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Giveaway: Becoming Baby Skin Care

I’ve been on a skincare kick lately. It started with my own skin care regime revamp after a trip to the dermatologist for a post-baby “mole patrol” visit. I’m one of the unlucky ones that gets those pesky brown spots during pregnancy and it always takes me awhile to do something about it. The whole experience got me thinking about healthy skin and questioning what I put on my own skin and my children’s bodies as well. The timing couldn’t have been better to start a product overhaul around the house since I was running low on just about everything and when I bumped into Dr. Lisa Kessler, the creator of baby skin care line BecomingBaby, at the recent Babes and Babies event it was just the motivation I needed to take action. She was nice enough to let me interview her so I could report back with some helpful baby skincare tips.

Project Nursery was first introduced to Becoming Baby last year at the ABC Kids Expo and after receiving some samples the product line became one of My Favorite Things this past holiday season. I promised then to bring you more information about the line and to let you know when the Becoming Baby product line was available to purchase and are happy to deliver on that promise! I talked with Lisa about how to go about finding good products for the family. There is so much conflicting information out there and I was in real need of some clarification.

PN: You created Becoming Baby because you couldn’t find anything on the market that as a doctor and mother you could get excited about using on your children. What was missing from current products on the market?

Dr. Lisa: When I had my daughter, I went looking for simple, natural products without a lot of unnecessary extra ingredients in them. Sounds obvious for a newborn, right? I was surprised how many baby products on the market were made almost entirely of petrochemicals, or contained preservatives such as parabens or formadehyde-donors. I didn’t want strong fragrances (overstimulating for babies) or colored dyes (Ever wonder what makes a certain baby lotion that familiar pink color? Red 33. Not something that sounds like it belongs on baby skin to me.) So I looked to the natural brands instead. The ingredients sounded better and more familiar, and many of them were organic too, but putting all those extra botanic extracts and essential oils on my new baby just didn’t make sense to me either. I learned that many of them aren’t at all beneficial for infant skin and some even cause irritation or allergic reactions. As a pediatrician and a mom, I thought I could come up with something better, gentler and safer – that’s how Becoming Baby began.

PN: Which products do you think are most important to splurge on for baby?

Dr. Lisa: Babies really don’t need all that much fancy stuff, but I do think it’s worthwhile to make the safest, healthiest choices you can afford for things like feeding, skin care and bedding. There are so many amazing natural products on the market now.

PN: I keep hearing about Parabens and how we should avoid them. Why and how do you check if they are in products?

Dr. Lisa: Parabens are a class of preservatives that have been used in the cosmetics industry for decades, in everything from shampoo to toothpaste. They became controversial when recent studies showed that parabens were showing up in some breast cancer tumors. Since they are also known to have estrogenic activity, scientists suggested that a relationship might exist between paraben exposure and breast cancer. The actual link is not known. If a product does contain parabens (and many still do) they will be listed in the ingredients – look for names like butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben or propylparaben. I especially avoid sunscreens with paraben preservatives, since there is research that suggests some parabens actually make skin cells more vulnerable to UV damage!

PN: What other ingredients should parents be conscious of when buying products for their children?

Dr. Lisa: If you visit www.becomingbabyskincare.com, there is a list of all the ingredients we chose to avoid in creating our products. There is also a page that lists and explains every single ingredient in our entire product line. We believe that parents have a right to know what they are putting on their babies, so they can make informed, responsible choices.

PN: How do you keep balanced as a mother, doctor and entrepreneur? We are always looking for tips!

Dr. Lisa: I’m still looking for the magic answer to this one! I guess my best strategy is to prioritize, or as we called it in the ER – triage. It helps me make sure that the most important and most urgent things get done first, but still keeps the whole “to do” list moving along.

What I love about the whole line of Becoming Baby products is the simple concept that extra ingredients in products isn’t necessary and therefore shouldn’t be added. That means fragrance, preservatives and coloring.

WIN IT: Becoming Baby is giving away TWO gift sets which include Baby Wash, Baby Lotion, Comfort Creme and Jelly Balm. Visit BecomingBabySkincare.com and then tell us what product you would be most excited to try and why. Contest ends February 18th, 2011 at 11:59 PST.

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About the author
Pam lives in the heart of San Francisco, CA and is a multi-tasking mom to three tots: Gigi (8), Gray (6) and Sloane (3). She co-founded Project Nursery to share her love of design and great finds.
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  • Jeannine m

    I am most exctied to try the baby nourishing BODY OIL

  • Jeannine m

    I follow project nersey on twitter @mellanhead

  • Nicole

    I would like to try the JELLY BALM. My son has dry skin and we’re trying to find something to help it.

  • http://hannaslifeiscool.blogspot.com Hanna

    I would try the body oil!

  • Nicole

    I am a subscriber!

  • Cassie

    I’d love to try the Comfort Creme.

    13cls13 at gmail dot com

  • Helena Parker

    How could I possibly pick only one to try? I’d love to try all of them! If I really had to pick one I think I’d say the lotion. I have really dry skin and when my little my baby girl arrives in May I’m thinking she might have it too. (I’m subscribed to your blog in my google reader)

  • arely colin

    i want to try the comfort creme

  • Jenn

    The comfort cream, my son’s skin gets irriated very easy and I would love to try this.
    Jhl2626@yahoo.com

  • Claudia Baskerville

    I am a fan on Facebook already…..I’d love to try the comfort cream most of all, both my children have dry skin and we live in the desert!

  • Jenn

    I FB follow
    Jhil2626@yahoo.com

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  • Brooke

    The foaming body wash would be nice to try

  • Brooke

    I follow PN on fb

  • http://mollymadonna.com Molly

    The jelly balm would be fun to try–I like that it has multiple uses…seems like a great all around product for the diaper bag or changing table!

  • http://mollymadonna.com Molly

    I’m a fan on FB

  • http://mollymadonna.com Molly

    I follow PN on Twitter

  • http://mollymadonna.com Molly

    I am a PN subscriber :)

  • Natalie A

    I am a subscriber :)

  • Natalie A

    Would love to try the comfort lotion. My daughter has very sensitive skin and I cant seem to find the perfect lotion.

  • Kelly

    I’d love to try the lotion!

  • Kelly

    I subscribe on my Google feed.

  • Tannis

    I’d be most excited to try the body oil

  • Tannis

    like PN on fb – Tannis W

  • Tannis

    follow pn on twitter as @green_twiggy

  • Tannis

    subscribe by email

  • http://me-lace.blogspot.com lace

    The Jelly Balm looks great.

  • Chels

    I am a lovely subsriber. The jelly balm looks great!

  • http://nolanandcamille@blogspot.com Camille K

    I am excited to try their gentle foaming BABY WASH! I love that it is made for sensitive skin!
    camillekirch(at)gmail(dot)com

  • http://nolanandcamille@blogspot.com Camille K

    I ama FB fan!
    I am excited to try their gentle foaming BABY WASH! I love that it is made for sensitive skin!
    camillekirch(at)gmail(dot)com

  • http://nolanandcamille@blogspot.com Camille K

    I am a newsletter subscriber!
    I am excited to try their gentle foaming BABY WASH! I love that it is made for sensitive skin!
    camillekirch(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Veronica

    I would love to try them all! My son has allergies/eczema, the body wash is soap free…so we can use it!!! He had cradle cap when he was younger, the oil would have been great for that. I am really excited after checking the ingredients…He could really get pampered using these products!

  • Veronica

    I am a subscriber
    AND
    Posted a comment on FB about how excited I am to try Becoming Baby!!!!

  • Cari

    I would like to try the baby lotion so I can bond with my baby by giving him a little lotion massage.

  • Catalina

    Lovely products …

    I am a follower on Facebook

  • Melissa B.

    These products look great! I would most like to try the baby oil for my little girl’s super dry skin.

  • Melissa B.

    Subscribe via google reader.

  • Melissa B.

    Like on FB.

  • natalie

    i would love to the jelly balm on my baby boy dry skin!

  • natalie

    i subscribe to projecy nursery :)

  • casey

    Like PN on Facebook, love this line…cant wait to use it!

  • Andrea

    I’m most excited to try the gentle foaming baby wash because it will get baby clean without drying out her skin!

  • Andrea

    I follow Project Nursery on Twitter! (@ampaetka)

  • Andrea

    I’m a subscriber!

  • Paula C.

    The Comfort Cream for the bottom, this would be great to try! My little one gets diaper rash and I would love to have this to soothe it.

  • Paula C.

    I follow Project Nursery on twitter at sexyknickers68

  • Paula C.

    I like Project Nursery on Facebook / Paula Caudill

  • Paula C.

    I am a subscriber / Paula Caudill

  • Rachel N

    I would love to try the baby wash because I have been on the lookout for something more natural for my son but have been hesitant about most natural products because they are not no tear formulas. This one is so I would love to try it out.

  • Rachel N

    I follow project nursery on twitter @caedmen

  • Elle Sort

    I’d like to try the gentle foaming wash – This is the most used product in my house so it’s the one I’d want to try the most.

  • Elle Sort

    I’m a fan of PN on FB (as LS) Thanks!

  • Lindsey P

    I’m most interested in the jelly balm, it seems so versatile in soothing many different issues.

  • Lindsey P

    I’m a fan on FB and I’m a subscriber!

  • Jenn L

    I would love to try the petroleum free jellu blam, as it has so many uses.

  • Marilyn Wons

    I am most excited to try the Gentle Foaming Baby Wash since it would be so gentle on the baby.

  • Kim

    i like the jelly balm cuz it has vitamin e

  • elyse

    i would like to try the simple soothing BABY LOTION. I would like to try that because i like my skin to feel soft and smell good so i would like my baby Adelynn to feel smooth and smell good too and plus its good for her skin =)
    i also did all the extra enters! =)

  • Shannon Baas

    I would like to try the body lotion.

  • http://www.milieudesigngroup.com Margaret Norcott

    Hi, Great product! I would be interested in the Oil for my 6 year old daughter who has very, very dry skin and/or the Soothing Lotion. It would be wonderful for my 3-1/2 year old as well…we all seem to have very dry skin! Thanks~ M

  • http://www.milieudesigngroup.com Margaret Norcott

    I follow PN on FB.! :-)~Margaret

  • http://www.milieudesigngroup.com Margaret Norcott

    I follow PN on Twitter ~ thanks for the great product share! ~Margaret

  • Heather

    I would love to try the moisturizing lotion. My son’s skin is so sensitive, especially to perfumes, and it is so hard to find lotion that is perfume free!

  • kat terry ujczo

    I’m a fan of both on twitter & fb!

  • Mo

    Would love the gentle foaming BABY WASH!

  • Mo

    I am also your latest fan on FB!

  • http://acouchwithaview.blogspot.com CaseyDeuce

    I would like to try the diaper care cream for my son! I’d love to win this pack to gift to my bff due with her first baby in just 2 months!!

  • http://acouchwithaview.blogspot.com CaseyDeuce

    I like PN on FB!

  • http://acouchwithaview.blogspot.com CaseyDeuce

    I follow PN on Twitter!

  • Liz

    The jelly balm sounds great!!

  • Liz

    I am a fan on facebook!

  • Liz

    I also subscribe!

  • Lisa

    I love the idea of a natural diaper cream. I am a fan of both sites on FB and I am also a PN Subscriber!

  • valerie mabrey

    diaper care COMFORT CREAM becaus eit is hard to a easy washable product

  • Lindsay

    I’d love the baby lotion! My daughter is due any day now.. perfect!

  • Kathy Luman

    I want to try the petroleum free JELLY BALM the most.

  • Kathy Luman

    I became (Like) a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook.

  • Kathy Luman

    I’m following Project Nursery on twitter.

  • April

    I’d like to try the diaper care COMFORT CREAM.

  • Jessica

    I would love to try the foaming wash because I love the simple ingredients and the foam dispenser seems like it would cut down on wasted product.

  • Jessica

    I’m a Project Nursery facebook fan (Jessica Miller)

  • Jessica

    I follow Project Nursery on twitter (@jjak2003)

  • http://moskemonkeybusiness.blogspot.com Sarah Moske

    I would like to try the gentle foaming wash.

  • http://moskemonkeybusiness.blogspot.com Sarah Moske

    I get your email newsletter :)

  • http://moskemonkeybusiness.blogspot.com Sarah Moske

    I am a fan of project Nursery on Facebook :)

  • Karen

    I would want to try the diaper care comfort cream.

  • Emily H

    I would love to try the jelly balm. Sounds like a great project!

  • Emily H

    I would love to try the jelly balm. Sounds like a great product

  • Emily H

    i am a PN subscriber

  • Emily H

    i am a fan of PN on facebook too

  • Ingrid

    Id probably like to most try the diaper cream.. Since every baby needs it at some stage, and I’m due with my first in a couple of months :)

  • Ingrid

    I’m also a subscriber to your weekly emails

  • Ingrid

    I also follow on twitter

  • Ingrid

    And i like you guys on facebook!

  • McKim

    I would like to try the gentle foaming BABY WASH. I like that it can be used on both the skin and hair so you only need one product.
    kimkmc at yahoo.com

  • McKim

    I “like” Project Nursery on Facebook.
    kimkmc at yahoo.com

  • Angela

    I’m a fan of project nursery on twitter and facebook as well as a subscriber! I would love to try the simple soothing BABY LOTION-so nice to see a product out there with all the yucky chemicals =)

  • Sara

    Becoming Baby is wonderful! I have tried this product on my kids and it is great. Everyone should try it!!

  • Crystal Thiessen

    I’d love to try the simple soothing BABY LOTION b/c our winters are so harsh on our skin, especially the babies. I’d like to see if the lotion could help keep my baby’s skin moisturized for a longer period of time.

  • Crystal Thiessen

    I’m a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook!

  • Crystal Thiessen

    I follow you on twitter as ct_designs.

  • Crystal Thiessen

    I’m a subscriber of your newsletter/emails! I love hearing what’s going on!

  • Sarah

    I’m most interested in the body wash because I think it would be great for my dry, sensitive skin.

  • msilba

    would love to try the baby foaming wash!

  • msilba

    i’m following Becoming Baby on twitter
    @msilba

  • Kara

    I am so excited for the Baby nourishing Body Oil because I plan to give my baby massage and rub it all over their baby skin. I also would love to use it on my dry skin after getting out of the shower! The sunflower and vitamin E oil is so good for you skin!

  • missdenise

    I would love to try the gentle foaming baby wash. We all have sensitive skin in our house!

  • http://www.asimplediscovery.wordpress.com amber

    I am a fan of project nursery on FB!

  • http://www.asimplediscovery.wordpress.com amber

    I follow PN in twitter, my name is @amberstarr

  • http://www.asimplediscovery.wordpress.com amber

    I am a subscriber to the emails!!

  • http://www.asimplediscovery.wordpress.com amber

    I LOVE the jelly cream!

  • Emily Smith

    I like Project Nursery on fb

  • Emily Smith

    I am a subscriber

  • Emily Smith

    following on twitter

  • Jen Harriman

    i want to try the gentle foaming BABY WASH, it looks so great and it doesnt take the extra time to suds up, my baby hates being naked so the quicker i can get the soap on and off the better!

  • Jen Harriman

    im a fan of project nursery on fb. jennifer harriman

  • Jen Harriman

    im already a subscriber

  • shawna

    I would like the gentle foaming baby wash.

  • pridelandmama

    i am excited about the gentle foaming baby wash because I like things that are gentle on my baby’s skin for my newborn.
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  • pridelandmama

    I follow you on twitter @pridelandmama
    pridelandmama@hotmail.com

  • Laura Benjamin

    I would most like to try the Gentle Foaming Baby Wash. My daughter has such sensitive skin and I love how this wash is for those whose skin is extra sensitive.

  • Laura Benjamin

    I subscribe.

  • Laura Benjamin

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  • cass

    simple soothing BABY LOTION because we use lotions in this house

  • amy h

    I’d love to try the gentle foaming BABY WASH b/c it is “pH-balanced to support skin’s natural defenses against environmental stress.” Thanks for the chance.

  • amy h

    I’m your fan on Facebook.

  • amy h

    Following you on twitter: hillfam2005

  • amy h

    I’m an email subscriber.

  • http://www.queensmuses.blogspot.com Erin Cook

    I like the baby wash

  • http://www.queensmuses.blogspot.com Erin Cook

    I like project nursery on facebook and left a comment Erin Cook

  • http://www.queensmuses.blogspot.com Erin Cook

    I am following project nursery on twitter @cooks1978

  • http://www.queensmuses.blogspot.com Erin Cook

    I have subscribed via google reader Erin Cook

  • rajee

    love to try bodywash for or my dry, sensitive skin.

  • http://chisumscrew.blogspot.com/ Happi Shopr

    Baby nourishing Body Oil for massaging baby

  • Jessica

    I’d love to try the gentle foaming baby wash- sulfate free!

  • rebecca

    I would like to try the Baby Nourishing baby oil.

  • Cindy C @cin_20

    The gentle foaming baby wash because it would be so gentle on babies delicate skin. Would hydrated instead of dry.

  • Cindy C @cin_20

    I am a fan of Project Nursery on Facebook

  • Cindy C @cin_20

    I Follow Project Nursery on Twitter

  • Cindy C @cin_20

    I already Subscribe.

  • Cindy C @cin_20

    Sorry just realized I am late!!

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