Baby Care

How to Protect Your Newborn’s Delicate Skin and What to Use

Did you know that newborn baby skin can be 10 times more sensitive than our own? No? I didn’t either, until recently. (The things you Google at 2am during late night feeds).

This extra sensitivity means your baby’s skin is vulnerable to dryness, irritation, and skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema. It’s incredibly common for your little one to develop redness, dry skin, rashes, and spots as his skin becomes used to this new world. But we want to do our part to protect it.

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Newborn babies are prone to skin conditions. Source: Bigstock

Protecting baby’s skin: What should we be doing?

Choosing soft fabrics? Yup!

Opting for laundry detergent that is made for sensitive skin? Definitely.

Using a made-for-baby skincare regime? 100%!

It’s never a good idea to use regular shampoo or soap on baby’s skin as the ingredients are too harsh for baby’s skin. Instead, opt for baby-specific washes and lotions, such as Cetaphil Baby.

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Nourish and protect 

At Mum Central we love the Cetaphil baby range. It’s such a tried and trusted brand and we have seen first-hand how this stuff works to soothe baby’s skin and keep it extra soft and squishy.

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The products have been specially formulated for healthy baby skin development and include key ingredients and botanicals to support and protect infants’ skin. 

Plus the products are mineral oil-free, soap-freehypoallergenic and paraben-free. They also have an Eczema-Pro Moisturiser* which is ideal for babies that do struggle with mild eczema or eczema-prone skin.

*When using this product,  ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

To us, these are all really important factors to consider when choosing a skincare product for your baby.

A proper skincare routine, even for newborns, is really important, not only to reduce the risk of dry, itchy skin but also to give you and bub some special skin-to-skin bonding time. After all, the more excuses to touch their little bodies, the better!

What does a baby skincare regime look like?

Exfoliator, toner, BB cream? Yeah, not quite. It’s much simpler.

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Compliment the warm water with a gentle made-for-baby wash such as Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash which works to moisturise baby’s skin all the while ridding bub of the daily dirt, sweat, dribble and spit-up. Especially in between those baby skin folds. Treat bub to a bit of a bubbly scalp massage too with Cetaphil Shampoo – it’s tear-free and enriched with soothing camomile too! #bliss

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We all love a gentle rub down at the end of the day, including babies! Check out our upcoming story on the ins and outs of baby massage and add Cetaphil Baby Massage Oil to your list of items to buy. This stuff is liquid gold when it comes to infant massage!

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A small dollop of Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion is all bub needs to keep those dry patches away. If your baby does have extra dry skin, the Eczema Pro line is probably your best bet.

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Don’t forget the suncream – Cetaphil Sun Kids SPF50+ Liposomal Lotion* is your perfect partner for sun protection, for toddlers and beyond.

*When using this product, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Limit sun exposure and use protective clothing, hats and eyewear. Keep out of eyes. Reapply sunscreen regularly.

So, now you know how to protect baby’s skin, all you need is the products to do so. The next time you’re at Woolworths, Coles, Priceline, or Chemist Warehouse, pop into the baby aisle and check out the entire range of Cetaphil Baby! It’s a winning range in our books and we reckon you’ll love it too.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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