Posts Tagged ‘california baby’

Oh Baby! Have you tried California Baby?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

I often find myself trying different baby and kid products for fun. Usually, I am underwhelmed. I am always looking for a new lotion for my son Levi’s sensitive skin or a new bath product to make bath time more relaxing for my kids, and myself. I recently discovered California Baby products from Mom’s Milk Boutique, and let me say, ”Oh baby!”

Here are my favorite California Baby products.

  1. California Baby No Fragrance Sunscreen Stick:  We all want our kids to be protected from the sun, and Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 8.47.24 AMthis sunscreen is great. It is a stick, so no messy, globs of lotion to rub in. My picky toddler actually asks for me to put it on before going outside in the summer. It doesn’t have a fragrance, so it’s not perfume-filled or fragrant. It’s SPF 30+, so you can feel at peace with the sun. The ingredients are organic and sustainably grown. Safe for your little one and effective!
  2. California-Baby-Overtired-Cranky-Spritzer: This product is an everywhere spray. I use this constantly. I spray it all over the place in my children’s rooms, because who doesn’t want kids that are not cranky! This is a portable aromatherapy. Use it in your diaper bag, your car, kid’s bedrooms, or even in your own room. It can be used on your body, as well, just avoid contact with eyes, of course. The spray can also help with easing menstrual cramps in cranky moms. Bonus!
  3. Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 8.48.42 AMCalifornia Baby Shampoos & Body Washes: These come in a variety of scents that include:
  • Tea Tree & Lavender
  • Chamomile & Mint
  • Super Sensitive Formula
  • Calendula
  • Therapeutic Relief Eczema

The body washes double as a shampoo. They are effective against cradle cap, eczema, and dermatitis. They are no tears formulas, so no worries if some gets near baby’s eyes. The soothing scents and healing formulas are relaxing and rejuvenating for baby and momma.

So if you are looking for a new product, try California Baby! I promise you won’t be disappointed and your kids will smell great, too!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two little ones in Northeast Indiana who smell great and are not cranky thanks to California Baby.

Diaper Rash Solutions

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Diaper Rash SolutionsWhen you have a new baby, there are so many things to learn. You want to be there to take care of every pain and uncomfortable feeling they feel. But with the amount of diaper changes–and let’s face it, giant poos–a baby goes through daily, diaper rash can sometimes be inevitable.

Diaper rashes are usually red, irritated skin that can appear warm to the touch, puffy, and even bumpy.  Here are some easy ways to remedy even the most stubborn diaper rash.

Store Bought Remedies:

  1. CJ’s Butter:  This stuff is amazing. I have used the stick form and spray form on both of my kid’s bums. The best part about this product is it is completely cloth diaper safe. CJ’s Butter comes in a variety of creatively named scents as well as unscented. “Monkey Farts” and “Narwhals and Unicorns” have been my favorites. You simply rub it on baby and wait for the magic to happen.
  2. Balm Baby Diaper Balm: I have recently discovered Balm Baby and I am in love. I have used the Pucker Up lip balm and Glowing Mama scrub. Now, to try the diaper balm! This is also cloth-diaper safe and made of healing herbs and healing oils from Hawaii. It can be used on baby’s bum along with other areas to treat eczema and even cradle cap.
  3. California Baby Diaper Rash Cream: French lavender and organic tea tree are in this cream that can be used on newborns and older babies alike. This cream has soothing and healing powers.

Home Remedies:

  1. Colloidal Oatmeal Application: Allow baby to soak in the tub (if older) or just apply to the skin. Be sure to wash and dry thoroughly.  The oatmeal will soothe the pain and dry the skin.
  2. Make Smart Choices: Stop using wipes with fragrance and alcohol. Consider switching to cloth wipes and water or use a cloth wipe solution that you can make easily at home. Be aware of irritants from laundry detergents and switch to one that works best for your family. I love Charlie’s Soap.
  3. Baking Soda: Allow baby to soak in the baking soda which will soothe and also regulate the pH balance of the affected area.
  4. Calendula Extract: This is from a marigold flower. Find it in an anti-inflammatory water based cream. California Baby also makes a cream with this extract!

Tips for Preventing Diaper Rashes:

  1. Keep baby’s skin dry.
  2. Change diapers frequently and make sure you are laundering your diapers correctly.
  3. Get some air down there!
  4. Use ointments to create a moisture barrier when things start to become irritated.
  5. Pat your baby’s skin instead of rubbing it with wipes.

Whatever you choose to do, just take care of your little one. Diaper rashes aren’t fun, so make sure you get in some extra snuggles and kisses, too.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana. She loves happy babies, and she hates to see her little ones in pain

Toddler’s First Haircut

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Toddler’s First HaircutOh, the milestones. First word. First steps. First haircut? Babies don’t enter the world looking all the same. Some are born with lots of hair, some with very little. Both of my babies were born in the middle. A little hair, not enough to do anything with, but some hair. As babies grow into toddlers, many grow hair…lots of hair. My daughter’s hair went from non-existent to a small pony tail between year 1 and 2. So, what are some tips for surviving your toddler’s first haircut?

Do It Yourself

If you are like me, then your toddler’s first haircut is simply a bang trim. I went to Target, bought a cheap pair of trimming scissors, and went to town on Johanna’s bangs. Doing it yourself will save money. You can even document the experience at home. Dress them up, decorate a special chair, invite the family to be a part of the celebration. Of course, cutting a boy’s hair vs. a girl’s hair is going to be different. Sectioning off the hair and completing the tasks in several steps can help with success. In this case, practice makes progress.

Try a Trusted Beautician

If you are blessed with a baby with lots of hair, try taking them to a trusted beautician. Many salons welcome little ones and have stylists who are trained to work with squirmy little people. I have a good friend who takes her 2-year-old to the same stylist each time. Her son is familiar with the location and the friendly face. Make sure you explain to the stylist what you would like done. Take your child’s favorite stuffed animal or lovey with you. They may need a few extra snuggles if they are apprehensive. Take them out for a special treat to reward good behavior and a new do.

When Good Hair Goes Bad

This is the hard part. Sometimes, toddlers have crazy hair, my daughter included. I have cut her bangs several times now, and she has rocked a mullet before.  There are many hair products that will help tame a toddler’s crazy hair. I am excited to try a new detangler like California Baby on my daughter for those days when she has crazy hair. Tangle Teezer brushes can help get tangles out of long or thick hair fast and without pulling. Try a new shampoo or conditioner on your toddler like Hip Peas as a reward for surviving the new adventure.

Real Mom Talk

Remember that even a stylist can make a mistake. Don’t be afraid or nervous to go back in to get the haircut fixed. Don’t be embarrassed if your toddler is terrified and the stylist gets half of the haircut done. Real moms have been there with their kids.  Remember, it’s just hair. It will grow back.

No matter who holds the scissors, you hold the power to help your toddler grow and develop. Show them that getting a haircut is a fun, exciting experience.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two under 2 in Northeast Indiana. She has never been good at doing her own hair, but she loves to get her hair done at the salon.

Sunday Funday Giveaway: California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend Citronella SPF 30+

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Warm weather is finally here which means it is time for picnics, parks, BBQs, bike rides, festivals, and lots more fun outdoor activities! It is also a great time to stock up on summer essentials such as sunscreen and bug spray.

Did you know California Baby makes a Summer Blend that combines the effective sun blocking powers of titanium dioxide with the bug bite soothing powers of citronella, lemongrass and cedar? Oh and don’t worry; that awful smelling citronella candle you remember burning all summer long as a child is not what authentic citronella smells like. Real citronella actually smells quite pleasant…so don’t let that yucky scented synthetic candle keep you from enjoying the lovely benefits of citronella oil this summer.

With California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend you get protection from the sun and from bugs bites all in one gentle, non toxic formula. It is made with organic and sustainably grown ingredients which means you won’t find any Octyl Methoxycinnamate or PABA in it!

At an SPF 30+ it provides high-level protection against sunburn. Plus it is very water resistant and retains effectiveness after 80 minutes of activity in water or perspiring. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate a sunscreen that doesn’t sweat off and/or drip into their eyes. Additionally this sunscreen won’t stain like some of the other brands on the market do or turn you into a pasty white ghost upon application.

California Baby products are extra awesome because they use green packaging. Their bottles are made from BPA free, post consumer content. That makes me like their products even more!

How would you like to win a FREE 2.9oz bottle of  California Baby Sunscreen Summer Blend Citronella SPF 30? Be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win! Winner will be announced on Sunday, May 12. Winner will be contacted via email and is asked to reply to email within 48 hours in order to claim prize.

Good Luck All!

-Sarah

 

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Sunday Funday Giveaway: California Baby Calming Massage Oil

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Babies thrive on touch! A gentle massage is a wonderful way to connect with your baby on a regular basis. According to the International Association of Infant Massage , additional benefits of infant massage include:

  • Helps Relieve Discomfort from Gas, Colic, and Constipation
  • Improves Blood Circulation
  • Aids in Digestion
  • Stimulates Neurological Development
  • Enhanced Development of the Nervous System
  • Increases Alertness/Heightened Awareness
  • Reduces Stress Hormones
  • Improves Immune Function
  • Releases Oxytocin, the Nurturing Hormone
  • Relaxes and Soothes both baby and caregiver
  • Improves Communication by increasing confidence and sensitivity to baby’s cues
  • Contributes to overall healthy development
  • Helps baby sleep better (http://www.iaim.ws/faqs.html#108843 2012).

One idea to ensure frequent massage time for baby is to embed a baby massage into your nap time, bed time or bath time routine. To further enhance the massage experience, you can use a massage oil developed specifically for baby massage such as California Baby Calming Massage Oil. It is made with organic and sustainably grown ingredients as well as food grade, high quality cold pressed oils. A blend of hi-oleic safflower oil, hi-oleic canola and evening primrose ensure a smooth, non-greasy touch for baby. Additionally California Baby Calming Massage Oil is enriched with Vitamin E, leaving baby’s skin super silky soft. It is pleasantly scented with a soothing blend of essential oils including French lavender. Lavender is well known for its calming and relaxing effect, making this massage oil perfect for a bedtime massage. Need to travel with your massage oil? Have no worries about California Baby Calming Massage Oil spilling! You can confidently tuck it into your diaper bag because the custom pump locks in the ‘up’ position to avoid messy accidents.

Would you like to win a FREE 4.5 oz of California Baby Calming Massage Oil? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway TODAY for your chance to win!

-Sarah

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