Top Tips on keeping Fit and Getting in Shape Post-Baby

Spring is in the air. A time for a change and a great time to start getting our bodies moving!

What makes things harder is when you’re trying to get back into shape after the birth of your baby! All women, no matter what age, shape or fitness, experience incredible physical change during pregnancy. It definitely does takes some time to return to your pre-pregnant fitness level and shape.

Luckily we’ve Diana from BodybeWell to provide you with some top tips on keeping fit and getting in shape for you mamas out there.

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  1. If exercise was a part of your life prior to baby and you have been given the all clear by your practitioner then the general rule thumb is 6 weeks post baby for a normal vaginal birth.
  2. We recommend a gentle return to exercise with the focus being on pelvic floor and gentle body conditioning. So think fit ball squats and lying hip raises.
  3. Going for daily walks clear the mind and is a fantastic way to fit cardio into your day.
  4. Start slow going for 15 minute walks. If there is no pain or discomfort then increase the time by 5 minutes.
  5. Exercise with a friend. This could be going for walks together or doing a mini circuit in the park for 15-20 minutes. This creates wonderful interactions with other mums and a lovely endorphin release.
  6. If you budget allows for it hire a personal trainer who can write you a tailored program and then have them review it for you after 6-8 weeks. This is a great way to create accountability and have an experienced person create a specific fitness program to suit you needs and fitness goals.
  7. Above all else be kind to yourself! There is no rush or right time. Finding the time can be challenging enough so we are firm believers in setting small achievable goals. Energy levels can be low with lack of sleep,breastfeeding,tending to household needs plus for some getting ready to enter the work force.

If you are in need of further fitness post baby advice you can contact us at hello@bodybewell.com.au

A Loaded Load: The Links Between Laundry Detergent & Your Child’s Skin Rash

As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to see your children suffering daily from skin sensitivity. It can also be impossibly frustrating to not know what’s causing it. Nonetheless, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology, eczema — also known as atopic dermatitis — is a fact of life for 1 in every 5 children under the age of two.

One of the most distressing aspects of this form of skin sensitivity is the ‘scratch-and-itch’ cycle that perpetuates the reaction: when the skin’s protective barrier is damaged, the sufferer becomes more susceptible to allergens and irritants. Once the skin is irritated, chemicals are released that make the skin itchy. If the skin is then scratched, more chemicals are released and the itch worsens. Even as an adult, not to scratch seems like an impossible act of self-restraint. But for a child? Not a chance.

Many parents look far and wide for a way to stop their child’s eczema — creams, lotions, clothes made of non-irritating fabrics — all to no avail. But what if the cause of your skin irritation was under your nose this whole time? Or, more specifically, in your laundry cupboard?

 

Eczema in Children

Most eczema in children develops between the ages of 2 and 4, with the most severe symptoms usually found in the creases of elbows, behind the knees, across the ankles and even on the face, ears and neck. Although some children will outgrow their eczema, many will take it with them into adulthood. And even if they do outgrow it, this fact is often of little comfort at the time.

Contact with allergens will often worsen the child’s experience of eczema, and many offending substances are common household items — such as soap, water and cleaning chemicals — that are hard to avoid. In particular, children with skin problems will often be more prone to laundry detergent reactions, and the longer the exposure, the more severe the symptoms. As these chemicals strip the skin of its protective barrier, eczema begins develops more frequently.

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Two Types of Skin Reaction

Your child’s skin irritation will fall into either one of two categories:

  1. Irritation: The red, itchy rash will develop as soon as the child’s skin comes into contact with an irritant — for instance, a prickly sweater. If the rash falls into this category, it will go away shortly after the sweater is removed.
  2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis: This form of skin irritation exhibits the same symptom — a red, itchy rash — but the cause will be less obvious, as it will neither appear with immediate contact nor disappear when the irritant is removed. If laundry detergent and/or fabric softener are behind your child’s rash, you may not notice the symptoms for up to a week, as the immune system takes time to recognise allergens, and it can take multiple instances of exposure before the skin will react.

A quick way to determine whether or not the rash is being caused by your laundry detergent is to check under your infant’s nappy, where clothing doesn’t touch the skin. If the rash is there, then it’s not caused by detergent. If it’s not, you may have found your culprit.

 

Getting Rid of the Skin Rash

While there’s nothing good about your child suffering, at least if the skin irritation and sensitivity is being caused by harsh laundry detergents, the problem is comparatively easy — and cheap — to fix.

Allergen avoidance or minimisation is essential to stopping your child’s eczema flares. If the laundry detergent is a prime allergen, then the most effective and immediate action would be to stop using supermarket detergents and softeners — which contain artificial fragrances, dyes and enzymes — in favour of something all-natural and organic.

If your child suffers from skin irritation, then it is also well-advised to wash  store-bought clothing before they wear it. New clothing often carries formaldehyde releasers, which is known to trigger skin irritation and sensitivity. Alternatively, there are a huge variety of organic baby clothing brands in Australia which are perfect for children with sensitive skin, not to mention affordable. Aster & Oak and Purebaby are a couple of our tried-and-tested favourites.

 

Conclusion

1 in 5 Australian children under the age of two suffer from eczema, a recurring and nasty form of skin irritation. This red, itchy rash that results from a break-down of the skin barrier is made worse through contact with allergens and irritants, and perpetuates itself in a nasty scratch-and-itch cycle.

The harsh chemicals contained in common laundry detergents frequently act as irritants, seeping into clothes during the wash cycle and sitting against your child’s skin upon wear.

Although skin irritation that results from contact with allergens is not immediately obvious, it is easily fixed by simply removing the allergens. If your child is reacting to your laundry detergent, the irritation can be stopped by switching to an all-natural, organic baby laundry product that doesn’t contain any of the offending chemicals.

Safe Cleaning for Babies & Children

How to Create a Germ- and Toxin-Free Home for Baby

Even for adults, commercial cleaning products can pose serious health risks. From headaches to certain cancers, the carcinogens, endocrine disrupters and neurotoxins commonly found in supermarket products have been linked to a range of issues, including:

  • Premature puberty;
  • Reduced fertility;
  • Challenged immune systems;
  • ADHD;
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.

 

Baby&Toxins

Babies and toddlers — due to their still-developing immune systems and their smaller size — are one of the most at-risk categories when it comes to chemical exposure. This isn’t helped by their close proximity to the floor: as they crawl along, chemical traces get absorbed through their skin and respiratory tracts, with the risk of exposure becoming higher when they insert their fingers into mouths, noses and ears.

However, despite even the most supermummy of efforts, it’s impossible to keep everything free of toxins. But choosing organic cleaning products and knowing the most important places to clean are two great places to start.

Kitchen Surfaces

Before you go crowning us Captain Obvious, we’re not just talking about the regular spraying and wiping of food preparation surfaces (though it is particularly important to use toxin-free surface cleaners anywhere food is being prepared). To keep your baby safe from bacteria, avoid placing roving items — such as grocery bags — on the counter. Or better yet, avoid the supermarket altogether and get cleaning products delivered to your door!

Baby Clothes & Mumma Clothes

A baby’s clothes get even more hugs than mummy does, so it’s important they’re washed daily using a safe laundry detergent that won’t leave their sensitive skin in a chemical embrace. While traditional laundry powders get rid of germs, they’re also filled with nasty chemicals that get absorbed into a baby’s clothes and can cause rashes, itching and other unpleasant reactions. And if your baby is anything like most babies, it will also be prone to munching mummy’s shirts, so a 100% natural laundry powder like Resparkle’s is just as important for big kid laundry.

Bed Linens

Every mum knows that it’s important to make the most of baby naptime. So when your baby eventually gets to sleep, make sure you too can rest easy in the knowledge that their bed linen is clean and toxin-free. To avoid your baby breathing in both the allergens and chemicals that get caught up in bed linens, make sure to wash them regularly with a natural laundry powder that kicks the butts of germs and toxins alike.

Bathtubs

The bathtub should be where your baby gets clean, not dirty. While cleaning the bathtub around once a week with a natural disinfectant will ensure a clean and toxin-free starting point, avoid using supermarket soaps with baby. A soap with all-natural and organic ingredients will not only avoid chemical exposure, it will also be gentler on baby’s sensitive skin.

Feeding Bottles & Baby Accessories

Make sure the nutritious food you are feeding your baby isn’t compromised by chemicals on the feeding bottle. While it is recommended to have a number of bottles on hand so that you can rotate their use and avoid constant washing up, it’s just as important to avoid cleaning them in chemicals. Supermarket detergents are full to the brim with harmful toxins such as corrosive alkaline salts, so by switching to an organic dishwashing liquid, you can ensure the only things that go into your baby’s mouth are natural.

Kitchen Sponges

It’s all well and good to wash your baby’s feeding bottles with a toxin-free dishwashing liquid, but where has your kitchen sponge been? To avoid contaminating your baby accessories with dirty sponges, make sure to wash them thoroughly after each use with a toxin-free detergent, and replace old sponges with new ones at least once a month.

The Floor

When your baby crawls along the floor, make sure they aren’t picking up toxins with their toys. Commercial floor cleaners are some of the worst offenders when it comes to toxic load, often containing harsh chemical categories such as carcinogens and neurotoxins. Keep baby safe from the adverse health issues associated with these toxins by using an organic floor cleaner that gets rid of germs with nature, not nasties.

Toys

Toys need baths too — especially since a baby’s idea of playtime often involves a lot of sucking and dribbling. Hard plastic toys can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, while soft toys love going for a spin in the dishwasher. But to ensure they don’t come out the other end covered in chemical nasties, make sure they’re being washed in safe products such as Resparkle’s organic dishwasher powder and all-natural baby laundry powder.

Sit Back and Relax

We believe that a toxin-free home for baby is even better when it means a carefree life for mummy.  

That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Aster and Oak — providers of beautiful organic clothes for healthy and stylish babies — to give one lucky winner a 6-month supply of Natural Baby Laundry Powder and an adorable clothing set from Aster and Oak’s new Woodland Animals collection.

To enter, just follow these easy steps:

  1. ‘Like’ Resparkle & Aster and Oak on Facebook
  2. In the comments section of the promotion post, tell us in 20 words or less why you’d love to win!

Entries close 12pm Sunday May 01 2016. The winner will be announced on the day.

Until then, wishing a safe and happy home for you and your family.

Let’s get Ready for Christmas | Week #1 | Festive Planning

 

 

TinselWHOA!  Seven weeks till Christmas!!! I’m sure you agree that the festive season causes more than the usual chaos on the home front, but there’s no reason why this should get the better of us. A simple plan and a touch of delegation (or co-operation) – should keep things humming at home.  By breaking the next seven weeks up into themes, it will help us to remain focused and not get so overwhelmed.

  • * Week #1 – Getting Organised
  • * Week #2 – Reality Check
  • * Week #3 – Gifts & Giving
  • * Week #4 – Decorate
  • * Week #5 – Get Cooking
  • * Week #6 – Chill Out / Catch Up
  • * Week #7 – Celebrate

 

WEEK # 1 – GETTING ORGANISED (8-14th November)

Alrightly, this is going to require a festive drink (or two), a ring binder folder, note pad, pen/s and a calendar.  As we break down preparations into small, simple steps, we’ll sketch out the outline of the festive season to come.  This week, we begin to build a Festive planner to organise holiday chores, assess the state of the house, and prepare for the festivities.

FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER

ChristmasGiftPlanner1To help get you started, our gift to you is a FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER which you can download at the end of this post.

Once you get your planner done, you’ll feel like the job is already half done and in total control.

 

 

 

 

To Do This Week

  1. Go on! Give your Festive Planner Folder a title page – even a little decoration if you will.  (As we go along, you will add pages to your planner folder)
  2. Make a promise to spend 15 minutes each day this week to get organised
  3. Print & paste the family holiday calendar (make sure you have a good understanding of what days each family member is having off school/work, social outings etc)
  4. This is a good time to book in the kids holiday camps/care/babysitters
  5. Make travel plans and reservations this week!!!
  6. Write a list of people you want to buy/make gifts for, include the budget limit for each person (even better…. see if you can write down what you want to buy/make them). Be sure to download our FREE Christmas Gift Planner below!
  7. Begin a Christmas card list & locate addresses
  8. Write up a home spruce up list – this is a list of all the cleaning and gardening chores that need to be done the week before Christmas. Make sure that you delegate duties to those in the household
  9. Make sure you’ve stocked up on your Resparkle Cleaning Products as on time deliveries are not guaranteed from 18th December
  10. Will you host guests this year? Make arrangements for any overnight guests
  11. If there are any special house projects on the plan where you require a third party to come in and do some work, you better get in quick! No doubt others will be thinking the same as you EG. Carpet cleaning, tree felling
  12. Set a Christmas theme (so that you can keep an eye out for bits & pieces that you may need to buy)
  13. Set the Christmas menu with the family and delegate who’s bringing what

 

Instagram_600x600We know its not “Gifts & Giving” week (that comes in Week #3), but to help kickstart the planning festivities, we have planned a 48-HOUR Sale.  Think stocking stuffers, additions to hampers or simply getting ready for your Home Spruce Up.

Please see below some downloads to help you with your Festive Planning.

See you same place next week for Week #2 – The Reality Check!

HAPPY PLANNING!

 

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FREE CHRISTMAS PLANNER DOWNLOADS 

ChristmasCal_Nov

ChristmasCal_Dec

ChristmasGiftPlanner

ChristmasStockingList

ChristmasMenu

ChristmasHomeSpruceUpChecklist

ChristmasDecorationList

ChristmasCardList

 

 

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  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

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