A newborn baby’s skin is very delicate so it’s important we treat it right! It’s easy to irritate their skin with detergents or chemicals. Don’t worry though – here are some tips!
Don’t bath your baby too often We’re so used to showering or taking a bath every day, ourselves, it’s natural for our instinct to be giving a baby a daily bath too. But actually, your baby doesn’t need a daily bath and if you live in a hard water area, it could dry your tot’s skin. Bathing your baby around twice a week is plenty, and in between, ‘top and tail’ which basically means wash your baby’s face with warm water once a day and washing your baby’s bottom and genitals with a separate bowl of warm water.
Use gentle products To start with, you won’t really need any products at bathtime, but even as the baby gets a bit older, it’s important not to use products with harsh chemicals in them. Love Boo’s range is perfect. Our Soft and Splashy Bubbles gently cleanses but won’t dry your tot’s skin. Our ingredients are natural – marshmallow has great moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties and is also a very good emollient, oats which are rich in vitamins & minerals, oats are a great emollient which soften and soothe the skin. It’s also a good cleaning agent. And Monoi de Tahiti, which traditionally was used by the Polynesian people to cover newborn babies head to toe to protect from dehydration during very hot spells while also acting as a natural antiseptic.
Tiare blossoms are hand picked and soaked in refined coconut oil to produce a uniquely beneficial ingredient used to hydrate and condition skin and hair leaving it ultra soft and moisturised. Use non biological washing powder Regular washing powders and liquids often contain enzymes which can irritate a baby’s skin, so it’s best to use a non-biological version – but don’t worry, most of the ones available in the supermarket are still great at shifting stains, which is very important as a mum! Wash your baby’s clothing before it’s worn It’s often recommended that washing your baby’s new clothes before it’s worn , the theory being that you don’t know what (or who) might have handled the clothing. As your baby gets older and their skin more robust, you might want to stop doing this.
Treat nappy rash well Nappy rash can make a baby feel really sore and miserable. At each nappy change, clean the bottom area thoroughly – either with a soft flannel and water or sensitive baby wipes. Allow it to dry (pat dry with a towel if you’re in a hurry) and then apply Bottom Butter to the area. Our midwife-recommended, soothing Bottom Butter is packed with some of nature’s kindest ingredients. Not only does it soothe nappy rash, but it helps protect baby’s delicate skin from nappy rash, so it’s ideal to apply every day.
Cotton seed oil, Tahitian Monoi and lavender oil work to soothe and moisturise while zinc oxide forms a barrier. A little goes a long way so it’s best to apply sparingly. Use oil to help eczema If your baby develops dry skin or eczema, a gentle oil like the Kind & Calming Massage Oil will work wonders. The rosehip oil can help calm eczema, restore softness and treat dry, irritated skin. Organic lavender oil calms, soothes restlessness and can help your little one settle down before bedtime. As well as using oil to nourish a baby’s skin, it can be used for baby massage which is a wonderful bonding experience for both of you. Massaging a baby gently actually releases the hormone oxytocin, which is the feel-good hormone and can calm a baby and promote good sleep.