Both of our kids have sensitive skin. I knew it when their skin would easily get rashes when they were in contact with a new shirt, new soaps, or even environmental changes. I remember with my oldest, his skin would turn red or have a mild rash when during seasonal changes. Our second baby start showing the same reactions and we knew that the baby likely has sensitive skin as well. Therefore, as a family, we have to be very cognizant of any new surface or material we’re introducing to our kids to make sure they don’t get a bad reaction for it. Here are 5 tips we would like to share for other families with babies that have sensitive skin.
1. Less baths
As much as fun as bath time can be, they can be particularly drying for baby’s skin. If your baby didn’t have a very “dirty” day (diaper messes, food stains, etc.), then you can try giving a bath every other day to help baby’s skin stay hydrated. For days they don’t have a bath, a change of fresh clothes, and quick wipe down with a washcloth might suffice. During bath time, you may want to try different soaps to see how they affect your baby’s skin. I also try to keep the water lukewarm to warm, as hot water will definitely dry your baby skin (as well as make him uncomfortable).
2. Immediate diaper changes
I’ve been there before. When your baby has a wet diaper, and you want to wait a little bit before you change it because you’re busy. For my baby with sensitive skin, waiting a bit might have an adverse effect on his skin. When we’re sure he’s done doing his business, we change his diaper immediately to reduce the irritation. To make this easier, we have diaper changing stations in major parts of the house. Speaking of diaper changes…
3. The right kind of diapers and wipes
The right kind of diapers and wipes makes a huge difference for our family. We have been a Pampers family since we brought the kids home from the hospital. When Pampers came out with Pampers Pure, we were excited to try it out. Pampers Pure diapers are free of chlorine bleach, fragrance and parabens. I love their adorable prints! Subtle and cute! You can definitely feel the difference with Pampers Pure diapers. And my crawling little baby is still leak free with these. Pampers Pure Aqua wipes work extremely well for my baby as well. They are made with 99% water and contain 0% alcohol, parabens, dyes and fragrance, and are cotton enhanced. In my experience, they don’t tear when you pull them out of the container, clean up the mess well, and they’re still gentle enough on baby’s skin. And by the way: Pampers Pure diapers and Pampers Pure Aqua wipes can now be found at Sam’s Clubs nationwide and on samsclub.com. Sam’s Club pack sizes of Pure are 14 percent larger than at other retailers, offering a greater value.
4. Use more natural fabrics
Once baby is bathed and diapered, it’s time to get them dressed. I recommend pre- washing clothes and linens when you purchase or receive them. I try to avoid using harsh detergents when I launder anything that belongs to the baby. We also do our best to stick to more natural fabrics for the baby as well. If we have to put him in something thicker because of chilly weather, we apply lotion to his skin to cut down on potential irritation.
5. Check the labels
For anything the baby comes in contact with: clothes, diapers, wipes, blankets, etc., we have trained ourselves to get in the habit of checking the labels and claims. For example, Pampers Pure diapers are clinically proven hypoallergenic, and are cotton and plant-based, but they still have Pampers-level softness and offer 12 hours of leak protection. The Pampers Pure Aqua Wipes have dermatologically tested and plant- based ingredients, and are 99% water. In this day, checking the labels should be a habit for all family members as good practice for our health.
Does your baby have sensitive skin? What are your tips?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers at Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.