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Similar to many other newborns, my son had very sensitive skin. The poor little guy experienced rashes that made him uncomfortable from the day that he was born. He was allergic to the blankets at the hospital and started off quickly with rashes. We had to be extra cautious in not only clearing up the rashes, but also avoiding irritants. In today's post, I'll share five tips for newborns with sensitive skin.
5 Tips for Newborns with Sensitive Skin
The majority of our tips include avoiding chemicals. It's surprising how many baby products include fragrance or other irritants that may cause problems for some babies such as mine. One of the best products that we have found is the chemical free WaterWipes baby wipes that we found at Babies 'R' Us. It's really interesting because they contain just two ingredients - 99.9% pure Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. There are no preservatives, but the package stays good for up to two years before it is opened or up to 3 months after opening. In addition to the chemical-free design, the physical design of the wipes helps to promote a sterile environment as they are not inter folded. We have also found them to be durable and effective. We switched to these wipes with great success!
You will find the WaterWipes at Babies 'R' Us for a reasonable price of $14.99 for larger value packs or $3.99 for individual 60-count packs. They are easy to find in the area with diapers and wipes.
Let me share tips that we found useful for our newborn with sensitive skin.
1. Wash laundry in gentle fragrance-free detergent.
The detergent or bleach that they used on the hospital blankets caused our son to have a bad rash. We washed everything at home in a gentle fragrance-free detergent which was helpful.
2. Clean spit-up gently with WaterWipes
Our baby had reflux. We started with reusable burp cloths which worked fine with the only issue that we went through many burp cloths each day and would run out. Using WaterWipes was more convenient for us because they were gentle and disposable. We have been so sleep deprived ever since our son was born, so this was a nice way to cut back on laundry while also keeping him comfortably clean.
3. Use sensitive products for diaper changes.
Diaper rash happens to even the most privileged babies. I remember hearing Brad Pitt talk about how bad he felt about one of his children having diaper rash when they were a baby. The issue is real and seems to quickly spiral out of control. I recommend being as proactive as possible from the beginning to avoid problems. Pay close attention to your baby's reaction to diapers in case a particular brand irritates their skin. We then use the chemical-free baby wipes that we mentioned earlier, WaterWipes.
4. Gently wipe your baby clean on some days instead of baths.
Check with your pediatrician first, but for us, my son's pediatrician recommended that we gently wipe him clean instead of bathing him everyday since his skin was so sensitive. On some days, we used WaterWipes to clean the sandman from his face and any other areas that needed attention.
5. Have two people bathe the baby.
This tip may vary by person, but for us, it helped to have two of us to bathe the baby. We use a baby bathtub and one person holds the baby to give him support while the other gently washes him. There may be some people out there who are able to bath their newborn on their own, but for us, having one person who gives the baby support while the second person gently washes him has been the way to go. We only use gentle fragrance-free baby wash.
While the newborn phase lasts one month, we will still follow these tips for many months to come since we like natural products and gentle approaches to caring for our son.
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