Babies do not come with manuals, and if you have a newborn on your hands, you may be wondering where to begin when it comes to grooming your little one. You are not alone. There are simple basics that are easy to learn and master in time. Babies have sensitive and tender skin, which requires additional protection and care.
If proper skincare is not practiced, your baby may develop allergies and rashes. You must be careful about your baby’s skin needs and use products that are natural and free of chemical additives. If you maintain proper skincare, it will ensure that the baby has great skin throughout their life. Here is everything you need to know to keep your precious little one’s skin looking soft and healthy.
1. Bath time
Your baby needs two to three baths a week in warm water. The water should be warm and not hot. You need to find an ideal temperature and fill the bathtub with only 2 to 3 inches of water. To prevent your baby from getting cold when you bathe them, you need to regularly pour cupfuls of water over their shoulders. Use a washcloth for bathing your little one. Dip it in soapy water and use it gently to wash the scalp with baby shampoo. To clean the face, moisten a cotton ball and dab gently. Whenever you lift the baby out of the tub, remember to place one hand on the neck to support their head and the other supporting the bottom. Wrap them in a hooded towel and apply lotion immediately to seal moisture and avoid dry skin.
2. Basics of diapering
You will be changing lots of diapers for your little one when they are an infant. This will most likely come naturally to you, but if it doesn’t, be sure to wipe gently every time you change a diaper using baby wipes. Alternatively, you can use warm water from a squirt bottle on the bottom and pat them dry. Let it air dry, so the moisture does not lead to a diaper rash. Use diaper balm only as necessary. Buy fragrance-free diapers in a size that is not too tight.
3. Choose the right products
You should use skincare products that are made for babies. They should be tear-free shampoos, fragrance-free diapers, lotions, and gels. Whichever product you choose to use, be watchful of the child’s reaction if they are allergic. While not necessary, you may find in dryer months that you will need to moisturize. Have a supply of lotions on hand. You can also use ointments to keep their skin soft. Do not use deodorant, perfumed or antibacterial soaps. They could be harsh until the child is a toddler.
4. Consider the weather
Direct sunlight can be harmful at any age, but babies are especially susceptible to burns. You can apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 on small body areas like their face. Remember that babies are susceptible to heat rash, and to prevent this, you can dress them in loose clothing with a hat to protect them from the sun. During winter, the dry weather can damage your baby’s skin, so you need to use a cool-mist humidifier to keep the air moist. Keep in mind to clean the humidifier regularly, or it will develop mold. Keep your child hydrated during the dry, cold months.
5. Skin problems
A lot of babies have birthmarks, and it is hereditary. You need not worry about them as they cause no harm to the baby and do not need any medication or treatment. There are some common skin conditions that children may face, like eczema. Eczema is an itchy rash that could occur in response to a cause. It occurs on the face, chest, elbow, behind knees, and on the arms. If your family often experiences allergies, your child may be at the risk of getting affected by eczema. You can use mild soaps and apply a soft amount of moisturizer. A lot of babies develop acne, but it is usually nothing to be concerned about.
These five tips will help ensure that your baby has soft, healthy skin. Always check the ingredients of the product before you buy them and stay away from harsh chemicals. Certain ingredients can cause skin irritation, dryness, rashes, etc. Choose to use organic products when possible. Make sure your baby wears clothes that are clean and washed. Whenever you buy a new outfit, wash it before putting it to use and ensure it keeps the baby comfortable. Your little one’s skin is sensitive and needs a lot of care. A happy baby means a happy you, and with little precautions and extra care, you can ensure that your baby has soft and healthy skin.
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