Imagine how much research as to be done for skin that’s lived in water for 10 months. So here are my 3 top tips for caring for baby’s beautiful skin. Along with a mini review on each product.
Now this took place before bubs was even born and by took place I mean all clothes we had for her aged 0-3 months and newborn we washed beforehand. I mean you never know what dust particles or even where the clothes is manufactured has been before it ends up in your house.
I spent ages looking for a washing detergent and researched that liquid gel was much better than powder for bubs skin. So up till now we use Fairy non bio liquid gel it cleans stubborn stains and leaves her clothes smelling fresh. We also like to use conditioner to keep her clothes super soft so it’s nice against her skin. We use Comfort pure; it’s specifically made with babies in mind which is perfect.
For the first 3 months we washed then took her clothes to a laundromat to be dried so it got that good heat dry. After that we air dry her clothes which works well. Up till now I still wash her clothes before she wears new items, but a lot of people say you can stop at 6 months the same way you stop super sterilising all bottles etc. One trick I did adopt was if she had to wear something and there was no time to wash it; turn it inside out switch on the iron put it on max and hot press the item.
Bath time routine
I find that it is so easy to fall into the trap as a first time mom to try new things, but I think that consistency is key with babies skin. We have used one bath wash since birth and it has worked well for us. I personally recommend trying one thing for at least two weeks (unless you immediately see something unusual on bubs skin) before trying another thing. That way you can keep track of how bubs skin reacts. The bath soap we use is Infacare; we got given a big bottle of it when we attended the baby show.
Bubs skin is 10 times more delicate than an adult so Infacare is formulated to be as natural and gentle as possible.
- It is ultra-mild and pH balanced with masses of long-lasting bubbles (fun when bubs can sit in bath and splash around).
- What’s great about Infacare is that unlike other bubble baths it does not contain ‘Sodium Trideceth Sulfate’, which is a cleanser that is mild but can dry out your skin.
- What I really love about Infacare is that it contains emollients (increases the skin hydration by reducing evaporation).
At 7 1/2 months we continue to use Infacare for Taliyahs baths and I highly recommend it. I had super sensitive skin as a baby and still do and so does my fiancé so we were panicking about what to use and Infacare has worked well.
What is also important when it comes to bath time routine is what you dry bubs with. We use Cuddledry towels which we also stumbled across at the baby show we went to whilst pregnant.
Taliyah has the ‘original cuddledry handsfree baby bath towel’.
- It’s great because it is made from pure unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre
- I love the fact that it is safe and secure; you clip it round your neck which makes bathing a stress-free, natural and perfect bonding time
- Silky soft, highly absorbent and fast drying
- It contains a double-layer system and has a hood and it draws water away from baby’s skin and hair
Moisturise for the gawds
My personal worst nightmare is dry skin, I had rashes as a child because of my super sensitive skin and growing up later realised I had a lot of allergies. In order to nip it in the bud for Taliyah I decided that I wouldn’t use any perfumed products or any products that were not 100% natural and organic when it came to moisturising.
From birth we used natural raw shea butter on her skin which kept her skin moisturised and hydrated. I did find that it keeps heat in as well and Taliyah being a sweaty betty she didn’t need the extra heat. So I decided to mix it with coconut oil which is also amazing on the skin. At first we found an organic one from whole foods. Then I stumbled on Kokoso Baby which is a 100% natural head-to-toe infant skincare.
- What I love about Kokoso baby is that they use the highest quality raw virgin organic fresh-pressed coconut oil specially selected for your bubs skin
- It doesn’t contain nasty chemicals
- It has been dermatologically tested and is suitable for sensitive skin
- I love that even down to the packaging it is baby safe and BPA free
We also used this to combat her cradle cap and it was amazing as well as if we see any sudden heat or milk rash on her chubby cheeks it literally works overnight.