Babies have delicate skin, so it's tough to protect their soft and supple skin during winters. Low temperatures and cold winds can be harsh on the baby’s skin. Babies need little extra care to keep their skin soft even in winters. Here are some basic tips to keep baby’s skin moisturized and healthy during winter.
It is not necessary to bathe your baby every day during winter. If the weather is too cold, it is better to bathe your baby for every two days. In remaining days, sponge bathing will be enough. For first few months, only plain water should be used to bathe the baby. After few months, baby soaps can be used followed by applying moisturizer. So, use only lukewarm water. Keep the bathing time short, as bathing for a long time can remove natural oils and dries up the baby’s skin further.
Moisturizing helps to preserve the natural oils and protect the baby’s skin by providing adequate moisture. Apply a baby lotion immediately followed by towel drying after the shower. This helps to lock in the skin’s moisture preventing the dry temperatures soak it all away. Make sure to apply the baby cream on the bottom, which is usually prone to nappy rash. It is your choice to choose a baby lotion or baby oil to moisturize. But always remember to choose the one that is unscented, as they are preservative free. Also, scented baby oil or lotions may not suit baby’s skin and can cause rashes.
Giving massage every day helps your baby reap all the long-term benefits of it. Regular massaging helps the oil or lotion to penetrate into the skin, making it soft and supple. Many moms get confused while choosing the oil for the baby massage. Always remember that every baby’s skin is different and a lotion or oil that suits a baby may not suit yours. So, to start with, take a small amount of oil and rub on your baby’s hand. Wait for a while and check for any signs of irritation. If you find any redness or rashes on the skin where the oil is applied, discontinue the usage; if it works fine you can go ahead. Use light and soft strokes and avoid excessive pressure.
Whenever you are dressing up your baby, remember to cover your baby just to keep the cold out but not to warm up. Do not dress the baby in woolen clothes which can be rough on the skin. Dress the baby in layers, so that you can remove or add them according to the weather. If you are traveling to cold places, make sure to use hats or hoods, mittens and socks to protect them from cold weather. Remember not to overdress, as it can lead to sweating and can irritate the baby’s skin. Keep all the baby’s clothes clean and disinfected.