Nipple cream is wonderful stuff. It’s gooey, sticky, and it feels so good on sore nipples. I have a variety of nipple creams. I’ve put all kinds of things (in addition to babyspit) on my nipples: the MotherLove Herbal Nipple Cream, the MotherLove Diaper Rash and Thrush Cream (on my nipples), the lanolin cream in the purple tube, plain old olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil. But I’ve found that nipple creams are great for more than just nipples! Here are my top five non-nipple-related uses for nipple cream. Specifically, I’m going to be talking about the nipple cream in the purple tube since it’s fairly inexpensive and I don’t mind slathering the stuff all over creation.
- Lip Balm! This is, hands down, the best lip balm around. The tiniest bit of nipple cream can protect, moisturize, and heal your dry, cracked lips. It doesn’t tingle and sting like certain lip balms do. It just leaves a smooth, rich, protective barrier. After I’m done putting lanolin on my nipples, I rub whatever is leftover onto my lips. Feels so good!
- Ointment for Scraped Knees. The Grasshopper can be so sensitive sometimes on her wounds. If she falls and skins her knees, even taking a gentle bath stings the wounds. I hate seeing either of my babies cry. Enter the lanolin. It gives a soothing, non-stingy barrier, and helps it heal faster. We save it especially for the rug burn-type wounds where the skin gets abraded off and every little touch burns like the dickens.
- Drool Rash Ointment. We are approaching teething-time with little Miss Cricket, and her poor chin has seen better days. She gets dry, chapped skin from all the slobber flowing down over her chin to her bib. Enter the nipple cream. A few applications later, and the dry, red rash is completely gone. I always rub a little up on her cheeks, too. It keeps her skin smooth and fresh. And I don’t have to worry about her rubbing a little into her mouth.
- Diaper Rash Cream. Just like on the chin, lanolin makes a great barrier. It protects the bootie from the wets and dirties, and it heals the chapped area. Are you seeing a pattern here? Any time something is chapped and rashy, stick some lanolin on it! Just use good hygiene here and do not cross-contaminate the tube of nipple cream with booty germs.
- Razor Nick Ointment. Not only does it soothe the sting and promote healing, but it stops the bleeding too. Handy!
And what if you get lanolin on something? Yes, it stains. And no. You can’t just toss it in the washer to get the stains out. So what do you do if your favorite bra, nursing pads, or sheets get lanolin stains on them? Break out the blue Dawn! The grease-fighting action gets the oily lanolin out. Squirt some on the stain. Rub, rub, rub. Leave it to sit for a while. Overnight is good. Toss it in the washer, and voila! The lanolin stains are gone!
Do you have any odd-ball uses for nipple cream? I’d love to hear!