Skincare for newborns

Published by Baby Bunting on Monday, January 28, 2019

But to make sure your baby gets the best possible start to life with their skin, there are a few tips and hints you might want to consider for your newborn

Protection from the sun

Babies under 6 months old shouldn’t wear sunscreen. The best thing to do is be sun smart in every other way possible; ensure that you go outdoors only during low UV times; stay in the shade when you do; and cover your baby’s skin with long sleeved clothing and hats.

Bathing

Newborns aren’t active enough to get dirty like older kids. Especially while their skin is so sensitive, and provided you are thorough during nappy changes, newborns really only need a bath 2-3 times a week.

When you do bathe your baby, you can use a bathing tub or a gentle warm washcloth for a sponge bath and use soap-free bath wash to avoid skin irritation. Make sure you go from the top down and hit every area, particularly between skin folds, before ending in their nappy region. After the bath, protect your baby’s skin and keep it supple with baby-specific oils, creams and lotions like Johnson & Johnson.

Protection from insects

In the warmer months when mosquitoes and other critters are out in force, take steps to prevent any irritating or potentially nasty bites on your baby. Cover up their skin with long, loose-fitting clothing, and buy age-appropriate insect repellent. Use this only on babies over two months old and with DEET concentrations of no more than 30%. When applying, rub it on your hands first, and avoid their face and hands.

Clothing and washing

When buying new clothes for your baby, it’s a good idea to wash them before wear. That way any commercial detergents, dust or other pickups will be removed.

You won’t necessarily need to buy special baby detergents, or wash clothes separately, unless at your doctor’s suggestion or you notice a specific reaction. Do try and avoid scented washes, as these can irritate your baby’s skin.

Nappy rash/teething rash

Nappy rash can be prevented with diligent care and attention to what your baby wears. Try and increase the times where your baby isn’t wearing a nappy to give them the chance to ‘breathe’. Keep the region dry after changes and baths, and only apply lotions or creams as a treatment rather than a preventative measure. Teething rash can be similarly avoided by keeping your baby’s mouth and chin dry during teething, and drying through gentle dabbing rather than wiping.
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