Being a parent is scary. No one ever tells you that you’re going to spend 23 hours out of every day being unsure of yourself and wondering if you are doing things right. All of your parent friends have opinions about diet, your mother-in-law questions your sleep training methods, and you find yourself searching the internet late at night wondering if that color poop is normal for your little one.
With so many new things to worry about, wondering if your pre-parent routine is doing any harm to your new bundle of joy shouldn’t be one of them. Here are three simple things you may have done pre-baby that you should consider changing in order to keep your little one’s skin happy and healthy.
Don't overdo it on the baths
Jumping in the shower is part of most people’s daily routines - so it should be part of your baby’s as well, right? Not so fast. While it might be your first instinct to make sure your little one is squeaky clean each day, most doctors say that you should only bathe an infant two to three times per week at most (this doesn’t include the diaper area, which should be cleaned every time you change their diaper). A baby’s skin can dry out really easily and is full of moisturizing oils that not only keep their skin soft but also protect from infections and other irritants. Stick with your pediatrician’s recommendations on bathing frequency and be sure to use products that are free of dyes, harsh cleansers, or fragrances. Our favorite is All Natural Baby Shampoo and Body Wash from Nurture My Body.
Use the right laundry detergent
This is HUGE. As adults, we have a tendency to pick up any old detergent off the shelf while we’re doing our grocery shopping - but traditional detergents don’t cut it when it comes to your little one. Babies have the most sensitive skin there is - and while the chemicals, dyes, and fragrances in typical laundry detergents might not affect us as adults, they can be extremely troubling for your baby. Make sure you are choosing a high quality detergent with the best possible ingredients. The buzz words you want to look for are “Clean-rinsing”, “all-natural”, and “SLS/SLES free”. This shouldn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg either. Rockin’ Green laundry detergents check all the boxes and are actually cheaper per load than most of the grocery store bargain brands.
Leave those zits alone
Baby acne is SUPER common. In fact, more than 40% of little ones will have it. While it may be an unwelcome visitor right when you are trying to take coveted family photos, using any treatments intended for teens or adults can be extremely harmful to your baby’s sensitive skin. NEVER attempt to pop the pimples or exfoliate with adult cleansers. Most doctors recommend simply keeping the area clean with warm water twice a day. As always, consult your pediatrician for more information.