Congratulations to the three winners of the Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment giveaway:
Grand Prize Winner: steph (blankers4@) — Make sure to nap when they do 🙂
- Donna (noahandlinasmom@) — On my fourth precious baby and besides prolonged breastfeeding/co-sleeping, I would have to say the best gift I gave myself and baby was ditching the swing and get a comfy carrier. My baby and I snuggle all day long and I can still get housework done. With my other three, I used the swing which kept my baby happy without me 🙁
- Tatyana (tatyana_a2001@) — I am a facebook fan
Winners, check your email!
I hope you all were able to join me for the live chat with Heloise over at TheMotherhood last Thursday, sponsored by Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment — we had some great discussions! Here are some of the highlights of the baby care hints that were shared by Heloise and other gals:
Dealing with kids’ boo-boos:
From Heloise: Use a red washcloth, which shows no blood, and tiny frozen fast-food condiment packages as ice packs, remove bandage, without an ouch, by covering first with baby or mineral oil.
From Brandie: Fill cloth bags with flax and lavender. You can put them in the freezer. They feel good on bruises and small injuries and have a nice scent that can be calming.
Ways to Organize Tot’s Things:
From Heloise: Put complete outfits, underpants and all, in a large zipper bag. On the weekend, put together a week’s worth to save stress and time on hectic mornings.
From “Clumberkim”: When you get a new toy, give away, sell or donate an old one to avoid an excess buildup of unused or forgotten toys.
Keeping Track of Bath Toys:
From Heloise: Corral them with a plastic colander or mesh vegetable bag, which go right into the tub and allows for easy drying.
From “This Mama Loves”: To clean bath toys, put them in a lingerie bag, zip it and put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Avoid squirty bath toys or toys with holes, which are harder to clean and sanitize.
Maintaining the Peace During Naptime:
From members of The Motherhood: When the baby is sleeping, put a note on your front door that says, “Do Not Disturb, the baby is napping” to prevent people from ringing the doorbell and waking him or her.
From Heloise: Heloise’s mother, the original Heloise, published this hint in her newspaper column that she started in 1959 (a true reflection of the importance and power of women sharing their best ideas).
My favorite part of the chat? Heloise’s famous “Last Ditch Stain Remover for Washable Clothes:”
One gallon hot water
1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
1/4 cup household liquid chlorine bleach
Stir to dissolve the dishwasher detergent. Put the clothes in, let them soak for ten to twenty minutes and then check. If the stains do not come out in twenty minutes, soaking longer or overnight is not going to be any better.
Heloise provided a final thought to TheMotherhood.com community at the end of the talk: “My mother, the original Heloise, started a mom’s community back in 1959 with her newspaper column. She told her housewives, ‘I love you, and you’re not alone’.” And that is exactly what Heloise wanted to leave with moms.
You can view a full summary of the conversation on TheMotherhood.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by TheMotherhood and Dr. Smith’s. I have been compensated for my participation in this campaign.
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