My girls love bathtime. They are still little enough that I dump both of them into the tub at once. This means a little bit of refereeing, and some extra splashing to contend with, but they have so much fun together it’s well worth it. I’m sort of dreading that moment when they get older and move to separate baths, soon enough, I’m sure.
They love bathtime toys, small boats and ducks that float, scoops to move the water around, and toss it at each other. Oi. But sometimes, like tonight, they’ll skip the toys and just scrub and play with their washclothes, with the water itself, and the bubbles. Actually, it’s not like tonight they said, hey let’s skip the toys, we don’t need ’em. It’s more like mom forgot to put the toys in. And they were so busy playing with the bubbles that they didn’t ask for toys until they had already been in the tub long enough to turn into wrinkled little prunes, sitting in the now tepid water, insisting they aren’t cold.
Toys can be skipped, but never the bubbles. The bubbles, their quantity and quality, are of top priority. A few weeks back when I told the kids we were going to test out a new bathtime wash their only concern was, “Will there be bubbles?” As I filled the tub with warm water and added a generous squirt of Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo they both watched with a critical eye. Would there be bubbles? Would there be enough bubbles? Would they be proper play-with-me bubbles, or would they just fade away? I swear they were holding their breath, just waiting to chastise me when the bubbles weren’t up to snuff.
However, even though the kids may be obsessively concerned about the bubbles, in truth bubbles are sort of secondary to the whole body wash / shampoo thing. Personally I love using head to toe all in one wash on the girls. I love the convenience of washing their hair and skin all in one go, and only having one bottle to store. As you could easily guess from the bubbles it created when I poured some into the tub, the Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo lathers up wonderfully. It’s a natural oatmeal based soap free cleanser, which is hypoallergenic and gentle enough for even sensitive newborn skin. It has a very mild, inoffensive scent that left the kids smelling clean and fresh. It rinses away easily, and left their hair silky and clean.
Second only to their love of bubbles is my children’s love of baby lotion. They knew I had a container of Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion to test out and were begging me to slather this stuff on them the moment they hopped out of the tub. My girls love to have lotion rubbed into their skin. I think in general most young children love to be touched, hence the popularity of infant and toddler massage. Lotion is a great excuse for me to rub their backs and elbows and toes. They adore it.
However, as much as my girls enjoy it, normally I’m not crazy about using lotion on them and so it’s something I’ve been doing less and less as they get older. I’ve tried a handful of different lotions and dislike the scent and the greasy feel. I’m also particular about what I’m putting on to their skin. Is it hypoallergenic? Does it contain alcohol? dyes?
Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion is hypoallergenic and gentle enough for sensitive skin. It contains natural colloidal oatmeal, dimethicone and allantoin to help soothe and protect. The alcohol free formula contains no dyes and is fragrance-free. It’s recommended by pediatricians, the Aveeno brand has been pediatrician recommended for nearly 60 years.
All of that sounds great on paper, but I was still sort of leery about trying the lotion. Lotion is just not something I love. But I have to say, once I gave into my kids incessant demands and rubbed them down with Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion, I was pleasantly surprised.
First and foremost there was no discernible scent. You have no idea how happy this one little thing makes me. For someone like me that finds most scents offensive, fragrance free is a huge plus. Yet all too often I have found fragrance free simply means “we didn’t add nasty fake floral scent on top, but the product still smells awful”. This simply didn’t smell. Yay! Woohoo! Let’s run outside and tell the neighbours!
Secondly, it wasn’t greasy. It wasn’t even a tiny bit greasy. I didn’t feel like I wanted to wash my hands after touching it. Again, yay! Thirdly, it soaked in quickly and ended up absorbed into my children’s skin and not their bathrobes. And finally, it left their skin feeling soft and smooth. Of course the girls loved it. When we left a few days later for a family trip they were harping on me to remember to pack the new lotion.
The six year old sometimes gets these dry scaly patches along either side of her nose. We’ve found that scrubbing with a washcloth only serves to irritate it more. I carefully rubbed a bit of the Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion into the crease along either side of her nose and by day two her problem patches had cleared up. When they cropped up again a week later one application fixed it.
The girls are crazy about the Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion. They are lotion lovers, it was an easy sell for them. But I thought it was pretty ok too, which came as a surprise to me. I will most definitely be buying more when we run out. Coming from me and concerning lotion, that’s a roaring endorsement. I will likely pick up more of the Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo as well. The only downside I found was how quickly we went through the bottle. I’m definitely going for the larger 532 ml size next time. (If you head to www.healthyessentials.ca you can snag a coupon good for $1 off Aveeno Baby product.)
How about you folks? What does your bath time routine look like? One kid per tub, or all in one? Are your kids bubble obsessed like mine are? Have you tried the Aveeno Baby line yet? What did you think?