MY 5 SIMPLE BABY SKINCARE TIPS

I learned very quickly that my baby’s skincare routine was something to take very seriously. When I brought Charlee home from the hospital, her skin was basically flawless. I mean it was clear, soft and supple to the touch and a perfect even smooth texture. That quickly went away at about 3 weeks old and she started to develop some baby acne. It was just a few bumps at first, but it gradually spread across her cheeks and then made it’s way to her forehead and chin and eventually spread to her scalp. Like any new mom, I was very concerned and even beat myself up about it on a daily basis. Somehow, I linked all of her skin issues to how I was doing as a mother and classified it as just poor parenting. I can laugh about it now, but at the time, it was taking such a toll on my mental and I was thinking a whole lot of outlandish things that I now don’t believe are true. As Charlee’s skin got worse, my obsession with wanting to hang onto that perfect baby I brought home with the perfect skin did too. Thinking back on it all, most of my behavior and thinking came from having my own skin insecurities, having dealt with severe eczema as a child and being diagnosed with Hidradentitis Suppurativa (otherwise known as HS) in my early 20’s, prompted me to work extra hard to solve the plethora of skin issues that started to crop up on Charlee (cradle cap, eczema and baby acne) all of which resulted in her loosing quite a bit of hair. I did a lot of late night research and came up with a pretty simple routine and some even simpler tips and tricks to keep her skin thriving and me less stressed. I hope the info I provide is helpful to you moms and dads out there and makes caring for your infant just a little bit easier.

86 the Fragrance

Fragrance is great, it makes things smell pleasant and for me, there are certain scents that just bring back some really great childhood memories, but fragrance can irritate a baby’s very sensitive skin. You have to remember that babies, while out of the womb now, are still developing, there skin is no exception to this. It’s sensitive and can easily break out, so getting rid of the fragrance is one way to reduce breakouts. Also, newborns have this really amazing smell about them that I certainly don’t want to mask with a bunch of harsh fragrance, just saying.

Be Thorough During Bath time

Some babies have the cutest little creases and fat rolls, but it’s also a breeding place for dirt, bacteria and anything else you can think of, so you have to be thorough when cleaning in between the creases and crevices, it’s an absolute MUST. I mean scrub scrub scrub and get up in there; in between their little toes and fingers, behind their ears, in the creases of their arms and legs and under their neck. If your baby is like mine, even with a bib on, milk always tends to seep under that neck, I call it milk neck. A good ole fashion cleaning under there will do the trick. I scrub everyday under Charlee’s neck with a light micellar cleanser, Mustela Baby Micellar Water. A warm rag will also do the trick in between baths as well.

Use an All-Over Ointment

With babies, the simpler the better. There is no need to have a baby body lotion and a different cream for their face and a different moisturizer for their scalp. Just buy something that does the trick for everything. I’m currently using Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment. I literally use it head to toe on my baby and it has gotten rid of her cradle cap, eczema patches and baby acne. A little goes a long way and I love the results on my baby, so much I started using it myself when I got a few breakouts on my face, arms and back.

Choose the Right Laundry Detergent

What touches your babies clothes will also go on your baby’s skin, so I recommend a fragrance free, chemical free laundry detergent. There are so many detergents on the market targeted towards babies, unfortunately, many of them have lots of fragrance and other ingredients that are simply just bad for baby and you if I’m being honest. Read your labels and check for any questionable ingredients before purchasing. My family is currently using All Free and Clear.

Read Your Labels

Like I said in the tip above, all that glitters is not gold. Reading labels to see what is in the products you’re using is crucial. Companies love using words like “Natural” to trick you into thinking their product is safe to use, and honestly it may be safe to use, but many people don’t ever consider the long term effects of using products that contain harsh irritants and chemicals. Reading labels can be a bit confusing with all the big words, so I use the Think Dirty App to help me understand what each ingredient is in products and the effects they may have on the body after long term use. Using this app has really helped kickstart my clean living journey and has taught me so much about quality over quantity when it comes to what I put on and in my body.

When Charlee’s skin issues started to arise, I was buying all sorts of stuff to just fix things quickly and make it go away. What I’ve learned since then is that keeping things simple, using less products and sticking to a simple routine are what works best for Charlee’s skin. I now use a total of 3 products in her skincare routine:

For All Over Moisturizing: Tubby Todd’s All Over Ointment

For Daily Face Cleansing: Mustela Baby Micellar Water

For Body Cleansing: Honest Shampoo/Body Wash Purely Sensitive

Another brand we love that is baby friendly is Weleda. We’ve used it on Charlee in the past, but we are currently using the products above right now as they seem to really be doing the trick with maintaining her eczema breakouts and cradle cap. If you’re just looking for a skincare line for baby that’s gentle and clean, Weleda is a great option as well.

I hope this post has been helpful to all you moms and dads out there and even those who aren’t parents who are seeking to simplify their skincare routine.

Till next time

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


2020 PUMPKIN PATCH ViSIT

Hi Everyone!

It’s been awhile since my last post. Taking care of an infant and back from maternity leave so I guess life just happened and I’m just living it. Just dropping by to share a few of my fall photos at the pumpkin patch with one of my faves. This was such a fun day and one of my first times out with friends since having my little Charleekins. Don’t worry, we were masked up the entire time with the exception of when we took photos. Every year I head out to DJ’s Berry Patch to capture some fall shots with a few of my blogger babes and I also shoot a lot of fall sessions out here for clients. This has been a strange year and the first year I haven’t shot a client at this location. I had a family session booked at this location, but because of COVID, the pumpkin patch closed early for the season and we had to relocate. If this isn’t a small description of what 2020 has been like, I don’t know what is. 2020 is the year of changed plans and improvising. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these photos. We had a lot fun shooting them and what’s fall without a visit to at least one pumpkin patch, right? 😊

Coming soon to the blog, I’ll be counting down Christmas with a few of my fave holiday looks I put together for 2020. Also, later this week, I’ll be sharing a few of my fall family photos. For those who have been following along for awhile, you know I take one family photo with everyone at my house in the back yard every year on Thanksgiving Day. Well, COVID means the only family photo I got this year was one of me, hubby and baby C, so needless to say, Thanksgiving was a little different this year, but happy to have shared it with the two loves of my life in a safe and healthy way.

See you all back here soon! Stay safe and healthy y’all!

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


FAMILY TIME IN BALLANTYNE Part II

By the looks of these pictures it looks like it’s really a vacation for Charlee and that’s because it was a vacation for Charlee, LOL. One thing I’m realizing as a parent is that your happiness is really their happiness. If your kid is happy that’s really all that matters and hence you’re happy. Or maybe that’s just me. In any case, my kid was happy lounging around on a plush hotel bed for 2 days, and as a sleep deprived mom, I wasn’t complaining about it, so win win over here. Honestly, we knew what this getaway was gonna be. We had every intention on hiding away in hotel and enjoying over priced room service and binge watching whatever the heck was on television. Just getting away was the real goal and while 10 years of marriage is a big deal and should be celebrated, having the little one tag along wasn’t so bad. She basically slept the whole time anyway. I don’t think she had a clue we were in a different place, let alone a different city. I mean, at her age, the only thing she really cares about is a dry diaper and a warm bottle, oh the joys of being a baby, not a care in the world, LOL. 😂

Anyway, we started are morning off with the tastiest breakfast from the hotel’s restaurant. Room service of course. I snapped a gajillion pics before we devoured every bite, then headed out on the town for some fresh air and thrift shopping. We would stop by a store, one of us would stay in the car with Charlee while the other shopped then we’d switch. We just didn’t feel comfortable strolling Charlee around in public places during a global pandemic, so we thought this was the best way for now. So I guess you can say Charlee didn’t really see Charlotte. Even if we did get out with her, she literally slept the whole time we were out, newborns, gotta love it. I tell ya, when their up they just want you to fulfill a few basic needs, pay attention to them for a few minutes then they are ready to nap again. Sounds simple, huh? Well try playing with a newborn at 3AM on a Tuesday night knowing you got work in just a few more hours and you’re running off of 3 hours of sleep. This is my story, this is my song ladies and gentlemen, LOL 😂….

In any case, we enjoyed our time lounging around on the plush bed at the Ballantyne. Once little Charleekins is up and walking and talking, I’m sure we’ll be back to enjoy Charlotte and perhaps this hotel in a more exciting capacity. For now, I’m just grateful Charlee was up long enough so we could snap some pics of her in her element. She’s already so curious about the world, of course this is when she’s awake for 1 hour in between her 4 hour naps. Keep in mind, newborns sleep about 14-16 hours a day so getting pics of her up and smiling was a rare occurrence and definitely the only anniversary gift I actually needed. By the way, this new mom here is amazed at how fast they grow. I swear she doesn’t even look like this anymore and it’s literally only been two weeks. I’m stuck in this battle between wanting her to grow up so I can talk with her and do more activities with her and wanting her to stay a baby so I can cuddle with her and hold her. I imagine after a certain age I doubt they’ll want to cuddle and be held so I’m getting all the cuddles in now while she’s small and trying to figure out the world.

Anyway, I just wanted to share the last bit of pics from our stay at the Ballantyne and hope you enjoyed this photo album. Here’s motherhood, and 10 years with the best husband and dad EVER. Keep scrolling for more Charlee pics and enjoy!

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie