There are a lot of reasons to love babies. Not only do these tiny humans teach love, patience, and compassion, they’re also just so darn cute and cuddly. And in order to stay that way while also protecting baby’s delicate skin, parents have to take extra special care. Harsh, chemical-laden soaps, lotions, and other products are kept far from those little bundles of joy, so why not extend yourself the same luxury? Well, as it turns out, many moms do just that.
Dermatologists often suggest baby products for folks with sensitive skin, because they’re frequently devoid of harsher chemicals and fragrances, which makes them extra gentle on skin. And moms everywhere are taking note. After hearing the trend picking up steam, I asked my hive mind (Insta followers who are also moms) which children’s products they not-so secretly use on themselves. Here, everything they love to borrow, from fragrances to skin care.
Keep reading for the 13 baby products moms love for their babies—and themselves.
This is designed to keep the diaper area clean, but the organic aloe in it makes it an awesome mid-day facial spray. It’s seriously great anywhere, anytime. —Deena Campbell Sengstacke, mom of one
My daughter had eczema as a baby and the only thing that kept her skin nice and moisturized was the Kiehl’s baby lotion. I used it frequently on myself as well. It was hydrating and kept my skin moisturized during the cold winter months. It isn’t sticky or oily like other thick creams for eczema. —Shalonda Maggitt, mom of one
Besides the occasional baby wipe to freshen my armpits on a “Did I put on deodorant today?” kind of day, I use this baby lotion. Shea Moisture makes this scent only for children, and it smells so, so good! I found myself using it more than my go-to coconut oil, especially in the winters when coconut oil is no match for cold dry climates. —Janine Bell, mom of two
I still use baby wipes on myself even though I no longer have a baby. They’re extra gentle, but give me just the right kind of clean I need when applying or taking off makeup. My favorite ones to steal are the Yes To Baby Natural Face & Nose Wipes. —Nykia Spradley, mom of one
This is a no brainer: I use it when I get out of shower, and my body is smooth like a baby’s bottom. —Rashanna Hooks, mom of one
I wash my face with Baby Dove Body Wash. I also use Honest Company Belly Balm (it’s for stretch marks) as a scalp oil. —Rica Coleman, mom of one
I’m using it while pregnant because it’s so hard to tell what’s actually safe when expecting, especially when it comes to oils and/or essential oils. —Caitlin McGuire Hart, mom-to-be
I obviously have a thing for sweet smelling babies and have used this product on my baby girl since she was an infant up until now. I love it’s light, sweet scent and have found that it works great to freshen up my box braids! Who doesn’t want to smell like a sweet little baby? —Coryne Hardy, mom of one and expecting number two
I use Honest Sunscreen (it is gentle on my skin and very effective) and Honest All Purpose Balm (I use the balm anytime I get a cut or have a patch of dry skin). I love these products. —Clare Brown, mom of one.
I always use Aveeno lavender baby wash—love the smell of it. —Melanie White, mom of one
I bought the bath collection for my girls who have extremely sensitive skin. But after a few weeks, I started using them too! They smell great, are completely free of toxins and chemicals and they actually work. I love the company and what they stand for so much, I actually signed up as a consultant. —Zakkiya Miller, mom of two
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