Baby skincare: gentle care for sensitive skin
Have you heard the expression ‘as smooth as a baby’s bottom’? Whoever wrote that had conveniently deleted the dreaded diaper rash from memory. First, a little red mark appears, then a rash and suddenly ‘waaaahhh!’ You feel like the worst mom in the world.
Well, don’t: baby skin is tricky to care for. It’s special. It’s soft, delicate and sensitive and, in the early days, it’s especially fragile and susceptible to damage as it adjusts to life outside. And special baby skin needs special baby hygiene products, so take advantage of Dove’s 50 years’ experience of gentle skincare. Be gone, diaper rash. Get lost, dry patches. Hello, Baby Dove range.
Get the lowdown on the best tips to care for your baby’s skin from the Baby Dove experts…
Give baby skin a good dose of moisture.
What you probably don’t know is that baby’s skin is thinner than a sheet of paper, and loses moisture much faster than yours does. Sounds scary, we know, but don’t panic: all your baby’s skin needs is a good dose of moisture. Using mild baby skincare products is important, but try to use products that go the extra mile and add that important moisture back in
Choose pH neutral.
Skin fact: baby’s skin has a higher pH than adult skin. If it becomes imbalanced, it becomes more susceptible to dryness or infection. Choosing a pH-neutral soap for baby, like our Sensitive Moisture Bar, which is gentler and more moisturizing than any other baby soap bar, will help to maintain the balance
Tailor your baby’s skin care.
What’s not great is when you can’t put your finger on what’s irritating your baby’s skin. You’ve given up dairy while breastfeeding and washed their clothes in different detergents to no avail. Switching to our Sensitive Moisture Bar could be the solution, since it’s carefully designed to avoid known allergens and been tested by both dermatologists and pediatricians
Use protective products.
When baby rash strikes, though it’s easier said than done, try not to stress: just be ready with a cream for diaper rash that really works. Our Cream for Prevention of Diaper Rash Rich Moisture goes on easily so there's no need to rub and cause more discomfort, plus it provides immediate relief and forms a protective layer to help the healing process
Pat your little one dry.
And finally, as if you needed another excuse to get close to your baby, cuddling or patting them dry after a bath is kinder to baby skin than rubbing, so cuddle away