Taking Care of a Newborn’s Delicate Skin

Until having my own child, I’ve never truly understood the saying “Your skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom”. A baby’s skin is so soft and so delicate. As an individual who takes a strong interest in taking care of my own skin, it is natural that I also have made it a priority to take care of my baby’s skin.

A common condition in which many babies will experience (including my baby E) is baby acne. Everyone tells me to leave it alone as baby acne will go away naturally. It’s hard to leave it alone as a first time parent because I know if I had a breakout, I would try to be proactive about it. The good thing is I know the acne is not bothering her (she doesn’t seem to be itchy) but the appearance (bumpy and red) certainly bothers me (as I’m sure it bothers other parents as well). I’m practicing my patience. With that being said, during the time while baby acne heals, I have tried these products to maintain clean skin. I know there are many products on the market but here is what I have tried so far. As the saying also goes “A mother knows best” so what has worked for my baby may not work for your baby but I believe these are all safe options to start.

Warm Water

As the initial step, I always wipe down Baby E’s face with lukewarm water so that the skin is not irritated (either by really hot water or by really cold water) using a bamboo terry washcloth. I wipe her face at least 2-3 times per day but may wipe her face down more if she’s had more spit up throughout the day.

Tip: Need a quick gift idea? So many individuals default to buying an outfit as a gift but what can be very useful and always used on a daily basis are wash cloths. 🙂

Breastmilk

As breastmilk does have antimicrobial properties, breastmilk can also be a cleansing option. What I have done is after I have wiped Baby E’s face with lukewarm water, I pat dry. I then soak a cotton pad with breastmilk and wipe this cotton pad all over her face. Once dried, I then wipe her face down with lukewarm water again.

Unfortunately, for me, I did not see much results with breastmilk; therefore, I stopped. I did this routine for 3 days in a row. I know it’s worked for other mothers though. 🙂 As mentioned before, every baby is different so you just don’t know what will work for your baby until you try it.

Mustela No Rinse Soothing Cleansing Water for Baby’s with Very Sensitive Skin with Avocado Pereose

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Mustela Cleansing Cream can easily be found on Amazon.

As I mentioned above, Baby E’s skin is bumpy (on both cheeks) and both cheeks are red (i.e. inflammation is present). I did some research on this product and thought it was worth a shot.

Like with breastmilk, I first wipe Baby E’s face with lukewarm water. Once dry, I will then squirt 2-3 pumps of this cleansing water on a cotton pad and will wipe Baby E’s face all over.

Within a day of using this product, I noticed that Baby E’s cheeks were less red and less inflamed so I would say this product as worked for me. Thank goodness! 🙂 By Day 3 of using this product, 95% of the redness had subsided. Woohoo!

So Luxury Coconut and Oat Milk Bath

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It’s made in Canada (in BC) and can easily be found at West Coast Kids. During this period of time, let’s try to support local businesses where we can. =)

I’ve heard so many good things about this product not only for baby but for adults too so I bought it for us (my husband and I) as well as Baby E to enjoy. 🙂

In combination with using the Mustela Cleansing Water, I also added this product when Baby E took her baths (the water would also be used to wash her hair as I noticed she has mild cradle cap).  Baby E’s body doesn’t have any skin problems (at the present time) but I want to keep it that way so if this product keeps skin healthy and moisturized, I’m all for continuing the use of this product. The ingredients in the product are recognizable so this makes me feel good when I use it on Baby E’s skin.

After cleansing the face, what have I used to moisturize Baby E’s face and body?

Mustela Hydra Bebe Face Cream with natural Avocado Pereose for Normal Skin

mustela face cream
This product can easily be found on Amazon. The tube is only 40 mL but because a baby doesn’t need a lot of moisturizer at one time, it still can last a little while. 

Because I found Mustela’s cleansing oil to be effective with Baby E, I decided to try the moisturizer as well. I didn’t find I needed to go with the very sensitive skin option as I believe Baby E has normal skin (as far as I can see for now).

The lotion is not greasy and it doesn’t have a very strong scent (apparently, the scent is Mustela’s iconic scent). Ideally, I would like a non-scented option but so far, this lotion has been working very well for Baby E.

Baby Boo Bamboo Natural Body Lotion

A friend gifted me a set of products from Baby Boo Bamboo including the Body Lotion, Shampoo and Diaper Cream. I use the diaper cream religiously and *knock on wood* but Baby E has yet to experience major diaper rash. We’ve also been applying diaper cream generously with each diaper change in fear of diaper rash.

I initially used the natural body lotion on Baby E’s face. For the first 6 weeks of her life, Baby E didn’t have baby acne but during week 7, the baby acne popped out of nowhere. This is when I switched to Mustela’s Hydra Bebe Face cream.  For the first 6 weeks of Baby E’s life, Baby Boo Bamboo natural body lotion did the job. It was moisturizing and non-greasy.

At the present time, I continue to use the natural body lotion on Baby E’s body after bath time.

Because I mentioned about Baby E not having diaper rash, let’s talk briefly about the baby wipe options on the market as well. I have tried pretty much all the brands on the market and I have to say, I like the Aleva Naturals and/or Baby Boo Bamboo wipes the best. I find both of the wipes from these brands are more moist and soft compared to the other brands on the market (e.g. Kirkland, Huggies and Pampers). If I had to pick one out of the 3 other options, I would pick Kirkland over Huggies and Pampers.

Food For Thought: As  a new parent/mother, I know there are many aspects of baby care where it can instill worry. For me, baby acne was a trigger. As a mother/parent, what are your go to baby skincare products? I’d love to know as I’m always curious about good products that can keep good skin on baby.

 

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