The skin of your baby at the time of birth is very soft, delicate, sensitive and fragile. As a result the skin is prone to get damaged by external environment. Thus, your baby needs special care. Most of the mothers like to use lotions for the sweet baby smell. However, unless your baby’s skin is dry, lotions really are not needed. Powders should be avoided, unless they are recommended by your baby’s physician. When using any powder, it is advised to sprinkle the powder in your hand first and then apply it to the baby’s skin. Mothers should be cautious when sprinkling the powder, as the powder releases the dust and talc which can make it hard for the baby to breathe. Do not apply adult toiletry preparations/soaps/lotions on your baby’s skin as they may contain irritants or allergens which are too harsh for your baby’s skin.
Being a mother, you may want your baby too look neat and clean by giving him/her frequent bath. However, you should be aware that over-bathing disturbs the NMF content of skin and thereby reduces the ability of your baby’s skin to retain water which ultimately causes the skin to dry. Moisturizer should be applied after giving bath to your child, failing to which leads to dry skin. Taking all these factors in to consideration, a proper skin care is very essential to maintain health and texture of your newborn baby while providing a pleasant experience for both you and your baby. It is always best to use products made especially for babies, yet your pediatrician suggestions are always better. One of the best method to prevent drying of skin is to use mild cleansers which are less drying and less irritating than water alone, and that bathing should be brief (10 minutes or less) and no more than every other day with spot cleaning in between.