Newborn baby skin care is a delicate matter. In the early months, as your baby’s immune system develops, you’ll want to use the mildest cleansers and the smallest bit of lotion. But when dry skin, eczema, and diaper rash appear, it’s time to treat those problems. Talk to your pediatrician about when to start using those products.
Your newborn needs dye-free, fragrance-free baby skin care products. If there’s a newborn in your family, here are a few tips before you start shopping:
- Read labels carefully. Baby skin care products that contain dyes, fragrances, and chemicals can irritate a baby’s skin and breathing.
- Natural baby skin care products are safe for most infants. But if you have allergies or asthma in your family, your newborn may also be sensitive to botanicals and herbs in some products.
- The label “hypoallergenic” can be misleading. The term means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the product is gentler on the skin than other products.
- Look for products that are phthalate- and paraben-free. Those chemicals are potentially harmful to babies.
Let’s protect the skin your baby was born in!