After bringing your newborn home, it’s natural to want to exercise extreme caution and care to keep them in the pink of health. If you’re a new parent looking for tips, this list can help you take care of your newborn with ease.
Skincare Notes & Tips
Your baby’s skin and immune system are sensitive, so it’s important to adopt a skincare routine to shield your little one’s skin from germs
Newborn babies have naturally wrinkly skin coated in vernix, a waxy covering that peels off on its own after a while
Avoid rubbing off the vernix or slathering lotion over it; when it comes to basic newborn skincare, follow the golden ‘less is more’ approach
Diaper rashes are common amongst babies; to avoid them, clean your baby’s bottom with warm water at each change, and let the area dry before putting on another diaper
Diaper rashes do not normally warrant medical attention, but if they do not clear up in two to three days, consult a dermatologist. Wash your baby’s clothes, bedding and blankets separately with mild, fragrance-free and dye-free detergents
Massage your baby daily; studies have shown that babies thrive on touch and that babies massaged daily cry less often, feel loved and sleep longer
Clothing Notes & Tips
The right clothing can go a long way in keeping your newborn’s skin healthy and happy
Pick soft, breathable cotton clothes that aren’t too tight
Keep your baby’s arms and legs covered regardless of the weather outside, to protect their sensitive skin.
Avoid dressing your baby in materials like lace, wool and cashmere; these can cause rashes and allergies
Bathing Notes & Tips
You might notice that your baby enjoys splashing in bath water, but try to keep baths short and sweet to avoid drying your baby’s skin
Use mild, baby-friendly soap during bath time and make sure not to rub the soap on your baby’s skin too harshly, as this can dry it out
Keep bath water lukewarm
Moisturise your baby’s skin with fragrance-free baby lotion after each bath
Restrict baths to two to three times a week; bathing your baby too often can cause their skin to dry out by stripping it of natural oils
Nutrition Notes & Tips
Seek advice from your paediatrician on how to tailor your baby’s diet to each age and stage
Strive to breastfeed your baby for at least the first six months and ask your paediatrician for help if you experience difficulty doing so
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