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Baby creams, powders, oils, baby wipes: There is such a huge variety of baby care products that can be used on a daily basis that many first-time parents can hardly see the forest for the trees. But at the same time, baby care is such an easy thing: Your baby is happiest and most satisfied when mom and dad talk to him, sing him a lovely song, or massage and caress him gently. The actual baby care which includes bathing or washing your child, applying creams and oils and the like arises thereby and almost happens all by itself. In this section, we have collected tips on which products are best for baby’s skin, what your child actually needs when he is being bathed and how easy a proper infant nutrition can be. More information >
For every child taking a bath is much more than simple body care: he plays and splashes happily in the water, tries to grasp the liquid with his tiny hands and simply enjoys the time in his baby bathtub. This comfortably warm water with a temperature between 37°C and 38°C makes him feel super good. In order to make sure that the water has the proper temperature, we recommend you to get a bath thermometer. The water itself should have neither soap nor shower gel or foam bath. If you like, you can use a bath additive which is suitable for babies. If your little one’s delicate skin is rather dry, a baby bath oil or some breast milk can work marvels.
If your baby’s skin is intact, there is no need to apply lotion or cream. If it is dry, special care lotions which are suitable for babies are perfect for moisturising the skin. Simply massage in some baby oil after your little one had a bath – this way, he can enjoy some loving caresses while being supplied with some good baby care at the same time. When it is cold and windy outside, a protective wind and weather cream comes in super handy for protecting his sensitive little face. Simply apply it on his facial skin before you go outside and remove it gently after coming back in.
As long as our tiny humans only have very little hair, managing their hair care will be quite simple. Not until your little one has very long and a lot of hair, is a shampoo necessary. Some tiny amount of baby shampoo will also help, when the thin hair is spat upon or sticks together. In case your child only has very little hair, you still can brush it with a soft baby hairbrush: this will improve and encourage the blood flow of the scalp. If cradle cap has occurred on your little one’s scalp, you can gently massage his scalp with some baby oil. The oil makes the flakes become soft so that they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb. Furthermore, there are special products such as a mild dandruff shampoo or antifungal soap that are very effective against cradle cap and have to be washed out while bathing the baby.
Compared to the olden days, when nappies still had to be washed and hanged out for drying, changing your little one’s nappies today is a cakewalk. Nevertheless, there are a few things you need to pay attention to, because after all, a modern nappy can still leak if it doesn’t fit properly. When choosing the right nappy size, you can normally stick to the information given on the packaging. In order to make sure that the skin on your little one’s bottom stays healthy, it is recommended that you should change the nappies at least six times a day. Clean the nappy area with pure water, sensitive baby wipes, oil or a special baby cleansing gel and feel free to let him kick happily without any clothes on for a little while. This way, some air reaches the skin on his bottom and prevents it from getting sore too quickly. Furthermore, baby’s nutrition is a contributing factor for keeping your little one’s skin delicate and healthy: Acidic foods can irritate his sensitive skin and thus cause soreness. Before your put on a new nappy, you should make sure that all skin folds on his legs are dry.
If the skin on baby’s bottom is sore, you should get yourself equipped with protective creams that soothe the irritated areas. These creams only need to be applied in a thin layer so that zinc, urea and rich and nourishing substances such as petrolatum can work properly. You might also consult your pharmacist for special healing ointment for your little one’s bottom. Here, too, fresh air helps to heal sore and irritated skin. In case napkin dermatitis, the so-called nappy rash, or even a fungus caused the infection, your paediatrician will decide which treatment is the best for your child.
The fingernails of a new-born baby are very soft so that they do not yet need to be trimmed. Not until your baby has reached an age of four to six weeks, can his nails be trimmed for the first time. In order to do so properly, you need to use a pair of baby scissors that feature rounded tips and cut your little one’s toenails and fingernails straight across. If there are some sharp edges on the nail, you can gently and carefully use a nail file or emery board to smooth them. If your little one feels tired after his bath, this is just the right time to trim his nails because he won’t fidget that much then.
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