It’s been a while since we’ve done an edition of Stuff We Love, but I have some good ones to share for mamas and babes. Check em out:
1.Weleda Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and Weleda Calendula Cream. German company Weleda is known for their clean, non-toxic skin care products, and I have used many over the years. These two baby products are in daily use at our house. The baby shampoo is gentle and creamy and has a lovely light, natural calendula fragrance. The baby cream is pretty thick and moisturizing, and is doing good things for a touch of cradle cap on Baby T’s scalp. It’s also good for diaper irritation. If you don’t like a thick cream, opt for Weleda Calendula lotion. Highly recommended by most of the Midwives I know.
2. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. I have been using this stuff for 3 years now, and I love it. One product does the work of three: foundation, powder, and concealer. Gives me just the right amount of coverage, depending on how much I apply. Always looks natural, and covers dark undereye circles and blemishes admirably when applied with a concealer brush. This stuff is just the thing for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend on makeup (hello mamas). Also, the mineral ingredients are fairly clean. I have literally thrown away every other foundation or concealer product I used to use. I usually wear it with a few swipes of Bare Minerals Warmth. Mascara, lip gloss, and I’m out the door.
3.Wet bags. I got mine from For Keeps; Amanda, the shop owner, custom made them in the fabrics of my choice (aren’t those cameras so cute?). Wet bags are heat-sealed to keep wet, smelly messes in. Even if you aren’a a cloth-diaperer, you need a reusable wet bag in your diaper bag. I can still remember the time B had an enormous blowout at Whole Foods and I had to carry her clothes home in an industrial-sized trash bag because that was all the guy there had to give me in a pinch. Don’t make that mistake, mamas. Also useful for swimsuits and stinky workout gear.
4. Zutano baby booties. Forget baby socks; they never stay on long. Zutano fleece booties snap on and hardly ever fall off. Plus they’re completely adorable. Note: the non-fleece ones don’t stay on as well.
5. A good scarf collection. I still maintain that a cute scarf is a nursing mama’s best accessory. I wear one pretty much every day. Besides making an outfit look put together or adding a pop of color, a scarf serves as a nursing cover, spitup stain hider, impromptu baby blanket, and can drape over your stroller or carseat carrier for naps on the go. My most-used scarf is a black and white patterned one that goes with everything. You’ve seen it (on Aurelia – she borrowed it) here. Black + white = bang for your buck. But I think this blue animal print is pretty versatile as well.
6. Skin Eternal Cream by Source Naturals. This is a recent discovery of mine. I’ve been using it at night for a few months now, and every morning when I wake up after a long night of parenting and nursing I think: Wow, my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel. And if that isn’t a good testimonial I don’t know what is.
7. NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator. NoseFrida is my good friend. You may have met her here before. I can’t parent without her. She is easy to clean and easy to use. Get rid of your bulb syringe because it isn’t doing you any favors, and plus you have no idea what’s inside it.
8. And one more thing I’d like to add, which I couldn’t find a good image of: Heron’s Nest Herb Farm Healing Salve. Heron’s Nest Herb Farm is a local (for me) farm and producer of completely natural, wholesome skin care products in Blanco, Texas. I picked up a jar of their healing salve at a farmer’s market. For diaper rash, I apply a layer of this stuff for soothing and healing, topped with a layer of Boudreaux’s All-Natural Butt Paste as a wetness barrier, and the irritation is soon gone. Also good for cuts, scrapes, random rashes, bug bites, and the occasional cracked nipple (wipe off before nursing).
Do you have mom/baby items you love that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!