What Are the Common Causes of Baby Dry Skin?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true for your baby’s delicate skin.

Why spend money on expensive creams, soaps and lotions when you can prevent baby dry skin in the first place?

This is why learning about the common causes of dryness in baby skin is very important.

1. Newborn Baby Skin Peeling

It is natural for baby’s skin to peel a few days after his birth. Experts say that this is just some sort of natural “adjustment” of the skin. When he was still in your womb, he was protected with the embryonic fluid. Upon birth, your baby is exposed to dry surroundings, causing the skin to peel.

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2. Cold Weather Effects on Baby Skin

Yes, snow falling from the sky is a wonderful sight, but this means that you’ll have to turn your heaters on. This causes your indoor air to go dry, affecting your baby’s delicate skin. You can remedy this by shortening baby’s bath time. It also helps to use extra virgin or high quality types of natural oils. Olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and safflower oil are some examples.

3. The Effects of Tap Water on Baby Skin

It is a bit ironical that the substances used to ensure the safety and potability of water work against sensitive skin. Chlorine and other bacteria-fighting chemicals may prevent bacterial contamination in water but strip the skin of its natural oils and nutrients. The best way to deal with this is to install a water filter to block those chemicals off.

4. Harsh Soaps on Baby Skin

In case you’re not aware, some of the baby products that are deemed safe for babies are in reality, unsafe due to their high chemical content. Why don’t you go natural instead? We use Natural Goat’s Milk Soap at home. It’s economical because we don’t have to buy separate soaps for adults, and it’s very effective for baby dry skin as well.

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5. Does Infant Formula Cause Baby Dry Skin

Some infant formulas are made from cow’s milk which contain antigens or substances that cause allergies. If this is the case with your baby, consider changing his formula to a soy-based one. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection than those who are fed with infant formulas, so if you are able, the benefits of breastfeeding are amazing.

6. Can Baby Clothing Cause Dry Skin

Yes, there are times when baby dry skin is caused by the clothes he wears. It can be due to the material his clothes are made of, or the soap you use for washing them. Look for soaps that are specifically made for baby clothes, and do not contain harsh detergents. Fabric conditioner may also cause skin irritation.

7. Dry Skin & Baby Bathing

Whether it is summer, winter or spring, your baby doesn’t need to stay too long in the bath, especially if the tub is filled with fragrant bubbles that contain huge amounts of chemicals. This can also irritate your baby’s eyes and is a common cause of baby dry skin.

Be mindful of how you wash your baby, do not scrub too much as you will be removing the natural oils that are present in his skin. After your baby’s bath, moisturize his skin with natural oils or unscented lotion.

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Why let your little one suffer from dry skin when you can do something about it?

Does your baby have dry skin?

What did you do about it?

Please share your experiences with us in the comments box below. Your experiences can help other mums deal with their baby’s dry skin?


New Baby Checklist

Are you trying to find a list of baby items to help you when preparing for your new little one?

It can be daunting, there are some great New Baby Checklists out there that can help you stock everything possible you may or may not need for your nursery. There are even very comprehensive lists to help stock your new babies diaper bag.

As you expand your family the more you understand that you do not need everything on the list. At the end of the day, you really need very little from that list. Knowing the condensed version can help to reduce a lot of the baby worries.Baby Checklist

There are 6 main categories when it comes to baby needs:-

  • Bedding
  • Bottle / Breastfeeding
  • Diapering
  • Traveling
  • Bathing
  • Clothing
  • Extras

Baby Bedding

Your new baby will need their own safe sleeping environment, with appropriate bedding and a sleeping arrangement that meets the SIDS Guidelines.

  • A Sleigh Cot or a Bassinet is necessary that meets Australian Standards Guidelines.
  • Appropriate linen, sheets, blankets etc are needed depending on your bed choice.
    It is important to know the materials that you are using. Make sure that they do not increase the
    heat of your baby while in bed.
  • A breathable baby blanket is important, to ensure that your bub does not get too hot or cold.

Bottle or Breastfeeding

Depending on which baby feeding method you choose bottle or breast, you may need to purchase different things.Glass Baby Bottles

  • Breastfeeding – You will need nursing pads, burp cloth, nipple cream, and a nursing bra. If you are having trouble breastfeeding then you could use a nursing pillow or a nipple shield.
  • Bottle Feeding – You will need to purchase infant formula, enough bottles for the day approx 6 or 7, this will help to ensure you have clean bottles for each feed. You may also like to purchase a bottle sterilizer to save time.

Baby Diapering

Changing babies dirty nappies in the 1st few years is the one thing that you will never stop doing. It is a good idea to keep an adequate supply of nappies at all times, you may go through 7 or 8 disposable nappies per day with a newborn baby.

  • Cloth or disposable diapers are necessary. Cloth diapers can be washed repeatedly. Disposable nappies can be thrown away.
  • Baby wipes are essential. Not only are they helpful when it comes to changing diapers. They will also become a daily part of life helping clean up messes.
  • Diaper cream or nappy rash cream is a good idea to have on hand, because if you need it and you do not have it you will be frustrated.
  • A diaper bin is also a handy addition to your nursery. It can help keep your rooms from getting smelly.

Traveling with Baby

If you are well prepared, traveling with your baby can be an enjoyable experience. Below are some items that can make your life a little easier on the trip.

  • A Baby Car Seat is required if you plan on driving anywhere. A car seat is an essential and mandatory item when driving with your baby. It is a safety requirement to use a car seat and it must be correctly fitted and meet current safety standards.
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  • Baby slings can be very helpful when you are out and about. You can carry your baby in a sling/wrap and have the ability to shop hands free.
  • A well stocked organized diaper bag is critical when leaving home with your baby. The diaper or nappy bag is where you will store diapers, wipes, any food needs, spare baby clothes and anything else you may need. It is also a good place to store personal items like your wallet and phone so that you only have one bag to carry.

Baby Bathing

Bathing your baby is a very special time, there are a few essential items you may need to make bath time fun for everyone, for example:

  • Face washers are helpful for cleaning your baby. A loofah can be a fun thing to let your baby play with while you wash them.
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  • Hooded towels are useful when drying the wriggly baby. They have a special place for the baby’s head to go and then the rest of the towel will wrap around them. However, any towel will work.
  • Use a gentle natural baby soap when giving your bubs a bath. A baby soap like ILuvBaby Goats Milk Soap is gentle on your babies skin and will not sting your little ones eyes. It has no harmful chemicals and is great for any mild skin irritations.
  • Nail clippers, or a nail file, are important things to have in the bathroom to keep babies nails well groomed. This is so they avoid scratching themselves.
  • A baby thermometer is a must, as you never know when your baby may run a temperature.

Baby Clothing

Clothing is not something most mums have to worry about because it is one of the most common gifts given. Everyone loves to buy a cute baby outfit. However, it is nice to make sure that we have a few things on hand to ensure those first few weeks go smoothly.

  • 6 or 7 singlets for quick outfit changes can be helpful. Some newborns can be spewy and it pays to be prepared.Baby Checklist
  • A baby hat is essential to keep their little heads warm. Heat escapes through their head so this is very helpful.
  • Jumpsuits are clothing items that you will use a lot. They close in the crotch, so they are easy to access for nappy changes. Babies are not fond of clothing being pulled over their heads so jumpsuits work really well.
  • A good sleep suit or baby swaddle is important to keep baby warm at night. Swaddles open in the front or side, so there is no need to wake your baby when they are asleep for a nappy change.
  • Cold nights will require a warm jacket. For the first few months it is important to keep your baby warm, so invest in a  warm jacket for those nights out.

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Baby Extras

Below are a few baby extra’s that may make things easier, but are not essential:-Silicone Baby Bib with Crumb Catcher - Tiger

  • Lightweight blankets used for swaddling.
  • Gripe water will help with colic and gas.
  • Spare cloth nappies for nursing.
  • Rattles or small wooden toys to keep baby occupied.
  • Pacifier/Dummy
  • Baby Bib

The list of baby items can be never ending and somewhat overwhelming, it is a good idea to make 2 lists, “essentials” and “would like”.

The above New Baby Checklists are just a guide and may help to make preparing for a new baby a bit easier.


How to Calm your Baby with the Five S’s

Most newborn babies use crying as a way to communicate their needs.  A normal amount of crying is not something to worry about, however, it can sometimes be very frustrating, tiring and upsetting for both you and your little one.

There are several reasons why babies cry and there are different ways that you can try to help calm your baby.

Knowing why your baby is crying is definitely of great assistance when trying to calm them.

Why Do Babies Cry

Babies cry for specific reasons. Crying is a baby’s way of communicating their needs. Some of the most common needs of a little one is hunger, dirty diaper, cuddles, or tired.

However, other things can make little ones cry like needing to burp, being too cold or hot, needing more or less attention, feeling poorly or having belly troubles.

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How To Calm Your Baby

As new parents we do not always know how to interpret our baby’s needs.  So, having a few ideas on how to calm your baby can be helpful in these sometimes stressful times.

Research has shown that babies need to remember their time in the womb, where they felt safe and secure.  They respond positively to sounds similar to those in the uterus,  and this remembrance can help to calm a crying baby.

How many times have parents taken their crying babies for a drive in the car as a way to settle them, this is because the car imitates being in the uterus. The uterus can also be imitated by swinging, rocking, singing, white noise, and even dancing.

Baby massage is also a great way to help calm your baby. Massage can also help to promote closeness and bonding between parent and baby.

What Are The Five S’s

There is a method called the “happiest baby” method to help soothe an upset baby. This method was designed by Harvey Karp, the theory behind the Five S’s is that a baby can be calmed by mimicking the uterus.

The Five S’s are swaddle, side or stomach, shush, swing, and suck.

So, lets learn what each of them means as it may be a method you would like to try to calm your baby.

First S – Swaddle – Wrapping your baby up with their arms by their sides. To swaddle your baby use a thin blanket or muslin wrap. You may also like to consider a baby swaddle such as a ErgoCocoon Zip up Baby Swaddle which are designed to make baby feel safe and secure.

Second S – Side or Stomach position – The next step is your baby’s position. You place your little one on their side or stomach,  laying babies on their sides or stomach while supervised mimics the way that babies lay in the uterus.

Third S – Shush – The shushing sound can offer baby comfort. Quiet is not what the baby needs as it has been in utero for the last nine months. They have heard a constant rushing of blood, the sounds of the outside world. As well as those noises from mummy herself talking, singing, and humming.

Fourth S – Swing – Swinging is something that your baby has gotten used to in utero because mum is moving all the time. Swinging your baby means quick paced, rapid small movements, also known as jiggling.

Fifth S – Suck – Sucking means to offer your baby their thumb or a pacifier. Fetuses in utero often place their thumb in their mouths and suck. This is something that can be imitated easily. If you notice that your baby is becoming tired you could even use nursing or bottle feeding as the form of sucking.

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These are just a few ways to calm your baby, but it is important to choose what suits you and your baby.

What works for some does not necessarily work for others, babies are all different and respond in their own ways.

If you have some calming methods that have worked for you, please share, as they may help other Mums having problems calming their crying babies……………………….


The Benefits of Baby Massage

If your little one is unsettled, baby massage is a fantastic option to help calm your baby.

Infant Massage can be done anytime during the day or night. You can even incorporate it into part of your bedtime routine, to help soothe your baby, for a better nights sleep.

Whether you choose to focus on a specific area or just massage the whole body, is completely up to you.

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Infant Massage Benefits

There are several benefits of Infant Massage:-

  • It promotes bonding between parent and child.
  • It can also encourage the baby to feel loved and secure.
  • Infant massage helps to promote better sleep for your little one.
  • Relaxation is another great benefit of a massage. Relaxation can be help to improve babies sleep patterns.
  • Relaxation from massage can also help to reduce stress hormones, and calm your baby.

Infant Massage also has many physical benefits:-

  • It can promote body awareness, sensory stimulation, improving blood circulation, balances respiration, and helps digestion.
  • It can build baby’s self-esteem, as well as stimulating the oxytocin hormone in the baby.
  • Infant massage not only has physical benefits, it can also help to relieve other troubles that our babies may have.
  • Infant massage can help to reduce teething pain.
  • It also can help with gas and colic.
  • Plus help with growing pains, cramps, and even muscular tension.
  • Baby massage helps to increase the muscle tone as well as increase the flexibility of your bubs.

How to Massage Your Baby

There are several baby massage techniques. Below are a few ideas you might like to try:-

  1. Masseuse massaging little baby girlHead. Rub your hands down the sides of the baby’s head and through to his feet. You then can go back to the head and draw tiny circles around your bubs head with your fingertips.
  2. Face. Massage your bubs ears between your thumb and index finger. Starting at the bridge of your baby’s head trace a heart around their face, including the forehead and finishing at the bottom of their chin. Also, on the face you can begin with your fingers on the bridge of your little ones nose and slowly pull out over the cheeks.
  3. Arms. You are able to relax your baby’s arms through light taps while holding on to the baby’s wrist. Stroking from your baby’s shoulder to their wrist with your hands making a c shape around the arm. You can massage your babies palm by rubbing your thumbs from the wrist to the tips of her fingers.
  4. Chest. Stroke your baby’s chest outward from his sternum to his shoulders. Return to your babies sternum and make a heart from up through her shoulders and then returning back down towards the center. You can also create x’s or crisscrosses over your babies tummy and chest; start at the hip and move in diagonal pattern up to their shoulder.
  5. Back. Place your baby on their tummy in front of you in a horizontal fashion. Place your bubs hands in front of her and her legs strait back. Move your hands back and forth over your babies back, in opposite directions. Massage small circles down your bubs spine and then up the other side.

Use small circles to massage your little ones shoulders, and buttocks.

Remember that if you choose to use massage as a way to calm your baby or part of your bedtime routine build it into a daily schedule.

When massaging your baby, strokes should be be gentle but firm.  Allow anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for the massage based on your babies moods.

It is a great opportunity to enjoy some of this special one on one time with your baby.

I would love to hear some of your experiences with Baby Massage, maybe you would like to share some tips for other Mums and Dads…………………….