Can you tell me what do I really need and WILL use with my newborn as far as lotions, soaps, creams, diper rush ointments and such? There is so many things on the market, but when I really think about it - what will I trully use? I am going to be breastfeeding, cloth diapering, so what is it newborn can really use?
I guess some kind of gentle lotion and perhaps something to wash him with occasionaly, but I can not really think of anything else.
If you have car or your baby in the hospital, a car seat.
Ds only ever had one diaper rash, and he was over a year at the time, we used the desitin we got as a shower gift.
Nice things would be a sling/bjorn carrier. I also loved my Avent hand pump.
But really babies don't need stuff. It's all a marketing tool.
I hate having house full of stuff nobody ever uses. I love throwing things away We are certainly not buying any unneccesary things for the baby. The only thing that is hard to resist is buying clothes b/c it's so cute!!
I have all diapers ready, sling, everythnig. We will co-sleep so no crib either. My mom is bringing me a beautiful pram stroller over from Europe (these cost here over $500! and are hard to find anyway).
So all I was really asking is about the "baby cosmetics"
If by some miracle no one buys you these things--it's useful to have a bathtowel with a hood and a really soft washcloth. So far the best washcloth we got was a freebie from a SAHM company when we bought diaper covers.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
But we were fortunate enough to have fantastic neighbours who have thrown us cute little baby shower I would love to thank them for that!!
And if people do buy stuff for us, it's usually plastic toys and such
I really like Weleda company and will probably buy stuff from them.........
Plus I must not forget, that I have been blessed with a great friend Marlene, who owns cloth diper business and gave us some very sweet and useful gifts! Thank you Baby Naturale
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.
However, after having my baby I did feel that I needed to at least wash his diaper area, bc regardless of how perfect his skin is I felt that I needed to keep it clean of residue. I take a bath with him every week in just water, and use a tiny bit of Dr. Bronner's Aloe Vera Baby-Mild on that area. I don't use a washcloth but use my hands, and he loves floating around with Mamma! Also, everything I've read says that if you do use anything on your babies skin, just use pure oil because no matter how "natural" and "pure" the baby cosmetic stuff is, it still has things added that the baby doesn't need. So I have some Almond Oil and some Olive Oil that I'll rub on his bum after diaper changes or on dry skin if it hasn't cleared up after a few days. Oil on his bottom was so nice in those first days to keep that sticky merconium off, and now I use it after using my cloth wipes+solution (plenty of recepies on Diapering Forum) out of habit. I know another poster mentioned only using water and a washcloth after changes, but for me I just felt wrong not washing that place due to all the bacteria, etc.
Good luck with your new babe!!
Don't use baby powder; one, it's not necessary, and two, it can hurt baby's lungs.
As far as baby gear, I highly recommend getting a nursing pillow. It will make your life so much easier. I like the My Brest Friend much better than the Boppy. Also get yourself a tube of Lansinoh lanolin for your nipples. You will only need one, a little goes a long way!
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Oh, and not really cosmetics, but to go along with cosmetic care, I like having some sharp nail clippers, Q-tips, and a bulb syringe. I'm planning to add some teething remedies to my medicine cabinet on my next shopping trip.
SMC to Sophia, age 15, and Eleanor, age 9, and mother hen to too many nursing students to count!