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Baby Skin Care

Your baby’s skin is very sensitive. It is not necessary to use shampoos, powders, oils, baby solutions or baby soaps. Some products may contain perfumes and other ingredients that can irritate your baby’s skin. Simple is best. All you need is water, a lotion containing sorbolene and glycerine or an organic chemical free product for dry skin, low irritant baby wipes for cleaning baby’s bottom, and a thick cream containing zinc and castor oil or an organic chemical free product for protecting baby’s bottom.

Don’t use nail clippers as they are shaped for adult nails and you could accidentally cut baby’s skin.

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Tips for skin care

  • Use a lotion containing sorbolene and glycerine for bathing instead of soap.
  • Wet your baby’s skin with warm water, take a small amount of lotion in your hands and gently massage over baby’s body. Rinse off in the bath and pat dry.
  • If baby’s skin is especially dry, you may want to apply some sorbolene and glycerine lotion to the dry areas after bathing as well.
  • You might like to take this opportunity to give baby a soothing massage.

Cutting baby’s nails

Baby’s nails are very soft, and grow very quickly. It’s important that parents don’t tear or bite them off as this can lead to infection. Use a pair of round-ended baby scissors or a baby emery board. It’s best to do this with two people present so one can hold the baby while the other trims the nails. Don’t use nail clippers as they are shaped for adult nails and you could accidentally cut baby’s skin.

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