Your baby’s very first monsoon can be a magical time, as long as you follow a few simple tips that’ll keep your little one safe, cozy and happy. Here are our top tips to help you care for your baby during the rains.
1. Keep your little one clean & cool
Even though the temperature dips a little during the monsoon, the excess humidity can make your baby very sweaty. As you know, excess sweat can breed bacteria leading to infections. Keep your newborn clean & cool during this season by bathing them 2-3 times a week with a mild cleanser like Softsens Baby Cleansing Bar or Softsens Tear-Free Body Wash. If your baby is a little older, you can increase the frequency of baths. Keep baths as short as possible and make sure that the temperature is just right by checking with your elbow first. Pick a time during the day when the temperature outside is not too cool so that your baby feels comfortable and doesn’t catch a chill. After a bath, dry their skin gently, making sure you dry well between the folds, as any dampness can lead to infections.
Don’t forget to dry well between the skin folds.
2. Wipe away sweat as often as needed
Baby wipes are great for keeping your baby’s skin clean and sweat-free. Softsens Baby Wipes are enriched with pure Aloe Vera gel which is known for its soothing and cooling properties, thus protecting and caring for your baby’s sensitive skin during this season. You can also control excess sweating by using Softsens Baby Powder which contains natural plant based ingredients that have antiseptic & anti- bacterial properties. It helps absorb excess moisture and eliminates friction, keeping your baby’s skin cool, clean & dry, yet soft & supple.
Clean away sweat without any fuss using Softsens Baby Wipes
3. Watch out for rashes and bumps
Your baby’s skin is especially prone to skin irritations during the monsoon. Check your baby’s skin thoroughly on a daily basis and consult your doctor if you notice bumps, swelling, extreme redness, rash or other irritations.
4. More diaper duty for everyone
Think you use too many diapers? Think again. During the rains, it’s crucial to change your baby’s diaper more often, as,
(i) The chances of them getting a nappy rash due to dampness are higher during this season, and
(ii) Your little one will pee a lot more because of the change in temperature outside. Keep their nappy area clean and dry always. If possible, give your little one some diaper-free time every day to let the skin breathe.
5. Light and loose clothing is your monsoon mantra
Dressing your baby properly during this season can get a little confusing because some days are particularly warm and some days can be quite cool. Here’s a little tip that’ll help – always dress your baby in one extra layer than the one you’re in. Light-coloured and loose cotton clothing that allows the skin to breathe is recommended. Cover their arms and legs to prevent mosquito-bites. You can make them wear a little jacket if it gets cool or cover them with a warm cotton blanket. Keep an eye on the temperature and make sure your baby stays cozy and comfortable.
Protect baby’s delicate skin with light, loose clothes.
6.Stay healthy from the inside
When it comes to food and water during this season, it’s good to be extra cautious. Water-related illnesses are more common during the rains. If your little one is on formula milk, make sure you boil the water that has to be mixed into the formula first. After boiling, let it cool down for 30 minutes or so and then use. Breastmilk is great for your baby during the rains as it contains antibodies that help fight infections, thus strengthening your child’s immune system. Make sure all food is washed and cooked properly. Don’t leave food outside for too long or uncovered as it can spoil easily.
7.Get your home monsoon-ready
You don’t want pesky mosquitoes coming anywhere near your darling baby. So make sure you keep your home absolutely clean, dry and neat during the monsoon. Trim all plants and change water in them regularly. Get your electricals checked before the season starts. Keep bugs and mosquitoes away by covering windows with a wire mesh. You can also put a mosquito net around your baby’s crib to keep them safe.
8.Keep those hands germ-free
Even if you keep your baby’s surroundings clean, they can still catch an infection if they come into contact with a person who is carrying one. That’s why it’s extremely important to wash your own hands regularly with an anti-bacterial handwash before touching your baby. If your baby is being handled by someone else, make sure that they wash well too before contact.
9. Check that your baby’s vaccinations are up-to-date
Consult your doctor to make sure that your baby has had all appropriate vaccinations suitable for their age.
10. Trim nails regularly
Infections under the nails are also common during the rains so trim your little one’s nails regularly with baby-safe scissor or clippers.
Keep your baby’s nails short to ensure that dirt and grime doesn’t get collected underneath.
11. Sanitize those baby essentials
Look out for mold as it can grow easily during the rains, especially on items like your baby’s toys, pacifiers or drinking cups. Sanitize these well. Change and wash your baby’s bedding often as this also becomes sweaty and dirty.
Ensure good ventilation in the baby’s room.
12. Avoid crowded places
This is a time when people are more prone to infections. Your little one’s immune system is still developing and hence he/she can catch such infections easily from others. We recommend avoiding crowded places with your baby during the rains.
Lastly, enjoy this magical season to the fullest with your little one! Do comment below to let us know if you found the blog helpful and also do share your baby care tips for a magical monsoon.