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some press samples, some I purchased myself

 Now that our daughter is one and a half, we have had lots of time to try out products on her and we’ve had lots of hits and misses. I don’t accept very many samples for review for her because I don’t like using her as my “guinea pig” especially with how sensitive baby skin is. Here and there we’ve tested out products and some of them have made a huge difference in her skin, and others we love for the scent or ease of use. I thought we would share some of our favorites! 

When it comes to bath time, we have been using a bunch of great products. LUSH Bath Bombs make bath time SO fun at our house. I love that they’re safe for babies and they color the water. Jocelyn has an absolute blast in the tub when we use bath bombs! We also have become huge fans of the Hot Tot brand. We’ve used both Spotless Tot and Hot Tot Shampoo for cleansing her hair, and we swear by the Hot Tot Conditioner. We also have their leave in detangler on hand, but we’ve got to work on growing that hair a little bit before we can detangle! What we love about this product line is it’s formulated for kids, it’s tear free, and it has the signature smell of a Cabbage Patch Doll. I don’t know about you, but I LOVED my Cabbage Patch Dolls when I was little. I still remember my first one…the name on her birth certificate was Lacy Agnes and she came with me wherever I went.  

While we’re in the bath, we’ve used Spotless Tot for cleansing her skin, and rotated between that and her Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Soap. I’ve found that the two of these products keep her skin from getting irritated, and wash off quickly. If she’s going through a period of having really dry skin, we’ll use Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Body Wash, which is a super creamy body wash and leaves her skin with a coat of moisture after her bath. We don’t use it every day, but in the winter when her skin gets a bit dry, we’ll add this to the rotation! She doesn’t have much hair yet, but we still brush it with a hairbrush like this one after her bath. The bristles are super soft and leave her fine hair feeling like silk.   

We’ve gone through a couple different brands of diapers. Costco sells Huggies and Costco brand only, which we used for most of the first year of her life. A friend gave us a few Pampers to try once, because she swore we would switch if we tried them. She ended up being totally right! Just like how adults might like a certain undergarment brand better because of fit, the same holds true for babies. Who would’ve thought! I think Pampers brand holds a little more and fits lower down on the legs to prevent spillage out the sides. We’ve totally converted since trying Pampers! 

And while we’re on the topic of diapers…diaper rash cream. We have tried a few things, but our recent favorite is Skinfix Diaper Rash Balm. It’s all natural, fragrance free, paraben free, and has almost twice as much zinc oxide in it than any other diaper rash treatment out there. I can put it on broken skin and in a few hours the rash has completely cleared up. We’ve had problems with Desitin where we apply it as indicated, and although it seems to heal the rash, when we go to wipe her again, we have to wipe harshly to get the white residue to come off which in turn brings back irritation. With Skinfix, we are able to apply it and it seems to adhere to her skin and mostly absorb. There’s almost no sign of it left when I go to change her again. It also has a clean scent that almost reminds me of fresh clay and is in no way medicinal. For $8.50 a tube, I really can’t say enough about it. 

Toothbrush and paste has also been hit or miss in our household. We started brushing her teeth around 6 months I believe, when her first tooth started poking in. We had started by using the finger toothbrush, and graduated to something bigger as she got more teeth. The toothbrushes that come in a pack with the baby toothpaste are total crap. When we used those on her she would scream and it would be an unpleasant experience for everyone involved. One day I took a look at the toothbrush and realized that the bristles were actually really hard compared to my own toothbrush. I went and bought a separate toothbrush for her, with bristles labeled “soft” since the one that came with the toothpaste didn’t indicate what the bristles were like. It has been a much better experience than the other one we had. Brushing teeth in our house is still a challenge and a fight most of the time, so if you have a recommendation, let me know! I’d love to hear tips on how I can avoid getting swatted and pinched while taking care of my daughter’s oral hygiene.  

Lastly, we’ve been using baby nail clippers on our daughter and they’ve been great. A couple times in a pinch we’ve used adult clippers on her, but it’s much more difficult to trim her nails with a large clipper. I like using something bigger with plastic handles that’s actually meant for trimming baby nails. It’s so much easier to get into a small space. 

I hope you have learned a little something if you are expecting or have really young babies. Let me know your baby essentials and if you have tips for me as my daughter gets a little older! 

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