28 Jan Skincare Tips for Newborns
Bringing a newborn home is a mixed bag of emotions. You are ecstatic that after nine long months the little kiddo is finally here, and you can’t get enough of the cuteness. At the same time, it is pretty scary that you are literally responsible for keeping this tiny human alive and healthy.
If you are a first-time mom, this is the kind of stuff your nightmares will be made of for months; if you can sleep during those first few months, that is.
Besides nursing them and changing dirty diapers, your baby will also need you to take care of his skin. In a perfect world, you’d want their skin to stay that perfect until they are 30-something years old. But that’s not possible, so let’s just take what we get. 🙂
Newborn skin is very sensitive. It is thinner than adult skin, which means it requires extra attention to keep it healthy. So what can you do? Well, here are 5 tips to help you take care of your newborn’s skin:
It is perfectly normal for newborns to have dry, peeling skin immediately after birth. They have been in a fluid environment for the past 9 months, and this is how their bodies respond to the change in environment.
Here is a fun fact for you: Immediately after birth, the first skin of a baby is called the vernix. This skin naturally peels off within the first week or so.
To take care of their skin during the first few weeks, all you have to do is wash your kiddo with plain water and a sponge about 3 or so times a week. Pay special attention to the mouth, the folds of the armpit, neck, stomach, and knees, and the diaper areas.
When you keep your baby’s skin clean, it reduces the chances of them getting rashes and allergies.
Use natural products
Baby skin is extremely fragile. To protect it, use only natural and chemical-free products like mild soaps, tear-free shampoos, and gentle lotions.
As you use your product of choice, make sure to observe if there is any reaction on the baby’s skin from the products.
Avoid all perfumed and anti-bacterial products. These products can easily irritate your baby’s skin.
Additionally, do not experiment with new products on your baby’s skin. Stick to tried and tested brands.
Massages are a great way to express love and affection for your baby. Gently massaging your baby’s skin with natural oils will nourish and moisturize their skin.
To give your baby a massage, use gentle and rhythmic strokes as you gently manipulate their ankles, wrists, and fingers.
Remember to sing them a song as you do to reassure them, and maintain lots of eye contact to bond with them.
Newborns are very prone to heat rashes. This is why it is best to dress them in clothes made of natural fibers like cotton and bamboo.
Clothes made from these fabrics are soft, absorb sweat and keep the baby comfortable.
On the flip side, synthetic clothes are abrasive and may cause allergic reactions to the baby.
Another important tip is to always wash newly bought clothes and beddings for the baby before using them. This way you will get rid of germs while also softening the clothes before using them.
Also, remember to wash baby’s clothes separate from the family’s laundry and only use a gentle non-perfumed cleaner.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Even if you forget everything else on this list, remember to moisturize. Moisturizing is the most important step in a newborns’ skincare routine.
It helps lock in the moisture and keep the skin supple and hydrated.
Although there are specialized natural baby skin moisturizers, you can also use petroleum jelly and baby lotions.
When you establish a good skincare routine right from birth, your baby will grow up to have nice, healthy skin that they will definitely thank you for later in their lives. So use only natural products and do not compromise on quality. And don’t forget to moisturize!