Online and in the shops

¦ Keepsake gift: Research shows that the first six months of a baby’s life is the most likely time for eczema to develop.

Fragrances, preservatives and harsh foaming agents, particularly sulfates, can dry and irritate baby skin resulting in eczema-like symptoms.

Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, makers of the Irish skincare range, elave, have launched a new keepsake baby gift-box.

Available in white, blue and pink, these boxes contain elave Moisturising Baby Bath 400ml, Caring Shampoo 400ml and Moisturising Intensive Cream 125g.

Developed with dermatologists this range is free from harsh chemicals linked to the rise in sensitive skin. The giftbox costs €19.95 from pharmacies;

¦ Cooling gel: ‘Conker’ tired legs with A Vogel Venagel, €15.90 100g, which contains the extract of fresh Horse chestnut seeds.

This cooling gel can is designed to provide relief for weary legs and swollen ankles. It is also useful for long journeys (especially by plane), during hot weather and can be used during pregnancy.

¦ Shoe check: If a child’s shoe is too small or fits badly, the soft bones of the foot will tend to adopt the shape of the shoe — possibly leading to problems in the future — according to shoe brand ECCO.

A child’s shoe should feel snug in the instep and loose in the forefoot. Check the shoe fitting by measuring the length of the foot on the insole allowing 1.5 cm extra space.

This allows ‘extension room’ when walking and space to grow. More or less space means the shoe is either two big or too small. ECCO school shoes are €65 for sizes 24-30 and €70 for 31-35 from stockists nationwide.

¦ Comfy baby: Keep your baby cool and comfy with these sweet Tiny Cowboy bodysuits, €22 for a pack of two from the new collection on


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