Baby massages are a great way to satisfy your baby’s need for touch and closeness, and help them to develop body awareness. Massage also helps them to drift off to sleep, so why not try making it part of your bedtime routine?
Skin-to-skin contact can calm babies, and parents too! Bath time can be a lovely time to relax with your baby, and is great way to have some skin on skin contact.
Spotting the signs
A newborn’s skin sometimes irritates easily. If your baby’s skin is dry it can appear red, dull or have white patches. It can also be more sensitive and reactive. Spotting the signs can help you make it better quicker.
Washing with soap or just water can dry out your baby’s skin as it can take away your baby’s lovely natural skin oils. Try using specially designed baby products to keep moisturised, like oils or moisturising creams.
Keep it simple
For young babies its best to keep it simple. All you need at the changing table is a damp towel to gently clean your little one’s bottom.
No tears at bath time
To keep the water out of your baby’s eyes, use a folded towel across the forehead, and pour water with a beaker.
Bath time baby
Bath time with your baby can be a great bonding moment together, and just needs to happen once or twice a week. A good water temperature is about 37degrees. A top tip is to add a few drops of baby oil to the water and it will help reduce the drying effect and protect your baby’s natural oils.
Lotions and oils
For newborns, simply using oil in bath water should keep skin soft. Lotions are better to use for when you baby gets a bit older.
Try not to miss the awkward spots like baby’s ears, but don’t use cotton buds in little ears. Just clean and dry them, and give them a little stroke. Babies often love their ears being touched, see if your baby likes it before they go to sleep.
Check the indicator
Changing diapers frequently can really help to keep skin soft and stops moisture irritating their delicate skin. Our new change indicator means you can see when your baby is wet, and is great for night time when you don’t want to disturb your baby’s sleep and first little dreams.
Careful cleaning and drying of your baby’s skin will help avoid redness. Don’t forget the little folds too, and try not to rub the skin.
Freedom for bottoms
If sore, try letting your baby lie on a soft towel so their bottom can air dry naturally. With their little legs in the air! Some parents like try this every day in a warm room to give their baby a little freedom from any soreness. But make sure you keep an eye on your little one too.
Zinc oxide creams are perfect for bottom rashes, so pop some on the rash before putting on a fresh diaper. It will form a protective layer and give the skin a chance to heal.