27 Oct 2022 | 3 min Read
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Babies have very gentle and delicate skin. The baby’s skin requires time to get accustomed to the new environment after birth. Therefore, picking products with natural ingredients and organic products is recommended for baby’s skincare. It’s best to use products which are particularly designed for babies like mild baby soaps, mild tear-free shampoos and gentle oils or lotions.
Read on for tips on how to use natural baby skincare products in their regular routine.
Massages are important to strengthen the baby’s bones and muscles and are also a great way to bond with your baby. Gently massaging the baby’s skin with natural oils rich in natural ingredients like moringa oil, sesame oil and saffron oil helps in nourishing and moisturising it.
You may also use cold-pressed organic coconut oil. However, avoid using commercial oils that contain harmful chemicals like synthetic fragrances, colour and preservatives which may irritate the baby’s skin and cause allergic reactions.
You need not bathe your baby every day. This is because excessive bathing can strip the baby’s skin of its natural oils and cause dryness and flaking. Hence, you can bathe your baby three to four times a week which may be adequate.
Ensure you only use baby-safe mild body wash or soap and lukewarm water for bathing your little one. The temperature of the room should be warm enough to protect your baby from a chill or a cold. After the bath, use a soft, cotton towel to gently pat the baby dry.
Babies are prone to diaper rashes if the baby’s diaper area is exposed to wearing a dirty diaper for long, if the diaper is too tight, or even if the baby is allergic to a specific brand of diapers.
Hence it is recommended to change the diapers immediately after the baby has soiled them in order to avoid rashes and any skin infections. Select soft and comfy diapers that are absorbent.
Don’t forget to use a soothing natural diaper rash cream to prevent the rashes from getting worse or happening during every diaper change.
Moisturising is an important step in baby skincare since baby skin is prone to dryness. Applying moisturiser after bathing can help lock in moisture and keep the skin supple and hydrated. You may also use ointments or baby lotions.
Avoid exposing your baby’s fragile skin to direct sunlight, especially during the initial months of birth, as it can cause sunburn. When heading out in the sun, keep your baby suitably covered with long-sleeved clothes, full pants, and caps and apply a natural baby-safe sunscreen on the exposed areas of the skin.
When it comes to the most important thing for a baby’s skincare, it is to be mindful of the products you use and hence #LabelPadhoMoms. Also, ensure you wash your hands before touching your baby. Handle your baby’s skin with tenderness for the best results!
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