The other day I was giving the kids a bath and I realized I’d forgotten their kid-specific gentle no-tears infant-and-toddler-safe liquid soap in the other bathroom. So I washed them both with my Philosophy “Cinnamon Roll” bubble bath, and while I don’t recommend this course of action (it surely isn’t meant for 8-week-old babies), they smelled SO GOOD afterwards. Such a nice change from the Sour Milk/Hint O’ Poo combo they had going on beforehand.
I don’t normally share my own spendy bath items with the children (I mean, for one, they totally don’t appreciate the fine sensation of a quality bodywash), but I definitely tend to bogart their own hygiene-related products for household use. It’s nice to know all that money you’re dumping into the bottomless Kid Stuff Bucket can go to more than one purpose, you know?
Here’s a brief list of some products and their various uses, feel free to add your own in the comments section:
Mom & Baby Balm. I received this L’Occitane balm as a gift recently and I am OBSESSED with it. It’s made of shea butter, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil, and not only does it work wonders on the dry flakey skin my baby sometimes gets on his face and scalp, it smoothes my cuticles, cures chapped lips overnight, and deep-moisturizes any rough areas like elbows or knees. Love it.
Baby oil. Dab some on the outside of an adhesive bandage before peeling it off, and voila, no pain. (Particularly awesome for those post-vaccination band-aids when you already have a pissed-off, achey kid.) Slather up your legs with oil before shaving for crazy-smooth skin. Use instead of Goo Gone to get rid of annoying price stickers on photo frames and such. Use to shine chrome and stainless steel. Dump some on a cotton ball or rag and scrub to remove latex paint from skin. Replace your fancy massage oil with it. Untangle a necklace by rubbing some oil into the knot. Remove your makeup with it, unstick a zipper with it, quiet a squeaky hinge with it!
Baby powder. Sprinkle it over sand-coated kids and the sand should easily brush free. Shake some on your fingers and rake through your hair to soak up excess oil (or sprinkle a little directly on your scalp). Sprinkle some on your stinky dog, then brush his coat. Dab grease stains on clothing with powder, rub it in, then brush excess powder free. And my favorite non-baby use: shake some onto the soles of your summer sandals and rub it in, so your feet won’t stick to the shoes.
Cloth diapers. I use disposable diapers for both kids, but I seem to have amassed a decent collection of the cloth variety anyway. Fabric diapers are a great addition to your parenting arsenal, even if they aren’t being used for their intended purpose. They work as burp rags, small blankets, cleanup towels, and after they’ve been washed a few times and they’re particularly soft, you can use them to buff your car, dust the TV screen, polish your iPod, etc.
Diaper wipes. Another insanely useful product: use to remove makeup and wash your face, clean up clothing stains, wipe down your dashboard and steering wheel, deal with household messes, de-stickify little hands, clean computer monitors, ummmmm ’soothe hemorrhoid discomfort’ (honestly, I can’t testify to that one, I’m guessing that is referring to the aloe variety of wipes), spot-clean carpets, shine up a leather shoe. I also use them to clean toothpaste goo and makeup stains off my bathroom sink, since it’s near the changing table.
Do you have any other baby-product uses to add to the list?