If there’s one thing I never leave home without, it’s hand sanitizer. I think all moms can relate with me when it comes to this: keeping your toddler clean is not an easy task. If you think about it, it is next to impossible unless you can watch your child all-day, every day. At 18 months, our little ball of energy loves to get his hands dirty. He touches everything he sees, which I know is a given as this is his way of learning about the world around him. But when you see your little boy grab something from a very dirty floor and attempts to shove it into his mouth, you don’t just stare and watch. I literally sprint, jump and dive on to the floor on a daily basis, just to keep Tristan from eating, chewing or sucking on anything that might cause him harm. I’ve found kibble, pellets (the ones used for the pellet gun), Lego and many more tiny, scary things in his mouth at one time or another, and believe me, as a new mom, these instances are enough to give you a heart attack.
That’s why as clean as much as I can. If there is a tiny crevice that I think he might crawl into, I vacuum, mop and disinfect it. I make sure all his toys are clean, as these are the first things he chews on when he thinks no one is looking. I constantly vacuum our floors and carpets–they have to be clean enough to eat off from, or else I will do it again. I take cleaning seriously because I prefer that he do his own thing, which is to learn, discover and play, without me always shouting, “NO” or “don’t do that”. At least when everything is clean, there are less chances of him catching something or getting a serious tummy ache. He is free to play and imagine, which is really what being a child is all about.
Clean hands are a must, that’s why I always carry around Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer with me. Not only does it kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, it is made with glycerin to keep skin moisturized. It has an ultra-mild fragrance that leaves skin fresh and smelling nice–the three scents are: Peach, Green Apple, and Blueberry. My favorite from the three is Green Apple, because I’ve always found the fragrance sweet and refreshing. The best part about it is: it is super safe for my family. It is carefully formulated without triclosan, parabens, benzalkonium chloride, formaldehyde carriers, petrochemicals, and most common allergens, which is really worth mentioning because these are harmful ingredients that are usually found in our everyday beauty products and can be bad for baby’s delicate skin. It is also hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested, which makes it the best choice for my family. And, like all Belo Baby products, it is crafted with cafe for the most delicate skin, for the most meticulous moms. Oh and the price is super affordable–it is only P49.75, available at all leading department stores and supermarkets.
Product photos by Patty Laurel-Filart