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4 Ways to Take Better Care of Baby’s Skin

While baby skin irritations are all too common (diaper rash, anyone?), there are steps you can take to keep flare-ups at bay.

There’s a reason the saying “smooth as a baby’s bottom” exists. The velvety feel of an infant’s skin—soft, plump and sweet-smelling—can elicit “awws” from just about anyone. A baby’s skin, however, is still developing throughout the first year of life, meaning it needs extra nourishment and care. Enter the Weleda family of skin care products. Formulated with plant-rich ingredients (think flower, fruit and root extracts), their baby line of NATRUE-certified creams, lotions and washes are free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, making them a smart choice for delicate skin. (Plus, the company is cruelty-free, allowing no testing on animals.) Follow the simple routine below to keep your little one’s skin supple, smooth and irresistable (aww!).

Streamline Bath Time

Babies really only need a lukewarm bath three times a week, tops. Anything more can break down the skin’s barrier, which dries it out. Tub time can be an incredible bonding experience for the two of you, though, so when baby’s due for a wash, use gentle, plant-rich products that will feel nourishing to their skin.

Try: Weleda 2-in-1 Gentle Shampoo & Body Wash, which counts soothing calendula extract and sweet almond oil among the main ingredients.

Pat Face and Skin Folds Dry

To combat any trapped moisture left on the skin after eating or playing, gently pat—not rub—their face and in between those cute, chubby rolls with a soft washcloth when needed, but at least twice daily. While you’re at it, apply diaper cream at every changing; the right formula may help prevent diaper rash by acting as a physical barrier between the diaper and baby’s skin.

Try: Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream contains lanolin and zinc oxide, two ingredients known for protecting against diaper rash.

Moisturize Liberally...

A newborn’s skin is often dry and peeling during the first month, all of which is totally normal. That’s because while their skin can absorb water well, it can’t effectively hold moisture since the skin’s natural barrier has not yet developed. To get the most out of your moisturizer, apply a generous amount to baby’s wet skin, ideally within three minutes of getting out of the bath.

Try: Weleda Nourishing Body Cream with hardworking calendula oil to soothe and moisturize dry skin.

...But Don’t Overtreat Rashes and Skin Problems

It’s not unusual for babies to get harmless rashes and skin conditions, but they’re usually no reason for concern. Stick to your regular moisturizing routine, but consult your pediatrician if you notice a rash that’s out of the ordinary.

Try: Weleda Sensitive Care Face Cream and Weleda Sensitive Care Body Lotion are your go-tos for a baby with hypersensitive skin. Both contain calming white mallow and pansy extract, and have received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

The Bump and Weleda present a sponsored series with tips for creating meaningful bonding moments with baby. Visit Weleda.com to learn more about their baby skin care products.

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