That old adage, “soft as a baby’s bum” is oh so true…especially when you’re a new mom with a brand new babe. Your wee one’s skin is so soft, smooth and silky, that you just can’t help but kiss those chubby little cheeks, nibble on those tiny fingers, and play This Little Piggy with those adorable toes!
In order to keep that delicate newborn skin soft, you need to care for and protect it with a skin care routine. But with all the products, studies and opinions out there, skin care can seem complicated—so we’ve got some basic, easy-to-follow tips to give you the confidence and knowledge to keep your babe’s skin as soft as the day they were born. With these baby skin care basics, you can rest assured that you’re doing the right things for your baby’s health and skin, keeping those cheeks soft and kissable for years to come!
Step #1: Cleanse
We know that babies are not really dirty, but you still want to do regular, night time baths. Not only is this calming for both you and baby, but you also wash away oils and dry skin that can lead to unhappy skin.
Using warm water in most areas is sufficient, but you can add a mild, tear-free cleanser like Weleda Baby 2 in 1 Gentle Shampoo + Body Wash for the areas that need it such as heads, bums and chubby skin folds. The sweet almond oil absorbs easily so keeps the moisture in baby’s hair and skin, leaving them feeling oh-so smooth. And the delicate fragrance turns ordinary bath time into a full-body pampering.
Step #2: Moisturize
Moisturize your wee one’s regularly to keep their skin silky soft.
- Creams contain a 50-50 ratio of oil and water; they go on smoothly, and help keep skin hydrated.
- Lotions are similar to creams but with a lower concentration of oil; they’re easy to apply, but may dry out sensitive skin
- Ointments have the highest concentration of oil at 80%; they provide best moisture but are a bit greasy and don’t absorb as well.
Regardless of which you use, always choose fragrance-, paraben- and phthalate-free.
For daily all-over moisturizing, use Weleda’s Baby Nourishing Body Cream. With its carefully selected formulation of ingredients, this rich cream nourishes delicate skin and keeps it velvety soft. Calendula and chamomile extracts moisturize baby’s skin, while skin-friendly lanolin leaves baby’s skin feeling soft.
Moisturize baby’s delicate facial skin with a lightweight baby face cream like Weleda’s Baby Nourishing Face Cream—it contains essential fatty acids in a base of sweet almond oil and beeswax that are easily absorbed to enhance and maintain precious, natural moisture. Your baby’s delicate skin will be nurtured, and that’ll put a smile on her beautiful face—and yours, too.
For Sensitive Skin:
Just like some adults, some babies are sensitive to skin care products. No problem! Weleda Baby Sensitive Care Body Lotion is the certified natural per NATRUE with a National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Formulated with white mallow and pansy extracts to make skin feel smooth and nourished. Coconut oil moisturizes with a cooling effect and leaves skin feeling velvety soft while borage seed oil and safflower seed oil are rich in unsaturated fatty acids. And bonus, it’s also suitable for sensitive adult skin!
Step #3: Prevent
Diaper rash can be difficult to avoid, but there are ways you can help care for your baby’s delicate skin. Weleda Baby Diaper Care Cream soothes skin and helps reduce the appearance of redness. This dermatologically tested cream is perfect for baby’s with sensitive skin.
When you change baby’s diaper, clean his bottom with a wet wipe and calendula lotion or oil. Then apply a generous amount of diaper cream and rub it in for a smooth bottom.
Weleda has been making natural skin and baby care products since 1921. The Swiss-based company uses natural materials from organic, biodynamic or wild cultivation whenever possible and supports fair trade and biodiversity. All Weleda products are certified natural by the European organization NATRUE and formulated in collaboration with midwives and doctors in Germany. They are free of synthetic preservatives or fragrances, phthalates, parabens and petroleum-derived ingredients.