Between our four babies, it turns out that two of them have sensitive skin. So sensitive in fact, we make our own baby wipes and laundry detergent! I never would have thought I’d be making those things, but to protect sensitive skin, it’s worthwhile. Harper has a mild case of eczema that we keep an eye on, and Sydney is prone to break outs and diaper rash if we aren’t careful. I really appreciate things that smell good whether it be our laundry or shampoo. I mean who doesn’t love the scent of fresh sheets??? However, when making our own laundry detergent and using “sensitive skin” formulas we generally sacrifice scent in the process.
When I found out about a new line of Eco-friendly, organic baby bath products sold exclusively at Walgreen’s, I was excited to try them. However, I wasn’t willing to try yet another line of the boring, unscented variety or something that would be too expensive for our family budget. I cruised into our neighborhood Walgreen’s for a sneak peek. To my delight, the Live Clean (Baby) products are affordably priced (similar to other products we buy) and had a nice light fragrance. Just like all other baby bath products we’ve used, all Live Clean (Baby) products are tear free, hypoallergenic, and pediatrician tested. I noticed that all of their products use plant-based ingredients. For instance, the first ingredients in the shampoo are water, aloe leaf extract, and lavender flower extract (those things smell lovely, by the way). They are also free of parabens, and sulfates, are vegan, and cruelty free (none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals). Based upon those things I decided the Live Clean (Baby) product line was worth a test spin.
At our house, bath time is quite an ordeal so we alternate days that we give baths. When I know it’s bath night, I often serve a messier dinner than usual, knowing a bath will follow. Oatmeal is one of my favorite bath night meals because it’s thick, hearty texture is a good way for the quads to practice spoon-feeding themselves. In the process, we usually get oatmeal facials all around, which warrant heavy-duty bathing.
It’s pretty clear that bath products have a big job at our house, and our Live Clean (Baby) products arrived just in time! It was coincidentally bath night when our box arrived.
I don’t typically make bubble baths, but the baby wash directions said to use a capful for a bubble bath so I gave it a whirl.
I never tried bar soap on the babies, and was pleasantly surprised at how the bar soap also created a nice thick lather, and seemed to moisturize their skin. I believe the bar soap will last us much longer than a typical bottle of liquid baby wash, which means it can save us money in the long run.
Following a dunk in the tub, I always give each baby a massage with baby lotion and use petroleum jelly to grease their hineys, creating a moisture barrier before bed. The Live (Clean Baby) lotion had a light, refreshing floral scent that I liked even for myself.
The true litmus test for these products came the next morning after the babies slept a solid 12 hours. First of all, my two sensitive skin babies had no problems with the new products, which means it was gentle enough for them. While the texture of the non-petroleum jelly was a bit thinner than our usual, it worked just as effectively the babies were diaper rash free the next morning. My favorite part was they smelled as if they had just taken a bath even after 12 hours of slumber. During the night, they tend to drool and sweat so most of the time the fresh bathed scent has long vanished. After using these products, my mom even noticed their hair was really soft and smelled nice a full day after bath. Amazing!!!
What measures do you take to protect your little one’s skin?
P.S. I would like to extend a special thank you to Live Clean (Baby) for providing samples of their products for review. I received no other compensation and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.