Caring For Your Baby's Soft Skin
There is nothing more difficult to ignore than an infant’s soft cheeks! Sure, we’re not alone in this, as many mothers also can’t resist the urge to daily nestle their baby’s cheek on theirs. Despite a mother’s dry and aging skin, most babies love the daily cheek-to-cheek nestles.
By just staring at our baby’s soft and smooth skin, we nearly always forget that not only is her skin beautiful, but it also protects her from diseases and germs, thereby keeping her healthy. Just like ours, a baby’s skin, even though it is more delicate than ours, regulates temperature and serves as a line of defense against infections.
Therefore, as a new mother, consider these basic tips when it comes to your baby’s skin, because you don’t want to injure your fragile baby.
Basic tips include:
To avoid drying out your baby’s skin, spend less time bathing her. At the most, 10-15 minutes.
To avoid drying out your baby’s skin, moisturize her skin.
Immediately after an outdoor activity of swimming, bath the child. Chlorine and salt shouldn’t dry on baby’s skin.
A humidifier should be used if the air in your house is dry.
During summer, keep your baby away from the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun by using a mild sunscreen.
In winter and cooler months, protect baby from the elements by using appropriate dressing.
Use only organic products on your baby. It helps you achieve that flawlessly glowing skin you want for your baby unlike chemicals.
Use detergents that are “baby friendly” to wash baby's clothing.
Due to trapped milk and saliva, baby may get a rash in her cheeks and chin areas. Therefore, wipe baby clean with a damp napkin after feeding or nursing.
Be very observant when it comes to dressing up your baby. She may not be comfortable in a particular piece of clothing that makes her cry consistently.
Let family, friends or babysitters know the organic products you have chosen for your baby as this will encourage them to make and use same choices on your baby.
We shouldn’t overlook pacifiers. While some parents like pacifier and uses it for their baby, others hate it. They may be concerned about the effects of pacifier on their baby’s health and the difficulties of ablactating. Whatever the case, it is evident that a pacifier is comforting to a baby.
If you opt to use a pacifier, go for an organic pacifier from a sustainable source. Most pacifiers are made from synthesized material and chemicals which can negatively impact on your baby’s health.
Natural Breast Milk
Finally, remember that nothing satisfies a baby like a natural nipple delivering mother’s milk. Rather than subject baby to artificial foods, search out organic ones. If you aren’t able to provide mother’s milk from your own breasts, you can hire the services of a wet nurse. We use one who charges $5 per feeding, but prices may vary in your locale. This solution is particularly useful for gay male couples and for older folks who choose to adopt.