That first smile, that first wink, the first gurgle, the first burp. Everything about a baby is full of wonder. Everything is a signal of a little life full of possibilities. And everything is special because the baby is a little part of you.
No matter how much you read, talk, listen, watch, imagine or think; nothing can match the feeling of seeing the little one for the first time. Nothing can beat that experience of holding the baby, of your baby’s first touch.
No wonder you want to keep your baby’s skin soft and safe forever. You want to hold in the goodness and warmth forever. I have gone through the same things when my kiddos were babies, I have experimented, learned, failed, smiled, cried through my journey of motherhood, which nobody can prepare you for no matter what they say or do. But what we can do is share our experiences with each other, and help each other in this journey as we stumble and get up together, along the way 🙂
So here’s my little loving contribution to all the loving parents out their trying to make lives beautiful for their little ones, especially the mommies who are trying to do everything they can to keep their babies’ skin soft as velvet and safe as heaven…
Bathing your baby
Although the traditional advice has been to give babies a sponge bath initially for a few days, these days many doctors say a full bath is fine once your baby is home. Keep these things in mind related to bathing the little precious one:
- You don’t need to bathe her every day. A warm cloth will help to keep her clean between each bath.
- Wash her face and hands often, and thoroughly clean the genital area after each diaper change.
- Water is enough for frequent washes. You don’t need to use soap, but if you do, make sure it is gentle and unscented.
- The water should feel comfortable to the touch, not too hot or cold.
- Don’t wear anything sharp while bathing the baby – it can poke and hurt her!
- Last but not the least, hold your baby securely.
Preventing diaper rashes
Wet or soiled diapers irritate your baby a lot. It occurs when urine or stool in the make your baby’s skin spotty and red. Keep these things in mind related to diapers:
- If you think your baby has something more than a rash, almost an infection, contact your doctor immediately.
- In other simpler cases, change your baby’s diaper often, especially if its soiled.
- Keep allowing the skin to dry by taking off the diaper in intervals. This will help to prevent and treat mild cases of diaper rash.
- When changing your baby’s diaper, wash the area well with mild soap and warm water, rinse and let dry completely.
- Make sure that the baby wipes are natural, alcohol-free and unscented. Avoid using baby powder or talcum because it gets absorbed by your baby’s delicate skin, staying there long – not good.
Watch Out for the Weather
Imagine if you find it tough to handle suddenly dropping temperature levels, how it impacts the little one. Keep these things in mind related to weather when it comes to the little precious one:
- Babies can be exposed to sunlight once they are 6 months old, but apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 all over exposed skin, 30 minutes before going out to avoid sunburn and heat rashes. Also make sure to dress them in loose clothing and a hat to shield the sun.
- In the winter, dry weather can harm Baby’s skin, so give your baby lots of water to stay hydrated during the cold, dry months.
- It is fine to keep the baby covered in layers all through the year so you can easily change him into the proper clothing to shield from the sunlight, heat, or cold, whatever the situation may be at that time.
- Do not use scented detergent that may irritate your baby’s skin.
Hold the baby
There is nothing better than making the baby feel loved and cared for, if you want a healthy baby. A healthy baby obviously has safe and soft skin. Keep these things in mind related to holding the little precious one:
- Your baby loves to snuggle with you, hold her or him often.
- It is great for the dads to hold the baby too, it’s an effective way for temperature regulation and cardiorespiratory stabilization.
- Cradle the baby carefully while bathing.
Laugh and have fun
Your baby is learning so much subconsciously during those early days spent with you. Keep these things in mind while spending all that time with the little precious one:
- Stay calm. Your anxiety rubs off on the little one.
- Smile. Even if the baby can’t understand it, she or he senses it.
- Laugh, sing, joke, have fun with the baby.
- Remember a happy baby is a healthy baby.
Thanks to some great resources online and offline, it is easier these days to care for your baby than it was earlier. While we did have well-wishing aunts and mothers to offer advice, we did not have a plethora of information and products at our disposal. One of the resources and products I have been noticing what Pampers offers. While I have not used it personally, they seem to know and care a lot about the little precious ones.
Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy.
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