Whether you have just brought home your newborn baby or you already have a groove going, you know how important it is to get into a routine. And baby skin care is no different. Here is Dr. Amy’s Daily 4: the four steps you need for daily baby skin care. Using this routine each and every day will help to keep your baby’s skin healthy and soft.
Prepare your baby for bedtime with a nightly bath time routine. This routine not only keeps your baby’s skin clean, it also helps him associate bath time with bedtime. The first thing you have to do is get the bath water ready. To make sure the water temperature is just right, test it putting your hand or arm in the water. Warm water – not too hot, not too cold – is the best, and if it feels good to you, it will feel good to your baby.
It’s a myth that soaking in the bath hydrates the skin. It’s just the opposite! Sitting and soaking in bath water actually takes the water out of skin, so keep bath times to less than 5 minutes for babies ages newborn to 6 months old.
Babies aren’t that dirty so it’s not necessary to use soap all over your baby’ body. Instead, only apply soap or cleanser to the hair, hands, feet, armpits, neck folds, and groin. Gentle 2-in-1 hair and body cleansers make bath time easier – just one product to remember to have on hand. Baby Pibu’s Bathtime Wash is naturally derived, hypoallergenic and irritant free. Our formula has earned the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Approval as gentle enough to use on sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
One final word on bathtime. Never, never leave your baby or toddler in the bath by themselves even for a single second. Drowning can happen in only a couple of inches of water.
It’s best to apply a moisturizer right after a bath on your baby’s damp skin. This locks in the moisture. It is best to use a cream or ointment rather than a lotion. Lotions are actually mostly made of water so they don’t work as well at locking in moisture. Ointments are the best moisturizers, then creams, and then lotions. We recommend Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter for everyday use or Hydrating Ointment for more sensitive skin or drier times.
Remember the bottom! Hydrating ointment can be used on the bottom with every diaper change to help protect the skin and prevent diaper rash. Use a diaper rash cream or ointment for longer naptimes or overnight. Look for diaper rash creams that contain zinc oxide. Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm is a non-greasy formula that helps protect those delicate bottoms from sitting in dirty diapers.
Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen to block the sun’s harmful rays. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. These ingredients provide broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays, are chemical-free, and are the least irritating sunscreen. Baby Pibus’ Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ is chemical free, and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Remember that it’s actually good if you can see the whitish sunscreen on your baby or child – the whitish sheen lets you know where the sunscreen has been applied and is actively protecting baby’s skin.
Even as a brand, new parent, you know your baby best. It’s important that you are diligent about keeping his sweet skin healthy. Prevention really is the best medicine. The most common skin ailments for babies and young children include eczema, cradle cap and diaper rash. Here’s what to look for:
Eczema can show up in babies as young as six weeks old. Look for an uncomfortable patch of dry, rough, sometimes scaly and red skin. Patches usually appear on the face and the outer parts of the arms. The biggest telltale sign that it is eczema is that it is stubborn and won’t easily go away. For more information on eczema and how to treat it, read our Skin Conditions Rx – Eczema.
Cradle cap is a common baby skin condition that most often appears within the first three months of a baby’s life. It appears as a scaly, waxy and sometimes red rash on the baby’s head. But don’t worry. Although it may appear uncomfortable, cradle cap rarely causes any irritation or itchiness to our babies. For more information on the prevention and treatment of cradle cap, read our Skin Conditions Rx – Cradle Cap.
Almost every baby will have a case of diaper rash before the age of three. There is a range of diaper rash, and it can show up very quickly or rather gradually. Typically diaper rash will start off appearing as a bright red patch in the area the diaper covers. If this phase goes untreated, the diaper rash can progress and this results in an overgrowth of yeast and it becomes a red rash with smaller patches of red bumps. For more information on the prevention and treatment of diaper rash, read our Skin Conditions Rx – Diaper Rash.
While treatment for each of these common skin ailments varies, it is critical that you treat them right away. If these skin conditions are left alone, your baby’s skin can become irritated and uncomfortable. And uncomfortable babies don’t sleep well and cry more often, which makes everyone unhappy!
By making Dr. Amy’s Daily 4 you everyday routine, you can keep your baby’s sweet, delicate skin healthy for years to come.