Cooper went to the doctor today for his 12 month check-up (17.6 pounds and 29.25 inches long!) and I have been seriously dreading this appointment. Not only would we be talking about making the transition to whole milk, it’s also flu season so I knew that was coming too. I’ve been talking to Corey about it, trying to do some research online (I advise against this! There’s a whole lotta crazy out there!) and just trying to feel out what’s right for us. It was giving me knots in my stomach thinking about it, but I think that’s what being a parent is all about — wanting to make the right choice for your child. And getting all worked up? That’s just part of it.
But the truth is, it is flu season and however you choose to protect yourself the only important thing is that you do indeed protect yourself and those around you. And not just from the flu, from everything. Keep your germs to yourself, thanks! We’ve been downing green juices and shots of apple cider vinegar (and then doing mean shoulder shuffle because that stuff is hard to swallow) and washing our hands like crazy. Getting sick is not something I’m interested in. Not now, not ever.
It all starts with prevention. That’s why when I was contacted by Curel, I jumped at the chance to try out one of their kids kits:
I still swear by the Burts Bee’s cream-to-powder. We use it every night and since we started, there has been no diaper rash to speak of. And any open rash is susceptible to an infection and I’d rather not slather zinc oxide all over my baby’s little tush if I don’t have to. And their hand sanitizer? The best. I don’t worry if I have to spray one of Cooper’s toys with it because it’s not filled with perfumes and glitter like those other ones we’re all guilty of carrying around and the aloe keeps my hands from totally drying out.
Speaking of dry (how’s that for a transition?), while we’re lucky to have such a mild winter here in South Florida we’re obviously in the minority so I have no advice about dealing with it. But I will say the Itch Defense lotion is the ONLY thing that works for my sister’s eczema and it’s sometimes it’s hard to find so my mom has been known to clear a shelf when she sees it.
Luckily, we don’t have to worry about lice right now (can you get lice if you don’t really have any hair?) but I know the day will come when it’s lice check day at school and it’s so reassuring to know there’s a product out there without all the harsh chemicals. When I was in elementary school there was a girl with the prettiest hair all the way down to her butt. We were all so jealous. Well, lice check day came and went and on Monday morning her long, beautiful hair was cut into a helmet shaped bob. Poor thing.
The point of all this? Mind your p’s and q’s this flu season and do your part from spreading your germs all around town. No one likes to be sick. Especially not a baby. So wash those hands already, will ya’?!
disclosure | this post was sponsored by Curel. all opinions are my own.