Protect Your Little One With Simple Skincare Tips

on March 19, 2018 / by

When people become parents they want the best for their children. All parents have great aspirations for their children and that's what parenthood is all about. Giving your child the best, sometimes even beyond your own means is what parents are capable of pushing themselves to do. I only began to identify with those feelings when I first held #PrincessHeer in my arms.

There wasn’t a single moment when I didn’t want to stroke her face or nuzzle her ear or kiss her forehead. However, the little one who looked like she had just stepped out of a ‘Baby Product’ commercial began having break-outs in less than a few weeks. A long worried chat with her paediatrician made me realise that there is much more to caring for my little bundle of joy than just basic healthcare. I needed to look into her skincare routine closely as well and did I make that my mission.

Here are those simple, yet extra-special efforts I introduced in her skincare routine to ensure the protection it deserved.

Bathing Basics
Baby skin is the most fragile at the time of birth and has to be prepped up over time. Even though most paediatricians recommend not to massage a baby, the age-old tradition was followed for Heer. We would massage her every morning with home-made almond oil and then bathe her in lukewarm water. We paid special attention to the skin-folds and would let her air-dry or dabbed her gently while avoiding to rub her delicate skin.

Natural Products
Two rules we followed while using baby products for Heer were; to use natural fragrance-free products and to always do a swatch test to rule out allergies. After experimenting with a few brands we finalised on MamaEarth, a safe, toxin-free, international standard baby products brand. I especially loved the Milky Soft Face Cream infused with the goodness of Almond Oil and Murumuru Butter that moisturised the delicate skin, Milk protein that locked in the moisture and Shea and cocoa butter that improved skin texture especially formulated for sensitive skin and cures eczema as well. 

Diapering Essentials
It was one of the most tricky parts of skincare; picking the right mode of keeping her skin dry. With recommendations from friends, we opted for diapers that were soft with all-round protection. While changing, we wiped her skin with baby wipes and applied diaper cream to keep the skin moisturised and rash free. We preferred to alternate between cloth and disposable diapers that allow the skin to breathe, thus keeping the skin soft and healthy, and Heer happy. 

Clothing Prerequisites
Depending upon the weather conditions we got baby clothing in natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, and wool. Breathable clothing allowed Heer’s skin to stay hydrated while protecting it against the harshness of the heat and cold. Another very important aspect of clothing we followed was to wash all clothing before first-time use and also wash them in a mild detergent, the ones free of dyes, colourants, and allergens.

Vital Nourishment 
Skin health and care is as important from the outside as well as from the inside. Just as the doctor ordered we exclusively breastfed Heer for the first six months, then introduced her to fruit-vegetable pulp and nutritious dals. Over the next few months, we started to include almonds and walnuts in her daily intake along with pulses and lentils for protein and vitamins. We also supplemented water with semi-solids and solids to ensure digestion, hydration and overall growth.

I think with these changes, we did pretty good at bringing up Heer. Is there something specific you included in your baby's skincare routine as #mamatakescare that could help new moms? Let us know in the comments below to include the tips in the post.  

Until next time,
~ Heena 

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