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I love Lil Z-Bear’s little hiney.  What’s not to love about such a smile-inducing part of him and it fills those adorable onesies perfectly.  I work very hard to keep this cherished part of him clean, dry, and free of the dreaded diaper rash.

 When Lil Z was just a tiny cub, just over a week into this world, I noticed some angry red bumps on his tush while changing his preemie diaper that was still a tad too big on him.  I remember freaking out and crying for over an hour after discovering that the little peanut had developed a diaper rash.  Not because I am prone to such hysterics, but the rash was probably the last straw during a very trying time. 

 I didn’t get to hold Z-Bear in my arms when he was born.  At 34 weeks, my husband and I breathed a collective sigh of relief when we heard him cry for the first time and we knew his lungs were mature enough to breathe on their own. I only caught a glimpse of him before he was whisked away to the Special Care Nursery.  I learned to change his first diaper through the little openings in his incubator.  He was swimming in the newborn outfits that I had so lovingly hand-picked for him.  I could only hold and nurse the little one for less than an hour at a time.  And even when I did hold him, it was a challenge to make sure the leads monitoring his heart and lungs didn’t slip because then it made an awful beep that would send the nurses rushing.  I could only fill one of his cheeks with endless kisses because the other one had a feeding tube attached.  Every day while leaving the hospital, I saw mommies taking their prized little bundles home, while I went home empty handed.  But now that Z-bear is home and thriving, any hardship that we went through was worth it 100 times over.

 After frantically trying several types of diaper creams since his first rash, I have finally settled on one I like.  At the hospital they gave us Triple Paste.  It is very thick and creamy, and feels rather globby when applied.   The texture put me off from the beginning, and it didn’t work, because the rash crept back after using it for two weeks.  So it was out of the running.  Next I tried Bordreaux’s Butt Paste, because who could resist such a name.  It smells amazing, almost made me want to taste it because of its ‘confectionery-y’ smell.  It has a really nice creamy texture without being over-the-top thick like Triple Paste.  However, much as I wanted it to work, it just didn’t and Lil Z’s diaper rash would not go away completely.  So next up was Mustela Stelactive Skin Protectant: it sounded snazzy, with ‘enzyme fighting agents’.  The cream is on the thin side, not great when you have some on your finger and are dealing with a squirming baby.  And it did not work for us, Lil Z’s butt was still red after two weeks. 

 Now we were serious about finding something that would work.  I stood in the diaper cream aisle with a myriad of options and there was the blue box of Desitin Rapid Relief.  Early on, my aunt, who is a nurse and supermom to two beautiful boys, told me to use Desitin.  But somehow, I had always steered away from it, it just seemed too generic.  And the smell seemed a little too strong and a little too cosmetic-y.  But I thought I’d give it a try.  And what do you know, it works great.  It cleared the rash in days, and it hasn’t come back yet.  So consider this mama converted, I would happily recommend it to anyone.  And striving for some ‘no diaper’ time is essential – Lil Z loves it, and his butt is much happier for it.

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Bath time is one of my favorite moments with Lil Z.  He absolutely loves it, and it’s a sure-fire way to calm him down if he is being fussy.  I remember the first bath I gave him in the kitchen sink when he was a wee little thing, I was equal parts excited and terrified.  What started as a quick and efficient procedure to get him clean and out of the tub safely has evolved into a long, luxurious routine.  As soon as I lay him on the blanket and start to warm some oil in my hands, I can see his arms and legs relax, he breaks into a gummy grin and begins to coo.  I adore the way he follows me with his eyes as I lovingly bathe each and every little finger and tiny toe.  I love how sometimes when I am finishing up he has already started to nod off, and he watches me in a trance-like state as I dress him up, swaddle him, and get ready to put him to bed.  It is the perfect bonding time for me and Lil Z-Bear after a long day at work.

 Given how special bath time is, I wanted to make sure I was using baby products that I absolutely loved on him.  Like most moms, I started out with the ubiquitous Johnson’s baby products: Johnson’s Head to Toe body wash, Johnson’s Baby Oil, and Johnson’s Baby Lotion.  I have no complaints about any of them.  They are perfectly adequate.  But I realized that ‘adequate’ was hardly enough for sharing such treasured moments with Lil Z.  

 In addition to Johnson’s, since Z-bear’s face was rather dry, we tried Mustela Hydra-Bebe Face cream.  I was rather disappointed at Mustela’s face cream, and discontinued use after only a week since I noticed Z’s face was getting even dryer.  Furthermore, he protested every time I put it on his face.  It is really too heavily fragranced for a baby product.  And the fragrance is hardly ‘baby-ish’ at all, I conclude that it smells like a mixture of Nivea, Ponds Cold Cream, Viceroy Cream (the last is an old school face cream from my childhood days that my parents would sometimes use) with some Old Spice thrown in.  My husband very appropriately said when he picked him up that he smelled like ‘old people’.  Needless to say, we said bye-bye to Mustela pretty quickly.  

 So what do we use on Lil Z now?  A friend recommended Weleda, and boy do we love it.  I use the Calendula Soap on his body, Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash on his hair and face, and Calendula Lotion on his face and body.  It smells amazing, light and herbal, and makes me think of a spa every time I use it.  It is very mild, Lil Z pops his eyes open right after I put some on his face and is all smiles, it never irritates his eyes.  All the products pack some serious moisturizer.  Dry skin is a thing of the past.  An added bonus – the herbal smell relaxes him and bath time has gone from pleasurable to euphoric.  

The products are natural and the company has a good ethos.  They are more costly than Johnson’s, but a little bit goes a looong way, so we won’t be running out of the products anytime soon.  They are easily found in the natural section at our local Wegmans, and I have even seen it at some Target stores, so finding it is a breeze.  So I hope Lil Z doesn’t grow up too fast so I can cherish our special bath time just a little longer.

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