Taking Care Of Your Baby’s Skin
Nothing makes you happier than feeling the smooth and soft skin of your newborn. As your kid shows growth it would be better to take some certain measures for keeping the skin feeling good and pampered. A baby’s skin is soft and delicate to touch! Mothers can definitely get on a few tips for essential baby skin care for always keeping their babies healthy and happy.
Many of us would do almost anything for getting that soft and gorgeous skin just like of a baby, which is possible with different measures! You would require essential care talking about baby skin as it is highly sensitive. Your baby skin is basically tender and soft. This is mainly due to the less melanin production in babies. Therefore, you must take utmost care while using strong creams and lotions on the skin of your child.
For your newborn’s skin the best things you can do is to bathe the baby with proper cleaning, especially of the diaper region. As the baby skin is sensitive to the surrounding environment you must be familiar with their routine for skin care like oil massage for your baby. Here are a few things to look upon and apply for the wellness of your baby skin.
Consider bathing time
Keeping baby bath as a night ritual would generally be good for the baby. However, when there is shortage of time, you can bathe your child for around more than two times a week – or at least while your child crawls around. During the rest of the time, the sponge bath around the area of diaper, mouth and skin folds (around thighs, double chins, armpits), would surely work well.
You can use a mild liquid cleanser that doesn’t sting your baby’s eyes and dry out the skin of your baby.
Soap-free liquid cleaners which are dye free and have good fragrance would be a good choice. Some products might not produce lather but still are effective for cleansing.
You can avoid bubble baths and bar soaps. Also it’s better to follow basic guidelines for safety for supporting the head of your baby and test water temperature on your wrist inside, for example. Before you even begin with the baby washing it would be recommended to gather supplies. You must not leave the baby while she’s in bath, even not for instant. After you’re done bathing you can lie down your baby no a bassinet or a crib.
While taking your baby out in daytime, you should use items for protecting and covering the soft and tender skin of your baby:
Sunglasses having ultraviolet protection
A baby hat
Protection factor (SPF) or at least 15
Babies who are younger than 6 months must be out of reach of direct sunlight. While taking these out it’s better to apply sunscreen on tiny areas that cannot be completely covered like hands and face. It can be used on an older baby’s body too, but you need to be careful around the eyes. Also don’t take out your baby between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is too strong.
Sunscreen blocks and sticks with zinc or titanium dioxide and would be gentle on the skin. It would be better to reapply sunscreen after every 2 hour or just after your baby gets wet or sweats.
Newborns would generally have a sensitive and soft skin, so it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to wash towels and new clothing before you begin using these. Although you can also find special “baby” laundry detergents that would leave less amount of residue after you’re washing it, it’s great for regularly using detergents.
Skin conditions would often be genetic, so if you’re someone who has sensitive skin, chances are that your baby would also have it. If your child develops rash and irritation on body parts that are making contact with clothes, you pretty much blame your detergent for it. It would be better to replace your current detergent with a mild one that is clear and free of fragrances, allergens and dyes.
You must make sure that your baby gets dressed up in clothes that are loosely fit. This would provide help in better air circulation and also prevents your child from feeling uncomfortable and sweating at daytime. You can use soft and thin sheets at warm nights.