As a new parent, one of your top priorities is taking care of your baby's delicate skin. Babies have thin and sensitive skin that requires extra care and attention, especially during the first few months of life. Here are some tips on how to take care of your baby's skin to keep it healthy and protected.
1. Keep your baby clean and dry
Babies are prone to diaper rash and other skin irritation. To prevent diaper rash, change your baby's diaper frequently, at least every two to three hours, or as soon as it becomes soiled. Use a mild, hypoallergenic diaper cream to protect your baby's skin from moisture and irritation.
2. Use gentle, hypoallergenic products
Babies have sensitive skin that is prone to irritation and allergies. Therefore, it is important to use gentle, hypoallergenic products that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances. Avoid using soap and opt for a gentle, fragrance-free baby wash or shampoo to clean your baby's skin and hair. Avoid using alcohol-based wipes or lotions as they can dry out your baby's skin and cause irritation. One of our go-to products for keeping baby’s skin clean without stripping it is Hudson Valley Skin Care’s Oh Baby! 3-in-1 wash. This wash contains extra gentle ingredients and can be used as a body wash, bubble bash, or shampoo.
3. Protect your baby from the sun
Babies have sensitive skin that is more prone to sunburn. Therefore, it is important to protect your baby's skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. When going outside, use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it to your baby's exposed skin every two hours. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to their face, neck, and ears. Avoid going outside during peak sun hours, between 10 am and 4 pm, and dress your baby in lightweight, long-sleeved clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to cover their skin.
4. Moisturize your baby's skin
Babies have thin and delicate skin that can easily become dry and flaky. To keep your baby's skin hydrated and moisturized, apply a gentle, hypoallergenic baby lotion or oil after every bath. Avoid using lotions that contain alcohol or fragrances as they can dry out your baby's skin. If your baby has dry or sensitive skin, use a hypoallergenic, unscented cream to prevent irritation. One of our favorite moisturizers specifically formulated for a baby’s delicate, sensitive skin is Hudson Valley Skin Care’s Oh Baby! Fragrance-Free Better Butter. This body butter is made with gentle, nourishing ingredients like locally sourced Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, and Vitamin E to ensure your little one’s skin stays healthy and happy.
5. Bathe your baby in lukewarm water
Babies have sensitive skin that can easily become dry and irritated. Therefore, it is important to use lukewarm water when giving your baby a bath. Hot water can strip away your baby's natural oils and cause dryness, while cold water can make your baby's skin feel tight and uncomfortable. Use a mild, hypoallergenic baby wash to clean your baby's skin and hair, and avoid using soap as it can strip away your baby's natural oils.
In conclusion, taking care of your baby's skin requires extra care and attention. By following these tips, you can keep your baby's skin healthy, hydrated, and protected from irritation and sunburn.