In some areas, the weather can still affect your baby’s skin even when they are perfectly safe in a cleanroom. Whether it’s because of the internal or external factors, knowing how to care for your baby’s skin after birth is important. Also, don’t be fooled by the smart marketing of those baby skincare products. Actually, babies’ skins need very little after they are born.
Keep Bath time it Simple
According to the International Childbirth Education Association, there’s no set time when you have to bathe your baby. Newborn babies are clean and they surely don’t need a bath immediately after birth. So, save those precious time and enjoy immediate skin-to-skin contact with your kid. When you are ready to give your baby their first bath, simply use clean water or a completely natural wash. Be careful of letting any harsh synthetically fragranced soaps touch your baby’s skin because it can wash away the natural oils on your baby’s skin.
Make sure you don’t think about washing it off right away because it’s totally safe! Fresh out of the womb, babies are covered with the most luscious, thick, creamy, moisturizing substance called vernix caseosa. This is the perfect covering for the baby as it encounters the harsh climate of the world. Scientists have studied the components of vernix and have identified lipids, amino acids, proteins, and beneficial microbes that are essential for your baby’s wellbeing. The WHO recommends leaving the vernix on your baby for at least 6 hours, and preferably 24 hours. And, if you’re not sure or feel like you need some guidance, ask your baby’s pediatrician.
Don’t be Tempted by that ‘Baby Smell’
Don’t expose your precious little one to unnecessary chemicals. Increasingly we are learning of the devastating long-term effects of chemicals in baby products. A newborn baby’s skin is so delicate that it is important to avoid any products with the words ‘parfum’, or ‘fragrance’ in the ingredient list (unless these have been approved for use in certified organic products). Conventional synthetic fragrances in baby products are one of the leading causes of allergies and irritation on your child’s skin.
Anticipating Nappy Rash
The most common skin ailment one can expect with a newborn is the dreaded nappy rash. Unfortunately, the materials which keep disposable nappies from leaking, also prevent air from circulating. And, this is combined with the fact that a baby’s skin barrier is not yet fully formed. The skin structure is still developing, and the layers of the epidermis are thinner than in adults. That creates the ideal environment for a rash to develop. When it comes to your newborn’s little bottom, the cleaner and drier the skin, the better.
Regardless of whether you’re using disposable or cloth nappies, we recommend you use natural (ideally biodegradable) wipes, and a natural bum cream to create a thick barrier on your baby’s bottom. If a rash does develop, treat the affected skin with a bum cream that contains natural plant oils (rather than petroleum bases). Doing that allows the skin to breathe, supports a healthy microbiome, and has a pH that matches the natural pH of the skin. On top of that, remember it’s a good idea to give your baby some nappy-free time for a few minutes each day.
We hope these tips will help you take care of your newborn baby easier. Feel free to share your story or ask questions in the comments!