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World Environment Day 2020: Why Plastic Free Products for Our Children?

Nature’s Child aims to change the conversation around plastic from price & convenience to the healthy development of our kids & pollution prevention.

Today, June 5 2020, is World Environment Day, which is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Here is a message from the UN:

“The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message: To care for ourselves we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.” For webinars, resources and practical tips, visit the official World Environment Day website.

The team at Nature’s Child would like to share practical tips on how we can all take steps to living a plastic-free lifestyle for our children. Let’s start with why this is so important! Plastic has become one of the most harmful materials to our environment. From polluting oceans and harming wildlife, to filling up landfills for decades without decomposing, this material is having devastating short-term and long-term effects on our planet.

The main culprits are the companies producing these products. Plastic is cheap, economical and easy to mould, so it’s no wonder its use is so rampant. Our society has become increasingly dependent on plastic products, so making the shift to living with less plastic (and eventually living plastic-free) can be a challenge.

As parents, we can control every ingredient that enters our home and used on our children. As business owners, we control every product we sell. At Nature’s Child, we spend extra time at our own expense to verify any claims that are made about our products. This is a voluntary action to ensure transparency, accountability and authenticity, having selected ACO – Australian Certified Organic as the brand’s independent body which covers GMO-free, fair trade and certified organic in their audits. Furthermore, Nature’s Child brand is an advocate of plastic-free packaging, having gone through painstaking tribulations to get our products entirely plastic-free.

Some facts that inspired Nature’s Child packaging and ingredients

  • 80, 000 chemicals used in everyday products.
  • There is no requirement for chemical companies to show they are safe before selling for production.
  • Everyone assumes a product is safe because it’s on the shelf, but most people don’t know that there are no requirements for any food, cleaning or personal care product to be scrutinised before being sold.
  • Chemicals are studied individually, never as a cocktail which is actually how we consume them.
  • Most current studies on the safety of chemicals are coming from Industry.
  • BPA-free is promoted as healthy but did you know that plastics may still have and likely to have Bisphenol S and F, known as BPS?
  • Famous chemicals banned in the past are BPA, lead, mercury, DDT, asbestos – all proven dangerous and we would never imagine using them again. These are just 5 of 80,000 chemicals in our environment now that we are potentially exposed to every day.

Nature’s Child are the leaders in plastic-free, certified organic mother and baby products that are convenient for parents but don’t cost the Earth.  Nature’s Child strives to make a better planet for our children to inherit, catering to the conscious consumer in us all and abiding to zero-waste and zero-harm philosophies.

3 Most Common Myths About Plastic-Free Living Debunked

Myth #1 – You have to throw out all of your old plastic.

This is one of the biggest reasons why people who want to live with less plastic don’t end up making the change. They look at all of the plastic good they use every day and wonder how they will be able to replace them.

Here’s the thing:

You don’t have to replace all of them immediately! Just don’t buy new plastic products.

First off, the plastic you throw out ends up in a landfill or harming the environment. So, if it’s in your home and it’s being put to good use (and it’s a safe plastic product) then it’s better off staying there.

The key is to not purchase any new plastic products. These are the items you will need to find replacements for if they are absolutely necessary for you to use.

Myth #2 – You have to go 100% plastic-free immediately.

Plastic has become an integral part of many people’s daily lives, so living plastic-free is a big change. In order to make the change, you need to build a habit of living with less plastic. Habits allow you to continue a behaviour for an extended period of time. They can become almost automatic (like your habit of living with plastic right now).

As anyone who has ever had a New Year’s Resolution will tell you, if you dive in head first and can’t keep it up, that habit will never form. It is natural to go back to your old behaviours.

So, you don’t have to go 100% plastic-free immediately. The best thing for most people to do is to take it slowly, one step at a time.

Start with the easiest items to find substitutes for. Then build up from there.

This will help you build a plastic-free habit and mindset, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed.

Myth #3 – All plastic products are off-limits.

If a plastic product is required for your health and well-being, you need to make the decision that’s best for your health. Don’t put your health in jeopardy because the medicine you need comes in a plastic bottle.

At this point, exceptions may need to be made.

But it’s up to you to decide what those exceptions are. Don’t worry about what other people might think of you. It’s your health and your life. You need to make the decisions that are best for you.



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Our Wonderful Balms

Nature's Child Bottom Balm and Wonder Balm

One Balm for Baby & One Balm for the Entire Family.

At Nature’s Child, we invented Bottom Balm as the ULTIMATE nappy rash balm. This much loved bottom balm lives on nappy change tables all over the world to rave reviews from parents. It is the ultimate in purity and the incredible results speak for themselves. Our customers quickly found that it had other uses and word spread like wildfire how it was also good for cradle cap, rashes, itches, burns, cuts, grazes, dribble rash, newborn pimples and other endless uses.

It’s officially the first day of Winter here in Australia! If you’re looking for a balm for the entire family, Wonder Balm is your go-to! It’s suitable for all ages. We’ve been told new mums have used it for their haemorrhoids after birth, as a lip balm, rashes, dryness and even under their eyes for puffy eyes. Wonder Balm is guaranteed to become the family favourite balm to have handy for all ages to assist with skin irritations, bites, bumps, scratches that need a calming cream on hand. This is the optimal natural and organic replacement for Vaseline and Paw Paw ointment. Pop it in your medicine cabinet and grab it any time your skin has an annoying dryness or rash. You will love the fresh feeling and subtle smell of gentle formula of lavender and chamomile.

Where is Nature’s Child range made? 

Nature’s Child was created in Jannine’s kitchen in Byron Bay, Northern NSW but is now made in a certified organic facility on the Gold Coast which is just an hour up the road from us in QLD.

What are the main active ingredients that help sooth red bums?

Every single ingredient in Bottom Balm is a skin calming ingredient which is why it is so effective. There are no fillers at all. The most powerful herbs are the comfrey and calendula. These are anti-inflammatory and calming with a rich history of use in many cultures around the world. Olive Oil is packed with antioxidants and is highly hydrating and Sunflower Oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, including Omega-6, which have been shown to be effective in eliminating skin infections like dermatitis and sunburns. We use Vitamin E in its natural form known as Tocopheryl Acetate, which is highly moisturising properties for antioxidant protection and immunity. Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils are calming, both on the skin and nervous system, and they smell divine while being safe for newborns.

It is also important to note what WE DON’T include. Common nappy rash creams at the chemist are based on Petroleum, Alcohol and Lanolin formulas. They also contain active ingredients that are irritants and hormone disrupters such as fragrance or chemical compounds written in large capital letters on the front of tubs to indicate safety concerns.

While claims for a cure on skincare is regulated in Australia, ingredients are not so most people will be shocked to learn that what we assume is SAFE is not regulated at all. Only claims are. This is why we cannot say that our balm Cures anything, we can only let you know that it may assist.

What do you feel are the best ways to prevent nappy rash?

You need to remove excess moisture and avoid friction as a first step in avoiding nappy rash. Any severe rash that continues after these tips may need the help of a naturopath as it could be a gut issue with your bub. 99% of parents can prevent or stop nappy rash by

1 – Avoiding excess soap and chemical based creams that contain skin irritants

2 – Keep babies bottom clean with simple water, pat dry and give nappy free time to air their skin. No nappy time gives friction free skin time

3 – Use talc free baby powder at every nappy change to keep moisture off skin

4  – Use organic cotton and bamboo fabrics with nappies so only natural fibres against the skin

Here is a great resource from the Australian Nappy Association.

What is a good nappy change routine (literally when you’re at the change table)?  

The nappy change space has to be an area that is fun to visit as you will come here many times a day. It is also helpful if it is the most organised area of your home.  Ideally your table is a comfortable height for you so when you bend over there is no back strain. A comfortable mat means your baby is comfortable and happy. Take your time as babies love nappy-free time – many bonding moments are created during nappy changes. Treat it as a joy, not a chore and many delights and memories will be created at the change table. Have a toy or book handy for baby to enjoy. This is a lovely time to do some baby massage, especially if it’s close to bed time.  Have all your nappies folded and stacked for easy access, have access to clean water or have a spray bottle of water there to use, your baby powder, your bottom balm, your baby wipes, your baby wash, your baby massage oil, your nappy liners, nappy bucket, absolutely everything that you may need! Check supplies before you leave the area so you never get caught out.

1 – Remove nappy from your baby

2 – Remove the nappy liner and put aside for flushing if there is poo on the liners or compost or bin if its just a wee liners

3 – Check babies clothing for soiling or wetness and remove any wet or poo stained clothing, checking especially their back just above where the nappy ends,  which is where sneaky poo or wetness  sometimes is left!

4 – Place soiled nappy in nappy bucket

5 – Take a cloth nappy wipe and thoroughly wipe front, back and all creases to ensure there is absolutely no poo or urine residue on your babies skin. Once you are done, take one more clean cloth baby wipe and give one final wipe or check.

5 – If baby is not tired or hungry, allow them time to kick and be nappy free, enjoy a song or chat and take your time to enjoy these few minutes. This is an idea time to pick up your Nature’s Child Organic Baby Massage Oil

While baby is happy, check the area of accidental mess or poo or urine. There is nothing worse than a lovely fresh outfit on your baby getting accidentally soiled!

6 – If there is any sign of rash, use a small amount of Nature’s Child Organic Bottom Balm and spread liberally to both assist calming of the rash and as a barrier to more urine.

7 – If there is no sign of rash, just before you are ready for a new nappy, shake some natures child organic baby powder on their skin and rub lightly to spread powder over the area, this will ensure moisture protection and prevention.

8 – Using a spray bottle of water (if you don’t have a tap nearby) add a drop of Nature’s Child Organic Baby Wash to your hands, spray some water and, wash your own hands thoroughly.  Then wash your baby’s hands if they are a little older. It’s unnecessary for a newborn unless they have accidentally picked up some poo on their hands. Wipe hands clean and dry with a cloth baby wipe.

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How Baby Massage Benefits You and Your Baby?

Nature's Child Organic Baby Massage Oil

Throughout the day, you’re in between feeds, trying to settle bub or changing nappies. Before you know it, it’s bath time and bed time! Where has the day gone?

You might not have had any down time to just…breathe (*sigh*). Luckily, offering a baby massage is a great excuse to carve out time to bond with your bub after a long day. One of the most valuable moments is being able to relax with your baby and seeing the smile on your little one’s face. Bub is also going to love this one-on-one bonding session. It’s a win-win situation!

How do I massage my baby?

Use gentle strokes or a rubbing motion with your hands and fingers. You can gauge whether your baby likes being massaged in a particular area based on their reaction.  Experiment and see what they like! Try massaging your baby’s hands, arms, belly, back legs, feet. Give this useful guide a go – it comes with photos.

Use our Nature’s Child Organic Baby Massage Oil to assist you – your hands will easily glide along the surface of your baby’s skin, creating a comfortable and nurturing experience for both of you. The best part about our massage oil – it is pure, ACO Certified Organic, contains Vitamin E and Lavender oil.

What are the benefits of baby massage?

  1. A restorative effect before bed, assisting with sleep:

Just as adults appreciate some downtime before bed, babies are the exact same! Massaging can help put your body into the  parasympathetic nervous system, also known as “rest and digest” as opposed to a sympathetic state (”fight or flight” response). This is the feeling we get when we perceive danger or we’re trying to flee a harmful situation. That’s what we want to avoid!

  1. Helps to regulate your baby’s breathing: read more from William Sears, paediatrician.
  2. Beneficial for digestion: can assist with colic, constipation, wind.
  3. Improves circulation in the body

When is it a good time to offer my baby a massage?

As long as your baby hasn’t just had a feed (no one likes their stomach being massaged after a big meal, right?), there’s no right or wrong time. However, we recommend offering your baby a massage after a bath and just before bedtime. This will help ease them into a calm and relaxing state and send them off into a restful sleep.


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Mother’s Day 2020 is just around the corner…

Mother Baby Mother's day 2020

“I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.” – Terry Guillemets

There is no doubt this Mother’s Day 2020 may not be your traditional celebration, but that doesn’t mean we can’t send our unwavering love and appreciation to all expecting mums, new mums, aunts and grandmas out there.

To the expecting mums and new mums, we see you and we acknowledge you – we know it is a tough time at the moment but we hope there are many things that you are grateful for and that you continue to thrive. The love, sacrifices and joy that you display every single day with your loved ones don’t go unnoticed – we won’t let celebrating this special occasion slip away.

Why not show any expecting mums and new mums that they are being supported, even from afar. Send a thoughtful gift from Nature’s Child and give them a video call to show that they are being valued and that you are just a phone call away. If you are a mum-to-be or a new mum, perhaps drop your partner a hint. Or why not treat yourself to some products in our store, there is nothing quite like self-love and self-care.

Receive a FREE Z’KIN Organics Cream Cleanser  (valued at $29.95) when you spend $100 or more. Please aim to place your order by Tuesday, May 5th. Note: AUS Post is experiencing some delays due to COVID however we will do our best to get your orders out in time. Offer ends Sunday, May 10th  

Nature's Child Mother's Day 2020

Tips and ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day 2020:

  • Handwrite a sentimental note to your Mum, Sister, Aunt or Nan and post it or hand-deliver it to their doorstep. Check out some creative DIY card ideas here.
  • Order food from your loved one’s local café or restaurant and surprise them for brekkie, lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to support local businesses during this time!
  • Host a virtual Mother’s day party on Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts with your friends. Tea and scones, anyone?
  • Cook breakfast for your mum or if you’re a mum, hopefully your partner treats you to breakfast in bed!
  • Have some fun, record a TikTok video and send it to your mums’ group – don’t forget to have fun and inject some play into your day!
  • Go for a nature walk near home with your loved ones
  • Enjoy a nice chick flick on Netflix with your family and friends using a Chrome Extension. Woo! Virtual Netflix party!

Lastly, for those of you who aren’t physically with your mothers or children this Mother’s Day, our thoughts are with you. It is so beautiful and touching to see people banding together and supporting their community. We hope you manage to connect digitally or spend time with loved ones this Mother’s Day.

On that note, we’ll leave you with one last quote: ‘’Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

With love,
The Nature’s Child Team 💚🌿🌳🌏