The Special Character of Babies’ Skin

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A baby’s skin is five times thinner than an adult’s, meaning that it absorbs externally applied substances more quickly and reacts more sensitively.

The skin which was covered within 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.  

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How 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.

About Weleda

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.

This article was written with information supplied by Weleda


  1. dawnblyth 02/06/2019 at 8:55 pm

    We bathed our boys everyday and this became part of our routine. We found it helped our sons get nice and relaxed for bed and calming down in the evening. We have been lucky that our sons never suffered any serious skin conditions that may have been exacerbated by more frequent washing.

  2. SarahBlair 02/06/2019 at 4:51 pm

    I love Weleda products and the fact that they are natural and organic, I try not to use anything unnatural on my kids, even now, especially on my youngest as his skin is very sensitive and is prone to eczema flare ups, I still use baby products on him at 5

  3. candyjanenz 02/06/2019 at 3:31 pm

    I found that water wipes were good for a newborn. We were in NICU for a while and I remember them saying to bath baby every second day but advice may have changed now.

  4. kymmage 01/06/2019 at 12:46 pm

    This is great advice. Our parents were kinda horrified when we didn’t bath our babies daily. Instead I bathed them weekly. It helped that they were winter babies too because putting them in tepid water felt a bit mean 😂

  5. Alezandra 29/05/2019 at 9:12 pm

    Have seen Weleda products and also read a few articles about it. But I have not a chance to try it. Did not even get to try oil back when my son was a newborn. But this sounds like it would have been good to use to help promote protection and growth of baby skin.

  6. MuddledUpMolly 28/05/2019 at 8:27 pm

    This is a good read and highly relevant with a four month old. I must say though, I couldn’t bring myself to only bathe her once a week! Her skin is unfortunately very sensitive so most of the time it is just a bath with water.

  7. Micht 22/05/2019 at 9:46 pm

    Definitely second this advice… i think new mums freak out thinking they have to bath baby every day etc… it puts alot of pressure on a new mum struggling with sleep patterns etc… basic care is necessary… and taking things one step at a time…

  8. Shorrty4life1 20/05/2019 at 1:07 pm

    I remember when I had my first born I went all out with welda products. They were so good bit expensive but but they worked well. I also used to use baby oil on my children’s skin to prevent dryness. That always helped.

  9. Mands1980 15/05/2019 at 8:13 pm

    We were taught when my first baby was born not to bath them too often and we used nothing to start with in the bath. Weleda products do sound great to use for the skin on baby too. I stopped using baby wipes and used Muslim cloths with a container with a bit of tea tree oil in it as the less chemicals the better for babies skin. Nappy change creams are very important for rash’s and protecting the skin from getting worse.

  10. Bevik1971 14/05/2019 at 1:01 pm

    We really didn’t use much when we bathed our daughter as a newborn/baby – I think warm water is really enough as their skin is so delicate. I did use some Weleda products when she got a little older though and really liked their products 🙂

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