Monthly Archives: October 2017

October 20, 2017

self nurturing for new mums and mums-to-be

From simple things like taking a shower, to big things like not giving yourself time to pursue your own interests, being a new mum can be hard work.

stay hydrated

We’re 70% water, so hydration is key. If you’re breastfeeding it is especially important to watch your fluid intake. Even if you’re not nursing, water is necessary to help maintain skin flexibility and joint protection.

be you

You had a life before your little one arrived and you should hold onto that person now that you’re a new mother. Of course you won’t have as much time to dedicate to your interests, but take an hour or two a week to find yourself again.

expectations

Keep your expectations realistic. No one can do it all, let alone do it perfectly. Work toward reasonable, achievable goals, whether dealing with feelings, doing housework or losing your pre-baby weight.

R&R

It’s important to take some time out for yourself both before and after welcoming your bundle of joy to the world.

At Little Butterfly London, we strongly believe that new mums and mums-to-be need to take some time out to cherish their own bodies and look after themselves so that they can enjoy those fleeting precious moments with their baby.

We have partnered up with professional therapists and the most prestigious luxury hotels and spas in the UK and Ireland to create bespoke pre-natal and post-natal massage treatments. They are the ultimate nurturing and relaxation treat for new mums and mums-to-be.

You can choose between our pre-natal ‘Dreamy Pregnancy Massage’, or our recently launchedThe New Mums Nurturing Touch’ post-natal treatment, which has been designed specifically for new mums.

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October 20, 2017

eczema in babies

Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects up to one in five children. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two years old.

The good news is that most children who have eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they are in their teens. Eczema can’t be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.


eczema tips that may help your little one’s skin condition

Keep your baby’s nails short to help prevent skin irritation from scratching.

Cotton clothing may help, whereas woollen and synthetic fibres may worsen the condition.

With all forms of skin products, you should look for the ones that are natural, unscented and dye-free, so that you don’t further irritate your baby’s skin.

Our 100% natural soft as moonlight nappy change cream effectively supports very dry and eczema-prone skin.

Try to keep your baby’s bedroom cool as getting hot and sweaty can make their eczema worse.


support eczema prone skin

At Little Butterfly London we always have baby’s best interest at heart, which is why all our products have been specifically formulated for newborns and the most sensitive of skins.

Made of the most precious natural and organic ingredients with highly nourishing, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, they gently care for delicate skin with a tendency to irritation, inflammation, dryness and itchy eczema-patches.


bubbles in the breeze top to toe wash (200ml)

Light and refreshing as bubbles in the breeze, our organic-certified top to toe wash gently cleanses both body and hair, whilst creating a delicately fragrant bath. Beautifully mild and soothing, it gently cares for the even most delicate, dry and irritation-prone skin.


soft as moonlight nappy change cream (50ml)

Deeply nourishing and calming, our organic-certified and 100% natural nappy change cream is the hero product amongst our range. It efficiently supports healing and protects baby’s most delicate areas from excess moisture. It also acts as a powerful healing balm to protect and repair any areas of irritated, dry and cracked skin, working equally well on mature skin.

October 18, 2017

bedtime routines for toddlers

Establishing a bedtime routine for your toddler will make your life and theirs that little bit easier. When you follow a set pattern every night, your toddler will know what to expect. This will help them feel more relaxed, and able to fall asleep more easily.

 what are the basics of a good bedtime routine?

The important thing is that you do the same thing every night, so that your toddler learns to associate particular activities with bedtime.

Your toddler’s routine should always include spending a little time in his bedroom. This will teach him that his room is a nice place to be, not just where he’s sent at the end of the day.

Once you’ve tucked your toddler in for the night, give him a kiss and leave the room. If he grumbles, tell him that you’ll be back to check on him in five minutes. In all likelihood, he’ll be fast asleep by the time you return. If not, do the same thing again until he settles.

what can I include in my toddler’s bedtime routine?

What you include in your toddler’s routine is up to you. Just make sure you choose activities that help calm your toddler, rather than excite him. Here are some ideas for you to try:

Give him a soak

A nice, warm bath is a soothing experience, and getting your toddler clean and dry is a great way to ease him into bedtime.

Using our light and refreshingbubbles in the breeze top to toe wash‘, to gently wash both body and hair, whilst creating a delicately fragrant bath. Beautifully mild and soothing, it gently cares for the even most delicate, dry and irritation-prone skin.

The finely balanced formula is artfully blended with soothing meadowsweet, moisturising cucumber fruit and comforting oat kernel extract. Silky buttermilk conditions ever so gently, while nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants leave young skin feeling fresh, nurtured and protected. Tenderly infused with mandarin and orange pure essential oils, to calm, soothe and lend a subtle sweet fragrance.

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get him changed for bed

Change your toddler into a fresh nappy, or encourage him to use the toilet if he’s already potty-trained. Then help him get changed into his pyjamas. Offer him a choice of two pyjamas so that he can exercise some of his growing independence.

have a chat

Whether or not your toddler’s talking yet, bedtime is a perfect opportunity to have a quiet chat. Of course, if you have a young toddler, you’ll have to do most of the talking yourself, but he’ll still love getting your full attention.

Talk about everything you’ve both been doing throughout the day, and how it may have made him feel. If your toddler’s old enough, ask him to tell you about the best and worst things that happened to him, as well as anything that’s worrying him. This may help him to work through any anxieties or fears so that he gets a better night’s sleep.

read a bedtime story

Cuddle up for some cosy story time. Your toddler will love spending time with you, and hearing you give all the characters silly voices. It’ll even help him learn new words, and encourage a lifelong love of reading.

Give your toddler a choice of books from a small selection each night. He’ll enjoy getting to have his say. You may end up reading the same few books for week or so, but repetition is a key part of your toddler’s learning. While it may be a tad frustrating for you, it’s great for his development!

sing a song

A soothing lullaby is a classic way to help your sleepy toddler drift off. Your voice and your partner’s voice are your toddler’s favourite sounds. You could even record a tune for him to listen to when someone else puts him to bed.

say goodnight

Your toddler may enjoy going around the room saying goodnight to his favourite toys. Don’t let him take advantage, though. If he insists on saying goodnight to every single stuffed toy in his bedroom, he may just be trying to put off bedtime a little longer.

Bear in mind that anything can occasionally throw your toddler’s routine off for a few nights. Find out when your toddler will be ready to sleep away from home.

October 10, 2017

what causes the pregnancy glow?

There are many physiological changes and common concerns that comes with pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, or swelling. However, the pregnancy glow is one of the physiological changes many women look forward to while they are pregnant. The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the changes and increase of hormones during pregnancy. If you are experiencing the pregnancy glow, count yourself blessed and enjoy it while you can.

what causes the pregnancy glow?

The specific cause for the pregnancy glow is not concrete, but there is solid educated explanations that suggest it is related to a couple of physiological changes that occur during pregnancy. As noted above, many of the skin changes are attributed to the influx of hormones. These hormones cause your glands to produce more oil, which makes your face more shiny.

Another contributing factor is the increase in blood flow. During pregnancy, your body increases the production of blood by approximately 50%.  The proposed theory is that this increase in blood flow and circulation leads your face to be brighter, or more fuller.

how can you manage the pregnancy glow?

The pregnancy glow is a natural part of pregnancy. Most women appreciate the glow or shine that is revealed in their faces. Many people call this physiological change one of the blessings of pregnancy. However, the increase in oil can make your skin too oily and sometimes trigger acne, also known as pregnancy acne. If this proves to be the case, you should be using an oil free moisturiser such as our Blossoms in Spring Illuminating Day Cream which is lightweight in texture, but powerfully formulated.

This deliciously light, ultra-hydrating day moisturizer penetrates the skin with powerful and scientifically proven botanical extracts and vitamins to optimise skin rejuvenation and vitality – leaving a velvet-matte finish as beautiful as blossom petals.

Hopefully, you will be able to display your pregnancy glow and avoid the mask of pregnancy. Unfortunately, one of the physiological changes during pregnancy is the change in pigmentation of skin. This “mask of pregnancy” involves brownish spots or patches that develop around the neck and face. Many women find these to be less desirable than the pregnancy glow.

Our day moisturiser diminishes skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone thanks to one of it’s key ingredients, collagen-enhancing Actipone® Mulberry GW. This scientifically proven botanical extract to effectively address hyper-pigmentation issues and uneven skin tone.

Massage daily in upward motions to a cleansed face and neck.

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Compiled from the following resources:
(1994). Robert V. (Ed.), Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby’s First Year (281).  New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Cunningham, F. Gary, Leveno, Kenneth J., et al (2005).  Maternal Physiology in Williams Obstetrics 22nd edition (126). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.