Category Archives: General

November 13, 2017

soothing mum and baby

The bond between a mother and her newborn baby is one of the strongest connections in nature, but the influx of hormones, and sheer exhaustion of motherhood can wreak havoc on new mum’s skin. Looking after a young child is a huge stress on your body and this releases the hormone cortisol into the body, weakening the skin and causing issues, such as loss of radiance and dryness.

Here at Little Butterfly London, we pride ourselves on using quality natural ingredients that help combat skin issues that new mums face daily whilst ensuring each ingredient used is safe to use, even when breastfeeding.

soothing new mum’s skin – our hero ingredients

Our ‘cocoon of bliss stretchmark butter’ helps soothe and calm itchy skin by using its powerful formula that includes rooibos and arnica flower. Arnica flower extract helps to reduce cell inflammation and enhances circulation, which is ideal for mums with stressed out, red and itchy skin.

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Fuelled with powerful botanical extracts, vitamins and minerals, our ‘scent of seas toning body serum’ uses roobios extract to help protect, heal and soothe the skin of new mothers and mums-to-be.

This high-performance serum assists in restoring elasticity and returns bounce to over-stretched or slack skin, whilst leaving a feeling of instant lightness.

Click here for more information on our ‘scent of seas toning body serum’

soothing baby’s skin – our hero ingredients

Calm your babies skin with mandarin essential oil. Our 100% ecocert certified organic ‘love eternal baby massage oil’ is filled with a luxurious oil blend that pampers baby with soothing mandarin oil alongside nourishing peach and protective rosehip oils.

With quite a history dating back thousands of years to traditional Chinese medicine, mandarin is known to be the sweetest and the most calming of all citrus essential oils. Our baby massage oil is lightly infused with mandarin and orange pure essential oils, to calm, soothe and lend a subtle sweet fragrance.

Click here for more information on our ‘love eternal baby massage oil’

Our best selling ‘soft as moonlight nappy change cream’ features oat kernel extract which is a super skin soothing, natural ingredient. Our unusually rich and generous blend of ingredients within our award winning nappy cream includes 18 carefully selected ingredients such as nurturing mango seed butter, comforting calendula and camomile to relieve discomfort. Cocoa, shea butter and buttermilk nourish and protect, while peach kernel and cucumber seed oil maintain the skin’s healthy moisture levels.

Treat your little one to this beautiful nappy change cream, with added oat kernel extract, zinc oxide, vitamin C and E to promote healing and natural protection. Rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is beautifully calming as it melts into the skin.

Click here for more information on our ‘soft as moonlight nappy change cream’

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.

Our soothing, restorative dreamy spa experiences are exclusively available in these luxury hotels and spas in the UK and Ireland…

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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.

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.

July 15, 2015

and the awards goes to…

LL AwardsIt is remarkable to see how well children respond to praise to reinforce good behavior. We can see by observing our children’s innocent reactions, how it is in our DNA to welcome positive reinforcement to grow as a person…. And I have to admit, that even as an adult I’m not impartial to it either…

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Little Butterfly London has received eight award nominations since our launch, last year in September 2014. I was very pleased to see that our baby skincare line is getting so strongly recognised. It has confirmed and even boosted my ambition to continue the journey I have started, and has made me reflect on how far we have come in such a short time. It is a pleasure to see our meticulously designed products and brand, reflected in the appreciation of this competitive market and hear people’s admiration for Little Butterfly London. I am amazed to see it travel from a light bulb idea, onto to the shelves of the country’s leading retailers.

tgp_nba_2015_silverWe were delighted to see our ‘bubbles in the breeze’ top to toe wash win the Silver Award in The Green Parent magazine awards. The formulation is beautifully delicate and enriched with pure organic plant extracts such as meadowsweet, cucumber and oat kernel extract. Alongside this, our hero product, the ‘soft as moonlight’ nappy change cream, which contains more than 18 precious ingredients, has been nominated for five LBP (Loved By Parents) Awards. Our “fall into dreams” mother & baby massage oil, which contains only the most precious and selected ingredients, has been shortlisted for a FreeFrom Skincare award, and our entire range has been shortlisted for the “best infant skincare range” in the Little London Awards.

In many of these categories we are undeniably the smallest and youngest brand, competing Shortlist 15 RGB 72dpiwith strong established players, which have been on the market for many years. We hope however, that what we lack in years on the market, we are making up with unparalleled quality in skincare formulations, all delicately packaged and presented.

Finally, receiving awards is wonderful, but it is only a confirmation that we are on the right track, not the end of the road. We are very grateful for the excellent response we have had from the media and will continue to strive for British excellence, and to provide only the best and safest skincare for the most precious skin of all, that of our little ones.

 

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.

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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?

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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.

February 9, 2015

How to achieve the perfect post-natal body…

So many celebrities seem to spring back into their size 0 jeans after three months of giving birth and you may wonder how they achieve this so quickly. Pilates expert and mum-of-two Sarah Vrancken (www.svpilates.com) here shares her tips on how to lose weight and tone up quickly…

First of all, you have to ask yourself the question what your perfect body is. Do you want to go back to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape or are you looking to lose some extra weight? After all, celebrities are under more pressure to be very slim, whilst that may not be the look you strive for. 

woman 2If you have had a normal delivery without any complications, then you can start exercising after six weeks. It is best to start gentle and focus on the two important supporting muscle groups of your core: the transversus abdominis, which is the muscle group that wraps around your belly holding your stomach in, and the pelvic floor muscle. The most effective exercises to work these muscles include the Plank position and the classic 100 Pilates position whilst breathing in the correct way, which means you pull in your belly button towards the spine when you exhale. It is so important to get the main stomach muscle to shorten during the post-natal period and doing the above mentioned exercises will help you to achieve this quicker.

In addition to toning exercises, it’s key to incorporate some cardiovascular exercise into your weekly routine that raises your heart rate significantly as it’s the most effective type of exercise to burn off fat. From running to spinning, as long as it makes you sweat and out of breath, it will help you to shed the weight. Of course, it’s not easy to find the time to exercise when looking after a newborn. That is why it can be worth investing in a running machine or spinning bike so that you can exercise at home when the little one is asleep.

However, through my own post-pregnancy exercise routines, I’ve learned one important lesson: you can never out-train your diet. To get results quickly, it’s important to have a healthy diet and stay away from processed food, alcohol, caffeine and sugar. I used the Paleo lifestyle as a template after the birth of each of my girls and this together with a consistent exercise routine helped my body to regain its pre-pregnancy shape. It’s not always easy to say no to that piece of chocolate cake when meeting up with friends, but if you can stay focused then the results will soon follow…

 

December 15, 2014

How to plan the perfect kid’s party…

Rochelle George and Kim Asprey know all the secrets to making your little one’s birthday truly special. Their new London based events company Ruby and Roo create bespoke and memorable children’s parties that celebrate the playfulness of childhood.  Here Kim Asprey explains why she started her high-end children’s party planning business and what her top tips are to make your kid’s party into a success…

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Where did the idea for Ruby & Roo come from?

Rochelle and I have been friends for over eight years, and our backgrounds are a combination of working in child care and development, PR, marketing and events.

The idea for Ruby & Roo came about because we saw that there was a gap in the market for a completely bespoke and high-end children’s party planning company in London. We felt our combined experiences created a wonderful synergy and the perfect grounds for establishing this type of business together. The idea for the name Ruby & Roo stems from Rochelle’s nickname Roo and her antipodean roots…she is originally from New Zealand. We felt it added a lovely twist on your typical party planners’ names and has a nice ring to it too!

What do you enjoy most about organising parties? 

There is so much satisfaction in planning children’s parties to perfection. Seeing the guests’ faces light up in amazement when they enter the party is just the best feeling ever and makes all the hard work and preparation worthwhile. It is a joy to make these children’s dreams come to life and leaving them with lasting happy memories.

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Tell us about the secrets of throwing a great kids party. What are your top three tips?

There are so many important aspects, but we would say the following are essential:

  • + Make a master to-do list which contains the most important details such as your guest list, contact information, supplies, dietary restrictions, RSVPs and so on
  • + Create a theme that your child will love – perhaps recreate a favourite Disney film or character. Send out invites in plenty of time to guarantee a good turnout
  • + Organise engaging and age appropriate activities for the children attending
  • + Show-stopping and lively performers are an absolute must if you want to keep the little ones happy
  • + Unique bespoke cakes that tie in with the theme can act as the centre piece of the party. The food you serve is equally important if not more for leaving a lasting impression with all guests

What is the most unique party request you have received so far? 

We received a brief recently to arrange a science party for a 6 year old girl and we had such fun bringing all the elements together! We organised for two ‘Mad Scientist’ entertainers to teach the children how to make ‘radioactive putty’ and mix dry ice potions. We created a bespoke hand sculpted three tier test tube birthday cake with a popping candy centre and marbled sponge. The candy bar was over-flowing with large test tubes filled with neon marshmallows, mad scientist cake pops, fizz whizz cosmic dust, gobstoppers, sherbet lolly’s and flying saucers. The science themed gift bags contained bubble science kits, a build-your-own microscope and a grow your own plant from gel kit – if only we could be six all over again!

What do you think sets you apart from all other kids party-planners in Central London?

Ruby and Roo is a collaboration of two dear friends who have a collective 30 years of experience working with children and in events. We love what we do and this is reflected in the personal service and great attention to detail that we offer. It is our aim to make every party truly special and memorable and we go the extra mile to achieve this.  We cater to all budgets and we have access to a wide network of trustworthy suppliers and CRB checked entertainers who we work with regularly.

We attend the parties ourselves to make sure everything is perfect and runs smoothly…..

October 23, 2014

A Mother’s Wish List

It is true to say that your life changes when you have children. There is the change in priorities, the change in sleeping habits (sadly…) and the change in your wardrobe (chasing a toddler in high heels turns out to be impossible). However, one of the biggest changes I experienced was that I suddenly became aware of a whole new array of brands and products, which cater for new mummies and babies. There are some stunning items out there – from cashmere blankets to beautiful changing bags – and currently, these are the top five items on my Wish List:

 Cashmere blankets from http://www.purebaby.co.uk/ – from £102 

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Bonnie Baby Sky Blanket in Grey

Not all blankets are created equal. A soft cashmere blanket offers a luxurious touch that you and your baby will appreciate. It is worth the investment as it is something you will cherish, use on a daily basis and will keep as a precious souvenir. I certainly did that with mine. My favourite cashmere blanket has a beautiful discrete print on light taupe coloured cashmere with a satin ribbon. It is still in a great condition despite putting it in the washing machine once, which is of course not recommended…

The Nest Bag from Marie Chantal – £495 from http://www.gift-library.com/

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Proof that a changing bag can look glamorous too, the Nest Bag from Marie Chantal ticks all the right boxes, combining practicality with style. Unfortunately, this bag wasn’t available yet when my son was born and I was forever looking for a beautiful, practical changing bag, but nothing seemed worth the investment. If you find yourself on the same quest, looking for a changing bag you want to be seen with, then have a look at the Marie Chantal bags, which come in several colours…

Luxury Mother & Baby Massage Oil – try our Little Butterfly London ‘Fall into Dreams’ Mother & Baby Massage Oil, £27

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It is one of my favourite products in the range as the Little Butterfly London Mother and Baby Massage Oil not only provides nourishing care for your baby’s skin, but also facilitates a bonding experience with your little one. Gently massaging your baby’s skin is such a precious way to bond and connect with your child. Our massage oil is 100% organic and certified and contains only the most precious of oils such as rose hip, argan, peach kernel, apricot and jojoba mixed with calendula for a healing effect. Very lightly scented with organic orange and mandarine essential oils … just the right amount to make it the perfect sensual experience for you and your little one.

 Silver Cross Aston Martin Edition 2014 – £3,000 from http://luxury.harrods.com/

Silver Cross Aston Martin Edition 2014

Silver Cross Aston Martin Edition 2014

It can’t get much better. The old-style Silver Cross prams are just beautiful, but lack thefunctionality required for city living. You won’t have that problem with the new limited edition Silver Cross Aston Martin, which boasts air-ride suspension, touch-perfect handling and an ultra-lightweight magnesium alloy structure – oh and it goes without saying that it looks fabulous too!

Sleeping bags from Tartine et Chocolat – £85 from Blue Almonds www.bluealmonds.co.uk

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I love these sleeping bags as they are so practical and are available in gorgeous designs and beautiful, elegant colours. I used these for my son until he grew out of them as they kept him warm and snug. As a bonus, these sleeping bags look stunning in the nursery too.