Protecting your newborn baby’s skin requires a bit of work and investment. Thankfully, these are not very expensive and most importantly, they are worth every single cent.
We are using baby cream products from Mustela.
Basically, there are three main areas – Facial cream, Body Lotion and Barrier Cream. We also have a body wash lotion which we use for baby baths.
The facial cream is applied finely on the baby’s face after each bath, once a day. It provides an immediate and long-lasting moisturizing effect and is very helpful if you are living in a dry region. Our baby (maybe all babies!) likes to touch her own face with her hands, so sometimes we wonder how much of that cream is left on her face. It seems that more may have been transferred to her chubby fingers. Nevertheless, we stick to the daily routine and were glad that her skin became less dry.
Tip: If your baby loves to rub her face aggressively after you apply the cream, you can consider applying another thin layer after she dozes off.
The Bebe Body Lotion has the same moisturizing effect but is used for the body. We apply it to her body, back, hands and legs. It helps to keep the baby skin moisturized and tender.
When using it, just apply gently over the areas and in moderate amount. If the skin is very dry, you can consider applying another layer later in the course of the day. We usually apply this right after her bath.
The hair & body wash is used during baby’s bath.
Usage: Apply just a few drops into the bathtub, mix the water with it and it’s ready.
This is a very mild wash suitable for baby skin. However, as parents, we should take precaution and observe the baby’s skin. If you find your baby’s skin turning too red after using the wash, you may want to do it on alternate days or use less of it. Each baby comes with their own unique skin tolerance. Our baby takes it well and we believe overall, this is a safe product to use.
The 123 Diaper Rash Cream is also known as the 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream in some stores is used for each and every diaper change. After cleaning up the soiled diaper and your baby’s bottom with baby wipes, it is important to apply a moderate amount of the rash cream to protect the baby’s bottom from developing redness or rash.
The effect is quite immediate. On days where we didn’t apply the cream (this usually happens when we are outside the home and we just do basic clean up and a diaper change), her bottom will develop a tinge of redness. By applying the cream, the redness goes away on the same day.
Usage: Apply the cream using a cotton bud instead of your own fingers which may have bacteria. These cotton buds are readily available and a pack of 300 costs less than $2, so you don’t have to purchase the “high-end” ones. I paid $7.90 for a pack of 100. Hmm…..
Alternative Recommendation: Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream 3.5 Ounce
(The Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream comes with 15% zinc oxide and is recommended if your baby is more susceptible to skin rash on her bottom)
This rounds up our product review for Baby Lotions & Creams. With these four products, you have it all covered. For reference, our baby is now coming close to four months old and we have been using these creams since day 1.
- The hair & body wash is still half full.
- The body lotion is at least 40% full.
- The facial cream is almost depleted.
- As for the Rash Cream, we just started on the 3rd one. This is the one we use most often as it is used after every diaper change.
Update: As of Dec 2018, our baby is now 14 months old and rash occurs much lesser, so the need for rash cream drops significantly. Again, there is no necessity to stock up.
Hope this is a good reference so that you can gauge approximately how often you may need to replenish. Depending on your physical location, you can probably get these products at your nearby pharmacy or order them from Amazon to have it delivered to your doorstep.