Wish New Moms a Happy Mother’s Day With These Mom-and-Baby Beauty Essentials
There is nothing better than the blissful baby bubble, where nothing can peel you away from that delicious newborn smell. Enjoy every second with the help of a few mom and baby must-haves beyond the bottles and the binkies—all of which are nontoxic and gentle enough for skin-to-skin contact.
Nipple balm is critical for all breastfeeding moms and The Honest Company’s organic salve is the perfect solution for chafed skin. Using only the finest food-grade ingredients, the formula is ultrasafe and does not need to be wiped away between feedings.
For all other chapped skin concerns, carry a tube of Lanolips 101 ointment for intense and portable moisture. This dense balm contains vitamin E and lanolin to deliver rich, healing hydration to dry lips, elbows, cuticles and more—and it’s safe to use on baby!
For your bundle of joy, a pocket-sized Mason Pearson to brush away their fine baby hairs. (We’re not going to lie, it’s the itty-bitty size that got us.) Use after washing with Mustela’s ultra-gentle foaming shampoo, which uses 99% plant-based ingredients to clean your baby’s scalp and prevent cradle cap.
In between tub times, use this cleansing water (like your favorite micellar cleansing water) to gently clean your baby’s face, body and diaper area with no rinsing required.
There are few things more precious than your dear newborn, but sleep is high on the list and you’re likely not getting much. When you do find time for shuteye, make it count. Spritz yourself with this light body mist just before getting into bed. The sleep-inducing scent of calming essential oils lulls you into a peaceful slumber so that you feel slightly more rested for the 4am feed.
To prevent and heal diaper rash, use Zoe Organics nonpasty balm with restorative calendula, lavender and chamomile flowers. The clear, creamy formula is 100% organic and gentle on even the most irritated skin.
Tender skin is highly susceptible to other forms of dryness and aggravation too, so have an all-purpose hydrator on hand to quench your little one’s dry cheeks, hands or anywhere else that could use some tender love and care.
A multistep skin care routine isn’t always practical, especially with a baby on your hip. Instead, sip your way to beautiful skin with just 5 drops of this radiance-inducing elixir added to a glass of water or your favorite juice. You can also add a few drops to your go-to face cream, which we recommend for breastfeeding mamas. Try it with Herbivore Botanicals rosewater moisturizing creme, which is specially formulated to calm redness and plump the skin. You’ll get the refreshing, dewy benefits of both treatments in just one simple step.
Nourish your baby’s skin from their sweet head to their adorable toes with Chantecaille’s plant-pure and certified organic baby lotion. Infused with wild moss rose extract, organic aloe vera, tamanu oil and organic flower waters, this mild cream will hydrate your newborn’s sensitive skin with delicate, soothing moisture.
The guests are filing in to meet the little one, but you haven’t had time to wash your hair? We can’t stop the revolving door, but we can recommend a solution for your strands: Sprinkle Aveda’s Shampure at the roots and softly tousle your strands to absorb the powder. And once one of your visitors has the baby securely snuggled, escape to the shower for a moment of solitude.
Take 3 to 5 minutes during your baby’s morning nap to treat yourself to a detox. Dry brushing is a great way to polish the skin while stimulating the lymphatic system, improving digestion and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Start at your feet and brush upward toward the heart using short, firm strokes. Continue until you have exfoliated your entire body, always brushing upward.
After, jump into the shower to wash away all dead skin cells before replenishing your arms and legs with what remains of your Shiffa pregnancy body oil.
Photography and story by Erica Lopez