For yourself, your kids, your family-you only want the best! As you search for that best of the best baby skin care, the Baby Pibu team aims to simplify your search by providing you with tips on what to look for in those daily skin care products.
The first tip is to keep baby’s daily skin care simple and as a routine. A routine may sound labor intensive, but it can actually prove to make things easier for you and your family because the automatic nature of a routine leads to simplicity. The typical baby daily skin care routine involves a blend of a bath-moisturizing-diaper care routine. We are here to shed light into that blended routine and what products to use.
The bath routine is typically advantageous to do as part of the nightly bathtime-bedtime routine. If this is done, your baby will come to learn and equate bathtime with bedtime. A calming bathtime wash that is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin, is recommended. Look for products that are fragrance-free, “tear-free”, and “natural.” Fragrance-free products are imperative for newborn skin. Fragrance is there for us adults and not our babies. Repeated fragrance exposure early on can increase the risk of allergic contact dermatitis secondary to fragrance. If you want a scent, choose one with a light lavender scent. Lavender can be calming and its essential oil is one that has a lower incidence of causing a contact allergy.
A 2-in-1 wash in a bottle can also be helpful since one product can be used for both baby’s hair and body. Look for products carrying the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA). These products have been clinically tested to be hypoallergenic and irritant free. You can feel confident in products with the NEA seal and know that they are safe for your baby. Bathtime washes carrying the NEA seal include Baby Pibu’s Bathtime Wash, Aveeno’s Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisuturizing Wash, and Skinfix Gentle Hair and Body Wash.
After the bath, moisturizing with a cream or ointment is key to lock in that needed moisture. Baby’s skin is more delicate and sensitive. A recent study was published that showed how using a product as simple as petrolatum ointment in the first six to eight weeks of life can prevent eczema developing. Again, pick fragrance-free products carrying the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Also look for naturally-derived products free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, and phthalates.
Why are creams or ointments recommended? Ointments are the best moisturizers, followed by creams, and then lotions. Ointments and creams are typically composed of 80% oil with 20% water while lotions are the opposite at 80% water and 20% oil. Water actually dehydrates our skin so less water in products is better. Moisturizing creams and ointments with NEA seal include Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter, Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment, Aveeno’s Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, and Cereve Baby Moisturizing Cream.
DIAPER CARE ROUTINE
Finally, to prevent the dreaded case of diaper rash, apply at least an ointment with the diaper changes. For example, Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment can be used as baby’s moisturizing ointment as well as a preventative diaper rash ointment. The extra layer of ointment provides a layer of protection between your baby’s skin and the pee/poop that may irritate the skin. For the long overnight diaper, consider applying a diaper rash cream with zinc oxide, such as Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm, for that added protection.
WHY BABY PIBU?
Baby Pibu, developed by a dermatologist-mom, takes pride in providing the best of the best products that have been clinically tested to ensure the products are hypoallergenic and irritant free. Baby Pibu’s products utilize naturally-derived ingredients in its formulations. Baby Pibu went one step further and has the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA) on those necessary daily care products: Bathtime Wash, Baby Butter moisturizing cream and Hydrating Ointment. Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm has earned the 2016 Best of Baby Award by the Bump for best diaper rash cream.
The Baby Pibu teams hope these daily skin care tips on routine and products keep your skin care simple and safe.