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When it’s time to bring your baby home, Huggies is here to lend a hand during those first few weeks. We’ve put together everything you need to make you and your baby feel right at home.

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Protect Your Baby’s Skin

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.


The Real Dirt On Baby Clean

When it comes to dropped pacifiers or food, forget the five-minute rule: Any transfer of germs, dirt or what-have-you happens on contact. But should you freak out if a pacifier or banana hits the floor? Depends on where it’s dropped.

The reality is that germs are everywhere. If someone with a cold sneezes or coughs, the germs can land on surfaces and be spread to baby’s nose, mouth or eyes by touch. The good news is you can protect your baby from infection by:

  • Washing your own hands often
  • Keeping shared toys and surfaces clean with a ten percent water-and-bleach solution or other disinfectant
  • Using sanitizing wipes or changing pads on public surfaces – for instance, on shopping-cart handles and public changing tables
If you’re at home, a quick rinse of the food or binky to wash off lint and germs is probably all you need to do. But if the pacifier falls on the floor of a rest-stop bathroom, you might want to take it out of circulation until you can fully sanitize it by boiling it for 15 minutes.

But don’t sweat the dog slobber: Your baby can’t catch any parasites from dog toys or a quick lick on the cheek or high chair tray. If you let your pooch clean your high chair or dishes after a meal, it doesn’t hurt to rinse the baby’s tray and dishes thoroughly in warm, soapy water or in the dishwasher, though.

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Boo-boo bag to the rescue

Whether you are going on a family vacation or just to the playground, it's a good idea to pack a first-aid kit. If you have little ones, you’re going to need it sooner or later.

The organizational experts over at momAgenda suggest you make your own medical supply kit in a plastic zip bag and just keep it in your car. That way it will always be there when you need it.

Here's what to include in the bag:

  • Band-aids
  • Pain relievers (Children's TYLENOL or MOTRIN and some Advil for Mom)
  • Children's Benadryl (in case of an allergic reaction)
  • Neosporin (or other anti-bacterial cream)
  • Aloe (in case of a sunburn)
  • Thermometer

With a bag full of these supplies, you should be covered in the event of a mishap. But as we moms know, sometimes it just takes a kiss or a hug from mom or dad.



Your little crawler has suddenly taken a new interest in the cat – but your independent kitty would rather be left alone, thank you. Here are some suggestions for keeping the peace before something scratchy goes down.

Always supervise. Make it clear that playing with the cat’s tail or other parts is a no-no, and never leave your cat and your baby together unsupervised.

Protect food and litter. Keep your baby away from your cat’s water and food, and put the litter box somewhere the cat can reach but the baby can’t.

Make an escape hatch. Make sure your cat has places where it can escape. Try installing a baby gate to close off a private area, like a basement room, so your cat can retreat.

Rearrange furniture. Give your cat her own chair pushed against a wall so she can retreat from the baby either by perching on its back or by hiding underneath it.

Monitor vermin. Don’t forget to have your cat checked for worms and to give her regular, nontoxic flea and tick treatments. Wipe down eating surfaces if your cat walks across them, and remember to keep the litter box covered when not in use to prevent transmission of parasites from cat to child.

Treat bites and scratches. Cat scratches can be especially prone to infection because of the way a cat’s germy claws can hook into skin. Wash any bites or scratches with salt water, and report any scratches to your pediatrician that show signs of infection or don’t heal in a few days.

Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble

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