Taking the best care of your baby’s delicate skin
Bringing your newborn home and setting a daily routine means creating a skincare routine for your baby. Keeping your baby warm and nourished is your top priority. Your newborn’s skin is super delicate and you want to make sure to do everything possible to ensure his skin care.
There is absolutely no need to bathe your baby frequently in the first few months. Frequent bathing during the first year of life removes the natural oils that protect your baby’s skin. don’t need to bathe him more than three times per week. That may lead to dryness in skin. It may also lead to eczema (eczema refers to the condition where some patches of the skin becomes itchy, cracked, red and rough)
Changing diapers: Except for diaper changes, newborns don’t get very dirty. For the first month or so, giving a sponge bath twice or thrice a week will keep your baby safely clean.
Don’t let diaper-changing turn into a painful experience for your baby. Change your baby’s diaper frequently to make sure he is not kept in a dirty diaper. It is absolutely essential to keep the baby’s skin dry and clean so that the tendencies of diaper rash become less frequent.
For new born babies, diapers may be changed for 10 times or more. As they get older, the number of changing diapers will be less. Therefore, during the first few months, skin must be wiped gently but thoroughly each time with baby wipes. Dab some diaper cream; gently pat dry. Wait for the skin to air-dry so moisture doesn’t lead to diaper rash.
Preferable skin care products: Don’t use any scented baby products in the early months. This can irritate your baby’s delicate skin. Use skin-care products made for babies, like: fragrance-free and tear-free shampoos, bath gels, and lotions. But everything you use be careful of baby’s reaction in case he is allergic. It’s very important to keep Baby’s skin moisturized, so always have a supply of mild baby-lotions around.
Nicely wash baby’s clothing before it’s worn. Use only baby laundry detergents which are non-fragrant and dye-free. Wash baby clothes, bedding, and blankets separately.
Giving your newborn a gentle massage is important. a massage is a way to convey your love and affection for your baby. Also massaged babies sleep better, and cry less. But if your baby makes a fuss during massage, he may not be ready. Use a very gentle touch while massaging to make it a pleasurable experience for your baby. Regular massages can also help your baby to get stronger bones and better blood circulation.
Hair care: It is not very necessary to clean your baby’s hair every day. Unless your baby has cradle cap or sweats too much, in that case you can wash your baby’s hair on a regular basis. Also, this totally depends on you whether you want to use shampoo or wash the baby’s head with damp washcloth. If you decide to go for shampoo, you should remember that the shampoo should be with a neutral pH (5,5) which is perfectly suitable for babies.
Additionally, the yellow secretions on your baby hair are referred to cradle cap. The appearance of cradle cap can be unpleasant but babies are not usually much bothered by this. As time passes, this resolves on its own. Usually it is suggested to use baby oil, almond oil or mineral oil in order to get rid of these cradle caps.