Sensitive Skin Remedy Number One

January 25, 2010

I was recently reading an interesting article in Time magazine about genetics, and how they now believe you can alter your genetic code in just one generation. But what I found really interesting was that these doctors in England who have been studying the population in Bristol for several decades have found conclusive evidence that the rise in peanut allergies in children is due to the inclusion of peanut oil in baby lotion. Interesting — and if true, is an even bigger reason to treat your kids as if they have sensitive skin, meaning no dyes, fragrances or parabens, among other nasty additives.

My son had eczema as a baby, and the only non-prescription thing we found to work was Vanicream. It really works. When I was pregnant with our daughter, I would get super rough, dry patches on my elbows, and if I put Vanicream on at night, by morning the rough spots were gone. It has no troublesome additives. The packaging is pretty no-frills, but if it works, who cares? It’s not carried everywhere, but try a specialty drugstore (like Bigelow or Kids Rx in the West Village) or order it from here.

Ikea, You-kea

We ventured out to Ikea in Paramus on Saturday. I hadn’t been to Ikea in a loooong time — over six years, to be (semi) exact, because the last time I was there, as we pulled out of the parking lot, the 2003 blackout that knocked out power to most of the east coast occurred! That was pretty crazy. I couldn’t get home til the next day.

Anyway, they really do try to make it a pleasant shopping experience. I would say to go early. We got there by 11 and it wasn’t too bad. You can leave your kids in the playroom — Addison was too small, and Austin didn’t want to stay by himself, but they gave the kids coupons for free frozen yogurt, which was nice. They have a good selection of items at different pricepoints. I would especially check it out if you’re looking for kids furniture, particularly toddler beds. You use it for such a short time, there’s really no point in spending lots of money, and they have a good selection of cute stuff. The kitchen marketplace is worth checking out, too. I am partial to their bag clips — I find them the most useful. At $2.99 for 50, they’re a good deal. Ken convinced me to have lunch there, and the kids loved the Swedish meatballs. I bought a frozen two pound bag ($7.99) to take home. That’s several dinners for them, solved!


Last week I worked through what was supposed to be a long Martin Luther King weekend, so I have tomorrow off. So exciting! I have a massage and facial booked, and then I have a fancy lunch scheduled with my husband for restaurant week. It’s supposed to pour, but it cannot rain on my parade! Ha ha…

Hope you had a great weekend!!


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