Okay, so I’m normally not one to open up like a book, but today I’m going to do just that. I recently had a baby! Please, no more gifts, I rather you spend your money on skin care products. Anyway, I’ve been spending thousands of hours researching products for adults, even senior citizens. But I figured it was time to flip the script. That said, I spent some time searching to learn more about babies and how to care for their skin. It turns out this is pretty important stuff!
It may not come as a shocker to all, but newborn babies have pretty sensitive and tender skin. Their skin needs a protection and some serious care. I’ll cover a few things that I learned while researching this topic and what you need to consider when you have a baby. If you’re a new parent, please spend time reading this article in full, doing so could save his or her skin.
Simple Baby Skin Tips I Personally Gathered To Share
Like I said, if you’re a new parent, then you need to be very careful about caring for your baby’s skin. It’s extremely sensitive and they will most likely develop some sort of allergy or rash at some point in time. That is if you mistreat their skin. The major rule here is that you only use products that are completely natural as well as free from harsh chemicals.
Lots of skin care products that we use as adults are not acceptable for use on your baby’s skin. For example, applying that expensive La Mer skin cream is a big no-no. Just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean you should put it on your baby.
Before kicking things off, I’m going to hit you with a few quick facts that you’ll need to be aware of…
– I cannot stress it enough, baby skin is super sensitive, thin, and really fragile.
– A Newborn has skin that will most definitely need to adjust to the environment that you’ve just put them in.
– You baby will be prone to developing skin allergies over the first three months.
– Baby’s skin can be a battle to take on. Things like chemicals in soaps, shampoos, developing diaper rashes and more.
Now that I’ve covered that, time to get down to business…
I’ll just throw it right out there and say it, babies have perfect skin. In fact, from a purely comparative perspective, in terms of humans in general, a baby wins almost always in the “better skin” department. Now there are things that you can do to keep that baby skin looking and feeling perfect. Here are some topics and tips to always keep in mind.
Bathing/Washing Your Baby
Some parents want to wash their baby’s skin every single day. If you like to do this, then I’m going to step in and suggest that you not use any soaps or shampoos that contain chemicals, period. They will cause an allergic reaction to occur. Instead, you’re better off washing their skin with warm water and some gentle soap for babies, something like Johnson’s or Doves soap for babies.
It’s also important that you not attempt to use some new products on your baby’s skin. It’s also important that you not use any of the standard antibacterial soaps because those may actually be too harsh for your skin.
Do you know what babies wear diapers? It’s not to make the parent’s life easier but to protect the baby from developing rashes or bad infections. They basically keep baby skin so fresh and so clean even when dirty. Now, that’s not to say you can let your baby sit in a dirty diaper for an hour. If they have “used” the diaper, then you need to change it. Assuming that you’re changing the diaper, be sure to apply Butt Paste or something to further protect their skin.
Improper diaper care will lead to rashes, irritations, and infections. If you know your baby has a dirty diaper, don’t wait, change it immediately.
When you do, be sure to use fragrance-free, chemical free wipes as well as Butt Paste. If your baby does develop a skin rash, know that it’s typically not a major issue, but it may be and if you think that’s the case, then speak to a pediatrician.
Dry And Itchy Skin
If your baby develops eczema or acne it may be due to a condition. Then again, it may not be. If your family is prone to asthma, allergy, and atopic dermatitis issues, then you may find yourself soon dealing with eczema issues as well. Assuming your baby develops dry skin, then don’t be afraid to take action and apply something natural to their skin. You can use pure coconut oil assuming they’re not allergic to it.
I’d also like to suggest only bathing your baby every few days if they have dry skin. Bathing too frequently causes your skin to get very dry and doing so is actually stripping those important nutrients from their skin. This is a no-brainer, but never introduce them to any Bed, Bath, and Beyond bath gels, as it’s going to destroy their skin.
I strongly suggest keeping your baby’s skin protected from direct sunlight at all times. If you do go out, be sure to apply baby sunscreen to their skin. You’ll find that California Baby is a great brand and sunscreen option.
Rapid Fire Tips
- Keep your baby’s clothes clean and wash them prior to wearing.
- If they sweat, they will develop prickly heat, so keep the sweating to a minimum.
- Detergents, powders, creams and other types of products can cause irritation, dryness, rashes and more. Use only fragrance-free organic products or chemical free products to cut down on the chances of developing skin issues.
Good luck and if you have any tips or tricks for caring for your baby please let me know!