3 Beauty Lessons I Never Expected To Learn From My Baby Nephew

Who knew you could learn so much from someone who sleeps 15 hours a day?
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January 29, 2014
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hair, cleansers, sensitive skin, skin, family, aveeno, johnson's, Asia, babies, baby products, Badger, religion, shaved heads, traditions

You know people who post photos of babies or dogs
incessantly on social media? I have, unfortunately, become one of them.

Since my
cousin gave birth to a healthy, energetic baby boy slightly more than two
months ago, I have become obsessed with the little blob and, save for my recent trip to
the US, I’ve been visiting him at least once a week.

Of course, every time I visit, my various social media channels
will be bombarded with photos of baby Adam, and I’m not sorry. He’s
a freakin’cute kid. At least I don’t
create a hashtag for my nephew (I know he’s technically my
first cousin once removed, but that’s too much of a hassle).

In the short time he's been in my life, I've learned a few surprising beauty-related things.

The Tradition of Shaving A Baby's Head

A lot of cultures in Asia have insisted that babies’ hair
should be shaved. The Chinese, for example, believe that if you shave the baby’s
head when they’re a month old, this not only sheds the baby’s hair grown in the womb, but apparently helps the
hair grow thicker after shaving. It’s an ancient tradition that
requires both mum and baby to take a bath in pomelo leaves to ward off evil
spirits post-shave.

My family, on the other hand, is Muslim, so there are several
things Muslims are encouraged to do when they have a child. After the seventh
day, parents are encouraged to
have an Aqîqah performed, which is the sacrificing of a goat or sheep; after that, the meat, cooked preferably, is distributed to the poor to thank
God for the child that is now in their lives.

In addition, parents are also encouraged to shave the baby’s
hair, and give the value of the baby's weight of hair in gold to charity, which
I thought was pretty cool.

According to my parents however, I wasn’t born with much
hair, so they didn’t have the heart to shave my whole
head. They shaved a tiny part but donated more money to charity.

Baby Products are Awesome

My cousins recently had friends over to celebrate baby Adam’s
birth, and that meant Adam received a truckload of gifts, some of which I couldn’t
help but to sample. The bottle of Johnson’s Baby Oil
Spray, for example, could easily take the place of some of my favourite dry
oils
.

I picked up Badger Baby Balm because the packaging is super-cute.
What I didn’t realise is that the product is great for dry skin patches,
including elbows, heels and cuticles.

Another product I’ve purchased since my introduction to
Adam is Aveeno Baby’s Soothing Relief Creamy Wash. I’ve
been a fan of Aveeno eczema relief creams, but this is my new
favourite; it leaves my skin feeling nourished and smelling lovely.

You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

I noticed that my cousin was washing baby Adam’s
brand new clothes before he could wear them, so I did a little
digging.

It makes sense, of course, since a baby’s skin hasn’t
toughened up and new clothes can irritate the little bub’s virgin skin.
While I do wash new underwear before wearing them, I don’t do it for the
rest of my clothes, and I suppose I could make this a habit, too. There is no
harm being obsessively clean, right? You never know who was trying the clothes
on before you!

Of course, now, more than ever I can’t wait to have
babies of my own. Do you have kids? Or nieces and
nephews? Photos, please!