My life changed dramatically since the birth of my first baby, as life does when a new baby arrives, but more than the sleepless nights and change of routines and the crazy abounding love that comes with having children, I found myself spending alot more time on google, and visiting the local library searching and cross referencing anything and everything in my crazy quest to provide my child with the best I possibly could. This is around the time when our grocery shopping changed dramatically, from buying the cheapest and quantity over quality, we converted to buying only organic foods and produce, despite it being more costly and the tight budget we had to work with, everything that I ate or drank while I breastfed and thereafter whatever our baby ate or drank when he started solids would be organic, and cooked from scratch using the safest methods of cooking known to me at that stage in order to preserve as much of the nutritional content possible and to avoid harmful chemicals as much as possible.
Everything, absolutely everything, that was to be be fed to my baby would be scrutinised for its nutritional benefits and I never touched a store pre-packed/bottled baby food, until baby was around 2 years and even then I would only get them if it was an 'emergency' situation-if I was unprepared and unable to provide a more natural alternate, I would be tough on myself for not being prepared enough as every mouthful of store bought processed food went into my child's little messy mouth and I would punish myself... The organic brands were the only option for me and I would spend ages scrutinising the ingredients on the back of the pack to ensure they was no added salt, sugar and things like palm oil and rapeseed oil, colourants and preservatives etc. … Life had become so stressful and intense!
I had the same approach when it came to bath products and lotions and sun creams, the ingredients found in most popular skin care products and specifically baby skin care products are pretty nasty chemicals to say the least, and sadly even some brands claiming to be natural and organic are including some very dangerous ingredients, this is how my journey began in creating my own skin care ranges for babies and young children.
My vision for my brand came from my kids, they loved being covered in mud and digging in the sand discovering all things earthly. Kids really are such pure wholesome little beings just like wholesome little potatoes, and thats when 'Grubby lil Spuds' sprang to my mind!
In Afrikaans, a potato is an Aardappel, directly translated meaning: Earth Apple.
I decided to create a 'pure' range that is aimed at the newborn baby and kids with sensitive skins. I wanted this range to still be fun, but with less aggravating ingredients that you find in most other products out there, therefore I specifically did not add any fragrances or essential oils and the bubble bath has a low foaming formula.
My 'Grubby lil Spuds' range, is targeted at the older baby and child and takes into consideration that as soon as babies start becoming mobile there is more chance of getting bumps, bruises and little 'owies' as well as the added fun of them getting more grubby whilst they explore the world around them. I believe most kids love to get muddy and in touch with the earth and it is meant to be good for them- you can read further about this here- I wanted to create bath products that would still be gentle on their skin but offer mild antiseptic and soothing properties by adding Rooibos (Red-bush tea) as well as my favourite nourishing Baobab oil in my balm, but also added my children's favourite smelling essential oils, Lavender and Orange, which besides smelling gorgeous, Lavender is mood boosting and calming as well as high in anti-oxidants. and is know for its skin healing properties. Orange has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
I always will try to do the absolute best I can for my children, at some points to the detriment of my own wellbeing- I'm sure lots of mums can relate! I am definitely not claiming to be a perfect parent or an expert in any of the fields I mention in this blog, however I would like to use this blog as a way to share my findings with like minded people in a mutual quest to not only raise healthy, happy, whole kids but to take care of ourselves whilst doing it! I hope you will enjoy being on this journey of discovery with me!
Thanks for reading!
I grew up in what they call 'the sticks' in KwaZulu Natal, South African.