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Baby skin care: Caring for sensitive baby skin

The expression ‘as smooth as a baby’s bottom’ isn’t always true: even a baby’s bottom isn’t smooth all the time, especially when diaper rash appears. 

That’s because baby skin is tricky to care for. It is soft and delicate, and in the early days it’s especially fragile and susceptible to damage as it adjusts to life outside. Plus, some babies have more sensitive skin than others.

“The best way to take care of sensitive skin is to use products made specifically for baby skin,” explains pediatric dermatologist Dr. Zilda. So take advantage of Dove’s 60 years of experience in gentle skincare and try the Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture range of baby skin products. 

Our experts – real parent dermatologists – like Dr. Zilda, offer this advice on caring for your baby’s delicate skin…

  • 1

    More moisture. 

    Your baby’s skin is thinner than a sheet of paper and loses moisture much faster than yours. Using a mild baby soap and baby lotion is important, but try to use those that will also replenish moisture in the skin


  • 2

    Gentle cleansing. 

    Baby skin also has a higher pH than an adult’s, making it even more delicate. Choosing a pH-neutral soap for baby, like our Rich Moisture Bar, which is gentler than many ordinary baby soap bars, will help to keep it healthy


  • 3

    Tailored skin care.

    Not knowing what’s irritating your baby’s skin can be hard. You may have given up dairy while breastfeeding, or washed their clothes in different detergents to no avail. Switching to our pH-neutral Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash could be the solution. Tested by dermatologists and pediatricians, it’s developed specially for sensitive skin 


  • 4

    Patting dry.

    Finally, gentle patting is kinder to your baby’s delicate skin, so try to avoid rubbing them dry after a bath

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