Monday, 29 June 2015

Steal this from your kids!

'And then Mummy said to me,
don't go anywhere near my bendy rollers...'
As a parent you'd be forgiven for thinking that you no longer have any possessions that are truly your own. Nothing is sacred, be it your Chanel nail varnish, your high heels or your expensive shampoo. But seems it cuts both ways - and one of the upsides of having littlies in your life is the access to a whole new world of toiletries and bathroom goodies. And many of them might just find a place in your gym bag...

Water babies - and their mums...

If you have a child that suffers from repeated ear infections but enjoys swimming, you have probably already discovered SwimSeal. These protective ear drops coat the outer ear canal and prevent trapped water from causing pain. You pop a few drops in each ear before exposure to water and a barrier is formed (added Tea Tree oil also acts as an anti fungal and antibacterial agent too). Since adults can use them too, it's perfect if you swim regularly and suffer from these types of problems (particularly if you've got a cold coming on - which is pretty much all the time if you have a young kiddo!!!).

Regular fitness sessions in the pool can also play havoc with your hair and skin, leading to dry skin and a flaky scalp. Thankfully, since many children have a tendency to skin conditions such as eczema, there's plenty of products that will keep both you and your offspring soft and silky. Hope's Relief - a range developed by Melbourne naturopath, Jacqueline Hope - is designed for sensitive skins and to be 'free from nasties'. The Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner are made with organic herbal extracts, vitamins and Manuka honey - and are highly-concentrated too (takes up less space in the gym bag). No more itchy heads (we all know that's not a good look at the school gates!!).

If dry skin is a problem you could also pinch your kid's Aveeno products. The range is designed for dry, sensitive skin and uses colloidal oatmeal to restore the skin's natural barrier that can so easily be damaged by harsh chemicals and outdoor exposure. As well as creams and lotions, there's an oil you can use in the shower or add to the bath. As an expectant mum you might also have been lucky enough to come across phytaoil - a product designed to care for stretch marks. In fact phytaoil, and its cream equivalent phytalotion, have partnered with the Henley ‘Bridge to Bridge’ swim event because the products are specifically designed to help protect your skin from the elements using natural oils to form a protective barrier. They also contain vitamins A and E, and rosehip oil that can help reduce wrinkles and smooth skin tones. Even the spray top helps prevent waste and spillages in your sports bag.

And one final baby product for mummy swimmers is Johnson's Baby Shampoo, which is what those in the know use to keep their swim goggles fog-free (use diluted and only when your goggles have lost their initial coating).

Run Mummy, run!

Remember the days when you went on holiday with just carry-on luggage? No neither do I, because now I have to take a whole load of extra stuff 'just in case' - because children are magnets for disasters! If you're heading somewhere very hot with your kids (so not the UK then!), it's likely that along with the truck load of SPF creams/sprays, antihistamines and Calpol, you've also considered what happens if your little darlings suffer from dehydration from extended periods in the heat and on flights. Hydration tablets are the answer - you might even have packed some for your teen as they hoisted their backpack on as they travel off to stay in dodgy budget hostels and eat with the locals.

But tablets like O.R.S. Hydration Tablets are also a grey way to rehydrate the body effectively during and after events like triathlons and runs. The soluble tablets come in Lemon, Blackberry and Strawberry flavours and once diluted have the correct balance of glucose and salt to water to ensure that fluid doesn't just pass through the digestive tract too quickly. And while you didn't hear this from me, the electrolytes within these products also help you out if you've had one glass of wine too many after the PTA meeting...

Back in the saddle

What MILF doesn't like to listen to Olly Murs? Not as naughty as Bruno Mars (I have to sing 'You sexy Barbapapa' to cover up his potty mouth), and definitely a step up from 1D. And turns out good old Olly also has some sound advice for the cyclists among us too. In a recent Tweet Olly announced, 'I’m back on the Sudocrem after all this cycling work' - and got 300 re-tweets and 781 favourites for his trouble. Olly used the barrier cream for chaffing during his 2011 charity cycling trek in Africa, and obviously still likes to keep his bottom baby soft to this day. Turns out Sudocrem is good for so much more than just nappy rash!

And finally, anyone notice how your kids always manage to come home coughing and sneezing when you've got a big event coming up? Or maybe there's a vomiting bug going around at school in your taper week? Yes, if you've got kids then there's always a chance you'll be fighting off an infection when you least need to be. This is an ideal time to top them and you up with immune-boosting vitamins - and if you think you can't do it with food alone why not get a supplement to help you combat any nasties? Nature's Best do tooth-friendly chewable tablets that contain all the important trace minerals and vitamins, including B vitamins for energy, iodine and Zinc for a healthy immune system and have a forest fruit flavour. I've been chowing down on them all this week as I nervously anticipate my first (albeit small) triathlon.

So, looks like my bathroom cabinet is getting a boost from my itsy bitsies - rather than just being raided by rude intruders! Do you have any other products you like to 'borrow' from your babies? Let me know in the comment box below - maybe I can pinch those too!!!

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  1. Ah fab post hun. The stuff for ears before swimming I will really look out for. I got my first ear infection and a perforating ear drum after going swimming with my daughter! Nightmare. #bloggingtojogging x

    1. I'd never had problems before - but then caught a bad head cold and was surprised how uncomfortable it can be to swim. With 2 girls, my chances of nicking their stuff (and justifying purchases) can only get better and better!!! I also hear Sudocrem is good for spots!

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