Spring Cleaning: Not Just for the Home

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When I was in the early years of motherhood, I felt overwhelmed by all of the choices I had to make. Which crib were we going to buy? Would we pick out gender neutral paint? What brand of diapers should we use? I really had no idea how overwhelming becoming a mother would be. Thankfully, one of the many choices I had to make as a new mom wasn’t difficult. I knew which brand of detergent I was going to use on all of that extra laundry we were about to have!Dreft on White HiResDreft is the number 1 baby laundry detergent choice of moms and pediatricians alike, and it’s been trusted for over 80 years. Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms (that new baby smell is the best), and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby even today. Recently, Dreft partnered with Dr. Dyan Hes of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York to offer some tips on how to keep your baby comfortable and safe during the spring allergy season.Spring Cleaning Not Just for the Home + A GiveawayTip #1: Shade the sun

Babies younger than 6 months of age need to stay out of direct sunlight. If they are going to be outside, they need to wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, and/or hats. For babies older than 6 months, sunscreen should be applied liberally, especially during peak sun hours of 10am-4pm. Start a skin protection routine when they’re young, and it won’t be such a hassle when they get older. It’s pretty much impossible for us to stay inside these days, and my kids now know our protection routine, so it’s a lot less fussing and complaining when I ask them to wait for me to put on their sunscreen.

Tip #2: Load up on liquids

It’s much more difficult for us to stick to this routine than our skin protection one (seems crazy, right?), but it is so hard to get my kids to slow down during their day and drink fluids. I try to stock up their plates with fruits and veggies so I can sneak in liquids wherever I can, but we also indulge in the occasional summer popsicle so that they’ll be getting enough fluids to stay hydrated. Babies may need to nurse or take a bottle more frequently during warmer weather, and that’s ok too! Just make sure you’re keeping yourself extra hydrated if you are nursing a little one so you can protect yourself too, mom!

Tip #3: Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly

Look for fabrics that are natural and breathable, especially if your baby is less than 1 year old. Sensitive skin is not a difficult issue to deal with if it is cared for properly. Choosing natural fabrics and gentle care routines, like adding Dreft to your wash, can really cut down on uncomfortable itching and scratching that can occur during the warmer months of the year. Dreft Laundry Products for BabyFor more great tips like these, please join the Twitter party with Dreft and Dr. Hes on Monday, May 9th, at 9/8c. Click here to RSVP and let Dr. Hes and Dreft know you are planning on attending! There are several great prizes for mom and baby, and the grand prize is a $250 AMEX gift card + Dreft products! That would definitely restock the diaper stash, am I right?Dreft Baby Bundle GiveawayWhile we are waiting for the Twitter party next week, let’s give away some free Dreft products and a gender neutral baby blanket, shall we? All you have to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. 1 winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday, May 10, to receive 3 Dreft laundry products and a gender neutral, hypoallergenic baby blanket! Even if you don’t have a baby, these items would make a nice baby shower gift, so don’t hesitate to enter if you don’t have a little one at home!

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8 Comments on “Spring Cleaning: Not Just for the Home”

  1. Oh I would say keep it covered when going out in the sun. So hot for the little ones

  2. We exclusively use Dreft for all our laundry- even my husband’s! So I’d love to win! ❤️

  3. It’s key for me to protect little ones from the sun and use soft materials against their skin.

  4. My best tip is to protect baby’s skin from the elements when you go outside and use a super gentle cleanser at bath time.

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