Review: Human Heart Nature Natural Baby Wash

This is really long overdue (My baby is already a toddler!), but hey, I believe that when you’re sharing a good news, it s never too late. 🙂

This is my first ever product review. And I know it’s a bit biased but I am leaning towards featuring only the products which I like. I am not interested in mentioning or bad mouthing products which I don’t like and I just really want to spread good news so that means when you find it here, I liked it. Simple.

But I’ll let you know the reasons why I liked  the products I will feature (otherwise it won’t be a review). And let me start with this  heaven-sent baby essential from Human Heart Nature (A brand I really really love!): The Human Heart Nature Natural Baby Wash!

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Photo taken from HHN website

Here’s the product description from the website:

99.3% Natural | Hypoallergenic

Because baby’s skin is ten times more sensitive than an adult’s, they need the mildest and safest care possible. Our Natural Baby Wash is 100% harmful chemical-free to give you that peace of mind that only the good touches your baby skin.

Using our Natural Baby Wash cleanses and soothes your baby’s skin and hair with natural ingredients like lavender, rosemary, and chamomile extracts. It’s dermatologist-tested so it’s gentle enough to use even on a newborn’s delicate skin.

Our natural formulations incorporate an Eco-Cert certified all natural baby fragrance that is 100% free from phthalates!

How cool is that? Now here’s my review:

Packaging: It comes in 50mL, 190mL and 490mL bottles. The first one is more of like a sampler and the last two come in pump bottles. This is really convenient when bathing a baby, especially when you are holding a newborn in one hand and you can only use the other hand to bathe your angel (you know the struggle, I’m sure!). The design is also pretty simple, white bottles with mostly green prints. If you love minimalism, this one will catch your eye.

Price: The 490mL bottle which I often buy is priced at Php 299.75. It’s a steal compared to other hypoallergenic baby washes out there. Good thing about HHN is they offer discounts when you sign up as a distributor. Last I’ve heard, you just need to maintain a certain amount of purchases to keep the discount. It wasn’t that hard for us back then since we are loyal users of their wonderful products.

My baby used to use Lactacyd baby wash and the price was one of the reasons why I searched for a different brand, not to mention the chemicals. Which brings me to my next point.

Formulation: It’s from Human Heart Nature, the local brand everybody loves because they are dedicated to providing healthier, safer options for Filipinos, without breaking the bank. This Natural Baby Wash is no exception. Although it’s only 99.93% natural, it claims to be 100% free from harmful chemicals, and it’s dermatologist tested. It is also enriched with natural ingredients like lavander, chamomile, and rosemary extracts, all lovingly combined to give your baby’s skin only the best care it deserves. Now tell me that doesn’t sound like music to every mother’s ears? 🙂

Smell: The HHN natural baby wash has a powdery scent which I did not like at the onset. But after several use, I found that my baby’s hair continued to smell fresh all day, pawis and all. And who wouldn’t love that? (Believe me, you won’t stop smelling those tiny little heads!)

Effect on baby: It did not cause any allergies, and it stayed true to its promise of giving my baby only the mildest and safest care. My son’s skin is really sensitive (he has allergic reaction to dust) so it is highly important for me to find a baby wash that wouldn’t harm his skin. Luckily, I came across this one.

So next time you think of switching to a different baby wash, or if you still haven’t decided on what to use, don’t forget to try this one out. HHN products are available in different retails stores and through their independent distributors all over the country (maybe one of your friends!) and also on their website. You can read various reviews of their products, ordering is super simple, and their service is impeccable.

Hope this review helped. Don’t hesitate to send me a message should you have any queries. I am more than happy to help. 🙂

PS. I wasn’t paid to write this. I am really just a fan. Haha!

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Things I Will Tell My Pre-pregnant Self

We all have that “I wish I knew this earlier” moments in life. When that happens to me, I don’t get sad. Instead of mulling over how things might have been better for me had I known something earlier, I start thinking of how my realizations could probably help others who may be travelling or may travel the same path.

Below are the things pregnancy taught me which I wish I knew and I wish to share to pregnant moms, and to those planning to conceive. If someone somewhere finds at least an item that could help them, that means my purpose won’t be for naught. That would make me thrilled. So please, read on and share away!

1. Your wardrobe will change.If you decide to buy, invest on breastfeeding-friendly maternity clothes so you can use those even after postpartum. Three things that dominated my whole maternity closet were: tube tops and dresses, garterized skirts and leggings, and long blouses or loose shirts (Tips: Raid the husband’s closet! Also, if you want cheap but good quality breastfeeding friendly dresses and tops, try Tiny Tots. Find more breastfeeding related tips on this post.)

2. Your body will change – A lot. Learn to accept that fact now. Changes will happen from top to toe. And it’s not all pretty I tell you. I had acne in my first trimester. My OB GYN told me that the increase of hormones may lead to these changes. They’re also the reason for your morning/afternoon/evening sickness.

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Because you will have to support the development of a new life inside you, gaining weight is inevitable. But there is an advisable weight gain depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. Be sure to consult your OB. The rest of your body will grow too. Your breast will prepare to produce milk, your hips will expand (I’m thankful for this one! haha!) and you’re legs and feet may appear bloated. Most, if not all of  these changes happen to help your baby develop. So hang in there 🙂 I found this infographic helpful.

3. Your mood will change – A lot too. It helps to have an understanding husband who’s willing to be shouted at, cried on, etc. at wee hours of the night. I mostly did the crying (like all the time, and for no valid reason at all! >_<) And yes, your hormones are the culprit. Try not to be too sad all the time because it may affect your baby. Shake  the mood swing off by indulging on activities that make you feel happy or relaxed. I love listening to the noise maid by rain (white noise) so the app rainy mood helped me at work many times. Having a conversation with my husband also helped heaps. And of course, try the all time favorite mood lifter – food!

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4. And speaking of food, your diet will change. You have to take a lot of folic acid in the first trimester and to eat really healthy food all throughout. If you’re a sweet tooth like me, you have to come to terms with saying goodbye to too much sweets for a period of time unless you want to have gestational diabetes or you want your unborn child to be really heavy, in which case your delivery would be more difficult. When I was pregnant, I tried these green smoothie recipes and adjusted according to what’s available in the market and in our fridge.

5. Your self-esteem may change. But that depends on how at peace you are with your bulging belly and how often your husband tells you you’re beautiful. 🙂

6. Your sleeping pattern and sleeping quality will change. Stack up on pillows. If you have 5 on the bed, leave 1 for the husband and take all the 4 for yourself. A good sleep will be rare in your last trimester. Treasure sleep. The husband got me a nice pillow from this store as a birthday gift. It was such a relief and it’s still useful in breastfeeding doing the side lying position. 🙂 For tips on sleeping position too help you sleep well when you’re pregnant, try watching this video.

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7. Your mobility and flexibility will change a lot. When I was nearing the end of my second trimester, I noticed I’m always out of breath when I reach my work station.  I then realized I was walking really fast all the time after I get off the taxi, as if I’m not pregnant. When you’re pregnant, you can do less but you get tired more. Listen to your body. When you’re having a hard time doing something, say, strapping your sandals or picking something up, call for help.

Also, you may need your husband’s help to take a decent shower. You won’t be able to reach, much less clean most parts of your body. You may need a stool in the shower to make things easier.

8. Speaking of sandals, your shoe size may change. From a 5, mine went a size up. I thought my feet was going to be size 5 forever, so generally this was a good change for me. Haha! But the downside is, I won’t be able to wear my wedding shoes ever again.

9. The way society treats you will change. You will be a priority in almost everything – taxi lines, cr lines, elevator, grocery lines, and many more. It’s one of the perks of being pregnant, and I’ll bet you’ll miss it. I do. 🙂

10. You need to go the extra mile to be better prepared for all the changes. For me, it’s making better preparations for a successful breastfeeding that I failed to make. But since I am still breastfeeding my 1 year old son, I can say I also learned, albeit the hard way. If you want to know my breastfeeding story and what helped me succeed, feel free to read my next post. 🙂

Motherhood is divine and pregnancy is a miracle. If you view it that way, all the struggles will be easier to bear. On the most difficult days, pray and then imagine finally holding that precious baby in your arms. I promise it will all be worth it.