Breaking Down the 5 Basics of Baby Skincare

When it comes to parenting, there is no one-child-fits-all handbook. Between the tears and rashes, there are times when caring for a little one can be a far cry from the snuggles and smiles that make it all worthwhile.

However, with these simple tips from the baby and child skincare experts at Mustela®, having a happy, healthy baby isn’t as challenging as it may seem.

Diaper changing

Aside from the obvious odor-reducing reasons, prompt diaper changes are an important part of keeping your baby healthy. A soiled diaper may be uncomfortable, but even more importantly, that warm, wet area is also a breeding ground for bacteria and skin irritation. Another motivation for frequent changes: a child who grows accustomed to a damp or dirty diaper may be harder to potty train when the time comes. Keep a supply of diaper cream on hand to treat any irritations that arise and use it on a regular basis to prevent outbreaks from occurring. Lastly, be sure to use the proper size of diaper to increase comfort and minimize the chance of leaks.

Protecting baby’s skin

Although a baby’s skin is often perceived as flawless, Mustela®’s research has shown that it is extremely fragile during the first two years of life, which is when the skin is developing its protective barrier. To help protect and maintain those precious cells that are responsible for a lifetime of healthy skin, Mustela®’s baby skincare products are formulated with Avocado Perseose(R), a patented natural ingredient, which protects and preserves the natural cellular richness of a baby’s skin. Use lotions, baby shampoos and other products like those in Mustela®’s 4 Bébé lines, which are formulated to meet the needs of Normal, Dry, Eczema-prone and Very Sensitive skin types.

Bath time

Bath time is a great opportunity for new parents to bond with their baby, even while taking care of necessary business. For some babies, the water can be scary, so be sure to use using a cheerful, reassuring tone throughout bath time to help soothe nerves. Also, ensure that your baby is well supported, not only for safety, but for an added sense of security. Use soap-free products designed for a baby’s sensitive skin and be careful to avoid your baby’s eyes. Though you may think that you need to bathe your baby every day, many pediatricians recommend only bathing 2-3 times a week to keep skin from drying out and protect its natural moisture levels.

Cradle cap

Cradle cap can cause crusty, yellow patches to form on your baby’s head that can be a bit unsettling and unsightly, but with a little extra care and you can easily eliminate it. The key to keeping your baby’s scalp healthy is to prevent cradle cap from the beginning rather than just treating the symptoms. Look for a foam shampoo that allows you to massage the scalp and a soft brush that can be used during and after bath time to keep your baby’s head clean and your little one smiling.

Sun protection

Without proper care, harmful sun rays and solar radiation can affect your child’s skin health not only now, but also in the long-term. Limiting time outside, using sun-blocking shades and applying sunscreen can all help mitigate the risk. Since a newborn’s skin is so delicate, regular sunscreen is often too harsh on them. Instead look for one that is specially formulated for babies as it will protect them from sun damage without irritating their skin. Be sure to consult a pediatrician before using sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months. Also, remember that perspiration and water can reduce sunscreen’s effectiveness, so be sure to reapply at least every two hours for continuous protection.

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Karyn Ravin