Winter is one of the best times of the year, but it can wreak havoc on our skin. So imagine what the harsh, cold winds can do to babies, who have 30% thinner skin than an adult. This is why babies and infants are especially vulnerable to the ill-effects of winter weather. Their delicate skins need extra care and protection from the cold season, but you need to pay careful attention to not drying out their skin inadvertently- which is the last thing you want during winter. Take note of these tips to keep your baby's skin as soft as..well, a baby's bottom!
1. Bathing: If the weather is too cold, bathe your baby every two days and keep the bathing time short. On the days you don't bathe your baby, wipe them using a soft, warm towel. Especially during the first few months after birth, only bathe your infant in plain water. After a few months you can progress to using baby soaps and applying moisturizer to the skin. Remember to only use skin products that are specifically designed for babies, without any chemicals added in.
2. Moisturizing: Apply a baby lotion right after bathing your baby, so as to protect their skin from drying out. Make sure to use baby cream on the bottom, which is prone to nappy rashes. Baby oil is also good to use because it creates a protective layer on the skin and locks in moisture.
3. Massage: Give your baby a massage at least two to three times a day. This helps the oil or moisturizer to penetrate into the skin and keep it supple. You can use oils such as olive, coconut, almond, sesame, and mustard to massage their skin. Use light and soft strokes and avoid excessive pressure.
4. Water: Ensure you give your baby lukewarm water as recommended for their age, which will help keep the skin hydrated.
5. Humidifier: if you use a central heating system in the winter, this can make your baby's skin become dry. When you do need to put on the heater to warm the house, turn on a humidifier to maintain the moisture balance in the air.
6. Clothing: Never dress your baby in woollen cloth which is very rough on the skin. Also, don't bundle up your child too much which can make them feel too warm. Often, this leads to sweating under the bundled clothes which can irritate the skin. When washing your infant's clothing, rinse them in fabric softener to condition them. Keep all the clothes clean and disinfected, as clothes come into contact with everything.
7. Cover the head: Make sure your baby's head is covered up to keep them warm. Hats or hoods keep both the head and ears warm and safe from cold weather.
8. Avoid chemicals: Ensure every product you use on your baby or on their clothing is free from harsh chemicals. Detergents such as sulfates that create bubbles and foam (and is commonly found in baby body washes) can deplete the skin's natural oils.