1. Protect your newborn’s skin from the sun. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should be kept out of direct sunlight until they’re six months old. When outside, dress your infant in protective clothing and a sweet little bonnet. And if there’s no shade or accommodating tree nearby, apply a natural sunscreen (yes, even if your baby is under six months). A little dab will do on all exposed areas. Goddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 would be a perfect choice. With 92% certified organic ingredients, and being free of toxic ingredients, pure zinc oxide provides the safest, non-toxic, FDA-approved sun protection available for babies. It reflects 97% of the sun’s damaging UV rays and offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage. It is also formulated to be completely scent- and nut-free, and is recommended by pediatricians and dermatologists. To top it off, mommies will be happy to hear that this product was top-rated by the Environmental Working Group in 2011.
2. No need to wash everyday. Too much tub time may dry out baby’s skin. Plus, other than their bottoms or until they’re eating solid/messy foods, they don’t tend to get dirty enough for a daily rub-a-dub-dub anyway. For newborns, my products of choice are Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash and Weleda Cream Bath.
A bath in body temperature water can remind baby of the warmth and security of Mommy’s womb. Organically grown Calendula is a natural plant extract that is calming, protective and balancing to the most sensitive of skins. These ultra-mild cleansers also draw on an organic sesame oil to leave baby skin soft and nourished.
3. Baby massage. Following baby’s bath, what could be more soothing than a gentle massage? Studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby's ability to fight off germs. "When you give your baby a massage, you're actually stimulating her central nervous system," explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that's secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby's heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed."
When it comes to choosing a massage oil for baby, look for Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Angel Baby Oil, which is made with a gently-absorbable grape seed oil blend that has no nut oils, and no toxins. It’s hospital-recommended and infused with calming organic chamomile and moisturizing organic calendula, but has virtually no scent. It is perfect for sensitive little noses and is ideal for massage or dry skin. The positive reviews for this product are abundant, and claim it to be a “must have” for wee ones!
4. Bum bum cream. In this area, there are a few favourites that I plan to try out personally, that both get rave reviews. Weleda Calendula Diaper Care is a top choice again for its soothing effects of organic calendula extract. This barrier-forming cream also contains breathable beeswax and zinc oxide to offer relief from diaper rash. For a very stubborn diaper rash, I would go for SBT Seabuckthorn’s Diaper Rash Soothing Salve. It’s loaded with Seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils which are highly restorative and healing for baby’s bottom and any other spots that need potent TLC. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment will also definitely be something I’ll keep on hand. It’s like a non-toxic, petroleum-free, “petroleum jelly”.
5. Laundry. On my very long “to-do-before-baby-arrives” list is to wash all baby clothes in a fragrance-free, ultra-gentle laundry detergent: that is hypo-allergenic. Why choose sensitive-skin laundry soap? Baby’s skin is more susceptible than adult skin to negative reactions from common detergents. Conventional laundry detergents are often full of damaging chemicals and perfumes that are far too harsh for your baby’s delicate skin. They can aggravate allergies, eczema and other skin and respiratory issues. Even a natural lavender scent might be a little too much for baby’s senses, so whichever natural detergent you choose, opt for fragrance-free, at least for the first year.
So that’s my round-up of
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