You have probably noticed that your little one’s skin is very soft and delicate. His skin is thinner than an adult’s and may easily become irritated, sunburnt, and/or dry. Therefore, it is important to take precautions to keep your baby’s beautiful skin healthy. The following tips can help:
1. Don’t use soap every time you bathe him. When you do use soap, make sure it’s hypoallergenic, unscented baby soap.
2. Avoid exposing your baby to direct sunlight. Try not to go out with your baby between 10 am and 4 pm, but if you have to, dress your baby with fresh, cotton clothing that covers his arms and legs. Don’t forget his hat and try to walk under the shade so that your baby has the least possible exposure to the sun.
3. Change your toddler’s diaper often to prevent a rash. Thoroughly clean the area with water and cotton, and make sure it dries out completely. If you use wipes, avoid those containing alcohol or fragrances because they can irritate your baby’s skin.
4. Make sure your baby is not exposed to harsh chemicals, like in some soaps and detergents. There is no need to buy special detergents; however, always make sure to completely rinse out all clothes and items that can be in contact with your baby. During these first months, it is advisable to wash your baby’s clothes separately from yours. After the first four months, you can combine them with the rest of the family’s clothes, but always make sure they are rinsed thoroughly.
Finally, it’s important to mention that your baby’s skin has a natural layer of protection so it doesn’t require moisturizers and creams. If you notice that his skin has become dry, you can use some unscented baby lotion on the affected area. Continue applying it only when necessary.