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If you're expecting a new baby, chances are you're overwhelmed by everything you're reading in the baby books. People will tell you to look for the basics -- teething toys, diapers and baby clothes -- so we talked to several new moms to find out exactly what you'll use...and use...and use during the first weeks at home with a new baby.
From taking care of your newest addition to taking care of yourself as a brand new mom, we have five of the best products that you'll find at your very own drug store or makeup counter.
During the early days as a mom, wearing makeup will be the last thing on your mind...until you see yourself tagged in your friends' Facebook pictures when they come to visit the new baby. BB Cream, short for beauty or blemish cream, covers like a tinted moisturizer or a lightweight foundation.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 contains caffeine to soften lines and vitamin E and seaweed extract to control oil production. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfecter BB Cream SPF 15 contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin to moisturize dehydrated skin and cover up your dark under eye circles.
You can supplement with a concealer and additional makeup if you're feeling ambitious, but a good BB Cream will keep you covered through your make-up free days at home with a new baby.
If you're breastfeeding, your friends or doctor might recommend investing in a nipple cream, but they won't stress enough how much you'll really need it. Lansinoh's 100% pure HPA Lanolin is highly recommended by lactation consultants, but most drug stores have their own brands that are equally effective and safe for baby. If you have questions about a specific type of brand, it's best to contact your doctor or lactation consultant.
Every OB/GYN will tell you that you need to take a daily regimen of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy, but it's easy to forget to take your vitamins when you have a tiny person who relies on you day in and day out.
Nature Made Postnatal Multi + DHA helps to supplement the nutritional needs of nursing moms to ensure they have the nutrients necessary to pass through to their babies. They include Vitamin D and Calcium for bone health, EPA (an Omega-3 fatty acid) for heart health and various B vitamins to support the mother’s energy levels.
Baby Moisture Lotion
We all know about diaper rash, but eczema, dry skin and general irritation is very common in newborns and infants. Stick to a brand that has no added chemicals or irritants. Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion contains natural colloidal oatmeal, along with other natural emollients, to soothe and help protect a baby's delicate skin.
What items are on your must-have list for new moms?
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