There’s a reason why we all wish we had skin like a baby's. Sweet, soft and cuddly – a newborn baby’s skin is perfect, making us want to spend hours gliding our fingers over that super-soft surface. But it’s also extremely delicate and sensitive, and requires gentle care and nourishment. Here are our top do’s and don’ts on caring for your newborn baby’s skin.
1. Skip a bath (No, seriously)
As much as this might surprise you, a newborn baby really doesn’t need a bath every day (or twice a day, like some of us). Give your newborn a sponge bath not more than two to three times a week. Too much washing can dry out their sensitive skin and make it prone to infections. However, make sure you clean the diaper area as often as necessary with a warm, wet cloth and check their skin daily for dirt and grime.
2. No sun-tanning just yet
We bet you can’t wait to take your darling angel for a walk to show them off to the world. However, it is best to avoid direct sun exposure during your baby’s first six months. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy the great outdoors. All you need to do is keep their skin well-protected by covering their hands, legs and feet in light clothing. Shade that adorable face from the sun with a light, wide-brimmed hat. Once they are 6 months old, you can also shield their skin by applying a baby-safe sunscreen. If you notice any kind of rash or allergy due to sun exposure, don’t hesitate to show it to your doctor.
3. Check the back of the pack
There has never been a better time to brush up on your knowledge of baby product ingredients! A couple of terms you need to look out for when buying baby care products are - ‘mild’, ‘gentle’, ‘tear-free’, ‘non-irritant’ and ‘non-toxic’. New born baby products are specially formulated to care for your little one’s sensitive skin, keeping it clean & healthy.
4. Lather on the Lotion
You’d be surprised at how dry a newborn baby’s skin tends to get. Seal in the moisture in your baby’s skin by gently massaging with baby lotion as often as necessary. If the air your home is too dry, you can even place a humidifier in their room to help protect skin from drying out.
5. Clean between the lines (better known as folds)
When moisture accumulates between your baby’s skin folds, it can lead to redness, peeling and rash. To avoid this, don’t leave their skin damp, especially after cleaning. Clean between the folds a couple of times every day. Under their mouth, behind their knees, the diaper region and the arm pits are a few areas you shouldn’t miss.
6. Spot the different rashes
Don’t be alarmed by rashes. They usually clear up in a few days and can be treated with baby rash cream or lotion. However, if you see cracks in the skin, excessive peeling, boils or bleeding, then show this to your pediatrician as soon as possible.
Do a quick spot check for rashes daily.
7. Don’t let those bugs bite!
Protect that gentle skin from bug bites by keeping it covered when you go outdoors. Insect repellant is not recommended for newborns but you could speak to your pediatrician regarding this if you feel it is required.
8. Shower their skin with TLC
And our number 1 ingredient for keeping your newborn baby’s skin happy and healthy is - loads and loads of Tender Loving Care!
Your baby’s skin longs for Mummy’s soft touch.