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6 Baby Skincare Tips

Keeping your child healthy is incredibly important to you as a parent. While regular check-ups, tummy time and all sorts of activities are essential, the health of your child's skin plays a major role in their well-being, too. This is especially true when kids are young and their skin is more sensitive than yours.

Use these six baby skincare tips to make sure your child feels and looks their best every single day.

1. Pick Gentle Baby Products

When your child is very young, they have delicate skin that can be easily irritated by products designed for adults. That's why new parents should always use products designed specifically for their child's age group during the first year. After that, kid-friendly products are still ideal for avoiding irritation and decreasing potential discomfort.

Look for products like baby shampoo, lotion and wipes that are non-toxic, chemical-free, dye-free and alcohol-free. Hypoallergenic products are also a smart buy for parents.

2. Skip the Daily Bath

Keeping your baby clean is obviously of the utmost importance to you as a parent. However, too many baths can actually strip the natural oils in your child's skin. Frequent baths may also induce itchiness or dry skin in some children.

To keep your child clean, aim for two to three baths with moisturizing soap per week. You can use baby wipes or gently clean their face and other problem areas instead of going for a full-on bath.

3. Measure Bath Water Temperature

Giving your child two to three baths per week keeps them clean without drying out their skin. To further avoid potential dry skin and sensitivity, getting the right bath water temperature is important.

The ideal temperature for your baby is just over 100-degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, your baby won't be too cold, but won't be subject to burns or dry skin, either. Use a simple instant-read thermometer to check water temperature before bath time.

4. Moisturize Regularly

Moisturizer is important for adults who want to maintain healthy skin, especially in the dry winter and hot summer months. The same is true for young children, though they require specific products designed for their age group.

Post-bath is the best time to apply lotion since the skin will be moist and supple, allowing it to soak up the lotion. Gently massage the lotion into the skin, wiping away any excess product with a clean towel after a minute or two. When using lotion on your baby, less is always best since dressing your child while they're still damp can lead to skin irritation.

5. Keep Your Baby Dry

Applying lotion to your baby's skin after a bath can help keep them moisturized, which can prevent itching. This is a good thing, but keeping your baby dry is also very important for proper skincare.

To do this, checking your baby's folds - where the delicate skin can be prone to rashes and other sensitivities - should be on your to-do list at least two to three times each day. It becomes especially important when your child starts using their mouth more since saliva can settle in these folds and create irritation.

6. Limit Sun Exposure

Sunscreen isn't recommended for children aged six months to one year, so limiting sun exposure is key to keeping their skin healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to simply avoid the mid-day sun when it's at its brightest, between 11am and 3pm. On particularly warm and sunny days though, you'll still need to take extra precautions to avoid sunburn if you're going to be outside for more than a minute or two.

Hats, long-sleeved shirts, comfortable pants and strollers with covers are must-have items for parents. All of these can allow you and your family to enjoy time outside without worrying too much about sun exposure. Seeking shade cover under trees and umbrellas is also wise if you're sitting outside for an activity like a picnic.

Keeping your child's skin healthy will ensure they're happy, excited, and having fun every minute of the day. Developing an excellent skincare routine with your child also allows you to focus on developmental and fun activities that help you bond with your child instead of worrying about rashes and sensitivities.

Follow these basic tips and you can do your part to make your child smile before, during and after bath time!

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