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I try and make ethical purchases wherever possible, and when my budget lets me. Let’s be honest some plastic free or ethical alternatives aren’t always as friendly on your wallet as they are to the planet. But, here are some of my favourite products from the Ethical Superstore.
Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil
Baby oil on damp skin is so good at moisturising. I used it throughout my three pregnancies to relieve the tight skin feeling as your bump grows. In fact, the only stretch marks I have are the places I didn’t use it. That might be coincidence mind you. They say your likelihood of stretch marks is inherited and my Mum looks pretty good on that front. Priced at £10.99 it is more expensive than the supermarket baby oils.
Burt’s Bees Baby oil is parabens and SLS free and suitable for use by vegans and vegetarians. The oil is not tested on animals either and carries the leaping bunny logo.
Bentley Organic Baby Bump Butter
More about moisturising! About the only time in my life I can guarantee not to neglect moisturising it’s during pregnancy. This bump butter absorbs in really well and doesn’t leave your skin feeling too greasy. Made from coconut oil, Shea butter, sunflower seed oil and olive oil it is suitable for use by vegan Mums-to-be.
Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Breast pads
If you choose to breastfeed you will probably find breast pads are essential. These 12cm organic cotton pads are really soft and very absorbent. The pads come in a set of three pairs and are Oeko-Tex standard 100 certified. The production of organic cotton is much kinder to the environment. By using washable nursing pads you are also minimising your black bag waste; which is always a good thing. When you have finished with them you can pass them on.
Organic Nursing Shawl
This nursing shawl complements any breast feeding friendly clothing. What I loved about this shawl it is versatile. Once you have finished nursing you can continue using it. Storksak make their nursing shawl in navy and grey so either will complement any outfit.
Natracare Maternity Pads
Maternity pads are a must have in the early days no matter how you birth your baby. With my c-section deliveries although the bleeding didn’t last as long it was still as heavy in the beginning. I stocked up on these pads. They feel really soft against your skin and had a good absorbency. Plastic free, chlorine free, perfume free and biodegradable they are a good more eco friendly option to traditional maternity pads.
I really like their menstrual products as well because they are plastic free and even though I’m still throwing them are biodegradable.
Natracare Incontinence Pads
If you find yourself struggling with urinary incontinence you won’t be alone. I’d recommend wearing incontinence pads to minimise embarrassment but also to work on your pelvic health! If you aren’t sure how to do your pelvic floor ask your midwife or a pelvic floor physiotherapist. I can’t emphasise enough how important those simple pelvic squeeze exercises are. Read this post on Squeezy for some more information.