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Gerber Baby Powder 93020

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Gerber Baby Powder with cornstarch gently absorbs excess moisture to protect your baby's skin from wetness to help prevent diaper rash. It also contians natural ingredients Vitamin E and Aloe Vera that nourish and soothe baby's skin.

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1 review about Gerber Baby Powder 93020

Gerber Baby Powder - Just a sprinkle here and there

  • Jun 2, 2001
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Pros: Nice color blue container, Gerber name

Cons: price and scent

The Bottom Line: I suggest comparing prices and ingredients in all baby powders and utilize coupons to get the best deal. If the price is right buy the Gerber.

I did not want to pay $4.89 for a 15 ounce container of Gerber Baby Powder . Approximately every two weeks I purchase baby powder. The stores I make my selections are Rite-Aid buying the Diaparene brand. At the local grocery store I pick the generic brand. This will be at least a dollar less than the Johnson & Johnson brand.

Many times I can find the generic being sold by the pair for five bucks. I happened to miss the sale and the only option was the Gerber Baby Powder. Gerber has a new line of Wellness products competing with Johnson & Johnson. The noticeable difference is the color and design of the Gerber line.

The Gerber Baby Powder is a sleek blue container with dark blue twist top to dispense the powder. It feels heavier than other brands containing the same amount. The active ingredient is cornstarch as opposed to talc in other brands. Aloe and Vitamin E are welcomed additions to this line of baby powder.

I have a four year old alternating between Diapers and Pull Ups utilizing the Gerber Baby Powder on a continuing basis. I always have on hand at least two containers of baby powder but used only the Gerber Baby Powder to see if the cost increase over the other brands was worth it.

I am happy to mention that at www.BabiesRUs.com this item # 430048 sells for $2.99 in stock today. I checked under homegrocer and the only available baby powder is a 4 oz. container of Johnson & Johnson brand for $1.99. I will be searching for the Gerber Baby Powder my next trip to Toys “R” Us and K-Mart to compare the prices.

Overall my son seems to have developed a rash on the outside of his thighs and is quite bothered by this. He has never had this type of rash in four years. His liquid intake has not changed during this time to indicate another reason for this rash. My guess at the moment is the listing of ingredients. When checking the generic brands the very last ingredient is fragrance. The Gerber Baby Powder has fragrance listed second under its inactive ingredients. I do not have a Diaperene container to check their order of ingredients but can attest to that brand being the one I prefer, if I can just find it!

Instead of sprinkling baby powder into my hand due to my eczema condition, I apply it directly to my son’s bottom area. Since my son suffers from Sensory Integration Disorder having this powder sprinkled on him is not an easy task due to his constant moving off of the changing towel spread out. In order to keep the rugs free of baby powder I vacuum daily over the spots stained in white baby powder.

I have noticed that the Gerber Baby Powder is not that easy to be removed via the vacuum. I have to use a dust pan and broom prior to vacuuming to keep the white residue off the carpet. If there is one spec of baby powder on the rug it will become an obsession for my son.

Baby powder has many uses in my home making it a similar useful item such as Baking soda. I recall in my early childhood having my Mother sprinkle baby powder in my hair if it appeared dirty and she was in a hurry to get somewhere.

Having two children with autism and sensory issues makes washing hair not the easiest task. There are shampoo products I use that require no rinsing specifically made for the elderly and disabled. I have on many occasions sprinkled baby powder in their hair when it needs a lift. This process takes less time than the rinse and towel dry method with the other product.

The other use I have for baby powder is on my mattress. There is a ceiling fan with two other fans turned on in the bedroom. Most nights my son sleeps in my bed. He suffers from night sweats and his area of the bed is soaked through to the mattress. After I strip the bed I sprinkle baby powder on the mattress. I use a blow dryer later to dry it off and vacuum off the remaining remnants of the baby powder. My son cannot stand seeing the baby powder on the mattress so he sits in it. His clothes than have baby powder all over them. This is a daily/nightly ritual that seems to have no end in sight.

Since I tend to over dose when I use the baby powder on the mattress as well as numerous changes through out the day, this is a product I have to purchase on a weekly basis. I can hardly justify purchasing two different brands with such a difference in price from generic to name brands. It would be great to see some coupons for the Gerber Wellness line. This helps consumers try a product at a reduced cost to make the decision on which brand they prefer to stay loyal to.

There is an expiration date imprinted on the bottom. This container I purchased in October of 2000 has the expired date of 03-2002. The toll-free number with live operators day or night is 1-800-4-gerber. The website is found at www.gerber.com. The website will direct you to drugstore.com for purchasing Gerber products. Their prices are comparable to the local stores in Los Angeles. I would search the discount store chains and/or check out the Babies “R” us website. I checked the generic brand noticing the expiration date is the year 2004.

Gerber Baby Powder should be stored in a dry safe area away from children. When applying liberally to the diaper area it is best to have it dry and keep out of the eyes of children. The twist cap with the ten holes for even dispensing should be closed when not in use.

This product is used on a daily basis to prevent rashes as well as treat them. It can also be used for the prevention of chapping and minor skin irritations. If after seven days a rash has worsened discontinue use and consult a doctor.

This product should always be kept out of reach of all children and used for external purposes only. It is advised not to use on broken skin and avoid the eyes when using. The Gerber Baby Powder should be kept away from the face to avoid inhalation. This would be best kept in a higher cabinet as opposed to underneath a bathroom cabinet where a wandering child could come into contact with the product. I keep mine on top of the refrigerator.

The smell of the Gerber Baby Powder is over powering to me when I just smell from the container. The generic brand which is pure cornstarch smells like a baby powder while this Gerber Baby Powder has a soapy scent to it. When I sprinkle each on the palm of a hand the generic brand easily blows off while I have to use my other hand to wipe the excess off.

For those diapering a baby girl it is also important to note that there is an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer when using a talcum powder. For further details this is mentioned at the following site; http://www.drmirkin.com/archive/7058.html. There is another site that mentions using petroleum jelly (vaseline) instead of powder located here; http://www.prevention.com/children/mom/981117.mom2.html. I recall the assistant in my son's classroom telling me he had a rash and she used vaseline.

The Gerber Baby Powder was brought out to address the issue with talcum powder; some pediatricians advise not using talcum powder on babies due to inhalation risks. If you are concerned about this, Gerber Baby Powder may be worth it for you; however, we use it for so many other things that it isn't cost effective for us.

**Prices checked** November 11, 2000 - Rite-Aid currently is selling the Gerber Baby Powder for $2.50. They have a generic corn starch baby powder for $2.49 that I purchased. The Diaparene is only 9 oz. at a cost of $2.69. The Vons Pure cornstarch baby powder has the least smelling fragrance to it so I will continue to buy that one.


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