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Bath time must haves for your newborn

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Caring for your baby’s skin can be tricky. Babies’ skin tends to be more sensitive and you may have to deal with a host of potential issues from eczema, cradle cap, baby acne, redness, dry patches, redness inside of rolls and more. Initially, I didn’t think there was much difference in baby bath products other than preference.  Once my son was born I found that a lot of products simply didn’t agree with my son’s skin.  It definitely took some trial and error to find what would work effectively, yet was still gentle.  These products became our must haves that I used since my son was a newborn and still use on him today.  Any products you love for your little one?

 

Cleansers:
Mustela PhysiObebe
This is a no-rinse cleansing fluid, which helps to keep your baby clean without a bath. Until your newborn’s umbilical cords falls off, you will only sponge bathe them in order to keep the stump dry. I used this with a warm washcloth to bathe my son cleaner than just plain water could. This is also great in between baths to keep their face clean, clear any baby acne, or to clean up after a messy spit-up or blow out. I still use this on my toddler since kids will always find a mess! I had this set here.

 

Beautycounter Kidscounter Squeaky Clean Body Wash
Most cleansers I tried would irritate my son’s sensitive skin leaving him with tiny red bumps all over, this was the first one I tried that didn’t.  It also has a nice clean, fruity scent.

 

Dr. Bonner’s Almond Castile Liquid Soap
You really can’t go wrong with Dr. Bonner’s products. My whole family uses this soap- I even bathe my dog with it! I prefer to dilute it down to one part soap, one part water.
Mustela Foam Shampoo
I love this foam because it’s so easy to use and rinse off. With minimal hair on my son’s head, traditional shampoo was hard to spread and would stick onto his scalp making it difficult to rinse out completely- especially with a moving baby. With this foam shampoo, I can easily apply and wash off with ease while thoroughly cleaning his hair. I had this set here.

 

Moisturizers:
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argon Oil Baby Eczema Therapy
Currently, I use both the body butter and body lotion from this line, both work great and I love the scent. The body butter is great when my son’s skin feels dry and needs extra moisture. I love it too and it’s great on my hands which are usually suuppper dry from frequent washing. The lotion is great as a daily moisturizer which I use every morning and after baths.

 

California Baby Super Sensitive Cream
Most of the lotions I tried for sensitive skin ended up being really thin and needed to be reapplied frequently as they didn’t do a great job of moisturizing. This lotion is different, it’s highly moisturizing like a body butter but applies easily like a lotion. After a bath, I would apply this all over and it gave my son the softest skin even in during the winter.  This was the only lotion that worked for us every time during my son’s first few months of life.

 

Babyganics Soothing Protective Ointment
This ointment is like a cleaner version of Vaseline (no petroleum) and can be used for everything- diaper changes, moisturizing his skin and even on my chapped lips. It’s thick and greasy so I mainly use this on my son’s face and dry spots on his body. I also use this on my lips and cuticles. A tub of this ointment will last forever.

 

Coconut Oil
The oil with a million and one uses is helpful too for your little one. I slather my son in it, especially on his face. If your child suffers from baby acne, this would make a gentler moisturizer than baby lotion.

 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I use this on my son’s face and scalp when he needs something heavier than coconut oil. This worked great on his cradle cap and to combat dry winter skin. I love JBCO because it deeply moisturizes the skin and has great healing properties, yet gentle enough to not irritate the skin.

 

Treatments:
Cortizone 10 Plus Aloe
My pediatrician recommended this for dry patches, cradle cap, and redness that formed in my son’s rolls (ahh, I miss those rolls). I used this sparingly, but it definitely works quickly. I rubbed a small amount onto each problem area and his skin would look better that same day.