As a new mum, I found myself standing in the aisle of baby products, looking at various products and labels and what each claim to do for a baby’s skin and hair. Yikes! I felt overwhelmed to say the least. Reading endless labels was driving me crazy. So, by the power of elimination here are the 5 products I use with Neel, my 14 month old son, and have used since he began taking baths. They work for us, they are not expensive, and they last a long time (which is great for the wallet!).
1 Avoiding that dreaded nappy rash
I feel truly lucky that I have been able to avoid Neel getting a nappy rash in his first year, woohoo! No sore bottoms, no cranky baby because of having a sore bottom. And this has all been down to 2 main things I’ve done right from the day we brought him home from the hospital. The first is to always wet your nappy wipes before using them. Nappy wipes are great, but they can get a bit dry. Those first few weeks and months when their skin is so delicate rubbing away those 100 poos (yes that’s what it feels like) a day can take a toll on their little bottoms. Try running your wipes under warm water so they are nice and soaked and that way baby gets a warm wipe and avoids the friction of a dry wipe. I also always make sure his bottom is dry before then applying nappy cream and then a fresh nappy. The 2 nappy creams I love to use are Bepanthen and boots own brand nappy rash spray.
Bepanthen is amazing! I love it far more than Sudocrem for an everyday barrier against nappy rash. It is creamier and it sinks into the skin rather than sitting on top of the skin. It keeps Neels skin protected and soft through the day and night. In my mind, using this everyday has helped me to prevent Neel from every developing a nappy rash.
The other barrier cream is the Boots own brand Nappy Rash Spray. This product is really cool. And it is especially good for those who don’t like to use their fingers, or dads who get a bit squeamish doing so like my husband! You don’t have to rub this product in, just spray the area and pop on a nappy, that simple. It’s light, it sinks into the skin and again protects Neel through the day. It is also handy to keep in your nappy bag for on the go and for travelling. It saves you getting product on your hands, and the whole process of changing a little simpler when you are out and about.
2 Baby bubble bath
Hands down, this category is hard! So much choice, so many claims, so many fragrances or no fragrance, sensitive skin, normal skin, good for this or that. Hmm, I’ll be honest I went with my gut on this one. Ok ya I did do a bit of research, and looking around this was the best option I found. The Child’s Farm bubble bath for sensitive skin.
This stuff smells amazing to begin with! It has organic tangerine and the moment it hits the water the entire bathroom fills with that sweet smell, it is gorgeous! I love it because it is so gentle on Neels skin. It is good for sensitive skin and eczema prone skin. It has Vitamin E to gently moisturise the skin and organic tangerine oil to calm and soothe the skin. It has no artificial colours, free from parabens, SLSs and mineral oils and has over 98% of naturally derived ingredients. It’s simple, smells amazing and doesn’t leave Neel dry after a bath. This bottle will last me months! A good 2 months of everyday use. You don’t need a lot of it, a little goes a long way and gives off lovely bubbles in the bath too for baby to play with.
Again, so much choice, and I followed suit with the Child’s Farm baby shampoo which fragrance free and for sensitive skin.
It is a lovely shampoo which doesn’t make Neel tear up at all. It is suitable to use from new born and upwards, just as the bubble bath is, and is free from all the nasty things like the bubble bath. It is fragrance free and very mild and gentle, but still effective in lifting off any mess from the day. It is simple, and effective. This bottle lasts me around 3 to 4 months depending how often I have to wash his hair. You don’t need a lot, a small squeeze goes a long way! Me love!
4 Moisturiser for babies
When Neel was a new born i used Aveeno baby moisturiser on him for the first 4 to 5 months. I just felt safer using it, and it smelt amazing and suited his skin really well. However, it isn’t the most cost effective product around. Not so long ago Dove launched their Dove baby range, and in that range is their Dove baby lotion for sensitive skin. It is fragrance free, and gently moisturises baby’s skin all day.
It is hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and Paediatrically approved. It’s not thick which I like, and it sinks into the skin pretty quickly and doesn’t leave Neel all sticky when I’m then trying to put his clothes on after. I use it on his face and body and it suits him really well. It isn’t expensive, and it lasts a fairly good amount of time.
Those are my 5 favourite products I’ve been using with Neel. There are others I have used and loved to, the Aveeno baby range is beautiful, the Burts Bees baby bubble bath smells divine and is gorgeous too. I have used the Simple baby shampoo and found that very good for a baby as well. If you are a part of the Boots club it is a great way to trial out a bunch of products with 3 for 2 offers or buy 1 get 1 half price offers on certain products. It’s also a great way to stock up on a few products that you may need, or split them for gifts as well. My biggest tip, don’t feel overwhelmed by choice. Find a product which is simple, not too many ingredients and that works for baby and you.
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until next time xoxo