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The Ecover Laundry Challenge


I recently jumped at the chance to work with Britmums and Ecover and take part in their laundry challenge. I seem to have a never ending pile of washing! With 2 boys and a husband, things get messy quickly…

My Laundry Routine

Now that I work part time, I have to be organised so I have come up with a pretty good routine that works for us. Each evening I load the washing machine and set the time delay for 6am, by 8am its ready to hang! If its a sunny day (haha!) it goes out on the line, if not then on the inside dryer it goes. Then I trundle off on the school run and onwards to work, smug in my productive morning. On my return, the wash goes into the tumble dryer for a quick drying finish and it starts all over again the next day. It really is never ending!

Love or hate laundry?

I’m one of those weird people that likes doing laundry… I love the smell and freshness as you take it out the machine. My excitement levels rise when I realise I can put it on the washing line outside, for some reason it just smells and feels even better!

The only thing that I struggle with is what laundry detergent to use. Both my children, dude 6 and bear 3 have sensitive skin and suffer with eczema and allergies. There are so many laundry detergents out there claiming to be sensitive and good for children, I’m sure we’ve tried them all and so far failed to find one that actually agrees with their skin.
That is until we tried Ecover! All I can say is WOW!


I’ve used the Ecover detergent for 4 washes so far, the first three on the boys clothes and the other time on bear’s bedding. (Although he fancied the floor the first night I changed the bedding):


The boys have a pretty set creaming routine for their skin and this hasnt changed for a good few months. As you can see bear’s skin was itchy and dry:


After using the ecover detergent, it was evident he was itching less especially where his clothes irritated him! Heres an after shot of his back:


I can honestly say that I think Ecover has had something to with this. It appears to live up to its claim ‘Safe on senstive skin’ and not only has it kept my clothes fresh with the scent of Lavender and Sandalwood, it has also eased the irritation that my son feels with laundry products.

Eccover’s use of plant-based ingredients is likely to have contributed to this positive experience, their vision to respect the health and wellbeing of both humans and the planet is commendable and I am so happy to have found this brand.

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The product

The detergent itself is not as gloopy as some other brands and it was straight forward to use, into the main drawer of the washing machine. The scent was present in the washing after it had dried which is something I look for in a detergent.

Overall opinion:

Overall I am very impressed with the Ecover laundry detergent and would recommend to anyone who suffers with sensitive skin. It contains less chemicals which could cause reactions and has an amazing smell. From now on I will definitely be changing to this brand and I am glad I had the opportunity  to discover it!

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover. www.ecover.com

 

 

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Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge

Bepanthen kindly asked us to take part in their Bedtime Challenge.


We’ve been using Bepanthen for 2 weeks now and applying it as part of our bedtime routine. Each evening, my boys have a bath with Aveeno bath and body wash and moisturised with Diprobase, we have then been applying Bepanthen to Charlie’s bottom. Although Charlie hasn’t suffered badly with nappy rash, he does have sensitive skin and at times his nappies cause reactions to his bottom.

We’ve found the cream itself really easy to apply, its not too thick and washes off really easily. Some creams we have used in the past are very sticky and hard to get off between nappy changes.

It’s also a fairly neutral odour and didnt seem to bother Charlie when I applied it to some nappy rash that appeared one evening. Some we have used sting when applied but there was no reaction.

We only applied thin layers of the cream and that was all that was needed to protect his little bottom, which is great as a small tube will last a long time!

Bepanthen is the only leading nappy care product to meet all the 9 Gold standards of an ideal nappy care product and with Charlie suffering with eczema and sensitive skin it has been great to find a product that not only protects his bottom but also cares for it with pro-vitamin B5.

WHATS GREAT ABOUT BEPANTHEN?

  • No unnecessary ingredients
  • Free from potentially toxic ingredients
  • Maintains optimum moisture levels
  • Enhances the natural protection of the skin

WOULD WE RECOMMEND BEPANTHEN?

We have had no problems with this cream and it cleared up nappy rash really quickly. We have had problems in the past with creams causing reactions on Charlie’s senstive skin, but Bepanthen has proved to be efficent and naturally suitable for babies and toddlers. We would highly recommend Bepanthen Ointment!

 

 

**This post in an entry for #Bepanthen Bedtime Challenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Bepanthen or www.bepanthen.co.uk

Fisher Price Dance & Move Beatbo

This was the most wanted gift at Christmas this year for toddlers! So what does my 2 year old make of it?


Although very frustrating for parents, it’s repetitive tunes and movements are what my 2 year old loves best! He loves to dance and run in circles whilst beat bo plays. 

The colours are great and my son loves to talk to it so it repeats what he says and sings it back. 

His attention for the toy doesn’t last more than 5-10 mins and it’s something that he comes and goes to through the day. 

A negative about the toy is it seems very clunky when it moves and noisy too. Here’s a video:


Overall it’s a great toy by Fisher Price and highly recommended for one year olds onwards! (Even my 5 year old gets in on the action sometimes!). 

Easybelts Review

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Easybelts kindly sent us some of their great belts to try out.
Dude has a tiny waist but long legs and sometimes we need to use a belt. Normal belt buckles he just finds awkward, especially when he is desperate for a wee!

So along came an easybelt, an easy to fasten, velcro strap fun belt.

They come in a variety of colours and patterns as well as plain colours for use with school uniform. Also available in different waist sizes, which I love as I always find that belts normally come in one size and one size does not fit all!

Dude picked a great racing car design and a black one for school.

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Once threaded through his jeans, he was able to undo and redo them up with ease. They were a bit stiff when first used but once they had been used a few times they were fine.

The velcro wasn’t too ‘sticky’ or too loose and they definitely felt like they were sturdy and well made.

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Dude’s thoughts: Its a cool belt and I Love the Racing car design!

Mummy’s thoughts: A great little belt, appeals to all children and does what it says on the tin. Versatile, easy to use and definitely something that will be purchasing again for my younger son.

For more information on the belts and to purchase one, visit : www.easybelts.co.uk

Banana Boat Suncream review 

Its summer! Well apparently it is, i’m sat here writing this in the rain!

Both my boys have dry skin and suffer from eczema. I’ve struggled to find a sun cream that doesn’t affect their skin but have found Banana Boats’s range of Suncreams brilliant. 

We have used the kids spf 50 pump and the baby spf 50 spray. 

  

Both are equally as good. I do prefer the pump bottle rather than the spray as I prefer to put the cream on my hands and then rub it into the boys. 

The cream itself isn’t too runny or too thick and absorbs into the skin really well. It doesn’t make skin feel ‘sticky’ either.  It does not have a particular smell but that’s great as it means there is less ‘rubbish’ in it which irritates the boys skin. 

The bottles are quite chunky and heavy to carry around. I have yet to find any smaller travel size bottles in a shop near me which would be ideal for pre school and the changing bag. 

It retails for around £10-£12 in most good beauty stores and supermarkets. 

It’s hypoallergenic, clinically tested, very water resistant and peaditrician tested. 

I would definitely recommend it for your little ones!

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