In my group of friends, most of us are still single and kid-less. So when one of our posse announced she's pregnant, I didn't have much advice to give. I couldn't even tell her what mom-to-be beauty products she should stock up on.
After all, my single-lady status means I get giddy when YSL's new nail polish collection hits my desk, not Mustela's latest stretch mark cream.
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So, to help my pregnant friend out I decided to be an intrepid beauty reporter and do what I do best: try beauty products -- even the ones meant for pregnant ladies and babies. And guess what? I found a few newborn must-haves that I'm now using on myself. Every day.
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Whether you've already entered mommyhood or you're like me and barely have babysitting credits to your name, these are the seven baby products you should snag for yourself. Because if it's good for baby, it's got to be good for mama … and her friend.
ARBONNE BABY CARE HERBAL DIAPER RASH CREAM, $15
While this light cream uses natural botanicals and herbs to soothe and heal your baby's bottom, it can gently relieve your own chapped skin as well. Readers say this diaper rash cream is also great for "irritated thighs, C-section scars, or just basic chaffing."
Looking for a natural, talc-free powder to keep your skin smooth and dry? You might want to try Burt's Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder. Readers agree that "it helps keep you cool and dry, especially in hot, sticky weather." One reader says, "I use it for my scalp, since my fine hair tends to get limp and oily. This versatile powder has many uses -- worth every penny!"
Tired of using body lotions that leave your skin too greasy or not hydrated enough? Readers say this one leaves skin feeling "soft and smooth." One reader says this baby lotion is a "staple in our home. Mommy, daddy, and baby ... we all use it! Want to know a secret? It's even gentle enough to use on my face. High five Aveeno."
PAUL MITCHELL BABY DON'T CRY SHAMPOO, $10.69
When you're in the shower, there's nothing worse than the sting of shampoo in your eyes, and this no-tears baby shampoo can solve your "lather, rinse, repeat" issues. "I bought this for myself because I have sensitive eyes. Not only was there no irritation, but after I used it, my hair felt like baby hair -- very soft," says one reader. Another admits, "I even use it on my pets so their eyes won't burn."
JOHNSON'S BABY LOTION, $3.99
When you think of baby care products, chances are that Johnson's comes to mind. Their weightless baby lotion is well known for its signature powdery scent and mild formula. Readers agree that it "moisturizes without being greasy" and that "the price is great, too." One reader says, "You can't beat this stuff, ever. It's not just for babies! It leaves my skin soft, smooth, healthy, and moisturized. Plus, the smell is absolutely amazing." If you haven't taken this one from your little one already, it's time.
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COPPERTONE WATER BABIES LOTION SPF 50 SUNSCREEN $10.99
The bubble gum pink bottle and iconic Coppertone baby are American classics. But what's even more memorable is this sunscreen's powerful protection, which is gentle enough for baby and great for adults with sensitive skin. "I use this religiously on my kids and they have never had a sunburn ... it's so great, I always end up using this on myself," says one reader. Another says, "It moisturizes all day and does not irritate my skin or my children's skin. It also absorbs very well. It's just perfect."
MUSTELA BEBE SHAMPOO, $11
Mustela's Bebe Shampoo is made from wheat, chamomile, and coconut oil extracts, which nip tangles in the bud and leave hair smooth and shiny. Readers agree that it's an amazing product for babies and moms. "I love this shampoo. It smells good and makes my hair feel baby soft," says one reader. Another, who originally bought it for her two toddlers, says, "After using it once on them, I decided to try it myself -- let's just say there is a bottle in both bathrooms now!"