You know it yourself- winter can play havoc with your skin. You go from warm indoors to cold outdoors and your skin lives to tell the tale. Central heating dries it out while winter winds can cause chapping and soreness too. During the cold winter months it’s not different for babies, which is why it’s important to take extra care to keep their skin protected as much as you can. Here are some tips on caring for baby’s skin in the winter.
Your baby’s skin is a lot thinner than yours. and whatever you put on it is absorbed quickly. This also means that it is a lot more sensitive than yours too, so the cold wind and icy temperatures are likely to affect their delicate skin a lot more. With this in mind, its essential to protect that delicate skin as much as you can.
- Layer up before you leave the house. Don’t forget mittens and hats too. Make sure your baby’s layers are breathable so that the skin is not too clammy underneath it all too.
- Protect exposed skin on the face and lips with balm and a good moisturiser to stop it from drying out in the changing temperatures.
- Protect baby’s chin and neck from dribble and drool. Use a good quality lip balm to stop them chapping and keep a dribble bib handy to keep moisture away from the skin.
At bath time
When you bathe your baby during winter, you will want to take precautions to stop them becoming too cold, so make sure you’re well prepared with everything you need to hand. Make sure the room is a nice temperature and let your baby spend time splashing in the warm water- but keep an eye on how quickly it cools down too as the last thing you want is a cold bath!
After bathing, take your time to dry the skin properly by patting and not rubbing. Have some extra cuddles with your Cuddledry apron towel while you do it!
When your baby is dry, apply a moisturiser all over the skin, to help counteract any dryness that central heating may be causing. This also helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture levels and to protect against cold temperatures outside, so don’t skip this step. It’s a great idea to use a good moisturising oil if you give your baby a massage, as this will help to soften the skin wonderfully.
Watch out for…
During the winter, skin conditions can flare up without warning, so watch out for signs that they may be getting worse. Conditions such as eczema can be exacerbated with colder temperatures outside and warmer climates inside, so check your baby regularly and see your doctor if you’re concerned. It’s also a good idea to watch out for frost bite in extremely cold weather- act immediately if you believe your baby is affected.
If your baby does have a skin condition, you don’t need to have bathe them everyday- a good wash morning and night every other day will be enough, but make sure you don’t skip the moisturiser!