Do you remember the very first time you bathed your baby? How afraid you were of dropping that slippery little thing with the wobbly head? Tee was only 6 pounds, 6 ounces when she was born, and I was horribly nervous I might drop her or hurt her delicate newborn skin. It was the same story when Kay came along two and a half years later, even though she was my second baby.
Since those first days, I’ve learned to relax more and enjoy bath time with my girls. I usually bathe the kids together as it’s supposed to save time (no, not really) and they love playing together (absolutely!). They have tons of bath toys, but the best bath time fun is splashing. Sometimes I’m not sure who’s wetter after their bath, me or them!
I don’t use soap every time I give the kids a bath. I honestly don’t think they need it every time, and I don’t want to strip their skin of natural oils. Most days, just splashing around in the tub and a bit of a scrub with a wash cloth gets them clean. I always cleanse Kay’s diaper area, but the rest gets washed with soap maybe once a week unless someone gets creative with dinner or falls into mud. When I do use soap, I need something gentle that won’t dry out their soft skin.
I started using Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo a few weeks ago. Its unique oat-based formula is soap-free, tear-free, hypoallergenic, and gentle enough to clean newborns and babies with sensitive skin. Since I’ve been using this baby wash and shampoo, I haven’t noticed any dryness to Kay or Tee’s skin or hair. The scent is kind of nice and fairly light, though I don’t really see the need for added fragrance in my baby products. I love the smell of simply clean baby.
After their bath, the girls always get a few minutes to play together and splash around before I drain the tub. Then it’s time to change into jammies, brush their teeth, and moisturize if needed.
It’s been a long, cold, wet winter, and Kay’s cheeks are chronically red and chapped from the cold and the wind. With the return of spring, we’ve been spending more time outside, and that gives Kay windburned cheeks as well. So when she gets out of the bath I need something that soothes her poor little red cheeks and absorbs quickly. It’s hard to get lotion on a wriggly toddler!
I’ve been using Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion on Kay’s cheeks every night and it’s really helped. The lotion contains natural colloidal oatmeal to help protect and moisturize skin for 24 hours. This non-greasy formula is paraben-free, dye-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic. Surprisingly, Kay doesn’t mind how it feels going on, and it absorbs quickly so there’s less chance of getting lotion all over her pajamas. I really appreciate that it doesn’t contain any fragrance.
Aveeno has been pediatrician recommended for nearly 60 years, and that’s why I feel comfortable using these products on my little ones. Planning to pick some up? Don’t forget to print out your coupon for $1.00 off any Aveeno Baby product.
What does your bath routine look like? Do you use cleanser and lotion every time or as needed?