I wanted to make a quick review of the products I am using on my son’s skin right now. They are not all perfect and I am still on the lookout for better products in some cases and I would love to know what you use on your baby or even…what your mommies used to apply on your own skin!
- Live Clean Baby tearless Shampoo & Wash I mentioned Live Clean Baby products in this post. I have been using this tearless shampoo and wash since the very beginning and I like it a lot even though I have expressed some reservations in my review. I am still on the lookout for anything even safer! So, if you mommies know of any brand I should check out let me know. Otherwise this product works well for me. It does not dry out my son’s skin or hair and smells very nice. Plus it is tearless and it’s a MUST if you want a stress free bath!
- Bébé Klorane Eau Nettoyante Micellaire Sans Rinçage Klorane is a french brand whose baby line, Bébé Klorane, is a staple for many moms around the world. You will find among the ingredients used many plants extracts but this is by no means a “natural” brand. Still, it seems to be a safe enough choice to be used in many maternity clinics and hospitals in France. The Eau Nettoyante Micellaire Sans Rinçage contains no paraben, no alcohol and is hypoallergenic. You can use it to clean your baby’s skin in between baths. It is good for the face, body, hands and bum and leaves behind the characteristic Bébé Klorane scent that I love. It leaves baby’s skin smooth and clean. I also love the packaging with the pump dispenser that allows for use with one hand. I just apply two pumps on a cotton ball and apply on the area that needs refreshing. It is a lovely and very useful product. Available in most drugstores in Montreal, I buy mine at Jean Coutu. It retails for a little under 20$ and the bottle will last a long time.I have also used the Bioderma ABCDerm H20 that does exactly the same thing and loved it too but I bought it in Paris and couldn’t find it in Canada. I will check to see if it is available here because it has an added bonus: it can be applied to clean the eyes (let’s say for a morning clean up when baby just wakes up) whereas Bébé Klorane’s Eau Micellaire is not tearless. For that reason I would choose the Bioderma option over the Bébé Klorane even though I obviously prefer Klorane’s scent.
- Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Face Cream: I bought this cream to moisturize my baby’s face a few days after he was born as he had dry patches on his face. This product is meant for baby’s sensitive skin and contains organic white mallow and coconut oil. It worked beautifully to moisturize my baby’s skin and I used every single drop of it. It did not leave a greasy residue and penetrated quickly and my baby’s skin was soft and perfectly moisturized. The only problem I had with it was its smell. It’s weird to say but it kinda smells…eggy? Yep I would often smell my hands afterwards and wonder why did they kinda smelled like eggs only to remember that it was the cream. But that was not a deal-breaker for me as that weird smell did not linger.
- Bébé Klorane Nutrition Crème au cold cream: This cream replaced my Weleda White Mallow Cream when I finished my tube while I was in Senegal. I found the Bébé Klorane cream in a pharmacy and loved it. The cream has a thick consistency but penetrates well, leaving no greasy residue. The skin is well moisturized, supple and…smells fantastic (again that Bébé Klorane scent I’m crazy about!).
- Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm: Another natural brand I love. This balm contains “Earth Mama’s proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, shea butter and pure essential oils, soothing to thrush, itchy bug bites, scrapes, chicken pox, minor rashes, and burns” I love this stuff. I hated the thick diaper creams I initially tried and have had no case of diaper rash whatsoever with my son. At the first sign of irritation a thin coat of Earth Mama’s balm would do the trick. This is the one baby product I wouldn’t exchange for anything in the world. It’s all that. You can get it for the low low when you join well.ca’s Baby Club here (11.49$ and one jar lasted a year in our house)
- Coconut Oil: I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin during pregnancy, I use it on my hair and I now use it to moisturize my baby’s skin. Ideal for baby back and tummy massages or even as a diaper rash prevention or treatment. I use it on his hair, on his lips. It could pretty much replace all the other products on this list (except the cleansing products I guess). If you baby suffers from eczema it is a great product to try as well. I definitely recommend you have a jar of coconut oil around. I also love shea butter but it has a tendency to leave a greasy residue and has a stronger smell. Coconut Oil on the other hand absorbs quickly and leaves no smell behind. See below a nice illustration of coconut uses for mommy and baby.
- Shoosha Baby Lavender Vanilla Calm Baby Massage Oil: While you could definitely use coconut oil to give your baby a nice massage I wanted to try something different and found this product of ‘Well.ca’. I was delighted to find this brand. From their website: “We only use the finest and purest organic oils infused in organic herbs for your baby’s delicate massage. Our oils are all organic food grade, and used for their calming and restorative aromatherapy benefits. Both Chamomile and Calendula are added for their anti-inflammatory and calming properties, both phenomenal for eczema and reducing redness and skin irritations.” What’s not to love? This oil smells fan-tas-tic. I loved usingit and plan on trying more Shoosha products, namely the Rejuvenate Stretch Mark Serum.
- Bébé Klorane Eau de Bébé: For me, this is the quintessential baby smell. It is hypoallergenic and I use it for special occasions :) It is a soft and fresh smell that I love and my son seems to enjoy it too.
So here are the products I use routinely for baby, let me know what your favorite products are! Hope you enjoyed this post ;)