Celebrating Real Nappy Week

Friday, 24 April 2015 11:43:34 Europe/London

It's Real Nappy Week! Why our Bumfluff is great for Fluffy Bums


This week is Real Nappy Week, a celebration of cloth bots everywhere. Caring for the environment is at the heart of our philosophy, so we wanted to show our support by highlighting some of the advantages using real nappies brings, as well as
bf sharing how our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm can be a cloth bot's best friend…


Whilst we totally understand that real nappies are not for everyone, the modern versions have never been easier to use and are well worth considering not just for environmental but for economic reasons too. The average saving on a baby wearing cloth nappies rather than disposables is around £500 for the time they are in nappies, and if the nappies are reused for a sibling this saving doubles! It is estimated that the carbon footprint left by using cloth is 40% lower than for disposables, even after factoring in the extra trips to the washing machine. And the bottom line...they look cool!


Many nappy manufacturers do not recommend the use of nappy creams with cloth nappies. This is because regular creams can be very heavy and greasy, and if they transfer to the fabric of the nappy they form a barrier that water cannot penetrate. This means that the absorbency of the nappy will be compromised, leading to leaks, and can also cause problems with washing as these heavy creams are difficult to remove from the nappy fabric. Using a nappy liner will help to some extent but with these thicker creams some of them will inevitably penetrate the thin liner and make contact with the fabric of the nappy. Many commercial creams are often petrochemical-based, which is why they are so heavy and clogging. They sit on the skin like an oil-slick, and whilst they do not let moisture in, they also do not let the skin absorb any moisture or let it breathe at all.


Bumfluff is different! Leaving the delicate skin of your little monkey's bottom unprotected in any type of nappy just doesn't feel right somehow, and most of us will want to protect this most sensitive of areas from any wetness. Our Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm is made only from pure organic oils and Fairtrade Shea butter, with organic Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils added to protect and soothe. Because of its light formulation based on natural oils, Bumfluff is easily absorbed by the skin and is incredibly nourishing. The balm still forms a protective barrier, protecting skin from wetness, but unlike commercial creams it allows the skin to breathe. All of this makes Bumfluff Organic Nappy Balm much more suitable for use with cloth nappies, and our real nappy-using customers have told us how pleased they are to have found a balm which is cloth-friendly. Let's hear it for fluffy bums everywhere!

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Eczema: How Organic Products Can Help?

Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:18:44 Europe/London

Eczema:  How Organic Products Can Help?


What is Eczema? 

Eczema is very common in babies and young children, affecting up to one in five. It manifests as areas of dry, cracked, red, sore, skin, which can be very itchy and uncomfortable for babies, sometimes even affecting their sleep. Eczema most commonly appears at the elbows, knees, hands, face, scalp and around the neck but can affect any part of the body. It can range from being very mild, with just a few small areas of dry, occasionally itchy skin, to very severe, with large areas of inflamed, cracked skin which is extremely itchy.


We do not yet fully understand what causes eczema, and often babies with eczema can grow out of the condition as they get older. There is no “cure” as such but there are some things you can do which help to relieve symptoms. The two things most strongly recommended by the medical profession are to avoid wearing clothing which irritates the skin, choosing natural fabrics, and to avoid the use of harsh detergents and soaps which can make eczema worse, ensuring that only very mild products are used on the skin. We focus on how the use of organic products can further enhance the benefits of both these recommendations.


How Organic Fabrics Can Help 

Using soft, natural organic cotton for your baby’s clothing and bedding can be very helpful in relieving eczema symptoms. Organic cotton is softer and more breathable than regular cotton, making it a better choice for babies with eczema and sensitive skin. As no chemicals are used in the farming, production or dying of organic cotton, no pesticide residues are present in the finished product. In clothing produced by non-organic farming methods, these toxic chemicals can remain as a residue and can irritate skin, causing rashes and allergic reactions. Babies are particularly sensitive to anything which comes into contact with their skin, organic cotton is therefore an ultra-soft, chemical-free choice for babies’ clothing.




How Organic Skincare Can Help 

Being so new and delicate, all babies’ skin is sensitive but even more so in a baby with eczema. The skin of a baby is much thinner than that of an adult and for this reason it can absorb much more of a product and its ingredients.

At Organic Monkey, we realise the importance of using organic, certified ingredients in our baby skincare products, making them gentle enough to use on delicate and sensitive skin. All of our ingredients have been certified by the Soil Association showing that they have been farmed organically without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilisers. The purity and high quality of our active ingredients means that they are better used and received by the skin, making them much more effective than synthetically-produced substances.



All of our organic baby skincare products are suitable for the most delicate of skins, but our unscented versions of Bumfluff Nappy Balm and Hello Mellow Organic Massage Oil are particularly suitable for eczema sufferers or those with extremely sensitive skin.


Posted in News Advice By Heidi Crawford