Seasonal Skin Care for Your Baby
With Each New Season Comes New Skin Care Needs
It’s a universal experience in parenthood: you get the hang of one developmental stage and, suddenly, a new one comes along. The same thing can happen with skin care. Each new season brings with it an entirely different set of weather-related skin issues. The good news is, with the right products, you can adapt in no time. Keep scrolling for pediatrician-recommended seasonal skin care tips.
Did you know?
Your baby’s delicate skin is still developing and maturing during the first year. While their skin adjusts to the environment outside the womb, it may need special care and attention.
Spring and Summer Tips
Longer days means more time outdoors. But before you head out to the park or take a trip to the beach, be prepared to keep your baby’s skin healthy and protected.
- Throw some shade
Your baby’s skin is very sensitive, so it needs extra protection from the sun’s intense rays—even when it’s cloudy.
- Keep them out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially at midday
- Dress to protect with items like wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeves, and a cute pair of shades
- For infants older than 6 months, use baby sunscreen and reapply every few hours. For younger babies, consult with your pediatrician about the use of sunscreen
- Keep cool
Dress them in light, loose clothing to give their little bodies room to breathe.
- Keep them dry
Excessive moisture can lead to dry, irritated skin, even in warm weather. Salt water and chlorinated water are major culprits. If you notice your baby’s skin becoming dry and irritated:
- Reduce their time in the water
- Apply a gentle moisturizer, like Aquaphor® Baby Healing Ointment, immediately after a bath
Fall and Winter Tips
Whether you’re excited for the fall harvest or already looking ahead to snowy days, you can get ahead of cold-weather skin issues. Follow these tips to keep your baby’s skin looking its healthy best.
- Bundle up!
Dress your little one in layers so that you can add or remove clothes as necessary. A general rule of thumb is to dress them in one to two more layers than you yourself are wearing.
- Protect exposed skin
Wind and cold can irritate exposed skin. Apply a layer of Aquaphor® Baby Healing Ointment to your baby’s cheeks and nose to keep their delicate skin from getting chapped.
- Reintroduce humidity
Your home’s heating system can dry out the air which can also dry out your baby’s skin. A cool mist humidifier helps replace moisture and increase overall humidity.