We are now in the thick of winter; everyday I turn on the TV and the threat of snow is looming. What does this mean for my baby’s thinner and more sensitive skin? A colder climate and all those extra layers can exacerbate skin conditions such as nappy rash, chapped lips, eczema and dribble rash. Not pleasant at all.
Dex has been cutting his fourth tooth for about two weeks now, and the amount of dribble escaping his mouth seems to be enough to fill a small reservoir. That mixed with the bitter cold wind bouncing off the Mersey makes me worry he will end up with a very sore chin and neck.
That’s why I’ve started using WaterWipes. WaterWipes contain just two ingredients: 99.9% purified water and 0.1% fruit extract, making them as soft on baby’s skin as cotton wool and water, but a lot more convenient to carry around. Including a pack of travel WaterWipes in my changing bag has helped to ensure Dex’s delicate skin is protected from the harsh winter air and the pollution of the city without the need for soap and harsh chemicals such as alcohol, fragrance and lanolin.
WaterWipes have recently worked with midwives to come up with four tips to protect your baby’s skin this winter. These top tips could help you, whether you live in a cold northern city like me, or you are planning a city break to a wintery destination.
- When bathing your baby, ensure the temperature of the room is warm to begin with and avoid hot baths as they can dry your baby’s skin. Try and limit them to five to 10 minutes
- Be generous when moisturising your baby using a hypo-allergenic emollient to maintain and protect the natural skin barrier. Coconut oil has also been shown to be an effective natural moisturiser with emollient properties*
- Between bathing, remember to regularly clean baby dribble or spit up from their neck area and keep this area dry to avoid ‘dribble rash’. Opt for a chemical free baby wipe, such as WaterWipes, made from purified water and grapefruit seed extract, which is renowned for being a natural skin conditioner.
- Your baby is also much more likely to suffer from dry, chapped lips or sore cheeks as their skin is thinner. Try rubbing a small amount of coconut oil on the baby’s face and lips before going outdoors and try and limit the time they spend outdoors when it’s especially cold.
Water Wipes are available from Boots, Ocado, Amazon and all major supermarkets, priced at £2.86 a pack.
WaterWipes Chemical Free Baby Wipes, Natural & Sensitive, 12 x 60 (720 Wipes)
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