There are a few baby products I so wish I had known about before hours of research, and months of mess, led me to them. And with baby numero dos on the way in 21 weeks, I’m starting to think about stocking up, while also beginning the hunt for NEW products I wish I had known about all along.
Here’s four of my favorites, ones I wish I had known about BEFORE I spent so much time and money on things I didn’t love like I love these.
Emily’s Skin Soothers Diaper Skin Soother.
I originally bought this product after MONTHS of researching ways to quell my baby girl’s acne. From 2 weeks to 4 month old, she had varying degrees of it, sometimes so bad I swore she had a dairy allergy or a hormonal imbalance. And though Emily’s Skin Soothers only provided moderate relief for her acne, it rocked my world for relieving her random newborn diaper rashes.
One night I ran out of what I was using, the typical zinc oxide stuff (I’ve tried most of them: Honest Co., Butt Aid, etc.), and reached for the Emily’s. Its consistency was different, less paste, more balm. And by morning, D’s rash was gone! Completely gone as if it had NEVER happened. I’ve also used it on other weird rashes with great success!
Since then, I’ve ordered about one tub of Emily’s each month. Whenever I run out I use the zinc stuff, which sort of works, but not even close to Emily’s.
Emily’s Skin Soothers is magical unicorn fairy dust for scaly Excema patches and angry diaper rashes. I’m obsessed. It’s truly the best diaper rash solution out there in my opinion.
Oxo Tot Silicone Roll Up Bib
I have this particularly classy and well put together friend whose house is always clean and who’s kids don’t appear to be gigantic pigs like mine is.
One day, I asked her what her secret is.
She replied, with a modest shrug, “It’s just how I am.”
Since it’s just NOT how I am, I started looking around her house for hidden secrets. Surely this woman had a few lurking under rugs and hidden in messy closets. Nope. She really is just organized and tidy and awesome. Love her for being a kick butt career mommy who keeps the kids fed and the house gorgeous. She inspires me.
What I did discover after that convo, was that at dinner time she used these fancy bibs that caught the dropped food and spilled drinks. Genius. Like, why had I been wasting my time on moldy plastic crap with a useless sown on pocket that caught nothing. Gross. Burn them all! And I did.
Then, I Amazon Primed 4 of these babies and haven’t looked back. D is significantly less pig like as a result.
Weleda Calendula Body Lotion
This stuff is heaven in a bottle. It smells amazing. It’s consistency is better than any other baby lotion I’ve tried including the following: Honest Company, Johnson’s and Johnson’s, California Baby, Babyganics, Aveeno, and Mustela. A million times better!
A little goes a long way, 99% of its ingredients are organic, and my daughter likes to huff it it smells that good. I love ALL of Weleda’s stuff, but this particular Weleda lotion is ridiculous.
Mustela Physiobebe No Rinse Cleansing Fluid
This cleansing fluid was another one of my finds during my crusade to cure my baby girl of her hideous newborn acne.
While some swear breast milk alleviates the pimples, I TOTALLY disagree. The more I sprayed my poor baby, the worse her face got. And washing it constantly only made her newborn cheeks raw and dry.
Enter Mustela’s Physiobebe No Rinse Cleansing Fluid.
You pump some on a cotton ball and cleanse away, as if you’re giving baby a little mini facial. The smell took some getting used to for me, but because the product decreased her acne by 25% it was worth it. I stocked each nursing station with a bottle and cotton pads, and that made all the difference in her personal pan sized pizza face.
Since D, now a toddler, still has super sensitive blond person skin, this product is AMAZING for days she’s too tired for a bath or is especially pig like after a meal. I swipe on face and neck and she’s good as new. No rubber ducky bath battles required.
Those are just a few products it took a long time for me to find.I know there are other kid and baby products out there just waiting to make my life easier, cleaner, and better! I just need to find them!
What can’t YOU live without?
I need all the secret stuff you wish someone had told you about sooner. I am hungry for your secret stuff, not to mention ALL of your food. Goodbye morning sickness, hello incessant hunger.
I swear by some ayurveda products to wash my son. He too has extremely dry skin and because of the weather here, Coconut oil is a no -no. So enter these authentic ayurvedic products and home powders I buy from Indian stores here to scrub him clean. He has never had a diaper rash ever since I changed to these and his skin is soft and smooth.
The one thing I swear by is Bamboo baby wipes when on the go for tiny fingers and face.
You should create a line of products with those ingredients!!! I would buy them!
Lol. You can buy them
I think even otherwise. Google Kerala ayurveda vaidashala and their products:) i use the dhanvantara kuzhambu(pronounced as koyamboo) for massgae during pregnancy and I use dhanvantara thailam to massage my son before a bath. To remove the oil, I use mung bean flour, make a thick paste with water, add 2 strands of saffron and use it as a scrub to remove the oil and grime and wash off wth water 🙂 simple.
Wow!!! Girl you should share more like this on your blog. How you feeling btw?
I feel like crap 🙂 my pubic bone pain is back with vengeance. How did I ever forget how damn painful
It was 🙂
I am much better, but still pretty crappy myself! Not looking forward to all the pains. Ugh. You’re due soon, no?
Oh no not yet. Only in Jan. 🙂
I love those bibs too, but how have I not tried any of the other items listed here?! Putting them on my list! Thanks, friend!!
No prob! What do you love? After 3 kids i’m sure you have lots of secret products up your sleave.
Oooo, good question! I do have tons of favorites…not sure how “secret” they are though!
I love Halo Sleepsack Swaddles (they make swaddling a cinch!) and Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew Bibs (stylish, practical, and they have a rubbery end for baby to teeth on)…both available on Amazon.
I also adore Sock Ons (http://www.amazon.com/Sock-Securing-Garments-Infant-Months/dp/B001V9JMPI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1446661560&sr=8-3&keywords=sock+ons+0-6+months) for their magical abilities to keep socks on baby feet.
And I love all Earth Mama Angel Baby products, but especially their Nipple Butter for breastfeeding mamas and their Mama Bottom Balm for hemorrhoids and postpartum tenderness “down there.”
And our whole family loves Indestructibles books (http://www.amazon.com/Mama-Baby-Indestructibles-Kaaren-Pixton/dp/0761158596/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1446662582&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=indestructibles+books+in+baby for just one example) because they can be bent, chewed upon, and even washed without destroying the book…pretty awesome.
Oh! And for baby girls, I love Wispy Clippy bows (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NX58B4Q/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=325ZCEH4VZ16W&coliid=I4TGD8BEXMHCH&psc=1) because they are able to cling to fine baby hair much better than any other barrette can.
I’m sure I have other ideas too, but I’ve monopolized enough of the comment space here for today. 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!
Omg I just realized I never responded to this amazing comment! I have been searching for the sock on product… I had such a problem with that for the first 6 months of D’s life! And I am so getting some of those bows. D’s hair is still super thin. Thank you!!!
Mustela is a must!
Hey! I agree 🙂