Ahhhh the Great British Summer! It has been so very up and down this year… and although there have been some thundery and soggy spells in between the sunnier and brighter days, the mugginess has been real. The air has felt close and heavy and there has been much stickiness, in the car seat, in the cot and in the buggy.
But this balmy weather has not stopped us hopping about the place with Isabelle, who seems completely unbothered by the yo-yoing temperatures. On the super duper crazy hot day a month ago, she just waddled around in her nappy and splashed about in the paddling pool all day long. Happy as Larry. Whoever Larry is.
However the warmer weather has meant that we’ve really had to up our game with her skincare and keeping her fresh and clean, as her eczema definitely has more of a tendency to flare up in the heat, especially when aggravated by sun cream, sand, chlorine…. and tiredness.
WaterWipes are still the only wipe that we can use on Izzy’s skin, without her reacting in some way. They’re the best substitute for cotton wool and water that we’ve found, and have made life that bit easier for us too (as carting sterilised water and cotton wool about the park in a buggy isn’t the easiest thing in the world). So when we’re out and about, we keep a pack of WaterWipes with us AT ALL TIMES and treat them like gold dust. They are our superpower.
When Isabelle was 6 months, we started to use WaterWipes with Soapberry, which are made with 99.9% water and a drop of fruit and Soapberry extract. Soapberry is a cherry-like fruit and a natural cleanser, but without the harsh properties of soap, making these wipes tough on mess but kind on growing baby’s skin – hurrah!
Oh and also, the two wipes in the WaterWipes range are the only baby wipes to be approved by Allergy UK. A huge plus for us.
A couple of weeks ago on one of the warmer days, we headed to the park to indulge in all of Isabelle’s favourite activities; zoning out on the swings, eating sand, shouting at the ducks and hitting herself on the head with her plastic bucket. We are so proud.
Child dermatologist Dr Cairine Wilkinsonexplains that babies have immature sweat ducts, which are more likely to get blocked, meaning they are more prone to prickly heat – a kind of heat rash. To avoid this happening and your baby overheating, it is best to dress them in loose clothing, so Izzy was clothed in cotton leggings and an easy breezy t-shirt.
She also suggests keeping babies under 6 months in the shade, as sun cream is not tested on babies under 6 months, so shouldn’t be used.
Izzy is now 15 months so we are well into the slathering on stage… and do you know what loves sun cream? SAND.
The sand was EVERYWHERE. Underneath her fingernails, in her hair, between her toes, in the creases of her arms…everywhere. The snacks were being gobbled, her fingers were in her mouth, the ducks were no match for Izzy as she gripped onto the railings and barked orders at them… and WaterWipes rescued us every step of the way.
We had clean fingers for blueberry munching, a clean face and clean fingers before sand could go in her eyes and mouth, and a nice clean back and neck (previously covered in soggy sand) before getting back into the buggy and having her itch and scratch all the way home.
She had such a wonderful time – giggling, toddling and building sandcastles. (I built them, she smashed them up, but still).
So thank you WaterWipes, for creating something so natural and in a crunchy crinkly packet that Isabelle absolutely adores. Forget flashing lights and fancy pants toys – give her a WaterWipes packet and she’s in Izzy Heaven. And so are we.
This post is sponsored by WaterWipes
and all thoughts & opinions are my own.
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