Babies’ skin is five times thinner than adults’, meaning that it absorbs externally applied substances more quickly and reacts more sensitively.
The skin which was covered with in the womb with vernix, a special cheese-like white substance, flakes off in the first 14 days after birth.
What kind of care does your baby’s skin need?
In the first few months, it is important not to overdo the products used on your baby’s skin. One bath a week is sufficient in the first few months, and on other days you can wash your baby with a damp soft flannel. After washing or bathing, Weleda Calendula Body Lotion protects your baby’s skin and provides it with moisture.
The area covered by nappies is a warm, damp environment is a challenge for the developing skin and can encourage the growth of bacteria. At each nappy change, it’s good for the skin to be cleaned with warm water, a soft cloth and then cared for with a few drops of Weleda Calendula Baby Oil. After a bit of nappy free time, apply Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream to protect and prevent soreness.
When should I start bathing my newborn?
A good time for the first bath is when the rest of the umbilical cord falls off. Before that it’s really enough to wash your baby daily with a damp flannel and some oil in any wrinkles, on the nappy area, hands and face. After the first week, parents also become more confident in handling their newborn, so the first bath can be carried out in more relaxed conditions.
Weleda Calendula Cream Bath is a tried and tested bath product, containing sweet almond and sesame oils due to their warming qualities, keeping the skin smooth and supple and protecting it from moisture loss. Calendula extract helps soothe the skin and is great for children of any age.
How often should a baby be bathed?
Babies do not need to be bathed every day, once or twice a week is enough. An easy and convenient 2in1 product, like Weleda Shampoo & Body Wash can help make bath time easier, especially at first.
A high-quality plant oil-based skincare product, like Weleda Calendula Baby Oil, will support the healthy development of the skin. Careful application of a natural oil each day can contribute to a well-formed skin barrier.
What can I treat nappy rash?
Nappy rash is the appearance of little spots and pustules, and slight or severe redness can appear on your child’s bottom. It can be uncomfortable or even painful and may cause them to dislike having their nappy changed. Using soft cloths, for example cut up muslins ,cleaning the skin first with lukewarm water and then with natural plant-based oil. The oil leaves a soft film on the skin, making the next nappy change a little more comfortable for the baby and caring for the skin. You can also apply a cream with natural oils and zinc oxide once or twice per day, like the Weleda Calendula or White Mallow Nappy Change Creams. These help the skin regenerate quickly.
While the irritation continues, change your baby’s nappy at least every two hours and several times in the night.
You could also try a natural herbal product like Weleda Rash Relief Cream, to help soothe, protect and heal delicate skin.
If the soreness lasts more than two days or you are unsure, ask your midwife or healthcare professional for advice.
Weleda Calendula Baby Care is 100% certified natural and organic, by NATRUE, so you can trust they are truly natural, enjoying peace of mind knowing your baby’s skin is being protected and effectively cared for, with all the goodness of nature.
Weleda is UEBT (Union for Ethical BioTrade) certified, so you can also trust we source our ingredients with respect, acting ethically and sustainably.
We believe in the power of nature and cherish what it supplies. That is why for nearly 100 years, Weleda have been working to understand and promote the interaction between humans and nature. We focus on ingredients from natural sources and trust their power.