New mothers have so much to deal with. From the exhaustion that comes with sleepless nights to the stress of making sure they’re doing everything right, it’s a lot to take on.
Many new mothers undermine the importance of looking after their baby’s skin. Babies are prone to all kinds of skin problems, including eczema, heat rashes, dry skin, and other conditions that can cause great discomfort.
Check out our skincare guide for new mothers to rectify this:
Baby Bath Time
Babies must be bathed at least 2-3 baths a week to ensure they’re clean. Whenever you bathe your baby, make sure the water is warm, but never hot.
Fill your baby’s bathtub with just 2-3 inches of water. Pour cupfuls of warm water over your baby’s shoulders to stop them from getting cold.
Wash your baby’s head using a washcloth to prevent the shampoo from getting into their eyes. Dampen a cotton ball and dab their face to clean it.
Lift your baby out of the bath by supporting their head, and wrapping it in a towel (preferably hooded). Apply baby lotion right away to lock moisture and stop the skin from drying out.
Diapering and Avoiding Diaper Rash
A single baby goes through 2,200 diapers in their first year. It’s no wonder they’re so prone to developing a diaper rash!
After you’re done wiping your baby’s body clean gently but thoroughly, squirt them with some warm water and pat their bottom dry and apply diaper cream. Let it air dry for a bit before putting on a new diaper to prevent a rash.
It’s best to go for fragrance-free diapers that don’t fit too snugly and aren’t too tight.
Be Cautious of the Products You Use
Many parents make the mistake of picking up any product from the store without paying much attention to the label. Many conventional products consist of harsh chemicals that aren’t always suitable for babies’ delicate skin.
Go for products that are specifically designed for babies; these include tear-free shampoos, fragrance-free bath gels and lotions with thicker consistencies.
Whenever you apply new products to your baby’s skin, look out for allergic reactions.
Avoid anti-bacterial and scented products that have harsh chemicals and aren’t suitable for babies.
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Mom of two young children in the OC, rewriting how we view skincare for ourselves and our children.