This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Balmex. All opinions are 100% mine.
We’ve all been there. Trying to squeeze in one more errand before we rush home for naptime. Or at least that’s how I tend to operate! And my kids don’t always appreciate it. I always cringe a little when I remember the time I took my 3 year old and baby to the grocery store, even though we probably should have gone home for naps. My poor baby went from cooing and quiet to cranky and crying within a matter of minutes. I was trying to shop as fast as I could so we could get home, but he wanted nothing to do with it! By the time I got him out of his carseat (and trust me, it didn’t take long!), he was crying so hard that he was red in the face. I felt so sad for him…and for me! As soon as I picked him up and held him for just a few seconds, he calmed right back down. He just needed some mommy love. And that was how we finished the rest of our shopping trip…with me holding a baby, pushing a shopping cart, and trying to keep track of a three year old as I finished finding my groceries. I felt more like a traveling circus than a mom that day!
Babies cry. They just do. But as moms, we hate to see our babies sad or in pain. Especially if it’s because of something we try to avoid, like diaper rash. That’s why I want to give you a few tips that I’ve figured out with all the baby raising I’ve done…because we all want to end the red!
- Gently wipe baby clean after a dirty diaper The first thing to do when diaper rash appears on your baby is to gently clean his little bottom.
- Let baby sit in a bath for a few minutes For years I thought I was getting it clean enough by wiping him thoroughly. Not the case. I finally figured out that I needed to let baby sit in a bath after a dirty diaper (of course, after wiping him clean the best I could). I didn’t even need to use soap for these post-dirty-diaper baths, just letting him sit in the water for a few minutes was enough to gently, but thoroughly, clean his skin.
- Dry baby off as gently and thoroughly as possible After this quick bath, gently dry his skin. If you can even leave the diaper off for a while and let the skin get completely dry, that’s ideal…but that can also be risky! Just let his skin get as dry as possible the gentlest way you can.
- Use a protective cream, like Balmex Apply a cream like Balmex Diaper Rash Cream, which is proven to reduce redness in ONE diaper change, making it easy to help treat and prevent diaper rash irritation. This will help to form a protective barrier to seal out wetness. Balmex is great because it’s formulated with doctor-recommended zinc oxide, plus three soothing botanicals, and skin-nourishing vitamins B5 and E to help soothe and treat diaper rash, while moisturizing and nourishing your baby’s irritated skin. It goes on smoothly and gently, wipes off easily. Only Balmex with ActivGuard helps neutralize harmful irritants found in dirty or wet diapers. Since it’s pediatrician recommended, you can feel good about using it to help your baby feel better fast. So if you want to fight irritation and end the red, use Balmex instead!
- Repeat after each dirty diaper & reapply Balmex at each wet diaper change I found that if my baby’s diaper was just wet (and not dirty), I didn’t need a bath…just wipe clean and reapply Balmex!
If you’re looking to make diaper time a little easier (or cuter!), check out these darling Diaper Changing Stations!
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Balmex is available at retailers such as: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Toys-R-Us/Babies-R-Us, CVS and Kmart, so be sure to pick some up the next time you’re trying to squeeze in one more quick errand before you go home for nap time! Click here for a Balmex Diaper Rash Cream Special Offer