I’ve resisted the urge to do a baby post for way too long. How about a quick run-down on what to expect with new-baby skin?
First of all, isn’t it SOFT and wonderful? This is how our skin starts, before the onslaught of sun and elements and life in general. That newness also causes baby skin to be incredibly sensitive. It’s having to deal with all these outside irritations like diapers, rough fabrics, changes in temperature and moisture etc etc.
You have to cut your babe some slack. Their skin is going to get little irritations and transient rashes as they acclimate to their outside world. Do your part to help by keeping their skin moisturized. Moisturized skin will have fewer of these outbreaks. Wash with a soap free cleanser (Cetaphil, CeraVe, Aveeno all have options) and put a fragrance-free moistuizer on at least twice a day. I like to do it after every diaper change, especially to the trouble spots (varies baby to baby and by babe’s age too). Great options include Vanicream Lite Lotion or CeraVe lotion or Cream. I see that Mustela has come out with a sensitive-skin option (read; no yummy-baby-frangrance), which I need to try. I know, I know that stuff smells aaamazing, but head to head it doesn’t moisturize as well and those added fragrances can be irritating.
Some new babies will get some redness and irritation in their diaper area as they get used to those pesky diapers and wipes. If you continued problems after the first weeks, make sure you are using sensitive diapers and fragrance-free wipes and give your babe some naked, no-diaper time daily (Yipee!). I like aquaphor as a barrier cream; you can use it at every diaper change.
Oh, there are so many other baby-skin topics! Baby acne, eczema, cradle cap…I see another post in the near future. Until then, enjoy that yummy soft baby skin.