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As every mummy or daddy with a new baby knows, a good night's sleep can be a thing of the past. My first child was a model baby; bath, milk and bed by 7pm, then slept until 7am! I thought the next time round would be much the same; hmmm, maybe I was a little too presumptuous!
OK, so my son (at time of writing is 4 months old) isn't a terrible baby. Up until he was 3 weeks old, I would have to breastfeed him to sleep at 9pm. My husband and I weren't getting any time to ourselves and I also wanted to get him into a good bedtime routine.
I went to Tesco and looked around for some bedtime bath products and came across the Johnson's range. I had already been using Johnson's anyway, but up until now didn't realise they hadn't a bedtime range. They were on 3 for 2, so I bought this cream as part of the offer.
I used the cream after his evening bath at about 6.45pm (aimed for 7pm bedtime). It was so nice a soft, and smelled absolutely divine. I massaged it into his tummy, chest, back, arms, legs, bottom and feet using gentle circular motions. I only needed to use a tiny bit, and it melted into his warm skin very quickly. I used it on him when he was slightly damp from the bath. I gave him his final feed not long after and settled him in his cot awake. He was asleep by 7.15pm!
Whether it was the Johnson's bedtime routine that did it, or if it was just that he was tired, I have no idea, but it worked!
I still use this cream 13 weeks later, and am only through half of the pot. Because you need to use so little, it lasts absolutely ages; very cost efficient when it's £2.76 a pot! I sometimes use it on my hands as a hand cream too.
I like the packaging of the product; in a simple lilac pot with a screw on lid. Very pretty and looks nice on the bathroom shelf or baby's nursery.
The only slightly negative, but easily rectified, negative thing I will say is that the cream can be quite cold as you get it out of the pot. I take the lid off and put it in the bathroom when my son is having his bath, so the warmth in the room actually warm up the cream.
My son now goes down every night at 7p, and eagerly anticipates his little nightly massage using this cream. It actually makes me feel sleepy using this cream, as the smell is so calming!
My absolute favourite bath products for my son are the collection of Johnson's Baby Bedtime products which I've used for him since he was a newborn. In fact the "Johnson's Bedtime" aroma has become one of my favourite scents! The purpose of the 'Bedtime' range from Johnson's is to help incorporate products into your baby's bathing & grooming routine that will help them drift off to sleep easier and also help them sleep better.
I lot of people (inlcuding myself) are often sceptical about these types of products as the majority of the time they do just seem too good to be true, I mean honestly if there was a product that could make babies sleep better then I'm sure the world would know about it! But I do think that it is true that certain ingredients contained in some products can AID sleep, so don't be naive and think that by buying this kind of product that your baby will sleep through the night - although I'm sure Johnson's would love consumers to believe that!
Anyway onto my experience with this product, my reason for buying this cream aside from my love of the Johnson's Bedtime product scent was because I was fed up of using the regular Johnson's Baby Lotion that comes in the Pink bottle. I hadn't found it to be that nourishing on my son's skin and I was starting to find the scent of it sickly. I usually use Lotion/Cream on my baby at his last nappy change before bed and I'll rub a small amount into any dry areas, so the fact that this is a Bedtime Cream is quite convenient for our routine. Firstly I've got to be honest this isn't the most moisturing cream I've used for my son, I've come across a few other lotions that nourish him a lot better, but this has pretty much the same effectiveness as the regular Johnson's Baby Lotion in the Pink bottle. It doesn't do a bad job and it will keep the dryness at bay and smoothen for a limited number of hours, but it certainly isn't a cure for Dry patches.
The Bedtime products scent is actually called NaturalCalm which is apparently a blend of relaxing aromas which to me smell a lot like Lavendar and Chamomile which are well known for their relaxing and soothing effects. This cream is actually really rich and creamy which to me reflects its quality, you can tell it is a Johnson's product and not something cheaper. In regards to improving my son's sleep, I wouldn't say that the Bedtime range of products make him sleep better but they do however cause him to be a lot more settled for Bedtime and I've found that he seems much keener to be going to bed and sometimes even quite smiley when put in his cot because he is clearly happy to be going to sleep! So this cream is a lovely addition to his bedtime routine and I certainly wouldn't argue with Johnson's claim that the product helps your baby drift off to sleep easier.
As well as using this before bed on my son's dry patches, I do now also give my son the occasional massage with this cream and I will put him on his changing mat in just his nappy and rub this gently all over him and he does seem to really enjoy it and for me I enjoy the closeness and interaction with my baby. So this cream is turning out to have many uses!
The tub that the cream comes in is circular and Lilac and White in colour just like the rest of the Johnson's Bedtime range, this is a lovely product for babies and it hasn't irritated my son's skin at all. A 250ml tub costs around £3 at Boots but the range is quite widely available in most stores and I believe you can even get Johnson's Bedtime Sets which contain a few of their products.
I no longer have a baby grandson, he's 4 now which makes me seem silly to be writing a review for a baby product but I used to use this on him when he was a baby and I still use it on him now when I babysit so I still feel valid to write a review for it.
Johnsons is a well known brand which has been around for years. I used it on my daughter and then she used it on her children. They make everything from baby shampoo and conditioners to cotton buds and baby wipes. I've used many of their products and have never been displeased.
Johnson's are known for they bedtime range. You've got the baby bath and now the cream which they say helps your baby to sleep better after you've used it. Which I'm sure appeals to new parents especially! I wish it had been around when i had my daughter!
The bedtime cream comes in a round white tub with a lilac screw on lid. The Johnsons logo is clearly visible in big letters on the lid with the product name and desription on top as well.
The cream has a great thick and creamy consitency rather than thin and runny which I don't like. It's white in colour and and I expected a lavender smell because it's well known to be relaxing and because of the lilac packaging but there's not a hint of lavender. It's got a slight smell, I don't know how to describe it. It's pleasent anyway. The cream had a foil seal when you first take the lid off which I thought was good to keep the cream fresh and for peace of mind knowing it hasn't been tampered with.
I use the cream on my grandson after he's had a bath. I think it's meant to be used after you've used the bedtime bath wash but I don't always use them together. Being thick in consistency makes you think it might not be absorbed into the skin too well, but I thought it was really good. I only use a little bit and find it does go a long way and rubs in nicely. It doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy either so you can dress the baby when you're done. The cream leaves my grandsons skin feeling soft and smooth and just lovely really. As for helping him sleep, I'd partially agree, he's just starting to go to bed before his mom as he's in Reception now and he wasn't settling too well on his own, but after a nice warm bath and a mini-massage with this, he's more calm and ready for bed so I'd say it works well. He also loves being pampered so he loves this cream.
I paid about £3.00 for a 250ml tub of this from Boots. So not only do you get your cream but also 12p in points everytime you buy it! :) I think its great value as it lasts a while, isn't really expensive and does what it says on the tub so I can't complain! I'd definitely recommend this product to other mums/grans as I think it is great and so does my grandson.
When it comes to my daughter's bedtime I am keen to start getting her into a routine even at her early age I still think she does need to be slightly structured which will hopefully help when she gets older. I know many baby books and magazines say not to worry until they are a few months old but I'm doing what I feel is best which makes me less stressed and ultimately she is less stressed.
My routine for her bedtime consists of either a bath every other night or a simple top and tail wash but either way I use Johnsons Baby Bedtime Wash and I follow it with Johnsons Baby Bedtime Cream. I use the bedtime cream as I was recommended it by a friend of mine who had her second child and swears by it. I was also sucked into the adverts on TV whereby you see the mother using it on the baby and then within seconds the child is asleep!
Johnsons is a brand which I am incredibly happy to use as they have been supplying baby products for years and years and everyone I have spoken to have recommended their products to me. Basically their bedtime range of products has NaturalCalm® which is apparently a blend of calming aromas ideal to sooth little ones at night time. The cream is meant to be used after using the bedtime wash in order to emphasise these calming aromas.
What Johnsons say:-
"Johnson's bedtime cream Johnson's Baby helps your baby drift off to sleep easier and sleep better."
The bedtime cream comes in a round white tub with a pale lilac screw on lid. On the top of the lid is a small image of a sleeping baby together with the Johnsons signature logo together with the product's name and the NaturalCalm® logo. On the base of the tub are the ingredients together with all the usual information you would expect. The cream is sealed with a foil cover to ensure its freshness and that it hasn't been tampered with.
The cream itself is has an incredibly thick, velvet type consistency which is very rich to the touch. When I first opened the tub and pulled off the foil seal I was amazed at how much cream comes in one tub! It was right up to the brim of the tub but as it has such a thick consistency I didn't need to worry about it running out of the tub. One thing that did concern me was because it was so thick would it absorb easily? But my initial thoughts about this were soon gone as when I came to use it on my daughter within a few seconds the cream absorbs fully into the skin and doesn't seem to leave an oily residue behind.
Because of the lilac packaging my initial expectation of the aroma was that it was going to have a lavender scent which is known for its relaxing and calming properties but when I opened the lid I wasn't hit with a lavender scent at all. You cannot really pinpoint the aroma to one distinct fragrance but it reminds me of a gentle floral aroma which is nice and subtle. The smell lingers on my daughter's skin for hours after I have massaged it in which is definitely a good thing as she can constantly smell this soothing fragrance. For me, in my opinion the aroma is definitely a relaxing fragrance as it is quite gentle and I would quite happily use it on my own skin!
Even though my daughter doesn't suffer with dry skin her skin is gently moisturised and of course the cream leaves behind a lovely fragrance. What I am pleased about is that it doesn't leave behind a residue on the skin as it is absorbed so quickly. This is one reason why I don't like baby oil as I don't like it leaving a coating on the skin. But does it make her go to sleep!? Well, my daughter goes upstairs in her moses basket at around 8pm and has a bath about hour before and I don't hear a peep out of her until around 12pm when I have to wake her for her feed. So I may just be lucky having a baby that sleeps well or this cream relaxes her enough to help drift her off I can't be sure! But I do know I will be continuing to use this cream as it keeps her skin soft and it has a lovely, relaxing aroma.
Johnsons Baby Bedtime Cream is available at Boots for £2.99 for a 250ml tub. I purchased mine from Boots as I like to take advantage of the double points on Johnsons items but it can be purchased online and most larger supermarkets for a similar price.
Overall, I really like this cream. I love the thick, creamy consistency teamed with the calming aroma. My daughter is left soothed, moisturised and calmed before bed which makes her a happy little girl which ultimately results in me being a happy mummy!
*Before I start this review I will say that although this is a product marketted for babies I personally use it on myself so I will be commenting on its effectiveness on ME and not on a baby*
So a few weeks ago I started on a search for a new body butter or lotion that wouldnt cost as much as my usual Bodyshop body butters and believe me I have tried quite a few over the last few weeks, the good, the bad & the ugly. Nothing seemed to be matching up so I decided to start trying MUCH cheaper alternatives starting with this 'Johnson's Baby Bedtime Cream' which was actually recommended to me from my mom as she'd been using it and couldnt stop raving about how brilliant it was so I decided to treat myself to a tube a few weeks back and Ive been using it non-stop ever since. I think Ive found a very cheap winner!!
Price: Around £2-£3 - 250ml tub
Stockists: Chemists, Supermarkets, Poundland & Amazon.
Other Info: Designed for babies but very suitable for adult skin as well, proven to help relax you into a good nights sleep & this product does have a 12 month shelf life - but you'll have used it all by then anyway if your anything like me.
The packaging for this lotion is pretty much what you would expect from a body butter type product and one made my Johnson's. It comes in a white and pale lilac coloured 250ml tub (which is bigger than it might sound) and has the usual screw off top. The tub is nicely designed colour wise and has all the information you could possibly need on the base of the tub so everything your looking for in packaging really. I find it a bit hard to get the top back on after Ive used the lotion inside but I do have that problem with all tubs like this so I wont count it as a major disadvantage.
The cream itself is a little bit weird because its kind of in the middle of being a body butter and a runny lotion because the texture and effects on your skin are slap bang in the middle. This is thick enough to feel really luxurious on your skin and do a really great job on very dry skin but unlike most body butters it doesnt take ages to sink into your skin or leave any greasy residue behind so I think they got the mix of the two types of creams just right here because it does feel great on your skin straight away. You dont need loads each time you apply about a few 50p worth sizes manage my whole body so thats pretty good - and it is best if you apply this straight after a bath or shower as I find it works best on me when I do.
As soon as I read that this was supposed to help you relax into a peacful sleep I automatically assumed this would smell of lavender but it really doesnt at all. I honestly cant describe what this does smell like but it is more fruity than anything else and the smell is so unique that it really is lovely and instantly recognisable. Whether the smell helps me to sleep or not Im not totally sold but the smell and effects sell this for me personally and I do think to a certain extent this does help me relax and unwind so I guess it does actually work.
This makes my skin feel absolutely amazing whenever I apply it. It feels instantly softer and smoother and the dry parts of my skin feel moisturised straight away after I apply this. I do think it works better if you apply it straight after a shower because it does seem to lock in the moisture in your skin more and does help me feel more relaxed for bedtime - oh and your skin will still smell of it in the morning so overall this one is a winner for me. I highly recommend this for adults and babies - as if it works this well on my skin it must be even better for babies skin. Fully recommended.
Thanks For Reading.
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When you've got a little baby, one of the things you dream about most is the chance of getting a good night's sleep. Of course, the definition of a 'good night' depends on your baby - we've been pretty lucky with both of ours after the sleep deprivation of the early weeks, but there are still plenty of nights where it takes Baby Girl longer to settle or she wakes in the early hours crying for a feed. So, any product which promises to promote more restful sleep for my baby is instantly appealing to me, and when I spotted this Johnson's Baby Bedtime Cream on the shelf at Boots, I decided it was definitely worth a try.
*Packaging and Claims*
The cream comes in a white tub with a lilac lid. The top of the lid has the Johnson's Baby logo and the words 'bedtime cream' underneath. There is also a line drawing of a sleeping baby surrounded by the words 'proven to help baby sleep better'. The packaging is very simple but effective. On the back of the tub, it says that this product is 'clinically proven to help your baby drift off to sleep better and sleep better' - this is if it is used with other complementary products as part of the 'Johnson's Baby nightly routine (the other product they suggest using is the 'Baby Bedtime Bath'. Apparently the cream contains a patented blend of relaxing aromas which they call 'NaturalCalm'. The size of the tub is 250ml.
*Using the Cream*
I always use this cream on Baby Girl following a bath. I love cuddling up with her all snugly wrapped in a towel, getting her dry, making sure she is warm enough and then lying her down for a bit of baby massage with this cream. Inside the tub, the cream looks fairly thick but, when you use it, the texture of the cream is really light and silky, it feels more like a luxurious pampering product than a baby product and I'll admit that I've used it on myself a few times because it feels so lovely. The cream is easily absorbed into Baby Girl's skin with minimal rubbing and applying it is an experience that we both enjoy (until she starts screaming because I'm making her wait too long for her bedtime feed!) The fragrance of the cream is fairly subtle (as you'd probably expect from a baby product) with a slightly soapy scent enhanced with a light lavender smell.
We are now using the 'Baby Bedtime Bath' that is designed to complement this cream, however I don't feel that the product that we use in the bath beforehand makes any difference to the performance of the cream. The cream definitely leaves Baby Girl's skin feeling lovely and soft - as a newborn, she suffered from several patches of very dry, flaky skin but she now has perfect, baby-soft skin and I like to think that this cream has helped with that. As for the sleep enhancing properties of the cream, it does seem to me that she settles better on a night where she has a bath and a massage (we bath her on alternate nights), but that could be as much to do with having a better bedtime routine on those nights as anything else. I find it fairly hard to believe that a cream would make that much difference to a baby's sleep.
This cream is currently available for £2.99 at Boots and is, in my opinion, well worth the money. It is also available in some supermarkets at a slightly lower price.
I would definitely recommend this cream as a baby moisturising cream as it is silky smooth, absorbs beautifully into the skin and gives Baby Girl a lovely baby smell without any over-powering fragrance. The one reservation I would have with this cream is the ingredients in it - I would prefer something a bit more 'natural' without alcohol or parabens for my baby (but I will admit I didn't look at the ingredients list when I bought it so I can't be that concerned). I remain sceptical about whether it really makes Baby Girl sleep better but, if you're looking for a baby cream to use as part of a bedtime routine, then I definitely think this one is worth a try.
I am a fan of Johnsons products. I used them with my first child and have used them with my little boy too. Johnsons is a well known family brand that makes all sorts of things for babies and parents like moisturisers, talcum powder, baby wipes and bath creams.
I saw this product in Boots when I was shopping and thought I'd pick some up as I hadn't tried it before. It was a 250ml tub and I think I paid about £3 for it. This is pretty cheap and considering the general quality of other Johnsons products that I have used over the years, I was sure it would be worth it.
It says that you rub this into your babies skin and it will help them to drift off to sleep. I bathed my son first then dried him off before giving him a baby massage with some of this. He was loving being pampered and he did actually drift off very soon afterwards. I'm not sure if this was because of the actual cream or the relaxing massage he got. The cream has a nice slightly sweet sent and is easily spread. It rubbed in quite easily and a little did go a long way which means the tub will last well.
The lid on the product is a big screw on lid, and like a lot of moisturisers with this kind os lid, I find it awkward to open after the first time because I've closed it with greasy hands previously and it's quite smooth. It's good that it is big though so if you're using it with a little one, there's no chance of them getting hold of a small coking hazard lid.
If you buy this product from boots, don't forget to use your advantage card because you can pick up 8 points from it!
Overall, this left my sons skin feeling lovely and smooth and he enjoyed me putting it on him. It spread easily and a little went a long way so I can't fault it. It was brilliant and I'd definitely recommend it to others. Just put some grip on the lid!
A cream designed for babies to be applies after bath time to help your baby drift off into a natural sleep
*** Packaging ***
Not like most moisturisers, this product comes in a tub, the tub is mainly white with most of the information about the product on the bottom.
On the bottom of the tub its states what this has been created for and directions on how best to use it, it then also states the ingredients and the size of the tub (this tub is 250ml)
The lid is a screw lid, the colour if this is mainly white, but it has a purple ring about the base of the lid. On the top of the lid is the Johnsons brand name followed by 'Baby Bedtime Cream'
In also states no here that it is proven to help baby sleep better and is supported by 'NatualCalm Aromas)
The tub is made out of a hard plastic, and once opened you must dispose after 12 months
*** The Product ***
When you take of the lid a lovely aroma wafts past you, I cant put my finger on what it smells like as it only states it is made from natural aromas, it smell like a very soft flower scent with a hint of lavender, as soon at your smell it, it automatically makes you calm.
The product itself is thick white cream, its that thick that the pot can be tipped upside down without it falling out (I know this because I just tried it) however I wouldn't leave it like that for too long as it would eventually fall out.
For those of you who have uses Sudocrem, it isn't that kind of thickness, it almost looks like thick fluffy ice cream.
To touch, the cream actually feels really light, compared to the consistency the cream is very soft and fluffy on your fingers.
When applying it to the skin, it takes no rubbing in a at, it literally glides on your skin, it takes a moment or two to dry but once dry it leaves your skin feeling very smooth and velvet like.
*** Best for Baby ***
As stated this s a product mainly designed for babies, I found the best way to use this is once your baby has been in the bath, make sure you dry them completely, and them get a small amount in your finger tips, warm it up a little so its not cold on your babies skin (I do this by working it a little in my fingers) then apply it evenly to babies skin.
Work in into their skin so it doesn't take much drying otherwise they will get cold, it leave a lovely scent on your child's skin and I actually think it did help in calming her into a nice peaceful sleep. Not only this but it leaves their skin silky smooth to touch.
*** Best for You ***
Also designed for babies, you can also use Johnsons on yourself. Again, Ive used it a few times when I have just come out the bath. Especially if my skin is particularly dry it works a treat, I tend to apply a layer than let it soak in for a deeper moisturise.
The scent of your skin is lovely and really relaxes you for the rest of the night.
*** Conclusion ***
I highly recommend this product as a great all round moisturiser, I have found it particularly useful for my child skin, its also really good if you do baby massage and it rubs in really well.
The tub is quite large and you only need a small amount each time so it lasts a long time, like I said in the beginning tough it has a 12 month self life. The scent is really beautiful and doesn't smell like the typical Johnson's baby bath which is why I like it.
The cream is light and airy and leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Unfortunately it is quite heavy so does feel quite weighty if you have to travel and I have never seen a smaller pot either.
A fantastic product, it costs around £3 which is great value in my opinion and certainly a product that I will be using again.