Which baby care products do you need in the first weeks? And how can you prevent dry skin in your baby

Which baby care products do you need in the first weeks? And how can you prevent dry skin in your baby

Did you know that your baby's skin is five times thinner at birth than your own? The natural protective barrier of the skin is not yet fully developed and therefore a newborn's skin is vulnerable to external influences. So it is important to give your little one's skin the right care in the first period. But how do you care for your baby's sensitive skin in the first few weeks? And what are the best baby care products? We are more than happy to tell you more about it.

Natural baby care

At birth, the skin's natural barrier is not yet fully developed, which makes the skin very sensitive to bacteria, infections and irritations. But, Mother Nature has thought of something and that is why babies are born with a natural protective layer. This greasy whitish layer of sébum (vernix caseosa) is produced during pregnancy and ensures that the skin can develop optimally both before and after birth. It forms a water-repellent layer that keeps fragile skin hydrated and has antibacterial properties.

Skin care babies in the first weeks: less is more

Even after birth, the layer of vernix has a protective function, which is why it is a good idea not to wash your baby too often in the first two weeks. The layer of skin oil will disappear on its own and if you would like to bathe your baby, only use lukewarm water and do not try to rub off the layer as this could irritate the delicate skin.

The first month: prevent dry baby skin

After the first few weeks, the skin barrier is more developed but still very vulnerable to bacteria and infections. Therefore, wash your baby no more than three times a week and do not use products with aggressive foaming agents (sulphates) or perfumes. These disrupt the natural barrier and can dry out the skin. Preferably use only water or products with a pH value adapted to the baby's skin and make sure the water is not too warm. Warm water draws more water from the skin, which increases the risk of dry skin. If you notice that your little one's skin still feels dry after washing, you can apply a 100% natural baby oil to the skin after the bath.

From the second month: choose natural baby care

It's important to keep your little one's skin, especially the skin folds, clean and hydrated to avoid problems like nappy rash or blemishes. It is no problem to start using baby care products after the first few weeks. Preferably use natural products without parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances or other nasties to reduce the risk of dry skin, rashes and other skin problems in your baby.

Prevent eczema and nappy rash

No matter how well you look after your baby's skin, many babies will develop a nappy rash or some form of eczema. This is especially the case around the bum where a soggy nappy softens the skin and allows urine and faeces to soak into the skin. To prevent nappy rash and eczema, it is a good idea to thoroughly clean and dry the skin every time the nappy is changed. You can also protect your little one's bottom with a nappy cream such as our Baby Bum Balm. This natural 100% nappy cream is formulated with pure coconut, Shea butter, jojoba oil, and zinc oxide. This creates a layer on the skin that forms a water-repellent barrier between the nappy and the skin, protecting the delicate skin from moisture and friction from the nappy.

Choose the best skin care products for your baby

You cannot prevent all skin problems with your baby, but you can reduce the chance of them happening by choosing mild and natural skin care products specially developed for babies and which do not contain irritating or chemical ingredients.

Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice.

1. Go for natural and PH-neutral products that do not disturb the natural barrier.

2. Avoid products containing sulphates, silicones, preservatives (parabens), petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances.

3. Test a product before use. Apply a small amount of a product to the skin and wait 24 hours. This way you will know if your baby is sensitive to one or more of the ingredients.

Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of how to best care for your little one's skin in the first period. If you have any questions about baby skincare or any of our products, please feel free to drop us a line at hello@karma-mama.com.