I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
After having a baby, I realized that while they don’t come with candy, babies have plenty of steal-worthy items. It’s true that sometimes classifying a product as “baby” is just a way to get you to buy something you don’t need and/or is pricier than necessary. However, in some delightful cases you can actually save time, money, and energy by swiping what you need from the nursery instead of running out to the drugstore. Additionally, baby products are almost always formulated to be gentle and hypoallergenic, so if you have extra-sensitive skin you might want to start shopping the baby aisle.
I stumbled upon this solution by accident. I was all set to do my workout in front of my desk (FitnessBlender has the best, all FREE routines!) when I realized I didn’t have my hair tie available. So I looked around and spotted the pile of headbands everyone had graciously gifted my baby girl, who screams if anything touches her head. I found I even prefer them to my other ponytail holders because they are thicker and don’t snag.
This has been discussed already, but it stands to be reiterated: no tears shampoo is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to remove makeup. Compared to my $29 Lancome remover, I felt like a real dolt when I realized the Johnson’s worked better; unlike the Lancome, it didn’t irritate my eyes or leave a greasy residue.
It’s winter and I’m constantly battling a cold, which means I’m constantly blowing my nose. Unlike regular tissues which quickly give me a nice Rudolph-esque honker, Boogie Wipes are softer, dissolve mucus, and contain moisturizing Vitamin E and aloe.
Sometimes you’ve got all the time in the world to luxuriate in a hot shower. And sometimes you have three minutes and 47 seconds before that baby parked in the bassinet next to the tub stops happily cooing and mutinies. When you have to get in, get clean, and get back out, I appreciate multi-tasking products like this combination shampoo and body wash. Honest Company’s line is a little more expensive as far as baby products go, but they are all-natural, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and smell great.
I don’t know about you, but I cannot for the life of me shave any part of my person and not end up with at least a few angry red bumps. Until it occurred to me that, hello, diaper rash cream is designed to soothe irritated skin--maybe it could work as aftershave? A quick consult with Google revealed that, yep, this was old news to a lot of people. I can confirm that my legs and armpits are a lot happier post-shave after I rub in a liberal amount of diaper rash cream. I like Burt’s Bees' version best; it dissipates quickly without leaving a white residue.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a baby cannot have too many blankets. Whether you need to swaddle your little monkey into submission so she will finally nap or have a stack on hand to protect yourself, the furniture, and your pets from projectile spit-up incidents, these will be worth every penny. Moreover, I found yet another way to use my Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets. I arrange one over my shoulders when I’m applying makeup or trimming my bangs.
If you’re a nursing mom, do yourself a favor and get some nipple cream. And if you’re not a nursing mom, do yourself a favor and get some nipple cream. And if you’re not a mom at all, but a person who has lips prone to chapping or scaling, do yourself a favor and get some nipple cream. I know this sounds weird, but lanolin is the most effective moisturizing agent I have ever come across for dry, chapped lips.
- What baby products do you use, either for your little one or yourself?
- Are there other uses for the products I described that we need to know about? Please share!