When you’ve recently become a mum, personal grooming and pampering goes out of the window, says Isabel Mohan. You’re so busy trying to make sure that your baby is fed, cleaned, rested, cuddled and styled that you’re totally oblivious to the fact that you’re walking around looking like a resident of the Furchester Hotel (if you don’t know what that is, you soon will, mark our words).

And that’s just fine. Sheesh, you’ve just given birth and you’re not a lingerie model (unless you ARE a lingerie model. In which case, hi! Nice pants). But occasionally, wouldn’t it be nice to do something just for you? Unfortunately, if you’re blowing all your cash on strange contraptions that are 100% guaranteed to make your baby sleep for 12 straight hours (*ahem*), there’s not much left in the pot for mama.

… Which is why there’s no time like the present to start stealing from your baby. Seriously, they’ll be doing it to you when they’re teenagers and besides, didn’t you pay for all this stuff anyway? Here are five items to “borrow” for your own use. We promise they won’t notice.

AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash

If you’re struggling to find time to shower, the best thing to do is jump in the bath with your baby – which means you might as well nick their bath products too. This soothing wash will leave your skin feeling clean and silky smooth. Soft as a baby’s bum, in fact.

Teething gel

When you’re tired and run-down – which is, like, all the time now that you’re a mum – you can be prone to mouth ulcers. The dedicated ulcer treatment gunk lurking in your bathroom cabinet expired in 2009, but you’ve now got teething gel lurking in every corner of the house. Whack it on for instant relief.

AVEENO Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream

Looking after a baby all day (and night) can make you feel like a Victorian housemaid – and your poor hands bear the brunt of it. Clutching onto foam pram handles, the endless cycle of nappy changes, constant hand-washing and general lack of you-time can make your hands dry out, so next time you’re smearing AVEENO Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream all over your baby’s oh-so kissable skin, steal a bit for yourself to reduce redness and soothe your skin. Voila! Now if only you could find time for a manicure…

Baby wipes

No time for a shower? Forgotten to take your make-up off (even though you last applied it nine days ago, because the health visitor was coming round)? Run out of loo roll? Spilled a cup of tea on your self because you fell asleep while drinking it? Baby wipes will achieve all of these and more. Bulk-buy and you’re ready for anything.

Muslins

When you’re pregnant, everyone tells you to stock up on muslins – but if you’re blessed with a non-pukey baby you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. Well, muslins aren’t just for the baby, they’re for you. If you need to tie your hair up but can’t find a bobble, if you need a bib to eat your toast because there’s a baby asleep in your lap or if you want to cover a bit more boob while they’re feeding, muslins are there for you. Which means you have our permission to buy the really posh, really soft ones.

 

This month mush is partnering with new AVEENO® Baby to bring you extra content and know-how. The AVEENO® Baby range is specially formulated to help moisturise, soothe and protect baby’s sensitive skin and contains natural oatmeal.