Keeping Promises with JOHNSON’S Baby


{Annalyn said, “Let’s take one of those pictures with both of us, Mom.”
You better believe that a) I said okay, and b) I didn’t tell her it’s called a selfie.}

When I went to Arkansas a few weeks ago, Annalyn was NOT happy about it. She’s gotten more clingy the older she’s gotten, and she’s made it clear that she does not like it when I go out of town.

(She does like any and all gifts I bring her, though. I’m pretty sure it evens out in the end. Still, the pre-trip sadness and anxiety is no fun.)

So before I left, I was very clear about where I was going, what I’d be doing and when I’d be back. We talked about all the fun things she’d do with my parents while I was gone, and we ended with me saying I’d pick her up from the babysitter on Monday afternoon.

Unfortunately, I realized when I hit the road and took another look at my weekend’s agenda that I had misread the schedule. The business meeting part of the trip was all day Monday, ending with dinner for everyone. I wasn’t supposed to go home until Tuesday, but I’d promised my daughter I’d be home on Monday.

Now, I drove down while almost everyone else flew. I could have changed my plans. My parents probably would have kept the girls another night; no big deal. Except…to a certain six-year-old girl, it was a big deal. I’d made her a promise – and I’d made a mistake. But, like I told one of my friends, I couldn’t make MY mistake HER problem.

I won’t lie. I cried a tiny bit when I got in my car to drive home. All my friends were enjoying lunch together and getting ready for an afternoon of teamwork and brainstorming I REALLY wanted to be there for. I told them all I was going to pretend like they were all leaving to go home that day, too – and that they’d better not tell me if dinner that night was delicious.

I was super bummed to leave early – and so mad at myself for making the mistake. But in the end, it didn’t matter how sad or mad I was. I had to keep my promise to my little girl.


JOHNSON’S® Baby understands the way parents keep promises to our children. And they’ve reformulated several products recently to uphold their promise to us – and to our children – to always keep them safe.

JOHNSON’S Baby always listens to moms and although their products have always been safe, they took a stand and changed our formulas to give moms peace of mind. To share this commitment, they’ve created an inspiring story through the “Our Promise” video as an open letter to moms showing their scientists and their families coming together to build an origami stork mobile, symbolizing the delivery of their promise to always listen to moms. Watch the video:

I like this video a lot. JOHNSON’S Baby called it “heartfelt,” and I’d agree. The concept for the video was inspired by a Japanese legend that folding 1,000 origami cranes will result in a wish granted and a promise fulfilled, which is thought to be a big labor of love. Changing their products was JOHNSON’S Baby’s labor of love for moms and babies, but they used storks in our video because they represent the delivery of babies, and the hopes and promises of families.

If you’re wondering about the specifics…

  • JOHNSON’S Baby met their 2013 Safety and Care Commitment to remove formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and reduce traces of 1,4 dioxane from all of their baby products, everywhere around the world.
  • Additionally, for most of their new and improved baby products, they removed parabens (ahead of our 2015 commitment!). For more information about their policies and timeline, visit
  • The JOHNSON’S® Baby Family is excited to introduce you to seven newly reformulated products: Baby HEAD-TO-TOE® Wash, Baby Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thick and Curly Hair, Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin and Straight Hair, Baby Shampoo with Calming Lavender, Baby Soothing Vapor Baby Bath.

I don’t know about you, but I associate the smell of JOHNSON’S Baby Lotion WITH BABIES. But not just babies in general, no. I associate it solely with the cute, sweet, cuddle-able part of babies. And now? I’ll associate it promises kept and commitments met. (And, now that I’ve written this post, it will probably remind me to make my travel plans more carefully next time I go out of town and leave my babies at home!)

When was the last time you kept a promise – even though it wasn’t easy?

I was compensated for this campaign for JOHNSON’S Baby through The Motherhood, but all opinions and trouble reading itineraries correctly are my own.

5 Comments Keeping Promises with JOHNSON’S Baby

  1. Jessie Weaver August 5, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’ll admit I don’t know if I would have followed through on that promise, actually. Which makes me feel a lot selfish!

    When one of my friends was killed in a car crash my senior year of high school, we made 1,000 cranes and sent them to the family. It is a labor of love and something to take your mind off the pain. Repetitive motion. Something to do instead of think.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect August 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Oh, wow, Jessie. That’s a beautiful gesture for your friend’s family.

  2. JIll August 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    TOTALLY true that all babies smell like Johnsons. And I love that they are getting rid of the bad stuff in their products. Makes me love them even more!!

  3. Rebecca D August 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    My younger daughter has always taken everything I said as carved in stone… This has been a problem for me over the years and I have constantly had to say things like “I’ll do my best to take you to blah blah blah” or other such qualifying statements. Even now that she is 19 and getting ready to head off to college (or maybe especially now) she is holding me to all kinds of commitments, so that is how I found myself rushing to a local favorite store 20 minutes to closing to go “look at” some bedding she was interested in for her dorm. The last thing I wanted to do was leave the house at 8:40 on a rainy Thursday night but my word is my word.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect August 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Ohhhh, you’re a good mom, Rebecca! Yes, my daughter is like that – whether I intend it as an ironclad promise or not, she takes it that way. What I should have said in my post is that I’ve learned the hard way – because in the past, I’ve ignored her feelings and not kept what she saw as a promise. But now I realize that no matter how I mean something, if she hears it as a promise, I need to treat it as one. Best of luck to you as your baby goes to college!!

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