Winter can be tough on your little one’s delicate skin, but you can make it less so! With a bit of extra care, you can keep your baby’s skin soft and supple through winter! Let’s dive into the major problems new moms face in winter skincare and some tips to shoo them away!
Winter Skincare for Babies
Your precious baby’s skin may seem normal on the outside, but inside, they have delicate skin that is softer, thinner and more sensitive than ours. Baby skin is more vulnerable to seasonal changes and weather.
Some common skin irritants for babies during winter are:
- Too much time in bathtubs and pools.
- Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals in lotions or soaps.
- Being out in the cold for long.
- Teething drool / wet puree smears across cheeks for a long time.
Tips for protecting your baby’s skin during winter:
Short and Sweet Baths
It is actually paradoxical, but getting too wet can cause the skin to dry. The hour-long soaks and long bath times in the tub can strip moisture off your little one’s skin, especially in the winter. Keep bath time short and sweet. If your baby is a preemie with dry skin, you may not need to wash him at all. Even for 2- or 3-month olds, bathing three times a week in winters is plenty. Just wash the diaper area every day. use lukewarm water instead of very hot water to keep skin supple and don’t scrub your baby – gently rinse and pat dry with soft towels.
With baby product aisles full of hundred different variants endlessly marching to us from all sides, it is very easy to give in to temptation and pick a soap or lotion that promises cleaner clean skin or a long-lasting aurora of aroma. But the only good products for your baby’s skin are the ones that really get the job done with no fragrance or no harsh surfactants. Also, remember not to slather a handful of products. Just a little goes a long way for babies.
Skincare from the Inside
Little ones up to 6 months old do not need anything other than breastmilk to stay hydrated. Plenty of breastfeeding/formula will keep them supple from the inside. If your baby is older, make sure she’s had enough water in the winters along with good nutritious food for healthy skin.
Moisturizers are man’s best gift to fight and treat dry skin. For babies, it is best to stick to products that have no fragrances and as few chemical additives as possible. Apply the moisturizer generously after each bath when the skin is still damp to touch. Use cream for babies with very dry skin and a super-emollient ointment to break down on areas of very red rough patches.
Home / Room Temperature
Seeing how low temperatures and chilly winds make your baby’s skin chap, don’t pounce into the other extreme and make your home super toasty. Resist the urge to turbo blast your house with heat, because heat will cause you and your baby’s skin to chap even more. Maintain a comfy toast that is still cool enough and makes you want to bundle up in a soft blanket when you go to bed.
You do everything said above religiously, yet finding your little one’s skin an angry red? The culprit might be your laundry detergent. Laundry detergents, soaps and after washes should be chosen with the utmost care – if you don’t want it on your baby’s skin, then don’t use it on their clothes. Fragrance-free, baby-friendly brands are the only ones you should pick!
Layers are the key to win winter trips out of the house. Keep your baby’s skin protected from the devilish cold air with layers of soft clothes, beanies and mittens. Think layers of medium cotton or fleece rather than one hulky outfit. You can keep your baby cosy this way by taking off one or two layers when inside a store or restaurant. Make sure that your baby’s winter gear pack includes appropriate cute hats, cosy socks and mittens; pick boots and a snowsuit with a warm coat if you are expected snow. Also, keep a humidifier running in the nursery during naps and bedtime. Use moisturizer right before you head out. You can also use waterproof rain covers over strollers to keep it warm and shut down the chilly winds. If your little one is walking and loves playing outside, scoop them inside every 20 minutes or so to soak in some warmth.
Almost all babies sport a cradle cap at some point. If you have a winter baby, the cold weather might slow stuff a little. Your little one’s scalp might get very flaky or greasy in the chill and look menacingly aggravated, but it might not cause your baby any harm. Don’t disturb the crown and let it pass away on its own. Or you could try massaging warm oil on your baby’s scalp to loosen the flakes and brush them carefully before you shampoo. If you are very adamant that flaky scalp has no rights to ruin your baby’s winter charisma, ask the paediatrician to recommend a gentle antidandruff shampoo.
‘Heat rash’ might seem like an odd thing to talk about when discussing winter, but yes, your baby can get heat rash if things get too hot, so keep an eye out. Poor air circulation is a big causative factor that invites these suckers. Dress your baby up in breathable layers and don’t overdo the heating part. Don’t get your baby very close to radiators or stoves in an attempt to keep her warm. Related, don’t skip sunscreen or rash cream because it is sweater weather.
Yeast loves damp, warm spots. Babies naturally have some yeast in their intestines. Their soft bum, fresh serving of yeast poop, the damp diaper environment and the goodness of layered warm clothing can really look inviting for the yeast to feast. Once they’ve established a camp on the bum, yeast can quickly expand territory to skin folds on the thigh and neck, and frequently they invade the saliva factory and throat in the form of oral thrush. If you are nursing and you’ve had a course of antibiotics recently, this adds power to the yeast. Consult your baby’s doctor for an anti-yeast cream to destroy the yeast.
Pale and Grey Skin
Babies lose body heat quicker than us – if your little one’s skin feels very cold with pale grey or white skin, cuddle him immediately inside your thick sweater or coat and head straight to the doctor. If that’s not a viable plan, soak the frost-bitten part in lukewarm water (104 F) or keep repeatedly applying warm washcloths as you try to get to the nearest doctor.
We hope these winter skincare tips keep your baby squishy and smooth! Enjoy the chilly season with care!