As most parents know, multi-tasking becomes a way of life when you have small children, especially babies.
My boys are close together in age, about 18 months apart, so the ability to multi-task was critical to the smooth flow of our household.
Plus, as a new parent, I was tired. Did I mention, TIRED? Luke, my younger son, needed to eat every 90 minutes, at most, for the first several months of life. I remember waking up to his hunger cries, incredulous that he was hungry again. But sure enough, he’d eat vigorously and fall back to sleep…until the next time his belly needed filling.
Needless to say, I was exhausted and more-than-a-bit stressed out those first months of both boys’ lives, but then I discovered a way to double up on a task and get much-needed-relaxation.
Enter Lavender Baby Wash – Brookshire’s carries several brands of the lavender scented-baby wash.
Each evening, I’d fill my large bath tub (it was such a blessing to have!) with warm water and add a capful of lavender-scented baby wash, which bubbled up just enough to entertain the babies. I’d put the boys in the tub together and inhale the soothing, steamy scent of the lavender-scented bath water. Both boys were bathed at once and we’d take advantage of the comforting, tranquil properties of lavender at the same time.
Lavender, sometimes called the “Mothering Oil,” is known for its relaxing properties and is used to alleviate not only stress but also anxiety. The ancient Egyptians added it to their baths for extra relaxation. Lavender settles irritability and is gently sedating, restoring mind and body to a state in which healing – and rest – can take place.
In closing, I have a confession: my boys are now 8 and 10 years old and I will STILL buy lavender baby wash.
No, they don’t use it; it’s for me.