Babies are delicate, and their skin is no exception. Since their skin is so delicate, they are more prone to dry patches, scales, and eczema than adults. Keeping your baby’s skin moisturized is key to ensuring they stay healthy and comfortable. However, a good baby lotion isn’t the only thing you’ll need to prevent their skin from drying out. Read on to discover our best tips for naturally moisturized, soft baby skin.
Avoid long or frequent baths
Unlike older kids and adults, babies do not require regular bathing. Except for messes they make during mealtime or spitting up, you should avoid daily bathing as it strips the natural oils from their skin. Those natural oils play a major role in keeping their skin healthy and hydrated. Limit bath time to 3-5 minutes and apply a baby moisturizer or lotion while their skin is still wet. Excessive soaking can further strip their skin of oils and lead to dryness.
Stay away from moisturizers with drying ingredients
Adult skincare products and moisturizers often contain ethanol or ethyl alcohol. The alcohol helps the product dry quickly and feel lightweight on the skin. However, moisturizers that contain alcohol can easily irritate sensitive skin and should never be used on babies. Most baby lotions are alcohol-free, but it doesn’t hurt to double check the ingredient list for alcohol before using it on your child. NOLEO 3-in-1 Diaper Care is a fantastic lotion that holds in moisture and protects the skin’s barrier.
Less is more
When choosing a baby lotion, steer clear of ingredients like fragrances, dyes, parabens, sulfates, and alcohols. Baby skin benefits from natural, soothing ingredients. Artificial ingredients and chemicals can be harsh and irritating on their sensitive skin, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. Instead, opt for lotions that contain as few ingredients as possible with names you can pronounce or recognize. If a company isn’t transparent about what they’re putting in their baby skincare products, it’s a major red flag. That's why NOLEO lists ingredients on the front of our bottle instead of hiding them on the back in small type.
Use sun protection
Sun exposure and sunburn can dry out babies’ sensitive skin even more so than ours. To avoid excessive sun exposure when venturing outside, dress your baby in long sleeves and pants made of lightweight, breathable materials. Hats are also a great idea to shade your baby’s face. Sunscreen should be used on any areas that can’t be kept in the shade or covered by clothes, and there are plenty of options on the market that are safe for babies.
Change their diaper regularly
Sitting in a dirty diaper will lead to irritation, chafing, diaper rash, and other uncomfortable skin conditions. Be sure to change your baby’s diaper as soon as you notice it is dirty. For younger babies, this could be as often as 12 changes a day, while older babies average 6-8 changes. While changing, use a diaper care product like NOLEO 3-in-1 to clean, moisturize, and prevent diaper rash. Ensure the new diaper is totally clean and dry before putting it on your baby.
Proper skin hydration starts from the inside. If you are breastfeeding, ensure your baby is getting enough nutrition and hydration by feeding as often and as much as they want. This will naturally keep their skin soft, moisturized, and healthy!
Be gentle with your baby’s skin
When applying lotion, drying with a towel, or generally touching your baby’s skin, use light pressure and gentle motions. You should always pat your baby’s skin dry, not rub. Rubbing motions can cause chafing and irritation. Using gentle patting motions will reduce the amount of friction against their skin and keep it feeling healthy.
Humidifiers can help with dry skin
Sometimes babies’ skin feels dry without a clear reason. This could be happening due to a lack of humidity in the air. If you’re experiencing an especially dry winter day or you notice your home’s air is more arid than normal, a humidifier will help reintroduce moisture to the air. Plus, it will improve the air quality for everyone in your home.
With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to treat your baby’s skin right. Incorporate this advice into your baby’s daily routine to keep their skin healthy, soft, and moisturized. When shopping for a safe lotion to moisturize your baby’s diaper area, choose NOLEO 3-in-1 Diaper Care. We formulate NOLEO with nourishing, organic olive oil and sunflower oil, not drying or irritating ingredients. It’s the natural way to protect your baby’s skin barrier and soften dry skin.