Bath time is one those times each day that each one of my children look forward to. They are water babies to say the least. If they had it their way they would be splashing around in the tub for hours on end day in and out.
My children are much different than I. How? Well, you see when I was their age I was not at all a fan of bath time. My parents had to create some fictional character — The lady. The lady was known to visit my parents home every time I would agree to take a bath. She would come bearing sweets which she would lay out on my pillow while I was soaking and cleansing in the tub.
Thankfully, I haven’t had to take to such extremes to get my children to bathe.
The only protesting my children have ever made is when I have used products that have either irritated their skin or burned their eyes. My kids, like me, have very sensitive skin. We really have to keep an eye on the products we use in our home to ensure that they don’t contain harsh chemicals, scents and other irritants.
I have always been a huge fan of using Cetaphil products. I find them to be very gentle on the skin. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Cetaphil introduced the Cetaphil baby line in May of 2016.
The Cetaphil Baby line is dermatologist tested and pediatrician recommended for babies’ delicate skin, featuring such products as: Cetaphil Baby Wash & Shampoo, Ultra Moisturizing Wash, Daily Lotion and Moisturizing Oil. The products are formulated with calming organic calendula which, derived from the marigold flower to help keep baby’s skin soft smooth and moisturized. Best of all, the products are hypoallergenic, free from parabens, colourants and mineral oil.
My 3 month old, personally, enjoys the Baby Daily Lotion the most. The lotion helps to nurture his skin while he relaxes and enjoys countless infant massages day in and out to help ease his colic symptoms.
Did you know that July is known as the month with the highest number of babies born in Canada? Funny, I found this stat out for myself almost 7 years ago. My first born was a July baby.
With the highly anticipated July baby boom, I am thrilled to have been provided with some great bath time tips from well-know parenting educator and former nurse, Kelly Bourne. To help parents prepare for their new arrivals, Kelly offers 9 tips on how to bathe newborns correctly and safely:
Sponge bathe your newborn – Delay tub baths until his umbilical cord detaches. Soaking or excess moisture can promote bacteria growth. Instead, sponge bathe your baby.
Bath water temperature – The bath water should be 37 degrees Celsius. To be certain, use a bath thermometer. Eventually you’ll learn to gauge the water temperature with a quick test on the inside of your wrist to ensure it’s not too hot.
Cradle Cap – Babies often develop cradle cap. It’s a harmless condition and will eventually go away on its own. If it bothers you, using a natural oil followed by a gentle cleanse of your baby’s scalp helps to remove the scales.
Be prepared – A wet, slippery, wiggly infant is hard to hold onto. To keep your baby safe, lay out all essential bath items within reach ahead of time.
Use baby wash – It’s a misconception that you don’t need a cleanser while bathing your baby. There are many oil based irritants that can end up on your baby’s skin. Water alone may not remove them and using a washcloth with no cleanser can be harsh on the skin. Cetaphil Baby Ultra Moisturizing Wash contains 1/3 baby lotion and lets you cleanse delicate skin gently.
Keep baby warm – Place washcloths on your baby’s chest and arms as you pour water over her body. This provides a little more insulation and warmth during bath time.
Bathe every few days –It’s a popular misconception that babies need a bath every day. Bathing too frequently may dry the skin. Every few days is ideal. In between baths, cleanse with a sponge to keep baby fresh. After bathing, use Cetaphil BabyDaily Lotion to help moisturize and protect the skin.
Proper form – There is a technique to move your baby in and out of the tub. One may be tempted to cradle the baby. It’s better to support her head and bottom with your hands rather than using a cradling position.
Bonding with Dad – Dads today are more involved with their children than ever. Bath time gives Dad a great opportunity to share in the bonding experience with baby.
Searching for Canada’s Cetaphil Baby
Cetaphil Baby is celebrating bath time by inviting Canadians to share their baby bath time photos on Instagram using the hash tag, #CetaphilBabyBathtime during the month of June. There will be four weekly winners and one grand prize ($1,000 value) winner who will become Canada’s Cetaphil Baby! He or she will receive a personalized family photo shoot, fantastic baby gear and one year’s supply of Cetaphil Baby products. The winner will also be featured online. More information visit http://www.cetaphilbaby.ca.
Want to try out the #CetaphilBabyBathTime experience for yourself? Enter to win a Cetaphil Baby Prize Pack (ARV $49).
* Giveaway ends on July 15, 2016 at 11:59PM EST. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. You can enter as many times as you want on all the blogs hosting the same giveaway, however please note you can only win the prize pack once.
Disclosure: I have received Cetaphil Baby products. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.
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