Wondering whether you should moisturise your Newborn babies have a waxy layer covering their skin called ‘vernix’. Vernix protects their body from the amniotic fluid in the womb. After birth, this layer peels off in the first few weeks given the appearance of dry and flakey skin. The skin below this layer is typically moist enough and does not need extra moisture often.
Newborn babies have delicate skin that is susceptible to irritation and dryness. Newborn skin doesn’t need additional moisture frequently, however, the skin can get dry after baths. You may apply a small amount of moisturiser to replenish the skin of oils lost from bathing or a dry environment.
Tips to apply baby lotion on a newborn:
- Apply lotion after baths.
- Use lotion on areas that appear dry, typically ankles, elbows and hands.
- Avoid using more than one product. This way if your baby does have an allergic reaction you know which product caused the reaction.
How to pick a body lotion for my newborn:
- Choose a mild and gentle lotion that is free of perfume, colours, parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, preservatives, and organically extracted plant oils.
- If you prefer not to use a lotion, you can use olive or coconut oil.
- Use a lotion that is hypoallergenic on your baby;s skin to avoid any allergic reactions.