If you are deciding on a skincare brand for your newborn, natural and organic should be your first pick. The newborn’s skin is naturally soft and beautiful; so opt for only the best natural baby skincare products.
There is a vast range of baby lotions, creams, oils and other newborn baby products available in the market. One always wonders, whether what is available is also safe. Good news is that there are safe and natural baby skincare products available that will take care of your baby’s gentle and sensitive skin.
You should always make sure that the skincare products have natural ingredients and no harmful or toxic chemicals. If your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to allergic rashes, please perform a patch test before use. Pour few drops of lotion/oil/cream on the baby’s hand to check. Use the product only if you see no signs of irritation and allergy.
Some things to keep in mind before picking up skincare products for the newborn:
A baby’s skin is 30% thinner than an adult’s skin. Hence, newborn’s baby care products should be gentle and safe. Stay clear of picking products that contain sulphates, parabens, mineral oil, SLS and phthalates; these are chemicals that may pose harm to your baby’s skin. If you feel your baby has a sensitive skin, look for terms like ‘hypoallergenic’ and ‘natural’ on the product label.
Let’s first jot down a list of essential baby skincare products.
Here goes my list of essential baby products:
- Diaper Rash Cream
Every time you change your baby’s diaper, make it a point to apply a diaper rash cream. A sore and itchy bottom will make your baby cranky and uncomfortable throughout the day. Picking the right diaper rash cream is half the battle won! Your diaper cream protects the baby’s bottom against rashes and allergies and keeps the baby’s skin soft and healthy. It also acts as a protective barrier for the skin against wetness and skin infections. Look for ingredients like zinc oxide which are Natural and fast acting on rashes.
- Baby Oil for Massage
A regular body massage is extremely beneficial for the growth and development of the newborn. It strengthens the baby’s bones & muscles and stimulates the nerve cells of its body. Hence, choose a natural baby massage oil that is safe for your newborn. Popular choices of massage oils in India are Sesame oil, Coconut oil, Almond oil, Chamomile oil, Jojoba oil, and Olive oil, to name a few.
- Baby Lotion
You need a baby lotion so that you can apply it on your baby’s body after a bath to restore and replenish the natural oils of the body. Pick an effective baby lotion that has the richness of ingredients like rice bran, apricot, cocoa and shea butters. All of these together will help in combating your baby’s dry skin and replenish the lost moisture, keeping the baby’s skin super soft.
- Baby Wash
Make your baby’s bath time fun and use a mild tear-free baby body wash that does not contain chemicals and cleanses the baby’s body naturally. Look for ingredients that gently clean and also moisturise your baby’s skin.
- Baby Shampoo
Just like the baby wash, your baby’s shampoo should be safe, tear-free and gently clean your baby’s scalp. A good-quality mild baby shampoo with organic ingredients will gently clean your baby’s hair and scalp, leaving it clean and shiny.
- Natural Baby Powder
Your baby’s folds have to be kept dry to prevent them from rubbing and developing skin irritation. Select a cornstarch-based & talc-free baby powder which is safe for your newborn’s skin and keeps your baby cool and dry.
- Baby Oil for Hair Care
Take care of your baby’s soft hair right from the start by incorporating a regular hair massage regime into her daily routine. Use a natural baby hair oil which contains the goodness of Amla, Bhringraj, Almond, Coconut and more, that work together to keep your baby’s hair strong and healthy.
- Natural Sunscreen
The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that babies who are 6 months and older must have sunscreen on them!Your baby’s skin is extremely delicate and soft and needs to be shielded against harsh environmental conditions. Apply natural mineral-based baby sunscreen which is specially formulated for babies, all over your baby’s body. Also, check the composition to make sure that your baby’s sunscreen lotion is water-resistant and rich in organic oils that moisturize while protecting the baby’s skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun.
As moms, we try our best to ensure our baby’s safety and give them the best skin care. Choose your newborn’s skin care kit wisely so that you ensure their delicate skin is supple and well-shielded against allergies, and remains healthy for many years to come.