GOLD at Prima Baby Awards

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There’s a lot of excitement today in the Childs Farm barn. Our Bubble bath for buccaneers has won GOLD at this year’s Prima Baby Awards! This has made us all really happy, because the panel of judges is not only made up of industry experts but — more importantly for us — parents and caregivers too.

According to Prima, there were a record number of applicants this year. We had some tough competition in the Best Bath Product category, including Cussons Mum & Me Baby Bath to Comfort Sniffles, InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath and Johnson & Johnson Top-To-Toe Baby Bath. So, we’re incredibly proud to have won!

As with all our products, our raspberry flavoured bubble bath is suitable for newborns and upwards, and clinically tested and approved  for use on sensitive and eczema-prone skin. It also smells utterly delicious! Use it at bath time to moisturise your little ones’ skin, soothe their minds before bedtime — and fill your bathroom with the scent of summer!

 

Win FIVE tickets to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort! – Competition now closed

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This month LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort have offered us a brilliant family prize of five free tickets to visit the park in 2016.

The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park where children aged 2 -12 can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.  It has over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, not to mention a staggering 80 million LEGO®bricks, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland.

This fantastic prize is redeemable at any time between now and November 2016.

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions
1. This prize draw is open to residents of Great Britain only, aged 18 and over
2. Closing date for the competition is Thursday 19th May 2016 at 10am.
3. One entry per household
4. Winners will be chosen at random from online entries on  Thursday 19th May 2016
5. Prize: The prize is five tickets to the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for one winner.  The winner can use their tickets any time in the 2016 season subject to opening times.  The park closes for the winter on 5th November 2016.
6. By opting into email marketing you agree to be contacted by Childs Farm and the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.
7. The promoters are Childs Farm

 

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Easter colouring fun

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Spring officially arrived last Monday, and the clocks are going forwards this Easter Sunday. — This is my favourite time of the year! Suddenly the days get longer and lighter, the flowers start to bloom and there’s new life all around us.

What better symbol of this new life than an egg? (And a great, big chocolate one at that!) Another thing I love about Easter is the joy little people get from hunting for Easter eggs and eating as much chocolate as they’re allowed to.

So, to add to the fun (and to keep your little ones busy for a few minutes over the holidays!) our lovely Head of Design, Sarah-Anne, has created a gorgeous colouring-in page, which you can print off for your children. It features Truffles the pig from our labels and cartoon. We’d love it if you posted their efforts on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Download the colouring page here.

 

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Win a family stay in Orkney – now closed

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Whisk your loved ones away to the wonderful Orkney Islands, an archipelago in Scotland.
Private House Stays have given us a family room for two nights at The Creel B&B courtesy of David Sinclair-Loutit.  Situated right on the waterfront, the Creel has uninterrupted sea views, in St. Margaret’s Hope — an unspoilt village on the Island of South Ronaldsay. A conservation zone, picturesque St. Margaret’s Hope is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors with your family and a great base to explore what Orkney has to offer.

 

 

Terms and Conditions

1. This prize draw is open to residents of Great Britain only, aged 18 and over
2. Closing date for the competition is Thursday 7th April 2016 at 10am.
3. One entry per household
4. Winners will be chosen at random from online entries on  Thursday 7th April 2016
5. Prize: The prize is two nights in a family room at The Creel B&B in St. Margaret’s Hope.  The winner can book their stay online at anytime using the online booking form subject to availability.  The prize does not include any transport or expenses.
6. By opting into email marketing you agree to be contacted by Childs Farm and Private House Stays
7. The promoters are Childs Farm

Our take on talc

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We are often asked why Childs Farm don’t produce a talcum powder as part of our range for babies and children. In light of the recent lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (in which $72 million was awarded to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using their branded baby powder) I thought it would be a good opportunity to let you know Childs Farm’s reasons for not going down the talc road.

First and foremost, talcum powder takes moisture away from the skin. This is useful if you’re an athlete with particularly sweaty feet, but it is opposite to the Childs Farm ethos of producing toiletries that care for young skin by actively moisturising it.

If you’ve read the science bit on this site, you’ll know that healthy skin cells are full of water. This means they plump up against each other to form an effective barrier, keeping pollutants and bacteria from the outside world where they should be — outside.  It’s only when the skin’s protective barrier is broken, due to irritation or dryness, that bacteria and infection can get inside and start causing damage.

Young skin has more water than an adult’s, but it also loses water more quickly. So, we need to make sure that our little ones’ skin is well-moisturised to stop it drying and cracking. This includes feeding skin from within (regularly drinking liquids) as well as from without (moisturising with a good-quality, natural cream that is made especially for the unique needs of children’s skin).

Talc is a mined mineral, consisting of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture and keeps skin dry. Not only can it accumulate in the folds of your baby’s skin, its dusty particles can cause cause real trouble for baby’s small lungs when inhaled — and it’s not always easy to keep the powder out of the air where your baby might breathe it in. According to the US National Library of Medicine, accidentally breathing in a puff of talcum powder can cause not only breathing difficulties but also talcum powder poisoning.

Talc is often used on babies’ bottoms to soak up the moisture from wet nappies, so that wee doesn’t linger on little bums and irritate the skin. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that it helps to prevent or cure nappy rash. While it does soak up the moisture from a wet nappy, it also soaks up the moisture from your baby’s skin itself, making nappy rash much, much worse. If your baby’s bottom is raw from nappy rash, it’s better to ditch the cloud of powder altogether, keep the nappy area clean and dry, and use creams instead.

Recently, I’ve looked at the websites of various childcare organisations from across the world: from NHS Choices, to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, to The American Academy of Pediatricians, and the message is always the same. ‘Talcum powder should not be used on nappy rash.’ ‘Don’t use talcum powder as it contains ingredients that may irritate your baby’s skin.’ ‘Talcum based powders aren’t recommended.’ ‘Talcum powder won’t protect against nappy rash and can cause friction and irritate your baby’s skin.

Although the Johnson & Johnson’s lawsuit has been much in the news recently, findings are still mixed about the links between talc use and ovarian cancer. However, the point is — YOU DON’T NEED TALC, so why take any risk at all when you don’t need to?

The best way to deal with nappy rash is to prevent it in the first place. Even the most absorbent nappy leaves some moisture on baby’s delicate, new skin. This makes it harder for your baby’s skin to work as a barrier, and means it’s more likely to become irritated. So, change your baby’s nappy as soon as possible after it’s wet; wash little bottoms thoroughly with warm water and a flannel; make sure they’re properly dry in every nook and cranny; allow as much nappy-free time as you can; and apply a thin layer of moisturiser to a clean, dry bottom whenever you put on a fresh nappy. You can read more about nappy rash and how to avoid it on our fact sheet here.

The mechanism by which talc could cause cancer is due to its inflammatory properties. When absorbed into human organs, it causes inflammation, which can lead to scarring which can then lead to scar-based cancers. Minerals in talcum powder have been found in ovarian tumours, but The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of talcum powder as only ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ and lists it in the same risk category as coffee and mobile phones. Reviews by Cancer Research UK and the American Cancer Society conclude that some studies have found a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, but that others have not. Studies do not show a relationship between the amount of talc used and the likelihood of ovarian cancer — if there was a strong link, they would do.  Research published in 1995 and 2000 conceded that it was plausible that talc could cause ovarian cancer, but there was no conclusive evidence.  So, there are certainly stronger cancer risks than talc… But while it may not be 100% unsafe, a warm, fluffy towel is safer. Why take any chances when you don’t need to?