Baby Skin Care: Protecting Your Baby’s Winter Skin

Baby Skin Care: Protecting Your Baby’s Winter SkinBurns, rashes, chapped skin and eczema are all common baby skin care issues this time of year.  Protecting your baby’s winter skin will help her avoid discomfort and maintain that smooth, soft, delicate skin you love to snuggle.

Here’s a guide to baby skin care issues and how to help resolve them:

Chapped Skin

The Issue: Dry winter air outdoors and indoors plus gusty winds beating on your child’s delicate skin can lead to chapped skin and lips. You may notice rosy cheeks or peeling lips as signs of chapped skin. Windburn looks and feels a lot like sunburn.

The Solution: Moisturize your baby’s skin day and night in the winter. Use a formula designed for a baby’s sensitive skin. Apply a baby-safe lip balm daily as well. Keep your baby protected from the wind with long clothing and a stroller cover.

Frostbite or Frostnip

The Issue: Frostbite and her younger sibling frostnip may set in faster than you think. Our bodies react to cold weather by reducing blood flow to the extremities in order to protect our organs. Frostbite and frostnip may appear as redness or skin may look bluish or lose color.

The Solution: Cover your baby’s body as much as possible with clothing, mittens and a hat that wraps around her ears and chin. Don’t stay out in extreme conditions too long. If you notice redness or discoloration that may be frostbite or frostnip, put your baby in a lukewarm bath and call your doctor.

Heat Rash

The Issue: Heat rash is common when babies are over-bundled for the weather. It is marked by red pimply skin in the areas that are overheated and sweaty, often in the creases of a baby’s arms, legs, neck and groin. This occurs when sweat glands become clogged.

The Solution: Aim for lose fitting clothing that still offers warmth rather than wrapping your baby too tightly. If your baby does develop a heat rash, blot the area with a water and baking soda mixture.


The Issue: Despite cold weather, the sun can still burn your baby’s skin during the winter. This is particularly common when the sun is out and snow is on the ground because the white snow reflects the sun back onto your baby’s skin.

The Solution: It’s great to help your baby get her Vitamin D naturally during winter months. It can boost her mood and support her entire body. But do apply a baby-safe sunscreen before spending time outside in the sun and try to stay out of direct sunlight in peak hours.


The Issue: This dry, bumpy skin condition may be chronic but it is usually worse when skin is dry. It may look red and flaky with raised bumps.

The Solution:  Moisturizing, especially after a bath, is the best way to treat eczema. Also, keep your baby’s nails short so she doesn’t scratch the area and make it worse.

Sources: Parents, What to Expect and CNN

Baby Skin Care in Summer

Baby Skin Care in Summer

Your baby’s soft, delicate skin is surely one of the things you love most about holding her close.  Skin-to-skin time is all the more enjoyable when you can caress her tender skin and share loving moments.  During summertime the sun and pesky insects can threaten the health and comfort of that sensitive, smooth skin, which is why safe baby skin care practices are particularly important in the sunny, hot, buggy summer months.

There are three primary concerns for baby skin care in summer:  the sun, the heat and the bugs.  Today we’re sharing prevention and treatment tips for each of these summer skin care issues.

Baby Skin Care: The Sun

Unfortunately the sun’s rays are not discerning and they can burn even the sweetest, most adorable babies just like anyone else.  As we all know, sunburns really hurt and can even be worse on a baby’s brand new skin.  Plus, sunburns during early childhood increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.  It is always important to protect your baby’s skin during sun exposure.  There is some debate whether newborns and infants under 3 months should wear sunscreen.  Ask your pediatrician so you can make an informed decision.  If you are given the green light, only apply sunscreens of SPF 30-50 that are especially formulated for babies.  These will be most appropriate for a baby’s sensitive skin.

Beyond sunscreen, keep your baby covered as much as possible.  Sun protective clothing with built-in SPF is ideal.  Always dress your baby in a wide-brim hat to avoid sun on the face and neck.  Find shade under a tree, umbrella or awning whenever possible.  If you plan to spend a day at the beach or pool, umbrellas or tents are necessary to prevent your baby from getting burnt.  Also, try to avoid being outdoors during the peak midday sun hours between noon and 3 p.m.

If your baby does get a sunburn, do your best to cool and soothe her skin to keep her comfortable.  Apply cold washcloths to her skin several times daily to reduce the irritation and redness.  Use a natural aloe vera formula or organic baby lotion to nourish her skin and stimulate rapid re-growth.  You can also try rubbing some breast milk over the affected area to help heal and repair skin quickly.

Baby Skin Care:  The Heat

Babies lack the ability to regulate their own body temperatures.  So when it is hot outside, they may get really hot and sweaty.  Heat rash is caused when sweat glands are clogged, which results in red bumps around the body.  These bumps may be concentrated in certain areas where baby skin folds because they are more susceptible to clogged pores.  Again, keep your baby out of the heat during peek sun hours – even being in the shade during the midday sun can lead to heat rash.  Bring along a fan or cool mist spray bottle to keep your baby cool and always dress her in breathable fabrics.  Limit baby wearing time when it is super hot because the two of you will generate more heat together than separately.

If your baby does get heat rash, bathe her in water of a moderate temperature.  Do not use creams, oils or lotions that could further block pores.  Instead, keep skin clean and dry.  If the rash persists for longer than 5-7 days, call your doctor.  The heat can breed bacterial or yeast infections which will require medications to treat.

Baby Skin Care:  The Bugs

Rather than swatting away bugs, your baby may be fascinated by them.  Bites are a common problem during the summer when bugs are out in abundance.  Dress your baby in long sleeves and pants when you know you’ll be outdoors in a buggy area.  When in a stroller or tent, you can use netting to keep bugs away from your tot.  There are also bands and portable bug repellent devices that you can attach to your stroller or picnic blanket to keep bugs at bay.

Babies under 2 months should not use bug spray.  Although the American Academy for Pediatrics says bug sprays with less than 30% deet are acceptable for babies over 2-months, many baby skin care companies offer a deet-free natural bug spray that may be a better option for babies and young children.  When applying bug spray, avoid the eyes, mouth and hands and wash it off immediately after returning indoors.

Protect your baby’s precious skin with these summer baby skin care tips. We hope you have lots of fun this summer!!

Baby Skin Care: Caring for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

The soft, smooth feel of newborn skin is pretty much irresistible.  The purity of every inch of your baby’s skin – from her teensy tiny toes to her squishy cheeks – is one of the things most new parents fall in love with first.  So it’s important to take good care of that precious skin to keep your baby’s soft and healthy throughout infancy and childhood.

Newborn skin is very delicate as their bodies are still developing outside of the womb.  Their skin-based immune system, oil secretions and temperature regulation are all volatile as they acclimate to their new environment in the world.  Skin problems such as baby acne, dryness, eczema and other sensitivities are not uncommon for newborns.  Some newborn skin conditions cannot be avoided and will fade away over time.  Others can be managed through a few baby skin care practices.

Today we’re sharing some baby skin care tips for taking special care of your newborn baby’s sensitive skin:

Baby Skin Care:  Caring for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

Wash Your Newborn A Few Times a Week:  Newborns really don’t get very dirty.  If you’re changing diapers regularly and keeping your baby in mild temperatures, your newborn isn’t collecting much sweat or microbes that need daily scrubbing.  Plus her skin is still developing and isn’t suited for constant washing.  Instead, bathe your babe two or three times a week.  Spot clean with a warm wash cloth the other days to remove any impurities around the face, folds of baby fat and diaper area.  This will prevent drying out your baby’s skin.

Moisturize Often:  Because baby’s skin is prone to dryness, moisturize with a lotion specifically formulated for babies.  Do this immediately after bath-time and a few other times a week, especially if the air where you live has low-humidity.  In addition to moisturizing your baby, body massages help develop your baby’s sense of touch and makes her feel secure and loved.  Avoid baby powders, however.  They really aren’t great for skin and can be very dangerous when inhaled.

Use Natural Baby Bath and Skin Care Products:  When it comes to your baby, use the good stuff.  Never use a product designed for adults as it may be too harsh for a baby’s new skin.  Stick to natural baby bath and skin care products, including shampoos, bubble bath gel, body washes, hair care products and lotions.  Natural products will ensure you are not squirting on a dose of toxins on your wholesome little tot.

Use Sensitive Skin Products as Necessary:  While using products meant for babies is important, the baby products industry will have you believe that all newborns require products formulated for sensitive skin, and they charge a premium for them.  Discuss sensitive skin products with your pediatrician for a recommendation.  Most babies are fine with regular diapers, wipes and laundry detergent.  If you see your baby is having a reaction, then you may want to invest in sensitive skin products.  Otherwise, use your discretion.  In most cases, you can’t go wrong either way so act according to your comfort level.

Wash Clothes and Baby Items Before Using:  Whether you shop regular retail, consignment or hand-me-downs, wash all of your baby’s clothes before she wears them.  Between industrial toxins or your neighbor’s baby’s crusted spit-up, your baby deserves a fresh start when getting dressed for the day.  She’ll have plenty of opportunity to spread her own germs on her clothes. Be sure to wash other items that will come in to contact with your baby too, such as bath towels, wash clothes, linens, blankets, your new nursing bras and your shirts and blouses that may touch baby’s skin while breastfeeding.  Also, you may want to soak stuffed animals in warm water and detergent and wipe down plastic toys before handing them over to baby.

Keep Your Baby Away from Skin Toxins:  The sun, air pollution and cigarette smoke are some of the worst toxins for baby’s skin and entire bodies.  Keep your baby safe from UV rays with lightweight protective clothes.  Don’t let your baby overheat as sweat can damage a baby’s skin or cause heat rash.  It is best not to use sunscreen on newborns, but if sun exposure is unavoidable, use a broad spectrum SPF 30 or above.  Mineral sunscreen may be the safest way to go.  Keep your baby away from engine exhaust, gas fumes, manufacturing emissions and cigarette smoke as much as possible. All of these pollutants can be absorbed through the skin, causing skin problems and other health risks.

Diaper Rash is the Most Common Baby Skin Condition:  More than facial skin problems, diaper rash is the leading skin condition for infants.  Usually diaper rash can be managed by changing your baby’s diaper often – as soon as you know your baby has a wet or dirty diaper.  Also, use a diaper cream to avoid rashes or to treat them as soon as they occur.

FamilyMake Sure Mom Isn’t Causing Skin Sensitivities:  Unknowingly, moms can sometimes cause skin sensitivities in their newborns by wearing skin-irritating perfume, makeup or lotions that transfer to baby’s skin while cuddling or breastfeeding.  Additionally, mom may be eating something that a newborn’s un-evolved digestive system cannot handle, causing a skin rash.  Be vigilant for signs that indicate your own habits may be triggering skin problems in your baby.

Most newborn skin problems don’t require a visit to the pediatrician unless you notice purplish pustules, skin irregularities coupled with fever or other health issues, or the problem is persistent or recurring.  But if mentioning the problems to your pediatrician makes you feel better, do it.  Otherwise, use these baby skin care tips to keep your newborns skin kissably smooth throughout infancy.

Baby Skin Care

Baby Skin Care

From breastfeeding to education, we want only the best for our babies. As moms, it is our responsibility to make sure their bodies are in tip top shape for physical and mental growth. That is one reason why we choose to breastfeed in the first place. When it comes to baby’s skin, the largest organ in the body, we should be particularly conscientious.

Imperfections are Normal: Baby acne, reddish birth marks (also known as stork bites), cradle cap and minor rashes are normal and most go away on their own without any need for treatment. Using a barrier cream is a great preventative measure for diaper rash and using over-the-counter medicated creams can cure most standard diaper rashes. If your baby develops a more severe skin condition, such as eczema, your pediatrician may prescribe a topical ointment.

Baby Skin CareTest the Waters: Because newborn skin is most sensitive, start by using products designed for sensitive babies including wipes, laundry detergent and bath soap. After a few months, start switching to regular products one at a time. If your baby has a reaction, switch back to the sensitive products and try again in a few months. Also start by washing your nursing bras and camis in sensitive detergent as her skin will likely come in contact with these fabrics as well.

Temperature Sensitivity: Newborns and infant bodies cannot regulate their temperature as adults do. Newborns lose body heat rapidly and, whether indoors or out, should be bundled in blankets and should wear hats as most heat escapes through the head. Babies also should not spend too much time in the heat because their body’s cooling mechanisms are not fully developed and heat can cause red bumpy skin rashes.

Sunscreen is Vital: If your baby is going to spend time outdoors, regardless of the temperature or cloudiness, apply protective sunscreen specifically formulated for babies with an SPF of at least 30. Tear-free and sting-free sunscreens are best in case it accidentally makes contact with your baby’s eyes.

Skin to Skin: Your baby craves your touch. Studies show that skin-to-skin contact starting from the moment your baby is born will help her early development and create a bond with loved ones. Breastfeeding is an excellent time for skin-to-skin contact if you are in a space where you can remove your shirt and lay your undressed newborn on your chest. Loving Moments Nursing Bras make skin-to-skin access simpler than ever. Offering your baby a relaxing massage using natural lotions or oils can also be a special way for mom (or dad) to share a skintastic moment with your little one.