Babies don't get very dirty, so you don't need to bathe your baby every day if you keep the face, head and diaper area clean. Wipe your baby's face and head gently with a soft, wet washcloth, dampened cotton balls, or Noodle & Boo's baby wipes (Ultimate Cleansing Cloths). Be sure to get into all skin creases, especially where dribbled milk might collect.
how to care for baby's skin
Use only mild soap or bath solution, like Noodle & Boo's Soothing Baby Body Wash or French-Milled Baby Soap, meant for babies when you bathe your infant. Adult products are too harsh for a young baby's skin. After baby's bath, moisturize young skin with an ultra-mild product like our Super Soft Baby Lotion. To a baby, touching is talking. With eye-to-eye and skin-to-skin contact, the exchange of smiles, and other facial expressions, baby massage combines the important aspects of bonding between parent and child.
A baby's skin is very sensitive. Before you use any baby linens or baby clothes for the first time, wash the items in a hypoallergenic, fragrance- and dye-free detergent or soap formulated for baby clothes.
When dressing your baby, choose loose-fitting, soft garments and layer for warmth. Be sensitive to your baby's environment, and be ready to peel off a layer or two when in a warm car, shop or restaurant. If your baby has little pimples along skin folds, especially on the neck, back, shoulders, chest, or diaper area, he or she may have prickly heat caused by being too warm. Avoiding heat and humidity, administering cool baths and dressing in light, loose clothing can remedy this type of rash.
Even young babies can go outdoors to get fresh air. Just dress your child appropriately. You need to protect them from the sun. While the sun is an important natural source of vitamin D, it can also damage a child's skin. Shield your baby from direct sunlight by completely covering him or her in clothes or a blanket and by keeping the stroller hood up. Once your baby is six months old, you should get in the habit of using sunscreen on your child year round, even on overcast days.
While the information published here is meant to be accurate, it is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or local medical facility for information specific to your individual needs. We urge that you check with your physician before undertaking any course of action and recommend that you always follow the advice and recommendations of your health practitioner.
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