Caring for Newborn Skin
Your newborn baby’s skin is precious! In contrast to our own skin, it is much more delicate and needs extra special attention if you’re going to take good care of it. Your baby’s skin contains more water than yours, so is able to both take in and lose more water more quickly too. This means that whatever you put on that skin is absorbed quickly, and that your baby can be prone to more mild skin complaints than an adult too. Here is a quick guide to caring for newborn skin.
At bath time
Bath time is a wonderful chance for you to bond with your newborn baby, and it’s a great way to establish a positive and calm bedtime routine. See our post on tips for a relaxing bathtime routine. At first, your newborn baby may not need a bath every day, and if you notice that baby has sensitive or dry skin, you might want to make it every other night- some experts believe that two or three times a week is plenty. Other tips for caring for baby’s skin at bath time:
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- After washing your baby, always apply a gentle lotion to restore moisture in the skin. When you apply it, do so with gentle, downward strokes that won’t irritate the tiny hair follicles on your baby’s skin.
- Never rub your baby dry- always pat gently, so that delicate skin cells are not damaged.
- Don’t forget to wash and dry in between all the folds on your baby’s skin, as it is very easy for skin to become irritated in these areas.
- Always use a soft towel. Our Cuddledry hands free baby towels are made from unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre which means that they are kind to delicate skin and the double layer helps to draw moisture away from baby.
- Find more tips on bathing your newborn baby.
Exposure to the sun
Your newborn baby should not be exposed to strong sunlight so you will need to take great care to stay in the shade if the sun is shining where you are. Sunblock is not recommended for babies under the age of six months so it really is important to keep precious skin protected and safe.
Newborn skin conditions
Your newborn baby’s skin may suffer from a range of common conditions in the early days; if you are worried about your baby’s skin, do seek advice from your doctor or health visitor so that appropriate care can be advised. The usual complaints that you might find baby suffers from include:
- dry skin
- newborn rash- medically known as erythema toxicum
- baby acne
- cradle cap
- nappy rash
- sweat rash- miliaria
There is lots of information on all of the above on the NHS website.
Practical tips for newborn skin care
Check baby’s skin regularly for rashes or irritations, and always use non-bio washing products too. Baby massage is a great way to keep baby’s skin moisturised and for keeping on top of skin checks too; baby massage is also a fabulous way to bond with baby and a perfect end to a busy day. For more tips, see this post on baby massage.