time before bed so I know that she hasn't given up on toilet training altogether, it's not that she's taken a disliking to going, in fact sometimes she's quite happy to sit there and have a chat whilst she goes. She has started using 'I need a drink' several times before bed as an excuse not to go to sleep and I'm wondering if she's possibly drinking far too much before bedtime but I don't feel like I can deny her a drink.

The only other thing that has changed since we started her toilet training is that we have been trying to get her to sleep back in her own bed at night after months of sleeping in ours and I'm wondering if maybe I've tried approaching that far too soon with her, even though she initiated the idea as she wanted to sleep in her big girl bed because her new thing is to 'be a big girl like Ella' (my four year old cousin). She is still coming into our bed in the early hours but she goes to sleep in her own bed, she has had accidents in both ours and her own bed.

So where I thought we had been lucky and were sailing our way through toilet training with ease, we've encountered a bump in the road that I hadn't expected. Accidents I did expect, attempting toilet training and having to wait a little longer because she wasn't ready, I expected too but for her to pick it up so quickly and then to start backtracking wasn't something I expected and is a completely new learning curve. I don't want to push her, she's only two and its completely normal to have accidents even after being fully toilet trained but I don't want to completely back track and start putting her nappies back on, so here's hoping this is only a blip in the road and that we get back on track shortly.

Did you experience toilet training regression with your toddler? How did you overcome it?

Love Abbie x
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