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Stealing Cosmetics From A Baby

Confession: the Burt’s Bees baby lotion from those shower gift baskets? Never made it onto my baby. Ditto the sweetly scented powder and the effervescent bubble bath.

I’m not saying those gifts were wasted. I used them. On myself.

I’m not the only one stealing my baby’s personal care products. Over at the Stir, Christine Coppa offers up her list of top seven cosmetics to swipe from the nursery.

Why are baby products so great? They smell great, they work and they’re often cheaper than their adult counterparts. Plus, if like me you happen to loathe shopping, baby cosmetics have the advantage of being there. Six years into parenthood, I still have hand sanitizer and baby powder stashed from my first baby shower.

A few are so great that I’ve gone out and bought more when the shower gifts ran out. I’m a low maintenance model, so I don’t have seven. But here are my top three:

  • Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion – This lotion is the best. I keep it in my desk drawer and use it all day long on my hands and face. Every once in awhile I think I should grow up and get a real skin lotion, but nothing I try beats this one. Love it.
  • Seventh Gen Unscented Baby Wipes – Baby wipes are the one disposable cleaning product I haven’t been able to kick. I used cloth wipes on my kids’ bums when they were infants, but nothing beats a baby wipe for cleaning up toddler spills, wiping grit off little faces, or clearing away the dregs of yesterday’s mascara.
  • Clean Kids Hair Products – On this one I have no excuse. Who wants their hair to smell like Banana Smoothie? Me. I let my kids use this one, but let’s be real: I buy it for myself. The detangler was especially great when I had long hair.

What baby products do you use for your own purposes?

Photo:Shawn Campbell

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