Hooked on Dove

My favorite bath product for adults is now available for babies!! Can you just picture my reaction when I came across Baby Dove for the first time walking the isles at Target? Did I need to get body wash and lotion for Michael? Nope, but you can bet I picked it up, did a little happy dance, and put it in my cart, while another mom looked at me like I was the weirdest character she had seen all day. Without doing any research, or reading other people’s reviews on the product, I immediately trusted the product because it’s from Dove. I knew I needed to try this for my son. Did I make sure he got a bath that night? Oh, you bet! I was very excited, and could not wait until bath time. But first, a picture:

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Just from the body wash’s creamy texture, and rich density, I knew it was going to be great. My son loved the product (tear free, and gentle). I love how soft and moist it left his skin, and how smooth and oil free his hair was after drying it, which is a “Horrayyy” moment since other baby washes left his hair oily.

The lotion, you ask? WOW! All I can say is WOW! From the subtle smell, to the texture, to the creamy thickness of the cream, everything about this lotion is simply perfection. I’ve never had a lotion leave my son’s skin this soft and moisturized. Michael has eczema that flares up constantly and causes extreme dry, cracked, and itchy skin. Now that I’ve been using the Baby Dove product as a combo for his bath time routine, I have noticed the biggest difference in his skin. His flare ups are less cracked, less itchy, and when he does have a flare up, it’s not as red and irritated as it used to be. Obviously, this is not a cure for his eczema, but it is a one solution that has been keeping it under control, especially with the summer heat we’ve been getting in Los Angeles.

Now, I haven’t used the entire line of products yet for Michael, but I do plan on doing so in the near future. With only 35 days left until Baby #2 arrives, I plan on stocking up on the products and even trying out their baby wipes, shampoo, and even the bar soap. With the body wash and lotion being so amazing, I am sure the other products are just as great. Dove is a name I have trusted for many, many years, and with my very positive experience with the Baby Dove products, I know it will be a brand I trust for many years to come.

Keep your babies moisturized, and give this product a try. You won’t regret it.

All the best,
Hermine-Jane

Hooked on Nesting

Being 30 weeks pregnant, our house is on full mode nesting. From cleaning to organizing, to rearranging the baby’s room, all we’re doing is nesting. It really makes me picture a mama bird flying out, finding the perfect pieces of wood, feathers, and leaves, to make the perfect nest for her egg.

I thought since this is baby #2, it would be easier. NOPE. Not one bit. I know what I want to be done, and I know how I want it to be done, but running around after a toddler all day takes its toll on me. I have learned that making my list, and breaking it down has helped me in the past. For all you moms-to-be, here is my Most Important Categories list of nesting must haves: Sleeping and Feeding.

But first, a picture of Michael helping daddy out during our nesting time.

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  • Sleeping Must Haves

    • Bassinet –since the baby will be in our room for the first couple months, he will be sleeping in his bassinet. We love our Orbit Baby G3 system. The bassinet simply rests on the stroller base, which is capable of turning 360 degrees (hence the name Orbit). Michael slept in the bassinet for a good 4 months, lets see how long our new baby will use it.

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    • Crib — We got the same crib for baby as we did for Michael. The fact that the crib turns into a toddler bed, a twin size bed, and later, a full size bed, is worth every penny. Instead of having to keep changing beds as the kids are getting older, I simply have to change the attachments (which already come with the packaging of the crib). Score!! Why did I get a Crib already? My ideology behind it is the fact that while the baby is taking constant naps, it will be easier for me to put him in the crib and close the bedroom door so Michael can still run around the house and be his 2 year old self.
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    • Graco Pack ‘n Play— This specific item is a toss up because some parents love it and can’t live without it, while other parents think it’s a waste of money and space. I, personally, love it! When Michael grew out of his bassinet, but was still not ready to sleep in his own room quite yet, I put the Pack ‘n Play in my bedroom right next to my bed and continued using it as a bassinet. It functioned as a bassinet, while having tons of space all around him. During the daytime, while the baby is awake, and laying on his back, I will just roll the Pack ;n Play into the family room and always have my eye on him. Yes, it has wheels on 1 end to make for easy transport. Oh, and when I’m done using it as a bed, I can lower the mesh and take it outside and have him play inside the unit. I love items that have more than 1 use.
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  • Feeding Must Haves

    • Pump — You can get a pump either through insurance, or invest in one. I personally love my Medela “Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump”. The pump is hidden in a very convenient tote bag that you can carry around anywhere and no-one will know you’re carrying a pump. It’s powerful, pretty quiet, and highly recommended by any of the nurses that I spoke with during my hospital stay. Pump In Style® Advanced
    • Bottles— Since every baby is different, the bottles that worked well with the first baby may not work with the second baby. I have several different types of bottles ready to see which one baby will like best. I suggest getting 2-3 different brands to see which one your baby thrives on most.
    • Formula — I don’t know why, but every time I mention “formula” in public, women look at me and shake their heads. Why do other women judge when a mom uses the word formula? I mean, I understand that ‘breast is best’, but what if I am unable to breastfeed, or my child can’t latch on properly, or my breastmilk isn’t enough for my child? After all, isn’t “Fed is best” better than a starving child? I can go on and on and on about this topic because Michael wasn’t able to latch on, but I was somehow able to pump for him for 7 months. Even with pumping, and solid food being introduced around his 5th month, I felt he was still hungry. When I went out to buy formula for the first time, a pregnant woman came up to me and said, “You should really consider breastfeeding. It’s best for your child.” Consider breastfeeding? Really? I simply looked at her and said,

      “I hope for your child’s sake you have a more open mind when he or she is born because formula can actually save your child’s life if you can’t give them the ‘best’. I’d rather my child have a full stomach on formula, than be starving because my breastmilk isn’t enough for him. Good luck with your baby.”

      and I walked away with the two biggest containers of formula in my arms.

There are many other things I am doing to nest and prepare for baby’s arrival, but these two categories are my top priorities. While I can be stocking up on blankets, diapers, wipes, etc, I feel these small tasks will all fall in place when the time is right. If it happens that I need to make a #TargetRun, it’s ok. It will be an excuse to get out of the house: even if it is for a brief 30 minutes.

Happy Nesting, mamas!
Hermine-Jane