As concerned parents of little ones, we are always looking for the best, safest ways to take care of them. Whether it’s feeding, sleep or skin, parents everywhere are looking to provide the best possible care for their babies. It’s kind of our job as parents, right? We have compiled our list of tried and true, doctor-developed natural products and baby skin care tips for you. Read on.
Natural Baby Skin Care
When it comes to skin care, it might be hard to believe, but natural is not always better. Seems counter-intuitive, but hear us out on this one. Some natural products can actually cause more irritation and allergic reactions. This is because repeated exposure to certain ingredients can cause our skin to act allergic to it, even if the ingredient is natural. Think about poison ivy as an example. You might not get a rash the first time you come in contact with it, but you might after the 10th time. It’s the same way for ingredients in skin care. As you put a product on your skin day in and day out, over time your skin might actually develop an allergic reaction. This is especially true because most natural products are created from plants, and there are many plant allergies out there.
So if natural is not always better, what are concerned parents supposed to do? A good rule of thumb is to look for products that carry the seals of approval of respected organizations such as the National Eczema Association and the Skin Cancer Foundation. The reason these seals are important is that they mean the products have been tested by dermatologists that are not associated with the brand, and they determined that the products will not irritate skin, cause allergic reactions or assist sunburn. These organizations might not be the first to come to mind when looking for natural skin care solutions, but trust us, the safety of your products should be your first priority. Products carrying the seals of these organizations are safe. These are the products that dermatologists and pediatricians everywhere turn to – they are doctor-recommended skin care products.
Baby Skin Care Tips
So what are the top baby skin care tips from our resident dermatologist? Here are our top four:
- Apply an ointment or diaper rash cream to your baby’s bottom after every diaper change. Ointments act as a barrier to protect your baby’s bottom from the elements (like pee and poop!). For longer naps and overnight sleeping, use a diaper rash creams with zinc oxide to give added protection for longer exposure. Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm and Intensive Bottom Relief will keep your little one’s bottom happy.
- Keep the nightly baths short. Water actually pulls the water and moisture from the skin so the longer your baby’s skin is in the water, the drier it is getting. Baths should be less than five minutes for babies younger than six months old. Also, make sure that the wash you are using is pH-balanced so it won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Baby Pibu’s 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash is a good one to try.
- Apply a moisturizer right after bath. Applying a moisturizing cream or ointment right after bath helps to lock in the needed moisture. Ointments are the best moisturizers, followed by creams and then lotions. Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter is a perfect day-to-day moisturizer to use on your baby or child’s skin. When you notice dry patches or inflamed eczema patches, you can help soothe the skin by increasing the moisturizer to an ointment such as Hydrating Ointment.
- Try them for yourselves. In general, if products are safe for your baby, they are safe for you. Good creams and ointments should be used on adult skin in the same manner they are used on babies. Use a cream to hydrate on a daily basis, and switch up to an ointment when the skin is acting dry. This will help to prevent red, itchy skin and eczema flare ups.
Why Baby Pibu?
With so many choices on the market today, why should concerned parents looking for natural, safe, skin care solutions choose Baby Pibu? Baby Pibu is the first and only baby skin care line created by a dermatologist-mom, Dr. Amy. Dermatologists specialize in skin care and have extensive knowledge of what products to use on the skin and how to use them. Dr. Amy has the unique perspective of both a dermatologist looking for the best skin care, and of a mom worried about her children. In addition, part of Baby Pibu’s mission is to help educate parents on how to care for a baby’s delicate skin on a daily basis, and how to spot and soothe common skin conditions such as eczema, diaper rash and cradle cap.
While Baby Pibu’s products are all naturally-derived, they have been through the scrutiny of both the National Eczema Association and the Skin Cancer Foundation. Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter, Hydrating Ointment and 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash carry the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association and our Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ carries the Daily Seal of Acceptance of the Skin Cancer Foundation. Our products are gentle enough to use on newborn skin, but strong enough to tackle even the toughest skin ailments, such as eczema. Baby Pibu has achieved a balance between natural products and clinical safety.
By looking for doctor-recommended skin care products with the seals of approval from respected organizations, and by following these simple daily baby skin care tips, you can rest assured that you are doing the absolute best for your baby’s delicate skin. You are doing a good job, Mom and Dad!