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Home-made baby bath bomb perfection.

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Some may call it poor planning, others ingenuity, but whichever way you see the journey, here we are. Yesterday we ran out of bathing products for Bo. I’ve only ever used organic, chemical free, planet friendly bath products on Bo’s skin because, well, she’s worth it. Actually it all began in the hospital on day 2 post birth when we gave Bo her very first bath.

J&Js is an extremely popular baby bathing product in Australia (and I’m sure in other parts of the world too), and in the hospital you get a little mini travel pack FREE with every baby. Don’t get too pumped though, don’t just run out and get pregnant for the awesome freebees… I hate to tell you, J&J, in my opinion, is pretty average [crap]. But then, what do I know right? I only ever used it ONCE. Once was more than enough. One squirt of this stuff into the bath water and my beautiful newborns skin was dry and flaky afterwards. Poor poppet. So we donated the stuff to charity because hey, someone might want to use it? And upgraded to organic. Which was great. Never in the past 15 weeks of Bo’s life have we had a problem again.

Until now. Because we are out of products and in the local store is the dreaded J&J and a whole lot of other products that are overpriced and full of chemicals.

So, we made our own. Bo wasn’t much help this time… she was busy trying to roll off the mat.

The Method:

We are pretty limited here with what we can get our hands on. I’d love to use some lavender, or other dried flowers or goats milk soap… but I can’t find anything like that here… so for now we went really simple.

I used quick oats (cos we can’t get rolled outs here) and both peppermint and chamomile tea (I’d have preferred to use the dried flowers/leaves whole but again we have a supply issue here). It really is as simple as that.

Open up the tea bags and mix the two teas together then add the oats.

I used a muslin wrap cut up into pieces… anyone with a baby has a million muslin wraps… we just used an old second hand one. i cut it into squares, added the oat mixture and tied it up in a tight little parcel (with the fabric tie from my pj pants – cos since pregnancy, well, I haven’t really needed to tie my pants up anymore… they are snug enough).

That’s it. At bath time we just pop one of these little parcels into the warm water and squish it around a bit to release all the goodness. I then use it like a sponge on her skin, its really soft and gets in those chubby baby folds really easily, beautiful soft oat milk comes out and cleans her skin as you go. It makes the bath smell lovely (like a big cup of herbal tea) and the oats make her skin super smooth and milky. Baby spa treatment? Bo seemed to think so.

Perfect xox

This weeks little loves…

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beautiful Bo, my favourite little love of all…

It’s been a bit of a rough week in our little house this week. With the main man in our lives away in the city for a lot of the week and a power failure right in the middle Bo and I experienced hot and sweaty in a way we never have before. We battled rodents, we boiled water for bath time, we read books and talked to the chooks. We took long walks along the beach in the cool of the day and found company in friends chatter from far away… days as just the two of us can seem like long, neverending stretches of “almost-nap-time” moments where i constantly feel like it’s time to try and get the baby to sleep – needless to say she has not been sleeping well since we arrived. Perhaps its the upheaval, the climate change, the new sounds (cows, chickens and a foreign language right out the window) keepign her up, or just something else all together.

In amongst all of this there have been a few things that have helped keep us feeling human. I’ve never been a lover of brands or products – and since becoming mama I’ve disdained the constant stream of product pushers out there trying to convince sleep deprived parents that if they don’t BUY this or BUY that – they aren’t doing what’s best for baby.

So I thought I’d start sharing with you our little loves for each week, whether they be a product or a toy or a much loved book… a little inspiration goes a long way sometimes.

Little Loves: For Me

“The Beauty Myth” by Naomi Wolf, an all time favourite book and helps me put life, love and feminism in perspective. Deep radiance gel oil by Palmers and my Body Love System Emergency body spray – it’s like rescue remedy, for your body – it’s 91% organic made from Australian bush flower essences, refreshing and smells lovely.

Little Loves: For Bo

“Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak – one of my all time favourite childrens books and Bo’s favourite for this week (it get’s those little legs a-kickin’). A Chicco rattle that was mine as a baby and is now in Bo’s. Itti Bitti all in ones – after just starting full time cloth this week – these are by far my front runner favourite, a great Aussie company making quality cloth. With heat and humidity comes rashes – the Stelartria cream by Mustela is expensive but magical and works in seconds at healing blotches, itches and heat rashes…

xox

What are your little loves this week?