Category Archives: Lifestyle

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.

Click here for details

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.

Click here for details

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.

September 18, 2017

how Little Butterfly London took flight

It is now 5 years since Gudrun, the founder of Little Butterfly London, was first inspired to create an exquisite, organic-certified baby skincare range after the birth of her little boy, Lucas.  Being a new mother, it was crucial for her to nurture his delicate skin with the utmost gentle yet effective ingredients whilst ensuring that their pampering time together was truly magical.

Having a strong passion for luxury skincare since she was a teenager, Gudrun’s expectations for her son’s babycare products were extremely high, so she spent many years researching and put all her knowledge, efforts and resources into creating Britain’s first organic-certified skincare range especially formulated for babies and later also for mothers and mothers-to-be.

Gudrun’s Guiding Principals

Ingredients are key. Gudrun always chooses the precious over the ordinary. She only works with the most premium natural and organic plant ingredients available, which must always be ultra-safe and gentle, yet equally effective for delicate, potentially reactive and eczema-prone skin.

The products must be 100% pure and free of any potentially harmful or questionable ingredients such as mineral oil, paraffins, parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, PEGs and artificial fragrances, which is also why she has chosen to work with Ecocert, the world’s most renowned natural and organic certification body giving the consumer reassurance and confidence that the products are consistently manufactured to the highest quality and ‘clean’ standards.

All our baby skincare formulas address common baby skin problems and conditions like dryness, extreme sensitivity, reactions and eczema, whilst our skincare products for mothers are truly effective yet naturally also safe to use during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.

Whilst quality is paramount, Gudrun believes that pregnancy and early days of motherhood is a precious time in your life that passes in a fleeting moment and therefore should be enjoyed and treasured with products, that not only nurture, but also look stunningly beautiful and enhance the emotional experience and lift the mood.  This is reflected in the extreme attention to detail that has gone into the packaging and the overall luxurious feel and presentation of the range.

As passing visitors of this beautiful planet we have a responsibility to not only look after ourselves and our children, but also our environment, which is why all our packaging must be recyclable and only sourced from trusted suppliers using sustainable and responsible production methods.

September 1, 2017

the basic principles of the Ecocert standard

Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics” and we are proud that each formula within the Little Butterfly London range has been certified organic by Ecocert.

We strongly believe in the high-standards of Ecocert since it reassures parents that our products have been formulated to the highest ethical, organic and safety standards without the risk of containing harmful ingredients.

the basic principles of the Ecocert standard

The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes.

All packaging must be biodegradable or of a recyclable nature.

Ecocert standard imposes that a minimum of 95% of the total ingredients comes from natural origins.

All processes and every entity involved in the production of certified cosmetics undergo a rigorous audit procedure once a year.

Ecocert is against animal testing and only authorises the use of animal by-products that do not directly question animals’ lives such as beeswax and honey.

April 8, 2015

how to wean your baby

Weaning your little one can be a daunting task, especially with so many conflicting views around. We speak to Sara Patience, a registered health visitor, nutritionist and nurse with more than 15 years of experience working directly with families, about her new book Easy Weaning and her top tips on how to get your baby eating solids. When is the right time to start weaning?

The Department of Health advises weaning at around 6 months, which is 26 weeks. Prior to this babies need only breast or formula milk. By six months babies are usually able to support their upper bodies in a sitting position, pick up and object and put it in their mouth and swallow. Every baby will be a bit different, which is why the guidelines offer some flexibility. I advise mums to aim for six months to begin weaning. We know that there is no advantage to waiting longer than six months, when babies are beginning to run low on nutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin D and that weaning before four months, which is 17 weeks, increases the risk of allergy, obesity and choking.

Untitledb What food is best to start the weaning process with?

There is no evidence that weaning should start with one particular food.  If your baby is six months they may start weaning with soft pieces of food, often sharing something the rest of the family are eating, and allow baby to pick the food up and feed themselves, this is referred to as ‘Baby-Led Weaning’. You could try a piece of potato, broccoli, spaghetti, as long as it’s soft enough to easily squash between your fingers. Don’t give hard foods, round or tubed shaped foods. If your baby isn’t yet six months old, or you want to start with purée, you can purée vegetables that you are about to eat, or purée pieces of fruit. Don’t forget that babies tolerate meat very well and it supplies zinc and iron, both of which baby is starting to run out of. Ensure meat is prepared in a way that baby can manage. Start with a small amount of food, if your baby is picking food up, not much will be eaten, if you are using a spoon a few teaspoons is enough for a first go. Then increase the quantities as your baby gets used to it.

Are there any foods that should be avoided in the first year?

There are food restrictions during the first year. Between six months and one year you should avoid: honey, added salt and sugar, whole nuts, liver pâté, shellfish, shark and unpasteurized foods. However, from six months your baby can have ground nuts or thinly spread nut butters, unless there is a history of allergy, cow’s milk used in cooking or on cereals, but not as a main drink and eggs can be given if cooked solid.
Fish also has a restriction in that girls and women of child bearing age should only have oily fish up to twice weekly whilst boys and men can have it up to four times weekly. If you chose to give your baby foods before six months you need to avoid all the foods named above, as well as any cows milk, gluten, eggs or nuts – if you plan to wean before six months, speak to your health visitor for advice.

Any tips on how to broaden the range of foods that your child will try?

Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of

Fussy eating is almost a right of passage for a toddler – expect it, it’s developmentally normal. However, there are things you can do to minimise fussy eating. Start, by weaning your baby on to home cooked foods, this way, your baby will become accustomed to the foods you eat (I’m presuming you eat healthily!). Offer your baby a wide variety of foods, flavours and textures – if you use purées move your baby off them quickly as prolonged use of purée can increase fussiness. Exposure your baby to foods, use them for play, involve them when shopping. You can do all these things before your baby is one year.  Remember that foods often have to be offered 12 -15 times before they are accepted. If your baby rejects something –don’t take that as evidence that they don’t like it, offer it again.. and again.. and again.

How do I wean my child off formula milk and when?

As your baby increases their intake of solid foods, their milk intake will begin to drop. At eight months, for example, your baby is likely to have three meals a day, and three bottles a day, by one year this is likely to have dropped to two bottles, or beakers of formula milk. From one year, your child can have full fat cows milk and only needs around 350/400mls a day, they will probably have other dairy foods in their diet.
To change from formula to cows milk you can just stop the formula and give the cows milk. If your toddler is used to warm formula, they may prefer warm cows milk. If your child doesn’t seem to like it you can mix the cow and formula milks, slowly reducing the formula and increasing the cows milk. Don’t be tempted to flavour the milk with sugary powders or teas. When your baby has cows milk she will need vitamin D drops available from your health visitor or pharmacy, in fact, if your baby is having less than 500mls of formula approaching one year, they will still need vitamin D drops, so don’t feel they need formula as a ‘supplement’, they won’t be drinking enough to achieve this.

September 17, 2014

Finally here!

gudrun_106I always feel September is a month of transition; holidays are finally over, autumn is just on our doorstep and children go back to school. Maybe it is no coincidence then that it took until this September to finally announce the launch of my beautiful baby skincare brand. What started as a vague idea has blossomed into a proper business and it is incredibly exciting that the Little Butterfly products are now available to purchase from selected London stockists and from our e-commerce website.

The story of Little Butterfly is a very personal one. In spring 2012, when my son was a year old, I realised there were no organic-certified luxury baby skincare ranges available. There were some products out there, but none of them quite ticked all the boxes. I wanted something that was made of precious ingredients and presented with an air of elegance … essentially products that I would love to pamper my own baby with.

The road from idea to business is one that starts with lots of research. I spent many hours and days looking into the finer details of the skincare industry: how organic cosmetics were made, what products were on the market, what ingredients they contained and eventually found my own vision for Little Butterfly, the brand I decided to create.

So here we are – thanks to many amazingly talented (and patient!) people, who helped me along the way – Little Butterfly, Britain’s first organic-certified (by Ecocert) luxurious skincare range for babies, has finally taken flight …

All products are absolutely free from mineral oil, paraffin, parabens, silicones, SLS, DEA, TEA, PEGs and artificial fragrances. Created lovingly in England, with imaginative blends and only the most precious ingredients, the range is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and formulated to the very highest standards.

I hope you will enjoy discovering the world of Little Butterfly, just as I did creating it…