Father's Day is fast approaching. Are you planning anything special to celebrate that special dad in your life? This year, our family will be going on a mini vacation a few days prior to Father's Day to celebrate how great my husband is, and what an amazing dad he is to our two girls.
When Baby Naps...You Nap -- Daddy and Savannah Getting Their ZZZ's
Daddy Picked Out This Hat for Bella
From the moment we welcomed our daughters into this world, I could see the loving bond and connection my husband had with each of the girls.
Introducing big sister Savannah to Bella after bring her home for the first time
And, as the girls grow, they turn to my husband to learn through game play, singalongs and more. That is to say that they are not learning from being home with me all day, but my husband is like a kid himself when he plays with the girls, and they like this. From learning how to play soccer, to running through the sprinkler, you can say that my husband is the "cool" parent in the girls' eye.
When my husband is not enjoying spending time outdoors with them, playing sports, taking walks up our hill to visit the local horse farm to feed the horses carrots, he is indoors letting the girls dress him up in funny hats and jewelry, or attending teddy bear tea parties hosted by my girls who get decked out in their favorite princess gowns. :-) If there was a gown to fit my husband laying around the house, I think the girls would get him to wear it. I have seen him sporting pink nail polish from a pampering afternoon with the girls, and he didn't mind one bit.
Playtime both indoors and outdoors with the girls is always enjoyed by my husband, but if you were to ask him what his favorite bonding time with the girls is, he would say bath time. Bath time? Yes...bath time. Ever since the girls lost their umbilical cords, my husband took over bath time with them. At first, he would do this so that I could shower and relax a bit. But, then he found himself bonding in a special way with the girls, and loved this pre-bedtime routine each night.
Kids really do age you. I just stumbled across the photo of my husband bathing Savannah for the first time a few days after bring her home. His love for her and Bella has only grown stronger...
Now, when it starts to get dark outside, the girls quickly grab a few books they have my husband and I alternate reading to them in bed. Then, they know it is time to head up stairs into their bathroom for bath time with Daddy, where my husband uses AVEENO® Baby products.
"Whether you're a new mom seeking a nourishing bath time routine, or an experienced mom looking to relieve symptoms of dry skin or eczema, the AVEENO® Baby Brand has a skin care and hair care solution for your baby. Specially formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, AVEENO® Baby products help nourish, soothe and protect baby's sensitive skin, including toddler eczema, and the AVEENO® Baby Brand has been pediatrician recommended for over 60 years."
I have shared on numerous occasions how the girls got their sensitive skin from me. Unfortunately, though, our youngest also has to deal with eczema (which we hope she will outgrow), which none of us have to deal with. So, when it comes to using products on her skin, especially at bath time, we need to make sure that they are safe enough to use on her delicate without causing further irritation. And, the girls still move and squirm when it comes to washing their hair, so we make a point to use tear-free products, which AVEENO® offers.
Some of our favorite AVEENO® baby products which we love using with the girls, and been since they were little include:
"AVEENO® Baby CALMING COMFORT® Bath contains scents of lavender and vanilla. When combined with a warm bath, it is clinically shown to calm and comfort your fussy baby before bedtime. Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS®Oat Extract, this rich lathering cleanser helps retain moisture and soothe your baby's delicate skin, leaving it feeling clean, soft and healthy. The tear-free, soap-free formula cleanses without drying, and is gentle enough for babies' sensitive skin"
"AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo blends natural oat extract into a rich lathering wash that cleans without drying because it is soap free and allergy tested. This tear-free formula can be used on skin and hair for gentle cleansing that rinses clean, leaving a soft, fresh fragrance. AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo is formulated to be gentle enough for infants, and babies' sensitive skin. It’s tear free, soap free and paraben free."
And, on those occasions where Bella is having a flare up with her eczema, she gets extra special one-on-one tubby time with my husband, when he draws her a special oatmeal bath using dermatologist recommended AVEENO® BABY ECZEMA THERAPY SOOTHING BATH TREATMENT to help calm her skin irritations.
"This bath treatment effectively relieves dry, itchy skin caused by eczema, rashes and other minor skin irritations. It’s formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal that has been finely milled. When dispersed in water, this powder forms a milky bath that soothes as it naturally cleanses without soap. After bathing, your baby’s skin is softer and dry, irritated, sensitive skin is relieved. For use on body and face. It is fragrance free, tear free and hypoallergenic."
I found that after 10-15 minutes soaking in the AVEENO® oatmeal bath that her skin is less irritated and she doesn't scratch as much. Just seeing this alone makes me love the AVEENO® brand. But, also having experiences both their baby line and using their adult products, too, I can say without hesitation that this is the best brand around for families with sensitive skin.
The girls' bath time routine is not complete without a gentle body massage after they are dried off using AVEENO® BABY CALMING COMFORT® LOTION.
"AVEENO® Baby CALMING COMFORT® Lotion contains scents of soothing lavender and relaxing vanilla. Clinical studies show that a massage calms and relaxes babies to improve overall well-being. Gentle massage with AVEENO®Baby CALMING COMFORT® Lotion helps calm and comfort your baby before bedtime, naptime, or anytime baby’s a bit fussy. Combined with natural, moisture-rich colloidal oatmeal, this non-greasy formula helps protect baby's dry, delicate skin, so it feels soft, smooth and healthy. The fast-absorbing, hypoallergenic formula contains no drying alcohols, so it’s gentle enough for infants and babies’ sensitive skin."
This comes in handy on those nights that the girls are extremely hyper and not looking like they want to go to bed. The calming scents of the lavender and vanilla help to relax them and get them ready to sleep. And, the lotion really adds moisture to their delicate skin, leaving it extra soft and smooth, with fresh calming scents they like, too.
And, while diaper rash cream is not considered bath products, I couldn't go without mentioning how much I love AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Diaper Rash Cream.
"From pediatrician recommended AVEENO® , this breakthrough diaper rash cream is formulated to help reduce the severity of diaper rash. The unique zinc oxide formula starts to work on contact to treat and prevent diaper rash, while providing an effective, protective barrier against further irritation. Contains natural ingredients like soothing oat essence and natural willow herb to soothe your baby’s skin."
This diaper rash cream has gotten my husband and I through many deep red rashes on the girls' bottoms caused by teething or skin irritation. Just like the eczema bath treatment, we see results instantly, after apply AVEENO® diaper rash cream to the girls. :-) If you are looking for gifts to give a new or expectant mom, I would highly suggest picking up a box of this diaper rash cream to add to your gift basket. She and baby will thank you for it. :-)
To learn more about AVEENO® Baby Products, including finding a local retailer near you who carries this brand, visit the AVEENO® Baby website today -- http://www.aveeno.com/category/our+products/baby-skin-care.do.
Before I end this post and get ready for our mini vacation next week, I wanted to share a quick video I took of my husband and the girls during bath time the other night. I caught them off guard, which made this video even more memorable :-)
See all the fun I am missing when my husband spends quality time giving the girls a bath at night with AVEENO® baby products? :-)
Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting #MC for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review a promotional item to thank me for participating.