04 February 2006

What do you do with baby oil?

In: 0-1 Year

Julie (actually, Julie's mom) answers the question on every parent's mind: what do you do with baby oil?

My mom, on what on earth do you do with baby oil, anyway:  baby oil on a cotton ball works for a quick sponge bath for a baby with dry skin who passionately hates baths (as was the case with our girl in the beginning) or for when there's no water available (as on a long international flight, long car trip, whatever).  Caveat: generally, baby won't be hurt by being dirty until you can do a proper bath, but in a pinch, it'll do.  And all this time, I'd thought baby oil came FROM babies.  Go figure.

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My daughter had a mild case of cradle cap. The doctor advised applying baby oil to her scalp to moisturize. Baby oil on a cotton ball can also be used to gently remove sticky/gummy residues from your child's hands or skin.

Baby oil can also be used to clean lint out of belly buttons. Just squeeze some on a q-tip and ever so gently swirl it around in there:)

I use baby oil on a q-tip and wipe his ears out with it. Just the outer ear part. Works wonders. I also use it over the diaper cream and it makes it stay on better.

I use baby oil to shave my legs since we had a cubic ton of it leftover from when we got baby shower gifts.

Homemade playdoh, baby! It makes the stuff even better than the store junk.

Removing those incredibly sticky bandaids that the doctors' office gives the kids after a shot! I soak the fabric of the bandaid with oil, let it sink in for a minute or two, and then it comes off much easier without pulling off the skin. My son has incredibly sensitive skin and it didn't even leave a red mark on him after pulling it off!!

We use it for... nothing actually. Natural food grade oils, olive etc. can be used instead of the scented mineral oil known as baby oil.

I grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas where a trip to the beach always meant tar on our feet. Baby oil on a paper towel takes tar off skin quite easily. I know, this is bizarre... and not something we have to worry about on the West Coast. But, it does prove to be good at getting sticky stuff off skin... it will leave a stain on cotton though, so don't use it on fabirc.

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