Your baby’s skin might just be the softest surface in the world. Nothing compares to their bouncy, supple cheeks, and cute little limbs that curl and twirl with every touch. However, it’s important for you, as a parent, to know that with softness comes sensitivity. Your baby’s soft and smooth skin is super thin, fragile, and delicate and can get aggravated by the smallest of mistakes. One rising concern that new parents often face is that of dry skin. Baby skin produces fewer moisturizing oils than that of grown-ups and thus it's no wonder that it gets easily chapped. Winter months can be particularly rough when you switch between cool, dry outdoor air to overheated (and still-dry) indoor air. So what can you do to protect your baby’s sensitive skin — and soothe it if it dries out? Read on to find out:
- Shorter bathing time
Bath time with your baby is a beautiful time full of bubbles, giggle, and enchanting stories. However, a bath longer than 10 minutes can be problematic for your baby as it can lead to dry skin. Another good idea is to limit baths to just two to three times a week — unless your little one really needs an extra scrub-down. Once you’re done giving your baby a nourishing bath, moisturize them with a hydrating body butter for babies.
- Avoid extreme water temperatures
Use lukewarm water, it's less drying (and just plain safer since it can't burn your baby) than hot water.
- Toss away that soap from your baby’s bath ritual
When buying products like body butter for babies and body washes, always go natural. For baths, choose a gentle, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic body cleanser instead of standard soap as this is super nourishing for your little bundle of joy. You can check out Maaté’s baby body wash for the same.
- Don’t let your baby soak in soapy water
Pure, out-of-the-faucet stuff isn’t as drying as soapy H2O. If your baby loves to splash, let them have at it before you break out the cleanser, followed by a nourishing body butter for babies.
- Pat dry instead
This one holds true for both you and your little nuggets. When it comes to drying the skin, always pat instead of rubbing. With babies, especially, resist rubbing as too much towel friction can chap delicate skin.
- Try a natural & nourishing body butter for babies
After every bath, spread a gentle, hypoallergenic baby lotion onto your baby’s slightly damp skin. Maaté’s Baby Lotion is a body butter for babies that ensures that your baby’s sensitive skin gets the comfort and protection it needs. With moisture-absorbing qualities of Saffron Oil and highly emollient Kokum Butter, this body butter for babies controls dryness, hydrates, and softens your baby’s tender skin. It makes for an intensely moisturizing experience that will provide long-lasting hydration to your little one while promoting the growth of healthy skin cells and boosting collagen.
- Tuck your baby boo like a burrito!
This one's for the chilly winds of winters. Once you’re done moisturizing your baby with a body butter for babies, wrap them up in warm clothes. Mittens and hats keep baby's skin from getting wind-whipped during an outing. A light layer of Maaté’s face butter can further prevent your child's face from getting chapped on frosty days.
- Let your baby be hydrated inside out
If you can manage it, breastfeed more often or add a bit more formula to your baby’s bottles. Yep, it will mean changing more wet diapers, but keeping your little one hydrated is great for their skin.
Follow these baby care tips and prevent your precious baby’s skin from getting dry and irritated.