Summertime is a great time to focus on skin – after all, we spend a lot of time and energy keeping it healthy in the sun, the sand and the surf. For your little one, it’s no different. To do this, you need the products that not only work, but work well on baby’s delicate skin. So, let’s chat a little about the best baby skin care products, what you should have and why.
- Calming body wash: Bath time is a great part of the evening routine – not just to cleanse your baby but to soothe and calm, preparing your infant for bedtime. Baby’s bath is also excellent one-on-one time for the two of you. Since bath time is something you do almost every day, you want to keep the right body wash on hand, keeping in mind that infants don’t need a separate shampoo and soap. Rather, one wash can do the job for both hair and body. When selecting the right product,
phrases to keep in mind include “tear-free,” “fragrance free,” and “natural”. Some great options include Skinfix Gentle Body Wash, Aden and Anais Hair & Body Wash and of course, Baby Pibu’s 2-in-1 Hair & Body Cleanser. What makes these products so perfect for a baby? Skinfix is botanical-based, sulfate-, tear- and fragrance free. Aden and Anais boasts phthalate-free, paraben-free, gluten and soy free as well.
And, of course, Baby Pibu, developed by a dermatologist mom, is naturally derived, hypoallergenic and proud to bear the Seal of Approval of the National Eczema Association. It also contains a hint of lavender for that calming effect. The key to a great wash is keeping out all the extras that your baby doesn’t need so you can confidently use it day in and day out.
- Daily Moisturizer: Nothing’s as soft and precious as your baby’s skin – and what keeps it that way? Moisture! Yes, the key to healthy skin is building that protective barrier that keeps the moisture in. When skin gets dry, it’s susceptible to issues like eczema, oil build-up and baby acne. Each morning, apply moisturizer once your child is freshly changed and diapered, before you dress him. In the evening, moisturize after bath time to protect and lock in the moisture for the night. For a daily moisturizer, the same guidelines apply as body wash – fragrance free,
hypoallergenic, natural and naturally derived ingredients are all great boxes to check off. Some options we like include Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter that again boasts the Seal of Approval of the National Eczema Association and the same chemical-free, hypoallergenic, safe and gentle ingredients that Baby Pibu stands behind. CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion – a paraben-, sulfate- and fragrance-free mix of vitamins
and ceramides, is another great selection. Aveeno Baby Moisture Lotion is also a trusted choice and its non-greasy, fragrance free, hypoallergenic ingredients make it a great part of a skincare routine.
- Ointments: Even though you try to prevent it, even if you take all the right steps, things happen and despite the best care, your baby can experience irritation and skin
issues. Eczema is one of the common skin ailments that moms can face. So, it’s a good idea to have an ointment on hand, especially when you see those first signs of
an eczema flare up or a patch of extra dry skin. A product like Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment or Aveeno Skin Relief can stop the issue before it becomes a problem. Ointments have more oil than lotions and are more effective at locking in moisture. When used in conjunction with your baby’s daily moisturizer, an ointment can be just what the doctor ordered.
- Diaper Balm: No list of baby skincare products would be complete without protecting that little baby bum that all moms love! It’s natural for babies to need some extra TLC for those chubby cheeks – after all, between diapers and changings, the skin can easily get irritated. For this reason, a diaper balm is a must! Applied with each diaper changing, the balm locks in the
moisture and gives the skin an extra layer of protection. And with as many diapers as your baby goes through, isn’t that what you want with each one? So, be sure that you have some bottom balm in diaper bags and on your changing table. Baby Pibu and Earth Mama Angel Baby have safe, effective products that have been clinically and allergy tested and are committed to keeping baby’s skin healthy and safe.
- Sunscreen: Last but not least, regardless of the season, every mom needs a great sunscreen for baby. Now, keep in mind that no sunscreen, regardless of the product, should be used on babies younger than six months. But, when your child is old enough, you want to protect and apply, slather and reapply! When choosing a sunscreen, pick a product that has broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or more. This gives you both UVA and UVB protection so you’re guarding against long term damage to the skin as well as sunburn and skin cancer. And like with other baby skincare products, there are certain things you want – and don’t want. Choose chemical free sunscreens, especially those that have
active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as these are safe and very effective. The fewer chemicals, the less irritating to both skin and eyes. For your child’s sunscreen, you also want to avoid nanoparticles. What and why, you may ask. Nanoparticles are small particles in a substance. With nanoparticles, there has been concern that these small particles can cross through the skin, enter the bloodstream, and ultimately end up in key organs. For this reason, products like aby Pibu™ Baby Sunscreen uses micronized (non-nano) zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as its active ingredient. So, keep the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – lose the nano aspect and all’s good!
As you go through the years of motherhood, you have your lists – what to take to the hospital, what to use in the first year, baby’s first foods – and skincare is no different. Your child’s skin is precious — have the products and the regimen to treat it well. After all, you’re a parent; it’s what you do.
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