With a newborn in the house, a lot of parents feel a little crazy and stressed over taking care of them. We want to take all the right steps and make them as healthy and as happy as they can possibly be, but they are so frail and sensitive that even the tiniest mistake can leave them with skin irritations and rashes. Since they are so delicate, taking care of their skin requires special steps, but you shouldn’t worry. You can easily learn what to do and what to avoid, and even if your baby does end up with an irritation, it’s usually something harmless that can easily be cleared up. If you want to know more about newborn skincare, here are the things you need to keep in mind.
Don’t bathe them too often
Babies don’t really get sweaty, and they’re rarely out for long periods of time so they definitely don’t get nearly as dirty as adults do. Bathing them every single day is only likely to dry out their skin and make it less resistant, especially because babies do need to be introduced to germs and bacteria safely so they’d be able to develop their own immunities. Thrice a week is more than enough to keep your little darling clean, but you want to be careful with skin folds: the groin area, armpits, and thighs. Clean those every day, but only with a gentle wet sponge. That way you’ll avoid rashes.
Use natural cosmetics to combat dryness
Babies absolutely cannot use the same cosmetics that adults do, particularly if it contains silicones, sulphates, or parabens. They are far, far too sensitive for that and it can cause a nasty skin reaction that might take a while to deal with. Instead of that, use a good quality organic baby wash and lotion when you care for them because those products are formulated specifically for your newborn’s delicate skin. The right products will prevent dryness and flaking, and a good tip is also to use baby oil to massage their skin and help improve circulation.
Deal with diaper rash
Every baby ever has probably had a diaper rash at some point, so don’t worry. It’s not a big deal, and you can deal with it. You need to use only high-quality diapers and make sure to check them often. As soon as you notice that it’s wet, change it immediately. Try letting your baby go diaper-free for a few hours a day so their skin would get a chance to breathe, and if you see a rash, you can treat it with petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream. If you want something more natural, use pure aloe vera or coconut oil.
Always protect them from the sun
Even adults need constant sun protection, but for babies it’s absolutely essential. Make sure your baby always wears a little hat or cap when they’re out, and pick up a stroller that can shield them against harsh wind or sunlight.
Don’t expose them to chemicals
You will need to rinse out your baby’s clothes well to make sure there is no detergent residue on it. The same goes for cloth diapers, bedding, and any kind of cloth or toy that your newborn might come in contact with. When they’re old enough to crawl, you’ll want to keep them away from just-cleaned areas. Perhaps you could even try to switch your harsh cleansers for natural solutions if you’re worried chemicals might harm them.
Remember to wash new clothes
Always wash any new clothes you bought before your baby wears them. Baby things should also be washed separately from adult clothes, and you want to use fragrance-free, gentle detergents that won’t leave any residue.
And lastly, make sure you snuggle your little sweetheart often. Skin-to-skin contact actually helps babies because it increases their immunity and makes them more resistant to infections. So, as long as there are cuddles and gentle care, your newborn will be happy.