The first sponsor I'd like to introduce you to is one that is near and dear to my heart. As a matter of fact, I am sitting here in tears as I write this post. More about the reason why I'm crying later! First I want to focus on this company and their products. It'll get personal in a bit, I promise!
Earth Mama Angel Baby is a mom-owned company that specializes in providing effective, 100% natural and organic products for pregnancy, birth, and beyond. They offer must-haves for any mama to be, like their Natural Stretch Oil to help combat those nasty stretch marks, and even recovery and postpartum products like their C-Mama Healing Salve, (Boy I sure could have used that after my 3 cesareans!) and their breastfeeding support products. They even have a ton of wonderful kits that would make a fantastic gift for any baby shower! As a matter of fact, Earth Mama Angel Babies should be in every labor bag, as they are hospital approved!
Once your little bundle of joy is home and in your arms, Earth Mama Angel Baby has you covered there, too. You see, while they offer a wide variety of soothing products for Mama, they also have a great selection of products that are designed to safely and naturally soothe and pamper baby. From their Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash to their Angel Baby Oil, Bottom Balm, and Lotion, they have everything you need to care for your gift from Heaven just as nature intended, with only worry-free, plant-based ingredients.
You may wonder why it's important to choose natural and organic products when there are so many "big name" brands on the shelves at any retail store you walk into? Many of these products are even labeled as being "Natural". Well, I am a huge advocate of choosing organic, and have done a ton of research on what can truly be called natural or organic. Many, many products that boast this on their labels may include SOME natural ingredients, but are not truly ALL natural. So why should this matter? They all do their jobs, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, a conventional product, such as a shampoo or body wash, will clean. However, while dirt and grime may be removed, what these products can leave behind is where the worry starts. So many products contain known carcinogens, parabens, pthalates, and other synthetic substances that have actually been linked to serious health risks with prolonged use. Pretty scary, huh?
I recently received a couple of fantastic products from their Angel Baby line to review on my little angels. I chose the Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash and the Angel Baby Bottom Balm. When these products arrived at my doorstep, I was delighted to put them to the test. I have heard wonderful things about these products, the Bottom Balm in particular, and I couldn't wait to get started! Here are my results:
The first thing I noticed about the Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, other than the adorable packaging, was the convenient pump-style applicator. This makes it super-easy to get just enough product to wash baby without having to worry about spillage, leaks, or tub water entering the bottle if it's dropped. (Or pulled in by curious little hands!) The next thing I noticed was the fact that it comes out in a foam rather than a gel. This foam actually lathers beautifully, and a little goes a long way. Since one 5.3oz bottle produces over 300 pumps, that's a lot of bathtime fun!
I also love the scent of this product. It has a sweet, citrusy, almost herbal scent to it, and it makes my babies' hair and bodies soft and wonderful smelling.It almost smells like the orange creamsicles I used to love as a kid. This sweet aroma comes from the formulation used in this all natural product. Earth Mama Angel Baby utilizes essential oils like coconut and olive oils, and throws in other natural goodies like vanilla, orange, and even aloe! This shampoo and body wash cleans effectively and is gentle enough for baby's skin and hair. It's not drying, and since there are no irritants, even those with sensitive skin can enjoy this product. I will note, however, this is not a tear-free formula, so take care when using it near baby's eyes. This is on the label, but my kids didn't seem to have any sort of reaction to it and didn't tear up when a small amount did in fact make it to their eye areas.
Overall, I am very impressed by the Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash, and will continue to use this product!
There are several "cloth-friendly" ointments available on the market, but not all of them are effective when it comes to clearing up rashes. I got to put Angel Baby Bottom Balm to the ultimate test recently when my well-intentioned husband washed our diapers with WAY too much detergent, which led to some pretty bad rashes in the babies. (FYI: Too much detergent on cloth can cause a diaper to not rinse clean, which can cause odors, rashes, and other general funk issues.)
So my poor little babies both had gross, blistering rashes on their bottoms because Daddy went overboard with the detergent. In these cases, I either switch to sposies and use regular diaper cream while I strip the affected diapers, or I use a liner and pray that my diaper cream doesn't make its way onto the diaper. This time, I used diapers I know I washed, and I broke out my Angel Baby Bottom Balm. The first thing I noticed about the Bottom Balm was the herbal scent. I happen to love the smell of this, as it reminds me of a fresh herb garden! Included in the list of organic ingredients are olive oil, shea, jojoba, tea tree oil, and even lavender! This balm is also not thick and pasty as many diaper ointments are. It's more of an oil, and a little bit goes a very long way. Here's a photo of what it looks like:
But the really cool thing about Angel Baby Bottom Balm is the fact that it can be used for so much more than diapering! This little tub of miracle cream can be used on burns, minor injuries and cuts, and even on bug bites. It can even help clear up thrush on breastfeeding mamas' nipples! I have used this on a minor burn I received while pulling hot stoneware out of the oven, and it definitely did help soothe my skin. Overall, this product rocks, and will now be my go-to ointment for all of our skin-soothing needs!
Now we get personal....
Okay....I promised I would get personal. Another reason I love Earth Mama Angel Baby is because they also offer products, gifts, and support for those who have suffered the loss of a baby.(Okay, the tears are back now!) The folks at Earth Mama Angel Baby are truly a team of beautiful and compassionate people who understand that a woman who has had to deal with the complete and utter devastation of losing a baby are still mothers, whose bodies and spirits need healing. They have a ton of wonderful resources for mamas with angel babies at their Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort Site, such as grief support, suggestions for the family and friends of bereaved families, and even a beautiful Remembering Baby memorial wall where parents can leave a tribute to their baby who has earned their angel wings far too soon.
This is very personal for me, since my husband and I have suffered 3 early miscarriages while trying to conceive our daughter. We suffered from secondary infertility due to the fact that I was diagnosed with PCOS, and each loss was a blow to my soul. Then after a ton of tears, supplements, lifestyle changes, and prayer, we finally had a viable pregnancy. After getting our second early ultrasound, we learned that Sophie was a twin. Unfortunately, we had our daughter, but we also gained yet another angel baby. At about 12 weeks, we found out that the twin had not been strong enough and was absorbed by my body. While we were thrilled to have our daughter, it was still bittersweet knowing that we had lost another child. There are many who argue that an "embryo" isn't really a baby. I disagree completely. As soon as a woman is aware that there is life growing inside of her, that is HER child. A very REAL baby that becomes a part of her heart and soul forever. And when that baby is lost, no matter how early on in a pregnancy, it is incredibly painful. Women suffering from baby loss know a pain that many will never understand, and need all the love and comfort they can get. I appreciate the fact that the folks at Earth Mama Angel Baby recognize that these angel babies and their mamas deserve love and recognition, too.
I would definitely recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby to any Mama out there who is expecting, has a baby, or has lost a baby. Not only are their products phenomenal and all natural and organic, this company is one that truly cares about their customers. I am so glad I found them, and plan on being a "Earth Mama" for years to come!
HOW TO CONNECT:
You can learn more about Earth Mama Angel Baby on their website. Check out their retail locator to find out where you can find their products!
You can also connect with them on Facebook, on twitter, and on their blog.
FOR MAMAS OF ANGEL BABIES:
Please check out the Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort Site for resources and support.
You can also find support on the Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort Facebook page.
WIN IT....BUT NOT YET!!!
I am thrilled to announce that the generous mamas over at Earth Mama Angel Baby will be giving one of my lucky readers an Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash AND an Angel Baby Bottom Balm during my upcoming Baby Birthday Bash Event!
So be sure to come back on February 17th and enter to win these and some other amazing prizes! After you're done here, check out what's going on at all of the other participating blogs! You're not going to want to miss this!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***