There is more to baby skin care than meets the eye. Proper infant skin care means caring for all of a baby’s skin (aka the whole body). Newborns especially are susceptible to skin conditions as they get used to life outside of the protection of Mother’s womb. Good baby skin care means making good decisions all day long. Anything from your baby’s clothing to the soap that is used in his (or her) bath has the potential to affect his (or her) skin. Don’t fret–practicing good skin care for your baby can be easy–it does not have to be hard. With just some common sense it can be downright easy. Here are some tips to help you out as you get used to the new routine.

Obviously you want to make sure that every part of your baby’s skin that is not covered with clothing gets sunscreen applied to it–including his face and ears. Give your baby some extra protection by applying some zinc oxide to his face and ears when you take him outdoors. Don’t forget that sunny days always require a hat or a bonnet! There is no such thing as being too careful! Don’t neglect something as simple as fresh air to keep your baby’s skin vibrant. Most diaper rashes and other skin issues can be completely avoided because most of them result from sitting in a soiled diaper or being constricted in tight clothes for longer than the skin can take. You can nip most of these rashes in the bud by letting your baby’s skin breathe. No, we are no longer in the “Garden” but your baby’s skin can take a break from the warm and moist diaper when you let him go naked on occasion. There is nothing wrong with this method, it’s not like your baby is going to be embarrassed of being naked. Obviously they shouldn’t be naked 100% of the time, but allowing their skin some time to breathe when you change their diapers and clothes can do wonders for clearing up skin issues!

From birth to six months of life you will want to do everything you can to keep your baby out of direct sunlight because direct sunlight is too hard on your baby’s skin. Once your baby is six months old you can take him or her into direct sunlight but make sure that he is completely covered in a strong (baby friendly) sunblock.

You will also want to take extra precaution against the sun with hats and umbrellas. Any sunburn that does turn up can be treated with a cool soft cloth a few times a day for ten to fifteen minutes per application. When you bring your first baby home, proper baby skin care will seem impossible. You will feel a pull to be hyper intense about caring for your baby’s skin. Believe it or not, it isn’t very hard to keep your new baby clean. It won’t take you long to learn that keeping your baby clean and caring for her skin (or his skin) is little more than keeping the baby out of dirt and practicing some common sense. Don’t stress out too much–you’ll get the hang of it eventually!

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