We stink at blogging. We know, we know. We post a photo, promise more content and then suddenly disappear. Blogging is tough with a little one; kudos to all the mamas and papas who do it with one or more babies… you are blogging superheroes! We're trying...
George and I spent the last few weeks discussing the last bit of 2017 (I cringe writing that), what we want, self-care, plans/play for H, family initiatives and personal goals. We’ve struggled with blogging-- I started this amazing six years ago and haven’t been the most consistent since moving (three times), getting pregnant, giving birth and balancing mommyhood with so many other things, leaving little time to blog or share via social media. However, after our discussion we both realized we need a creative outlet and often times, writing is just that. We are refocusing and putting some of our creative efforts back into the blog, starting with a new weekly series: Oh Baby! A feature of our favorite things for H (e.g. clothes, books, blankets, safety, gear, etc.).
We spent a lot (A LOT) of time researching baby products—recalls, reviews, price points, etc. We were obsessed. Beyond the usual baby gear research, we dedicated quite a bit of time to skincare products assuming our daughter, at least for the first few months, would have sensitive skin. George has eczema, my mother and sister have ridiculously sensitive skin and I’ve slathered myself in numerous potions, lotions and oils over the years. I was hoping she would hit the jackpot and inherit my tolerant skin but knew for the first few months she would have sensitive skin. I also secretly dreamt about mother/daughter spa days in the near future with her and want to get her acclimated to my skin and beauty product obsession asap, of course starting with the an organic skincare company we believed in and loved. We continue to limit and avoid chemical-laden products in our home and wanted to ensure H has limited exposure to harmful chemicals and fillers in products. George is also a firm-believer in supporting small and emerging brands.
We happily stumbled upon Shoosha True Organics and Zoe Organics via Instagram, and thank goodness we did; Both product lines have been on heavy rotation in our since H was born. This is actually one of the reasons I love Instagram, you can find so many incredible brands during late-night breastfeeding sessions or just during your general perusing.
To help H establish a love of the spa, I mean bedtime routine, we fill her tub with a pumps of the Sensitive Skin Organic Body Wash, scrub her down and then slather her with the Sensitive Skin Organic Body & Face Lotion. After the lotion is dry, we give her a nightly massage with the Calm Baby Calendula Oil to help soothe her growing muscles, and dab the Breathe Balm on her chest and shoulders. We apply a small amount of the Protective Diaper Balm and without a doubt this has soothed her summer bum and kept and irritation at bay. This is our routine every night-- it's an incredible way to bond and help establish a peaceful and meaningful routine.
Of all the products, the Everything Balm (so good we used it all and it didn't make it into the photo) and Protective Diaper Balm are my absolute favorites for just about everything: skin irritations, bumps, cradle cap, staving off diaper rash/treating diaper rash and I, of course, find myself slathering it on my cuticles and elbows. After realizing how often and how quickly we go through the products, we signed up for autoship with Shoosha and receive a shipment of our essentials every 45 days. Hallelujah!
The Dr. Bronner's Magic Baby Balm was a recent discovery and similarly to my two previously mentioned favorites this is a great balm to throw in the diaper bag for anything and everything. We are big fans of the soap and use the peppermint as a body wash and pup wash, we are thrilled to see the brand expanding. We tend to use this more on her face post bath and shower, along with a little on her hands and feet paying special attention to her cuticles and nails. All of this massaging will go one of two ways: we are creating a massage-obsessed little lady or she'll need therapy to discuss why her parents felt the need to massage her cuticles at 8 months.
All of the products are fragranced with herbs and flowers so your baby will smell like a baby should: delicious! We would love to hear about other organic product lines you love for your babe(s).
Tov, George & Hendrix
Happy 8 months to Hendrix Lou!