As a Mom, you know that there is nothing more delicate than your baby's skin. Babies have a lot of skin for their tiny little bodies and it's much thinner than ours. This means that your baby's perfectly soft skin will absorb almost anything that's put on it, so when it comes to skin care for your baby: less is definitely more.
Tips for Keeping Skin Care Simple for Your Baby
Bathing: Except for drool and diaper changes, newborns don't get very dirty. With all the diaper changes and wiping of the mouth and nose after feedings, most babies may only need to be bathed 2 or 3 times a week. Bathing her more frequently may actually dry out her skin, particularly if soaps are used or moisture is allowed to evaporate from the skin. If you choose to use soap or foaming wash, ensure that it’s made with all natural ingredients that nourish and protect baby's delicate skin.
Moisturize: Your baby has wonderfully soft, smooth skin, but the barrier is not fully developed. Baby skin both absorbs and loses moisture more quickly than adult skin, so it needs regular moisturizer. Gently applying a butter or balm immediately after the bath will help keep dryness at bay.
Sun Protection: That delicate skin makes babies and toddlers more vulnerable to sun damage and the chemicals that they're made with. For babies younger than six months, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be kept out of direct sunlight until they’re six months old. When you take your baby out in the daytime, cover and protect skin with a hat, tightly woven and long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses, and a natural sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection*.
*If you plan on using sunscreen on babies under six 6 months of age, Health Canada recommends consulting a doctor first.
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