Before I had London, I already knew she was probably going to inherit my super sensitive skin. And of course, about a month after she was born, we were left dealing with all of the baby rashes in the book: baby acne, eczema, cradle cap…the list went on. I was so worried that the beautiful skin she was born with was gonna be gone forever.
We visited the pediatrician and dermatologist religiously to make sure we were doing everything we could to heal her skin. I know that’s not possible for all the busy mamas out there, so I wanted to share the tips I learned, in case it might be able to help your sensitive baby too.
This came as a surprise to me, because everything I read said that giving your baby a bath too often would dry out their skin. But this advice was given to us by London’s dermatologist and amazed me by how much it helped! We accumulate so much dead skin cells and bacteria on a daily basis that bathing once a day is recommended for everyone, and babies are no different. Just make sure to use warm (not hot) water and moisturize right after.
Lotion Twice a Day
Speaking of moisturizing, this is probably the best thing you can do for your baby’s skin. Find a good, hydrating lotion and apply once in the morning and once after bathtime.
Our favorite has been the Aveno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. It’s active ingredient is colloidal oatmeal, which is much healthier for the skin than other products. It’s moisturizing and absorbs into the skin, but isn’t heavy or greasy, which is always a plus. And it’s fragrance and paraben-free, so I feel safe using it even on her gentle skin.
Olive Oil for Cradle Cap
I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not. I honestly can’t even remember who suggested that we try this remedy. But if your little one is dealing with cradle cap, this is definitely something worth trying. About 10 minutes before giving your baby a bath, apply olive oil all over the scalp and rub it in. Wash and rinse as normal. After drying with a towel, go through their hair with a comb. You will notice the flakes coming off as you comb through. Do this once a week until it’s gone.
Find a Good Soap (and stick with it)
I myself have dealt with sensitive skin since I was a little girl. One of the first things that I figured out was that changing soaps/body washes always irritated my skin more. I would go through the cycle whenever I tried to switch up the products I used. Knowing that, I set out on a mission to find a good product that I can keep using on London’s skin for years to come.
I prefer a hair and body wash so that I can use the same thing all over and whenever possible, I try to buy things with natural ingredients. I recently tried out Tubby Todd’s 100% Natural Hair and Body Wash and I am in love! It’s a hypoallergenic wash with natural extracts and plant-based ingredients. And just a little goes a long way so at the price of $15, you’re getting a pretty good deal.
It’s natural fragrance of Lavender and Rosemary is sweet with a hint of coconut. It’s pediatrician and dermatologist tested & approved. And free of toxins, parabens, & sulfates, which means it’s safe for the tiniest newborn and toddler faces, and extra-gentle for sensitive skin. It has all of the qualities I look for in a product to use for my family.
I definitely will have to try out some of their other products and give you my thoughts on those as well. Let me know if you try any of these tips or if you have any of your own! xx
*This post was in collaboration with Tubby Todd. As always, all opinions are my own.