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Bath Tub Baby
My kids are official water babies. While most kids detest getting wet and wail at the touch of a water droplet, my two babies both revel at the sight and sound of bath time and look forward to being submerged in water. It calms them down especially when they’re all fidgety and restless in the morning after waking up. There’s just a certain stage where bath time transforms and becomes more of an Olympic sport than a harmless daily hygiene activity. And I am now at that stage with Tristan.
Since discovering how to crawl, stand – basically learning that he was born with the ability to move his whole body, he just could not sit still anymore. I seriously developed some contortionist skills trying to hold down his tub with my left foot, holding on to him with both my hands so he won’t fall on the tiles as he stands up, all while balancing on my other foot (award!). So instead of focusing on making bath time fun and enjoyable for both of us – as it is also a great bonding activity – I sometimes find myself just wanting to speed through the process hoping to get both of us out of it alive. Huhu.
But I finally understand the use of those toy rubber duckies. I actually thought they’re just mere props when they appear in TVs and movies but they do truly work to distract super kulit babies from wanting to move around and standing up. Since then, I’ve incorporated more bath toys in our routine to engage Tristan and make him sit still in his tub. We’ve also had some fun storytelling times with rubber duckies which makes him super excited – and mom all the more wet from his splashing excitement. We truly treasure our bath time!
However, because of the weird and bipolar weather – mostly when it’s super hot – Tristan has been having dry and itchy skin episodes recently. This started a few months ago when we went to La Union and it was sooooo hot that he suddenly had rashes. To add insult to injury, I also passed on my recent chicken pox virus to him so he’s been exceptionally itchy!! Kawawa.
Dry and Itchy Skin BFF
One of the products that greatly help soothe these episodes is Babyflo’s Oatmeal Bath Wash – one of the brand’s newest products in tandem with the Babyflo Soap-Free Bath Wash. The Oatmeal Bath Wash is enriched with colloidal oats that creates a protective barrier on my baby boy’s skin not just to protect it from allergens (the pesky ones that cause the rash making skin dry and itchy) but to also lock in moisture and smoothen it. I am a big believer of colloidal oatmeal as it also greatly helped my chicken pox skin to heal faster without any scarring because of its ability to lock in moisture on the skin.
As soon as I submerge Tristan in his tub filled with the Oatmeal Bath Wash, he immediately feels relief. You can see it in his face and his overall demeanor – he’s not cranky or irritable anymore and it makes him sleep easily too after bathing. Research dry and itchy skin solutions and you’ll see in all the lists, doctor-recommended or mom-approved, that colloidal oatmeal truly works wonders.
Most products with this ingredient are usually quite pricey because the ingredient is truly effective. But Babyflo made theirs budget-friendly so it’s not so heavy on the pocket especially if you use the product daily. This is actually our 2nd bottle, which I searched all supermarkets for, because they are always flying off the shelves fast. I found this in SM Supermarket and it was the last piece standing. Meant for Tristan talaga!
Above you can see his scars healing fast and most leaving no marks too. We’ve been using the Oatmeal Bath Wash pre-chicken pox and during his chicken pox episode when he took a bath again (right after his boils calmed down and weren’t wet anymore).
For Delicate and Sensitive Skin
The other bath wash is aimed for those who have extremely delicate and sensitive skin. The Babyflo Soap-Free Bath Wash is a mild and gentle cleanser formulated to help soothe all skin types especially sensitive skin. It is fragrance-free, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic. While I personally love fragrances in baby products (the original Babyflo Wash smells really good!), there are babies that might be sensitive to fragrances, causing direct irritations on baby’s skin. For this, moms might have to go fragrance-free and see if their little ones truly are allergic or sensitive to fragrance. That’s where the Babyflo Soap-Free Bath Wash comes in.
Bath Time Bonding
Bath time is really one of those moments where Tristan and I (same with Selene when she was a baby until now actually!) are eye-to-eye, skin-to-skin (my hands on his tiny little body as I massage and bathe him) and truly interact (like him splashing me with water while I grin and think of my fresh new clothes that will be thrown into the laundry right away).
I’m truly glad though that despite being so kulit and magalaw now, lots of laughs and giggles are still exchanged during bath time. No distractions, just me, him and the water. Oh, the water! Never mind that we finish our Olympics with mom soaking wet from all his splish-splash-sploosh bonanza. What’s important is we developed a fun, engaging bath time activity which he looks forward to and will remember in his little baby brain, hopefully as a core memory (a la Inside Out).
Who Makes Babyflo?
These products from Babyflo are actually manufactured by local company called Philusa. Philusa may not be as popular as their individual brands which are for sure common staples in most of our homes but they have been in the country for 60 years now, WOW! If you use Cleene cotton, Rhea alcohol, Apollo sebo de macho, Albatross bathroom products, Mediplast plasters, then you are a Philusa user without even knowing. Congratulations Philusa and thank you for making everyone’s lives healthier, cleaner and easier! Cheers to more years ahead!!
Moms, would love to hear your bathing joys and challenges with your kiddos! This is gonna be fun to read through!
Babyflo Oatmeal Bath Wash and Soap-Free Bath Wash are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and leading supermarkets. Prices range from PHP39 – PHP75. The 500ML refillable pump bottle is priced PHP175 and the 600ML refill is at PHP140.
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