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The best online mum’s groups

Top 5 online mum groups

There’s nothing like being a first-time mum. You’re deep in the new-born love bubble and spend hours just staring at your perfect little bundle… but you’re also dealing with floods of hormones, a brand-new set of worries and anxieties and very little sleep.  It’s a time of such intensity, both amazingly good and amazingly hard in equal measure.

When you’re trying to wrap your head around raising this little human, your village is crucial.

Mums groups are a great way to meet people but sometimes, especially in those early days, you may be spending lots of time at home and not feel ready to be out socialising. This can be isolating and scary. Don’t fear! There are now heaps of websites and apps designed to connect mums from the comfort of their recliner and make you feel part of something special.

These online platforms are a great place to share worries, ask questions and just offload to other people in the same situation. You’ll also find lots of mums online at 3am doing the night feeds too, so you can swap stories and send pics of your little bundle in the early hours of the morning.

Here are 5 of our favourite online mums’ groups.

  1. Meet Up

This website brings people with different interests together and facilitates real life meet ups. If you check out the stay at home mums’ group, you’ll find heaps of regular catch ups near you. From breastfeeding and baby wearing to coffee mornings and playdates – there’s something to suit everyone.

  1. KidSpot

This website has heaps of tips to take you through pregnancy, birth, feeding and beyond. You can browse through the different pages at your leisure, but there’s also a great community on their Facebook page. You can chat to other mums and ask for advice, or just vent if you’re having a bad day!

  1. Mum’s Grapevine

This awesome website also has a number of private Facebook groups, each tailored to your due date or baby’s birthdate. This means you’ll be chatting with parents who are at exactly the same stage as you. This is often a big part of forming online relationships and means you’re all starting from the same point. It’s a great idea to join these groups when you’re pregnant so you can ask for advice or share your excitement before bub arrives, and then continue the conversations once your baby is here.

  1. Baby Centre

Baby Centre is an absolute treasure trove of information for anything to do with pregnancy, babies and children. They have a huge online community, and again, this is categorised by your due date or your baby’s age. Join a thread and start chatting to other parents who know just how you feel.

  1. Mush

This is a new app for mums, blending advice and articles with a social network that’s kind of a cross between Tinder and Facebook! You create a profile then find mums in your local area, with similar interests or kids of a similar age and start chatting. There are also groups and conversations you can join to get involved with the community right away. It’s really fun and easy to use, often leading to real life catch ups too!

This blog post was brought to you and your child with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

three-step guide

Our three-step guide to soothe your little one’s skin

If your child has eczema, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start when it comes to soothing their skin. We thought we’d share this easy, three-step guide to getting your child’s eczema under control so you can feel empowered and confident.

Diagnosis 

There are a number of types of eczema, each with its own range of symptoms, triggers and varying degrees of severity. Whilst some children may only have mild dryness and itching, others can experience sever and painful symptoms. Always get diagnosed by your GP so you know which type of eczema you’re dealing with. You may still need to try different treatments to find the ones that work best for your child. Once you do, stick to that routine.

Management 

Which brings us to our final point – management. Once you know the type and severity of your little one’s eczema, create a management plan and stick to it. This will include everything from avoiding triggers and preparing for changes in the seasons, to stocking up on the right kinds of supplies and creating lasting routines. Treatment can range from natural solutions like colloidal oatmeal and oils, to topical steroid creams for sever eczema symptoms.

Let’s move on to some steps you can take to give your child the best chance of experiencing healthy, happy skin…

Step 1. Soak it up with daily bath time

A ten minute, luke warm bath gives us a chance not only to add moisture into the skin, but it also washes triggers away from the skins surface and prepares the skin to absorb more moisture after the bath. Using a bath product which leaves a thin film on the skin to stop it from drying out is an important step in managing your child’s eczema, we recommend our natural oatmeal bath soak during bath time.

Step 2. Spread the love to scalps & faces

Eczema can affect all parts of the body, especially scalps and faces. These areas can sometimes need different types of products, such as scalp oil and face mask. The best time to look after these areas is before you have moisturised your little ones body.

Step 3. Seal it in with an eczema moisturiser

What you do immediately after you take your child out of the bath or after using the face mask is the next step in your eczema skin care routine. Within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath generously apply eczema moisturiser to their skin in downward motions. This helps the skin’s natural barrier to lock in hydration and stop irritation and possibly infection. To maintain the hydration in your child’s skin you will also need to moisturise at least twice more throughout the day.

If your child has eczema, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start when it comes to soothing their skin. Our starter pack includes all the goodness you need to complete our three-step routine to help your little one feel some relief.

I hope this has helped you get started in understanding what an eczema skin care routine is and how you can get started in managing your child’s eczema and itchy, dry, skin.

This blog post was brought to you and your child with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

eczema moisturiser

Shea butter fun facts

Another one of our star products here at Itchy Baby Co is the divine and luxurious shea butter.

Shea butter is super moisturising and hydrating thanks to its high content of fatty acids which lock in moisture and help the skin hold on to it for longer. It’s also rich in vitamins, A, B, C, D, E and F, all of which help to keep skin healthy and are intensively moisturising.

Basically, this lovely little ingredient is a good egg.  You’ll find shea butter in our famous eczema moisturiser.

Fun facts about shea butter:

  • Cleopatra apparently loved shea butter. There is a mention of caravans of clay jars filled with shea butter for her use. It’s also said that this luxurious ingredient was beloved by the Queen of Sheba and Nefertiti. So, you’re in good company!
  • Shea butter is ivory in colour and is made by crushing and boiling the nuts from the shea tree.
  • The shea tree grows in 19 African countries, in the Savannah’s of west and central Africa.
  • Untreated shea butter should have a subtle yet pleasant aroma. If your baby suffers with eczema, you’ll know straight away that highly perfumed products are often a trigger for flare-up. Our high-quality shea butter has a mild scent that is a little bit nutty / earthy, guaranteed to please those with sensitive skin and noses!
  • Shea butter offers natural UV protection (it is SPF 6) but it is NOT a substitute for sunscreen. We’d still always recommend using your own sunscreen.
  • It contains 60% fat, making it highly emollient – perfect for sensitive skin or those with eczema.
  • Shea butter can also be used to reduce inflammation. A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
  • The antioxidant activity of certain active compounds in shea butter, such as linolenic and linoleic acid can help to prevent oxidative stress in the skin, which can reduce the likelihood of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of premature aging.

Want to know more?

Like reading about our all-natural ingredients? Check out our latest post featuring our star ingredient, colloidal oatmeal!

This blog post was brought to you and your child with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.