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Mothering a newborn a second time is easy in many ways. I have a confidence about what I’m doing and posess instincts that I lacked as an unsure, scared first-time Mom.
The days I spend with my baby are wonderful and peaceful and we are truly bonding. My newborn baby girl sleeps, eats, and goes to the bathroom; I sing to her, I hold her, I love on her. I watch Netflix.
But overnight, things change. Around 10/11 p.m., she will need a feeding. I am breastfeeding, but am also supplementing with formula a few times a day, and I usually try to make one of those supplements at this feeding – I consider it the first “overnight” feeding.
Anyway, Josie must have her nights and days confused because she will eat during the day and go immediately back to sleep. At the overnight feedings she needs more cajoling to sleep.
Sometimes the bottle will give her gas and she will be uncomfortable. I could get her ready to go down, but then as she works out the gas, she will have a diaper that needs to be changed, which wakes her up again. Three hours later, I am staring at her willing and wishing that she would go to sleep so I can get some sleep.
I’ve started sleeping at other times – naps in the late afternoon or mid-morning – to help with my exhaustion. But there are many nights at 2:30, 3 a.m. when I find myself crying from a lack of sleep.
So what does this all have to do with products?!
Right now there are some products that are helping my body and my routine so that I can stay comfortable in a no-frills manner each day as I find myself wrapped up in the mothering of early infancy.
KBShimmer Hand and Body Lotion in Barely There
Winter persisted in March, and we had two back-to-back Nor’easter storms on the first day of spring and the day after. The tops of my knuckles and my hands are very dry from the weather.
Breastfeeding requires me to drink a ton of water and admittedly I haven’t been my best at getting in enough some days. My skin, lips and body have been a little drier between needing a bit more water, having had a C-section and being sleep deprived.
This hand and body lotion is thick and moisturizing. Barely There is KBShimmer’s unscented category of hand and body products and it’s wonderful to get the benefits of a hearty moisturizer that is friendly towards the potential sensitivities of my newborn.
Lucky 7 Fragrance Free Cuticle Oil
Again a key component of a product for me: lack of scent. My hands and fingers are constantly on my newborn – feeding her, cleaning her, handling her sensitive new skin. It’s important to me to keep my skincare scent free.
I got this Lucky 7 Fragrance Free Cuticle Oil in my PolishCon VIP bag last year. It’s come in handy as my cuticles need love, but I’m hesitant to use anything overly scented (which I typically prefer).
Some of the ingredients I especially like in this oil are grapeseed oil, vitamin E oil, tea tree oil and extra virgin olive oil.
Dry Shampoo – all of it!
I showered everyday in those first two weeks after having Josie so that I could stay on top of keeping my incision clean. My incision is healing nicely, so it’s just become part of my self-care that I try to shower everyday when possible.
When I want to shower, I put our the baby down in her travel crib sleeping; it’s a 50/50 shot that she will either lie quietly awake or sleeping, or she will start to cry. I find myself skipping hair washing more often so I can get back to her quicker.
Enter dry shampoo.
I have used a variety of dry shampoo since Josie was born – Love Beauty & Planet’s two dry shampoos, Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two-Day Extender, and Renpure Solutions Coconut & Argan Oil Dry Shampoo. As long as it takes the oily look away from my roots and makes me feel human, it’s all good. I do prefer Love Beauty & Planet and Renpure over the Redken.
I used dry shampoo every other day or two before having Josie but I may be pushing it one more day than that these days…
Breastfeeding takes a toll on a mother’s body and mind while simultaneously being a great opportunity to bond with her child. Josie has a great latch but it hurts when she initially finds it. When she “cluster feeds” – one feeding right after another – well, it can take a physical toll on my breasts, especially my nipples.
Our hospital gave me a small tube of Medela Tender Care Lanolin to use after feedings. Our awesome nurses also sent me home with a couple more .3 fl oz tubes, and I find the lanolin to be moisturizing and comforting.
It is also a great moisturizer for cuticles and dry patches.
Lanolin tends to be a bit greasy, so I also picked up Earth Mama Organics Nipple Butter (also nice for cuticles and dry skin!). This is also very soothing, and while moisturizing, it’s a thinner, more buttery consistency than the thicker lanolin.
I switch back and forth between both.
Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
These makeup removing towelettes effectively take off my makeup and are also a great way to refresh and soothe my face at the end of a long day when I’m not wearing makeup.
The gentle, sweet lavender scent is indeed calming and refreshing. Lavender is one of my favorite scents, and one I diffuse often in combination with other essential oils for relaxation.
I didn’t want to create too massive of a list, but there are other products I’m reaching for a lot – like Carmex Medicated Lip Balm and Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.
Have you ever thought about how you use products depending on your current life situation? Are there products that are meeting a need for you at the moment due to a special circumstance? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Disclaimer: I previously received the KBShimmer lotion and Love Beauty & Planet Dry Shampoos for editorial consideration by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!