Babies, Families

A Nappy Rash Home Remedy Using Chamomile

Learn how to treat nappy rash naturally and effectively, using my tried and tested home remedy using chamomile tea.

It’s been a little while since my kids were in nappies. In fact, my youngest daughter started school this week, which completely blows my mind. While it’s been a few years since we’ve used nappies, a few of my friends have had babies lately. I’ve really been enjoying being able to meet up with them for a cup of coffee and marvel at their tiny humans, all whilst being able to pass their babies back as soon as they start to cry!

One friend I met with recently was in a bit of tizz because her baby had developed a rash on its bottom. She wondered if reaching for the Sudocrem was the best solution for how to treat nappy rash. Then I remembered one of the best tips my health visitor ever gave me to treat nappy rash naturally…

What Is Nappy Rash?

First off, what is nappy rash? Well, nappy rash is a skin condition common in babies. The NHS says that nappy rash can be caused by:

  • your baby’s skin being in contact with wee or poo for a long time
  • the nappy rubbing against your baby’s skin
  • not cleaning the nappy area or changing the nappy often enough
  • soap, detergent or bubble bath
  • alcohol-based baby wipes (try these eco-friendly baby wipes instead)
  • and/or your baby recently taking antibiotics

From experience, I’d also add to that list that nappy rash can definitely be triggered by teething.

It’s quite easy to identify nappy rash. The whole of your baby’s bottom may be red, or it could be limited to red patches. You might find spots, blisters, or pimples, and the area may look sore and feel hot to touch. Nappy rash can be very uncomfortable, but the good news is that it can be really easy to treat.

A Nappy Rash Home Remedy Using Chamomile Tea

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When my eldest daughter developed a bad case of nappy rash when she was teething, our health visitor recommended an amazingly simple natural remedy. She told us to make up a cup of chamomile tea in the normal way – one chamomile tea bag in a cup of boiled water – and then leave the teabag in to steep. When the tea has cooled, soak a cloth in the tea and then use that to wipe her bum. Alternatively, you can decant the tea into a sterilised spray bottle, and then use that at nappy change time in combination with a reusable baby wipe.

Our health visitor didn’t normally hand out natural remedies. I knew, coming from her, that this was the real deal. And it was because the nappy rash cleared up amazingly quickly after using the chamomile tea. It turns out this natural nappy rash remedy works because chamomile has mild antiseptic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and is incredibly soothing. Chamomile also rapidly aids the skin’s healing after a nappy rash appears. It’s all-round magic in a teabag!

Other Top Tips

There are some other top tips you can follow to help treat or prevent nappy rash:

Firstly, if your child is suffering from nappy rash then making sure that you change their nappy more frequently is a good first step. This helps to minimise the time they are in a damp nappy, helping the rash to clear up.

Secondly, air is brilliant at helping nappy rash to subside. Nappy free time really helps to get the circulate around your baby’s bottom. It sounds silly, but think about when we cut ourselves. We know that once we have stemmed the blood flow then letting air in rather than suffocating it behind a plaster is often the best course of action. It’s the same with nappy rash. For babies that aren’t yet mobile, then simply place a towel down on your baby changing mat, and letting them enjoy some nappy free time can really help.

Finally, minimising the use of scented lotions and potions can be helpful. For example, scented bubble bath was always a no when our kids had nappy rash.

Any other tips for treating nappy rash?

Children, Families

Eco-Friendly School Supplies – Tried & Tested By Kids

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Looking for sustainable and eco-friendly school supplies?  From pencils to packed lunches, eco-friendly school uniforms, and kids’ ethical backpacks, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s talk about eco-friendly school supplies.  You see, here in Scotland we’re winding down the summer holidays and gearing up for the back-to-school season.

When I first wrote this post, my eldest daughter was just about a few short weeks away from starting school. Now, six years on I’ve completely updated this post for 2021, as my youngest daughter, who was just six months old when I wrote this post, is just about to start school too. Yes, I’m a little bit emotional about that! The reason for the update is that over the past six years I’ve tried and tested so many eco-friendly school supplies. What follows are therefore my most tried and tested mum favourites.

If your child is starting school soon too or going back to school after the long long holidays, then I’ve put together some eco-friendly school supplies for you.  Some of them I kind of want for myself…!

Eco-Friendly School Supplies Ideas

Here are my top eco-friendly school supplies ideas, from my most practical mum’s perspective. From school uniform to stationery, indestructible water bottles, lunch supplies, and everything in between, hopefully, I’ve covered all bases. Secondhand is always the most sustainable option, but if you can’t find what you are looking for secondhand then do try out these suggestions.

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Ethical School Uniform

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If it still fits, then the most eco-friendly school uniform is the one you already own. If it doesn’t fit your child anymore, and you are looking for an ethical school uniform then Eco Outfitters* makes a wide range of 100% organic cotton school uniforms, for both girls and boys, up to age 11.

Eco Outfitters uniforms are made with GOTS certified 100% organic cotton and the dyes used are all Azo free. To make their school trousers last longer for your rapidly growing children, these also cleverly include a concealed elasticated adjustable waist. Prices start at around £15.

Eco-Friendly Kids Backpacks

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My favourite place to buy eco-friendly kids’ backpacks is Frugi*. I’ve actually just bought this horse print backpack (£17.50) as my daughter’s first school bag. The outer fabric is made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and the lining is lining made from 100% recycled polyester. In fact, Frugi says it takes 7 plastic bottles to make this backpack. What could be better than a sustainable backpack for storing your eco-friendly school supplies?

From a mum’s perspective, I also love the stretchy side pockets of their backpacks. This means you can pop your kid’s water bottle in there, so in case of leakage, the contents of your kid’s school bag aren’t soaked. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, and never doing that again! The inside is also really roomy – perfect for stashing all of your kid’s school supplies.

Eco-Friendly Stationery

I always found the best part of going back to school, was choosing new stationery. Thankfully, the eco-friendly school supplies market is getting more and more exciting by the day. These rainbow writing pencils* (£6), for example, are made from layers and layers of recycled waste paper. What’s more, when you sharpen the pencils the shavings look like rainbows. Too exciting!

These natural wood colouring pencils* (£3.50) come minimally packaged without any plastic and are a great size for popping in pencil cases.

And speaking of pencil cases, again Frugi* (£4) is a great choice, as all their pencil cases are also made from recycled plastic bottles. Surprise surprise, I bought this one to match my daughter’s school bag!

Water Bottles

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Over the years I have been on the hunt for the best kids’ water bottles. I’ve been looking for something that is dishwasher proof; leak-proof; doesn’t have a pattern on it, so can’t get scraped; and recyclable at the end of its life. It’s been a hard search, but I’ve finally found it in these Blafre water bottles* (£15), available from Kidly. I’ve bought one for both of my kids, and for my youngest, I’ve upgraded the lid to the non-spill drinking spout.

For more water bottle recommendations, do check out my guide to the best kids water bottles.

Eco Friendly School Lunch Supplies

And for the one part of your eco-friendly school supplies that you absolutely cannot forget about – the all-important lunch supplies.

All kids in Scotland up to primary 4 get free school meals, and I believe this will be expanding to cover all primaries, so I haven’t purchased any lunch supplies. However, if I needed to, then these are the items I would probably be looking at.

This lunch bag from Frugi* (£9), again, is made from three recycled plastic bottles and is handy for keeping your kid’s lunch cool until lunchtime.

This bamboo lunch cutlery set* (£7.94) is nice and light – handy for stashing at the bottom of a lunch bag or lunch box. However, if you have an existing set of cutlery that could be used then that’s always a more sustainable and eco-friendly choice when it comes to school supplies (or any aspect of life really).

And this stainless steel lunch box* (£15). An old Tupperware tub or even an ice-cream tub would do the job, and be super eco-friendly. However, if you are looking to invest in a lunchbox then this could be a good choice. I have seen stainless steel lunch boxes on American and Australian sites, but have really struggled in the past to find a UK supplier of one that doesn’t have a plastic lid.  The search is over. I’ve just discovered the Green Tulip store on Not On The High Street.  You’re welcome.

You can also check out my eco-friendly lunch ideas, for more inspiration.

What About Eco-Friendly School Shoes?

Now, something I’ve really struggled to find is eco-friendly or ethical kids’ shoes.  There are very few suppliers of ethical kids’ shoes (that I’m aware of). The two suppliers that I did find were eye-wateringly expensive.  

I’m also loathed to recommend buying kids’ shoes online.  Kids’ shoes are trickier to buy because ill-fitting shoes could damage children’s growing feet.  I’d recommend visiting a local retailer and getting your kids feet measured and professionally fitted. I go with buying the best quality school shoes I can afford, and then try my very best to look after them. Making sure they get dried out when wet (newspaper stuffed in them really does work a treat). And tending to any scuffs when they appear really does help school shoes last longer. I’ve got a full guide to taking care of school shoes so that they last longer if you’re keen to learn more.

Enjoy the rest of the school holidays!  Our plan for the last few weeks we have left is to get in as much bike riding practice (without stabilisers) as possible! As always, if you have any recommendations for eco-friendly school supplies then do share!