It’s all worth it of course, but new mums do it kind of tough. Hands up who knows a gal who’s so busy looking after junior she barely has time to brush her hair, let alone pop to the shops to stock up on beauty prodz? I know at least three. And, next month, I’m getting them all a bellababy box – full of gorgeous products for mum AND bub.
If you’re more organised than me and you put in an order for August (show off), here’s what the new mum and munchkin in your life have been enjoying. Your best friend status is guaranteed!
Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo
The Cetaphil range is as harmful as a kitten and my go-to when my skin is at all irritated. The baby range is even more gentle, perfect for infant and newborn skin. This beautiful wash and shampoo is soap-free, hypoallergenic, pH balanced and, wait for it, tear-free. A huge plus for any mum at bath-time!
Lilly & Milly Goats Soap Original Unscented
This lovely, natural soap is a treat for both mum and bub. Made from pure Australian goat’s milk, there’s not a nasty in sight. Instead, it’s enriched with such goodness as sweet almond oil and vitamin E, keeping even the most delicate and sensitive of skins clean and deeply nourished.
Pilaten Collagen Lip Mask
Sometimes a new mum needs to indulge a little! Mum can pop on this quirky-looking collagen lip mask for 20-30 minutes – while breastfeeding if she’s a multi-tasker – and she’ll have softer, plumper lips in no time at all. (But maybe a few odd looks from Baby Betty).
Manicare Baby Nail Clipper
I know a few new mums who have been traumatised by nicking their little one while cutting their nails. If only they’d had these Manicare Baby Nail Clippers! They are designed with itty bitty fingers in mind, and the curved edges allow for ease of use and safety.
Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara
Sleep deprivation isn’t sexy, but we have the fast track to fake a wide-awake look. Just one slick of this gorgeous thickening and volumising mascara from Max Factor will open and define eyes, so exhausted mums can pretend they’ve had a blissful, solid eight hours.
Sinchies Reusable Pouch
Serious props to the mums out there who find time to create their own, nutritionally balanced baby foods, rather than going the easy store-bought route. This handy little reusable pouch will be their mess-free saviour for feeding bub when out and about.
Z’kin Calming Cream Cleanser
New and expecting mums obviously need to think about what they’re putting on their skin and how this could affect their child. They can definitely rest easy with this lovely, anti-inflammatory cleansing cream in the mix. Containing organic Colloidal Oatmeal – packed antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – as well as hydrating Aloe Vera, it’s ideal for all skin types, particularly those sensitive and prone to eczema or psoriasis.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
If time is of the essence, Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel is a wonder product. A super hydrator, it is said to double the skin’s moisture in just one hour! The light, easily absorbed water gel formula (which also smells incredible) releases moisture continuously for 24 hours, leaving skin plump, soft and radiant.
Chapstick Night Repair
We’re obsessed with products that do their work while you catch a few zs, and this enriching lip repair treatment from cult brand Chapstick is a winner. Applied before bed, mums will wake up zonked, but with smooth, soft, supple lips. All the better to kiss that delicious baby-soft skin.
Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner*
Who else is guilty of neglecting their pores? From cult French beauty brand Bioderma (have you tried their cleansing water? Genius!), this pore refiner is a god send. Applied once or twice a day, paying particular attention to the T-zone, it controls excess sebum and minimises the appearance of those pesky pores for a silky, smooth, flawless finish. Makeup will glide on more easily, without settling into open pores.
*OR Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener
Stressed strands be gone! Aveda’s Glossing Straightener smells so good it should be illegal, thanks to its citrus-floral blend with rose oil and certified organic bergamot, palmarosa and sandalwood. But I digress… After washing, apply to damp hair and style for all day freshness, shine, and control over the darn fly-aways.