As we approach the winter months, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your baby’s delicate skin, which can be extremely sensitive to cold winter air, icy winds and central heating.
From first-hand experience with my two children, Ralph, four years and Olivia, five months, I’ve seen how the winter can affect their skin. Ralph’s skin has always become particularly dry and irritated, so this winter, I will be taking extra precaution with both Olivia and Ralph’s skin.
In winter, central heating can really dry a baby’s skin out. Baby’s hands and face can be particularly prone to getting cold, especially when out and about in the wind and cold, which can cause dryness and chapping.
Here are some simple things you can do to keep your child’s skin protected during the winter…
BATH AND BEDTIME
Bathtime and bedtime routines are often an enjoyable end to a day, and also the perfect time to take special care of Olivia’s skin.
Hard water can be drying to your baby’s skin, so you might not need to bath them every day in the winter months. Olivia, like many other baby’s, doesn’t like being cold, so I always make sure the windows are closed and the room is warm. Closing the bathroom door once you start running the bath helps to keep the room lovely and warm.
I have been using the Aveeno baby range to wash Ralph, and now Olivia, for years. I love the Aveeno Baby daily care body wash and the Aveeno Baby soothing relief emollient wash, they gently cleanse Olivia’s delicate skin without leaving it feeling dry.
I try not to let Olivia soak in the tub for too long to avoid her skin drying out, and wrap her in a towel as soon as I get her out of the water. I gently pat Olivia dry, rather than rubbing, as this is more likely to irritate her skin.
MOISTURISING BABY SKIN
Making sure your baby’s skin is moisturised will help to prevent chapping. After bathtime I like to use an unscented moisturiser or oil before I get Olivia ready for bed. The Aveeno Baby soothing relief emollient cream is another one of our favourites, we use this as part of our daily routine. It’s excellent for helping to soothe dry skin which is prone to irritation and works wonders in protecting delicate skin in the winter months.
Alternatively, I also use the Childs Farm organic coconut baby oil. I love the Childs Farm range as the products are kind, safe and smell delicious. Some parents don’t like oils as they are greasy, but I find they do really help protect Olivia’s skin by keeping it moisturised and they often tend to stay on longer. It’s also great for giving her a relaxing bedtime massage.
WINTER WARDROBE AND WEATHER PROTECTION
There are so many lovely baby clothes out there to keep your baby warm in winter. Obviously, you don’t want them to get cold, but it is just as important not to let them get too hot.
Remember, you don’t need to dress your baby in thick clothes to keep them warm when going out in the car as this could make them overheat, which can be extremely dangerous. Therefore, you might want to think about using warm blankets instead, which you can remove as the car heats up.
Try using layers of thin clothing rather than thick garments, this allows you to add or remove layers to adjust between outside and inside temperatures. Adding a vest under your baby’s clothes helps keep them warm. I really like the vests in George at ASDA, they’re a great price and quality which is ideal for a growing baby, and ASDA clothes in general tend to wash up really well.
When washing baby clothes, try using a fabric conditioner designed for sensitive skin, this will help at this time of year, when your baby’s skin is more likely to be irritated by other things.
When out and about, always try and protect their skin from the cold winter wind and rain, especially exposed areas like their little fingers and toes. Be sure to cover your baby with warm socks, mittens and a hat. Baby socks are often really thin, but I recently bought some lovely soft thick baby socks from ASDA which will be perfect for keeping little toes warm this winter.
Don’t forget to protect against chapped lips – a little bit of Vaseline will create a barrier of protection from the cold. Using a thin layer under the nose also helps to prevent raw skin from runny little noses