Bepanthen Vs. Sudocrem? Nappy Rash Ointment Review

Baby Stuff, Reviews

I think that most people with tattoos have probably heard of using Bepanthen as a repairing aftercare cream.  So I kind of chuckled at having to use the product for its actual purpose: a nappy rash ointment.  I happily received my samples of Bepanthen from The Insiders a couple of weeks ago and I was happy to try it out because I had been using another brand of nappy rash cream (Sudocrem) ever since Oscar’s birth.  While I was happy with Sudocrem, I hadn’t used any other brands so I thought it would be interesting to see the differences.

Our samples of Bepanthen from The Insiders - thank you!

When Oscar was about 2 months old he started getting nappy rash.  I had no idea it was nappy rash for about a week!  It looked nothing like what a ‘rash’ in my mind looked like to be honest, there were small white bumps (slightly like white heads) around the bum, but it wasn’t red and I didn’t think it looked sore.  After a few days without going away, I asked my GP who confirmed it was nappy rash afterall.  I honestly felt like a failure of a parent letting my little boy end up with these horrible spots on his super soft and sensitive newborn skin!

I was using Sudocrem at the time but never really knew how much I should be applying to be honest.  After increasing the amount used with permission by the GP it did go away after a week.  I hadn’t thought to switch brands either at the time as I had bought such a gigantic tub of it too so I’m glad it did do the trick in the end and when I think back now I think I wasn’t applying enough of it at nappy changes.  That is my only experience with nappy rash so far and it has not returned since then, luckily!

The Differences??

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Now since I can only compare Bepanthen with what I have been using this whole time, I have made a short list of differences I discovered:

  • At home we use the tub of Sudocrem and after trying the tube with flip-top cap of Bepanthen I did feel it was more hygienic using a tube.  However I do prefer a big pot of 400g over many tubes of plastic of 30g each (though these are perfect for the changing bag).  I have since found that there are also tubes of Sudocrem 30g at a pricy £4.19 (Boots) compared to Bepanthen 30g at £3.36.  The biggest available tube of Sudocrem is 100g for £9.99 (yikes) compared to Bepanthen 100g at £7.29 (best price I found is on Amazon here.) However there is the 400g Sudocrem tub available at £5.99 (great value!)- why the tube costs so much more I do wonder! (best prices on Amazon here.)
  • Sudocrem is a lot thicker to apply on, and feels ‘drier’ compared to Bepanthen which is slightly stickier but goes on thin.
     

  • Sudocrem has a distinctive smell to it (perhaps a tiny bit medicinal but nothing bad), whereas Bepanthan is scentless but pleasant.
  • Both creams are pretty thick.  But Sudocrem does kind of go into my nails and I have to wipe at it to get it off.  Sudocrem is more likely to stain clothing but it comes off in the wash of course.
  • Sudocrem can be used to dry out spots (we have tested this before at home with success!).  We also were recommended by our GP to use it to prevent eczema rashes getting infected.  According to Google, Sudocrem is also good as a face mask, insect stings, chaffing, makeup primer and sunburn amongst other uses.  When I looked up other uses for Bepanthen, it said that the antibacterial properties are good for general healing and as a general moisturiser.  I also found out that it is not so good for tattoo healing any more (for a few years now maybe) due to the change in ingredients, so it is better to use specific tattoo healing products instead (we like Tattoo Goo).
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The mini samples we received of Bepanthen did not have a very child friendly cap, I was terrified Oscar would grab it and eat it as he puts most things into his mouth!

Conclusion?

It was tricky because there are pros and cons with both products.  We enjoyed Bepanthen and Oscar did not experience any nappy rash the past two weeks having switched products.  I think maybe his bum did appear slightly more moisturised at nappy changes with Bepanthen, as in, it appeared to stay more ‘wet’ for longer.  I liked the tube which is perfect for the changing bag as I said.  And while the Sudocrem tub doesn’t seem that hygienic (if you keep double dipping into the tub), this can be avoided once you start working out how much you need to be applying (thicker than I thought was needed!).  The tub is convenient to open with one hand and have one hand on a wriggly baby.  I like the multiple uses of Sudocrem (you can read here about other baby products I love that serve multiple uses).

I would say I might like Bepanthen slightly less due to the stickiness but I do not hate it.  I also have since experienced a tube I’d forgotten about and it turned into a hard paste which made it more difficult to apply.  Sudocrem tube-version is more expensive than the Bepanthen tube (30g) but the big tub of Sudocrem is a lot more value over the 100g tube of Bepanthen.  You could say Bepanthen needs less product for each application but I think it still works out that Sudocrem is better value for money if you are buying the big tub and using it for the other things it is good for as I listed above.

All in all, I think I will be keeping a tub of Sudocrem on my changing station at home and a tube of either Sudocrem or Bepanthen in my nappy changing bag from now on (probably dependent on what deals are on at the time!)!! 🙂

I would love to know what nappy rash products you use and what you like about them?  I have also used the Aveeno barrier cream before and quite liked that too!

Nappy rash free since month 3!

Nappy rash free since month 3!

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Healthy Raspberry and Lemon Yoghurt Muffins

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Playing with Bread And Toast

This activity cost me 20p and kept my child entertained for over 2 hours. It was so simple and fun that I thought I would share about it! I had seen an activity involving building towers our of toast somewhere, so I decided to pick up some cheap white bread the next time I was…

Oscar And The Baby Box

Baby Stuff

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I found out about The Baby Box from my midwife at my first appointment in the UK.  I had no idea what she was talking about to be honest- a box for my baby to sleep in??  But she told me to go online and do a quiz and that it would be sent to me for free so I thought why not.

What is a Baby Box?

babyboxThe Baby Box idea is a Finnish tradition that was started by the government with the aim of reducing SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  It was proved highly effective, with Finland going from having one of the highest infant mortality rates in Europe to being the 5th lowest in the world.  It has been in practice now for over 80 years and The Baby Box Co. have been introducing a similar scheme with an emphasis on safe sleep education to the UK since 2017 I believe, plus 51 other countries around the globe.

The box is intended to provide a safe sleeping place for your baby’s first six months of life.  It is quite literally a box made of durable cardboard with a foam mattress, to be used in the same way as a Moses basket.  Unlike a Moses basket, it is placed on the floor as it has no stand, but this also makes it more easily transportable.

In order to receive the box you need to first pass some questions online to do with safe sleep practice.  Jonny and I set aside some time to watch the educational videos and answer the quizzes at the end of each section together.  It was quite horrible to learn how SIDS, or ‘cot death’, affects 200 babies a year in the UK, but at the same time, we were grateful to be provided with these resources so that we could be more well-informed on the matter.  In addition to information about safe sleep practice there is also lots of other content available on the website regarding the safe care of infants, breastfeeding resources, tips and advice for new parents in general etc.

My London-themed Box

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Looking especially tiny but not especially happy!

My baby box arrived quite quickly, just a few days after we’d completed the test (it didn’t take long to complete everything, around twenty minutes).  The designs are all different and randomly selected so I was delighted to find my box had a London theme print with iconic places such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye (I am a Londoner after all!).  Inside the box was a zipper bag with a cotton muslin cloth and information, then there was a mattress with mattress sheet.  The box seemed well made and sturdy and there are warnings for you to always put it on a flat surface on the ground.

I was eager to try to use it after Oscar was born and thought it would be a perfect solution for having a place for him to sleep downstairs as our Moses basket was not so easy to move around.  It would be a dream if Oscar could sleep in it while I got on with housework or cooking, and then I wouldn’t need to keep running up to check on him.

I was worried the cats would jump in it, which they did sometimes (not when Oscar was inside luckily!) And being on the floor, I just made sure it was away from doorways incase somebody came by and fell on him or something!  I never left the room alone with him in it and if I did need to run to get a drink I would close the door incase the cats came in.

Did it work?

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I think for any other baby, the Baby Box would have been a great place for them to stay in for daytime naps.  Unfortunately our Oscar was not a napper from day one (unless it was on me).  Where I would hear stories of mums having to wake their babies up for feeds, it felt like my baby was always up, refusing to nap and demanding endless feeds  (he only really started napping from 8 months…!).  So in total, I think Oscar really slept in it only a handful of times, but for those times where he was able to settle and sleep, it was perfect and I was so grateful for this box!  I did hear comments from others who thought it was ugly and weird to have a cardboard box and they just threw it out which saddened me as other families would have found it useful.

After it became apparent he wouldn’t nap in the day (I did of course spend many hours of many many days trying to get him to nap in his Moses basket or bouncer too), I did eventually give up trying and we re-purposed the box into a toy box which we are still happily using.  Even though Oscar rummages through the box quite often the sides are still pretty intact.  I would probably consider using a Baby Box again if we were to have a baby number 2 but I’m not sure how clean I would be able to get this one by reusing it again, considering it is made of cardboard.   I was lucky for Oscar to never have had a leaky nappy in it because I’m not sure it would hold very well if it were to go through the thin mattress onto the box!

I think we were very fortunate to have this initiative rolled out to Ipswich Hospital because I don’t think it is available in every area in the country yet; you can check on the website if it is available from your hospital or not.  You can also buy one if they are not available and some options have many useful things inside for a newborn so it could make a nice gift for someone expecting.  I think it was a brilliant money saver for us not having to buy a downstairs cot and we are still using it months on for his toys.  I especially like that the cardboard can be recycled afterwards too!

Did you use a baby box for your baby?  I’d love to hear how you got on with it and what you made of the scheme!

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My Favourite Value For Money Baby Items

Baby Stuff, Lifestyle

Being value-for-money for me means that the product is of good enough quality to either be used for a long while or have multiple uses, and so buying baby things has been so hard for me knowing that it’ll only be used for a few months!  My favourite ‘buy once and use it often’ items so far have been:

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer

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When I was researching baby bouncers I found that some only lasted til the baby was 9kg.  There are soooo many types, ones that bounce on their own, have music, toys attached etc.  I found this one and just fell in love with the simple design (I mean his toys around it are bright enough already); it was easy to clean, and it lasts from birth- 2 years old.

  • I have loved watching Oscar grow into it and learn how to bounce it on his own.
  • At the beginning it was so handy having a light seat to carry around the house to put him in when I was attempting a shower or wee (although some days I just went without either for too long a period at a time!).  Even now it’s a safe place to put him in while I change otherwise he will be climbing/ crawling around everywhere giving me stress!
  • At the beginning it became a place for him to nap for brief periods, used on the more reclined setting, although we did try to use the Baby Box too which was a better flatter surface for napping… not that he did much napping >_<
  • There is an attachment bar toy available and you can buy additional seat covers which I think would be great to get a new style for baby number 2 one day 🙂 I found the best deal here for this bouncer on Amazon.

Oil Diffuser Lamp

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This was actually a gift sent from the States by my amazing friend Annie, along with other goodies including 6 essential oils to use it with.  It has been one of my most used items EVER since, and I’d recommend it to anyone (thanks so much, Annie Pie!).

  • During the birth, I used it to diffuse lavender oil in the delivery room as it’s supposed to help with bringing on contractions as well as being calming.  The colour changing lights also gave me something to focus on during those tough hours.
  • After Oscar was born it was used in our room as a night light while he was still in his Moses basket, and it is now is in his room so I can see where I’m going when I go in for the night feeds.
  • When I do yoga I move it to whichever room I want and put on some oils to give myself a spa experience, and sometimes I put some oils on to diffuse before guests are to arrive so the house smells more fresh and inviting.

I can basically see myself using this for years and years and love that it also purifies the air.  I just wouldn’t put oils on when the baby is in the room because I read some articles about it being too much for the little ‘uns liver to process.  You can find this one here on Amazon.

Fisher-Price Kick ‘n’ Play Piano Gym

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There are a gazillion play mats out there, ones that do so many things and loads of designs so it can be hard to decide what to go for.  We went for this one because it seemed to have a fair amount for baby to look at without taking up loads of space:

  • The piano is a lovely feature and those tunes still get played to this day and I don’t think we’ll ever get them out of our head!  I loved it when Oscar worked out how to kick with his feet to get music.  The piano can be removed so he could play it somewhere else when he was done with the mat.
  • The dangly bits still provide entertainment for Oscar.  There’s a mirror which you can take off, a see-through hippo, elephant with fabric ears and spinny wheels, a crab with a spinny ball and a crinkly zebra.
  • You can remove the arch and attach the toys around the edge of the mat for tummy time.

This play gym has definitely been one of the most used items and I’ve loved watching him go from hating it to discovering the little details as the weeks went by.  Although he doesn’t stay under it anymore as he’d much rather be tottering about, I sometimes just leave it out and he will pass by and play with one of the toys which is sweet.  A play gym is a great buy and I think he will still get some use out of it for a few more months at least.  This one was from Argos.

Sock-Ons

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These are basically one of the best baby inventions ever.  I’m not sure about your baby but given the chance, Oscar has been proven to escape any and every sock wearing situation.  This has been especially annoying if he has managed to kick them off his tootsies while we were out and about in the pram.  So long sock, never to be seen again.  These sock-ons go around your babies socks and make sure they stay on all day; definitely a wardrobe essential which will save you money in the long run from not having to buy lots and lots of socks like we did at the start, and you can find them here.


iPad Pro

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Before moving from Hong Kong back to England, we decided to take advantage of the fact it’s a tax-free port and bought an iPad Pro.  We have never needed one before as we have our iPhones, MacBooks etc.  But Jonny described a romantic scene in his head of him reading the morning paper on it over breakfast, and said he could read stories to Oscar on it with him on his lap, and that I could draw on it using the Apple Pencil when I was relaxing, we could use it for travel to watch shows and look up things in hotels… it wasn’t a hard sell.  Although we’ve not really used it for many of those purposes yet, we have used it for the following:

  • It was our White Noise Saviour!  We didn’t have to buy a ‘Shaun the Sheep’ or other teddies with weird heart beat sounds because we could just download an App and leave that running those first few weeks when getting him to sleep was just not fun.
  • Crying/Distraction techniques: playing ‘Five Little Ducks’ on Youtube over and over again gives him a break from crying much!  I have listened to this SO many times… my fave version is the first song here.  I prop it in front of wherever he is and I get a moment to calm myself down.  He’s also incredibly cute when watching the little ducks.
  • Family-Sharing Apps: Jonny and I obviously have our own separate accounts for most things on our own devices.  Having a shared iPad got us to start signing up to shared accounts to make keeping track of things easier as a family.  So we view our shared email account on there, track our spendings, put in important dates for the family calendar which sync to our phones, and we had some baby apps on there too to look at together during pregnancy.  It’s become like our portable ‘Family Computer’ and helps to organise our family life a bit better.
  • Games: this will apply more when he’s a bit older but we have tried a few apps where he has to press down and stars will trail his movements or there are fish swimming about where he presses which he finds quite fascinating.
  • I LOVE using it for drawings (whenever I get the chance) and I have used it for simple messages for Oscar to pose with for pictures!  No need for paper and pen… we are helping the environment, right?!?

I would love to hear of any other items you guys have used from baby’s birth to older months, and ones that have been multi-functional!  Drop it in the comments 🙂

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