For new moms, the decision of which brand to use on their babies shouldn’t be that difficult, but truth is, it is! There are so many brands that litter our shelves each promising to be the best choice for your baby’s skin and while I am sure those brands are okay for the majority – there are children who struggle with sensitive skin and experience issues like eczema. In addition, more and more moms are becoming conscious of the effects that these products are having on the environment, so are choosing to opt for organic and ethically sourced options. If that’s you, you’ll be glad to know that Badger is now available in South Africa.
Badger blends the best organic plant extracts, exotic oils, beeswax, and minerals to create the safest and most convenient products which work to soothe, heal, and treat your skin. They pride themselves on sourcing ingredients from around the world that meet the highest standards, minimal processing, and provide multiple healing properties.
Nature’s Colours, the stockists of Badger, approached me to try a few of their mom and baby products, my favourite being their Night Night Balm; a balm specifically formulated for children and promises better sleep.
From my understanding, Badger has the Night Night Balm and Sleep Balm. The Night Night Balm is formulated with children in mind and is safe to use on babies from the age of 6 months and older, and includes ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile that are blended with Spearmint and Mandarin for an ultra-soothing and relaxing balm. The Sleep Balm seems to be more aimed at adults and includes natural ingredients like Balsam Fir and Bergamot to promote relaxation and uplift your mood without stimulating the mind.
We’ve been using the Night Night Balm with Axl for a few weeks now (Eli is still a bit young). Originally, I was worried that the scent was too strong and would get on Axl’s chest (he can become sensitive to scents). But we gave it a go, and it was quite the hit! After a bath, while his skin is still warm, I gently massage the balm on his chest, wrists, temples, stomach, and under his feet. The balm sort of melts into his skin, leaving it feeling nourished, while the mentioned points of massage allow him to breathe in the aromatherapy scents, relaxing him for bed.
After a few nights of using Badger’s Night Night Balm, I noticed that his sleep patterns had improved. He used to struggle to fall asleep or “switch off” and would wake really easily, but since including the Night Night Balm in his after-bath routine, he seems to have stopped fighting his sleep so much and stays asleep for longer.
The Night Night Balm is available in two sizes; 2 ounces which is great for using around the house, especially if the whole family digs in and then there’s a 0,75 ounce variant which is convenient for popping in your nappy bag and is great for helping calm and soothe your baby if they’re struggling to calm down or are over-stimulated while being out and out.
For babies, younger than 6 months old, there is also the Badger Baby Balm which is a multi-purpose balm that soothes the discomfort caused from cradle cap, moisturizes the face and hands and works to calm rashes. The balm is infused with soothing Calendula and calming Chamomile and is safe and gentle enough for everyday use by everyone in the family.
Also included in the Badger Baby range is a baby oil, diaper cream and sunscreen which are all gluten-free, certified organic and cruelty-free. The range is certainly worth checking out!