The NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), for obvious reasons, has strict rules about cleanliness and germs. Premature and sick infants have weak immune systems and it’s really important to keep them safe.
As foster parents, my husband and I recently had the experience of bringing a preemie home from the NICU. Our tiny baby boy spent his first two weeks of life in the hospital hooked up to several monitors and tubes. With everything he had already gone through, we wanted to make sure to steer free of chemicals and use 100% natural products on his skin.
Thankfully, we already had an arsenal of Tubby Todd products at home, which are 100% natural and completely safe for a preemie’s delicate skin. Here are some ways we used Tubby Todd in the few days we spent in and out of the NICU:
Each time you enter the NICU, you’ll stand in front of a big sink and scrub-in for three minutes. The antibacterial soap needs to go all the way up to your elbows and leaves your skin so dry! After leaving the NICU, rubbing the MAMA Hand Cream on my skin helped to replenish all that lost moisture.
If you ask, the nurses will usually let you bring in your own skin products for your baby, including diaper cream. You can smear a small dab of the gentle All Over Ointment on your baby’s bum every time you change his diaper, and it will help prevent rashes by creating a moisture barrier.
When I gently peeled off all of our baby’s wires before we were discharged, they left red, irritated marks on his delicate skin. Some marks persisted for a few days afterwards, and I found applying the All Over Ointment for a couple days helped gently clean off any sticky residue left on his skin.
If your little one’s NICU stay is longer, a sponge bath may be necessary. One tiny squeeze is all you’ll need of our Hair & Body Wash Wash, and you can feel confident in using the plant-based, 100% natural ingredients on your baby’s sensitive, vulnerable skin.
Infant massage is shown to have many benefits — it stimulates brain development, boosts the immune system, promotes relaxation and sleep, and helps baby feel secure. But most of all, it helps you bond with your baby, which is essential in the NICU! The Everyday Lotion has a soothing lavender scent that will send your little one right off to dreamland. (If you’re looking for a non-scented option, our MAMA belly oil would also work great!)
Andrea, Tubby Todd’s founder, has two sons born with super sensitive skin. Walker and James both struggle with severe eczema and break out if you use the “wrong” lotion or soap! (Kind of stressful, right?) Eczema is something you’ve probably heard very little about until you’ve experienced it yourself. It’s a dry, itchy patch of skin that can be quite difficult to get rid of, and is most common on infant’s cheeks, chests, and the back of their knees.
If your little one is prone to eczema breakouts, it might feel impossible to keep her skin clear. But if you’re wise about following a strict routine and limiting skin products, you’ll find it much easier to keep eczema under control! If you’re currently battling stubborn eczema, here are some tips we’ve found to help:
By Alie Jones
I love finding new uses for All Over Ointment—in addition to healing small cuts and scrapes, my latest and greatest discovery is using it as a nightly face cream. (Yep, you read that right...use it on your face!) If you’ve got dry or combination skin like me, you know what a struggle it can be to keep it moisturized. Some parts of your face are oily, and other parts are dry, patchy, and flaky.
Enter our miracle All Over Ointment. It’s made with 100% natural, cruelty-free ingredients, and is deeply moisturizing and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores). It has beeswax, a magical antibacterial ingredient that can actually help heal acne, and jojoba esters that gently and naturally exfoliate your skin to smooth rough and flaky patches.
So just before bed tonight, rub a small dab of All Over Ointment on your face. Leave it there, and get some beauty sleep. In the morning you’ll find your skin is smoother, plumper, and more evenly moisturized! (And as an added bonus, your makeup will go on smoother, too.) Enjoy your beautiful dewy skin!
Grab All Over Ointment here.
By Alie Jones
Count it out — how many times did you apply products to your skin today? Five times? Ten times? Between shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, makeup, and serums, the count is surprisingly high. Every product we put on our skin is absorbed into our body, which means all the artificial chemicals, colors, and fragrances in our favorite products are being soaked up by our skin like a sponge.