Bathing Baby In Nature’s Best
Bath-times can be a tricky thing. Since your baby’s skin is still in the immature stage, bathing too much or using unsuitable products can dry out his delicate epidermis. Here are some bathing tips to keep your precious one safe and clean without causing him unnecessary discomfort.
Never leave your baby in the bathtub alone and unsupervised.
Children can drown in less than an inch of water so it’s imperative that you don’t leave your little one in the tub alone while you go gallivanting somewhere else to pick up a forgotten towel or answer the door. Always make sure to gather all the necessary supplies for bath-time (clean diaper and clothes, baby lotion, wash cloths, towel etc.). If you must answer the doorbell, wrap up your little one in a towel and bring him with you.
One more thing to remember if you are using an adult-sized bathtub: keep at least one hand on your baby to secure him because bathtubs can be dangerously slippery. In fact, we recommend that you make it as baby-safe as possible by fitting the bathtub with a rubber bath mat and covering the faucet with a cushioned spout cover to minimise painful accidents.
Ensure a comfortable temperature at all times.
Babies are unable to regulate their temperature properly so it’s up to you as the parent to ensure that they are in a comfortable environment at all times. The same goes for bath-times. Never put your little one in while the water is still running because the temperature could change in an instant or become too deep.
Make sure the bathroom temperature is comfortably warm by closing the windows if there is a breeze or wind. Another important thing to remember is to test the temperature of the water with your elbows first to ensure that it’s not too hot for your little one.
After you are done with bath-time, gently pat your baby dry with a towel and pay attention to the creases. Avoid rubbing as this may irritate his still delicate skin.
Choose only mild baby products.
Although it’s not necessary to bathe your little one every day, it’s still important to use the gentlest baby products to avoid drying out his delicate skin. You can give your baby a sponge bath (otherwise known as ‘topping and tailing’) on non-bath days as long as you thoroughly clean his diaper area. But because baby poo contains a higher percentage of fats compared to the adult’s, it may be easier for you to use unscented baby wipes or a mild cleanser in small amounts.
Use bath emollients, body lotions or face creams if your baby’s skin is too dry.
Since your baby’s skin is still in the delicate stage, it’s prudent to choose baby care products that do not disturb the natural balance of his skin. Try to avoid products that contain alcohol, perfume, or soap. In fact, it’s a good idea to test new products on a small area of your baby’s skin first to check for any sensitivity.
If your baby’s skin is on the dry side (e.g. cracked skin), then you may want to add bath emollients into the water to help moisturise his skin. But do remember that it might make your baby slippery to handle. Baby lotions or creams after the bath are a great option as well, because you can use them to give your little one a loving body massage. This not only helps him to sleep better but also improves your bond with him. Just make sure that the lotions or creams don’t contain undesirable chemicals such as perfumes and parabens—like the exclusive Botaneco Garden Baby range from Guardian.
A collection of gentle formulations that have been dermatologically tested and proven to be suitable for newborn babies and sensitive skin, the Botaneco Garden Baby range cares for your baby from head to toe with the following products:
Botaneco Garden Baby Organic Chamomile & Oatmeal Face and Body Cream, 100ml (UP. $10.90)
Suitable for use on the face, it’s a fastabsorbing, non-greasy face and body cream that helps to moisturise and soothe your baby’s skin.
Botaneco Garden Baby Organic Chamomile & Oatmeal Body Lotion, 250ml (UP. $12.90)
Fast absorbing and non-greasy, this body lotion helps to moisturise and soothe your baby’s delicate skin.
Botaneco Garden Baby Organic Chamomile & Oatmeal Head-To- Toe Wash, 250ml (UP. $12.90)
A mild cleanser that gently soothes and moisturises your little one from head to toe for smooth hair and soft skin.
Made from eco-certified oil, Botaneco Garden Baby is a made-in-Australia range that’s not only hypoallergenic but also free from parabens, silicone, SLS, SLES, Colorant, Lanolin and DEA. In fact, organic chamomile and colloidal oatmeal are among the prime ingredients used in this range. Chamomile, especially, is well known for its soothing properties—which make it ideal for a relaxing bath-time and bedtime after that. Oatmeal, on the other hand, is often touted as an effective ingredient to moisturise and protect skin.
Want to get your hands on this powerful combo of organic ingredients and hypoallergenic formulation? Botaneco Garden Baby is available exclusively at Guardian along with a strong repertoire of adult toiletries from hair care to body care, so don’t forget to drop by any of the outlets across Singapore! Please visit http://www.botanecogarden.com/en-sg/ for more information.