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Protect Your Baby’s Skin (From Day One)

Yes, babies have baby-soft skin—and there are little tricks for keeping it that way (you can save the fancy-pants moisturizer for yourself).
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Use the right stuff. For your little darling’s first year, especially during the first two to three months, use only products—including moisturizer, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and even laundry detergent—that are made for babies or are free of dyes, fragrance, phthalates, and parabens, all of which can cause irritation.

Go easy on baths. Given that babies don’t do much, daily bathing is not required. In fact, it can actually dry out their skin. “Bathe your infant two to four times a week, using warm—not hot—water and mild soap, and limit bath time to about five minutes,” recommends Bernard Cohen, M.D., director of pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Apply baby lotion immediately after; it better penetrates moist skin.

Keep the rays away. Because babies’ skin is on the thin side, they’re at higher risk for sunburn. Avoid exposing your tot to direct sunlight during his first six months. “I was a maniac with the sun protection,” says Jeannie Kim, a mother of one from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “My baby wore pants in July, hats, hats, hats, and we attached one of those big sun shades to the stroller.” Once your child is 6 months old, during warm-weather months, dress her in sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and kiddie sunglasses, and apply baby-safe sunscreen.

Don’t stress about breakouts. Restless hormones during your baby’s first six weeks may trigger acne (although unlike you, she won’t be desperate for concealer). Some babies get eczema, an itchy red rash. Most of the time, these conditions clear up on their own, but talk to your pediatrician if you’re concerned. And, no worries, your baby will always be beautiful to you.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by I kind of disagree with this article. My baby LOVES water so her nightly bath relieves stress and helps her sleep throughout the night. She smiles and grins the entire time she is bathing. But I do limit her to about 5 min/bath and I ONLY bath her at night before bed. And even though she does not do much this little thing get messy enough for a daily bath ^.^ October 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by What a wonderful and adorable massage technique idea! August 12, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son likes laying on his stomach on top of my stomach while I'm trying to put him to sleep and run his shoulders and the middle of his back. If I rub his sides he moves cause he is ticklish. He also likes the soul of his feet rubbed and that is really the only time I can touch his feet while he is awake. May 23, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Thank you for the tip about to rub down my fussy baby girl. January 17, 2014
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