How To Choose Skincare Range For Your Newborn Baby
Created by Faraz Mohammad Khan Updated on Apr 26, 2018
You are back to home now with your newborn and returning to your daily routine. Among other things like keeping your baby warm, nourished; their skin care is just as crucial.
A newborn baby's skin is very sensitive, and so is their immune system. This makes newborn skin care a delicate affair. What to do and what to use are of importance when tackling your newborn's skin. On a positive side, touch on your newborn's skin has a soothing effect and is essential for your baby's development.
What to Do in Newborn Skin Care
The thumb rule to newborn's skin care is Less is more. Following are a few tips
Don't bathe your baby frequently Babies don't work 9 to 5 and they are not hitting the gym after. Except for drool and diaper, newborns don't get very dirty. For the first month or so, a sponge bath two to three times a week works best. Excess bathing removes newborn's natural skin oil and leaves it dry and vulnerable.
Avoid scented baby products in the early months These can irritate your baby's skin.
Wash baby's clothing before it's worn Use baby laundry detergent which is fragrance and dye free.
Change diapers often Babies poop soon after eating. Be on the lookout after you feed and change right away. This helps avoiding diaper rashes. You can also use diaper cream to avoid chafing.
Block the sun For the first six months, try to avoid anytime in the sun. There after use a sunscreen 30 minutes prior to taking your baby for that warm sun bath.
What to Use for Baby Skin Care
Time to assemble these newborn skincare products in your baby's nursery
- Baby soap/shampoo Use mild washes which are safe for newborns. Better yet, try making one at hime
- Baby lotion To moisturize your newborn's skin. Remember to use sparingly
- Petroleum jelly To treat that occasional diaper rash
- Baby oil Use this as a massage oil for the newborn
- Baby laundry detergent Perfume and dry free detergent for baby's cloths and sheets
- Baby powder If using baby powder, use one which is talc free and use away from baby's face.
Skin Care Products Buying Tips
- Read labels carefully to make sure the products you buy are free from dyes, fragrances and chemicals which can irritate baby's skin.
- Prefer hypoallergenic products. These are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Look for phthalate and paraben free products as these can potentially harm your newborn.
- Opt for natural organic products whenever available.
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