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Baby Bath Basics!

Those who care for babies with sensitive skin will understand that every little detail counts. So I would always send our very own Baby Bath Basics guide to mummies that purchase our Jo Lauren baby products! Since many mummies have benefited from this guide, I decided to share it and hopefully help even more mummies! Here goes!

Baby Bath Basics

Baby Bath Basics for Sensitive Skin Babies

Do’s and Don’ts

Do:
Use lukewarm or room temperature water.
Don’t:
Use warm water or worst of all, hot water! Warm or hot water baths can dry out baby skin, which can lead to more itching, scratching and peeling.

Do:
Keep bath time short and sweet, 5-10 minutes is fine.
Don’t:
Take long drawn baths, a 30-minutes soak is relaxing for us adults but will dry out baby skin in no time!

Do:
Add good quality bath oils or colloidal oatmeal to baby’s bath, like our Baby Massage Oils and Baby Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Bags. Dispense one or two pumps of baby oil into baby’s bathwater for a moisturizing bath!
Don’t:
Use bubble baths or dilute baby cleansers into bathwater! Bubble baths, cleansers and soaps will strip oils from skin, draw out moisture and dry out baby skin.

Do:
Limit cleansers to just diaper area, armpits, hands and feet. Choose a gentle cleanser like our Baby Castile Wash which dispenses in foam.
Don’t:
Use cleansers all over baby’s face and body. Baby does not get too dirty so don’t overcleanse baby! The surfectants in cleansers are very drying!

Do:
Dry skin gently by patting dry.
Don’t:
Dry skin by rubbing with towel as baby skin is very delicate and thin!

Do:
Use a moisturizer with an ointment formulation with high-linoleic content oil like our Baby Miracle Balm. Always check ingredients list to identify potential allergens, irritants and toxins. When applying, do make sure your hands prior.
Don’t:
Use creams or lotions that contain the following: alcohol, olive oil or other high-oleic content oils, chemicals and preservatives.

Do:
Perform patch test whenever using a new leave-on product. Apply product on the inside of baby’s elbow and leave for 24 hours. If no allergy occurs, proceed to apply product on one bigger area. Always use one new product at a time to identify the cause of any incompatibility issues. Allow 3 days between different products to identify any issues.
Don’t:
Use product without doing a patch test and try several different products at one go. Don’t try new foods at this time as it may make it difficult to identify the cause of a new allergy reaction.

Do:
Ensure baby’s nails are trimmed as scratching with long nails will break their skin easily.
Don’t:
Let their nails grow out and not trim them!

Do you have other tips that you’d like to share? Leave a comment!

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