The store shelves are packed with baby shampoo options... But what does baby’s skin actually need in order to get clean and stay healthy? Here’s the no-nonsense, naturally minded breakdown.
During the first year, baby’s skin is still changing and developing-- it actually differs in structure and composition from adult skin.
Infants retain and lose water through their skin at a faster rate than adults (this is known as transepidermal water loss, or TEWL). Newborn skin needs a gentle cleanser to prevent moisture loss and to prevent changes in the pH of baby’s skin. Moisture and pH matter because they can compromise the integrity of the skin barrier. The skin barrier is extremely important-- it protects babies from toxins and water loss, so it’s not a good idea to use strong cleansers that will alter this natural barrier.
Water isn’t enough to cleanse baby’s skin, because it won’t break down milk, food, saliva, nasal secretions and feces (which need to be removed to keep baby healthy!). Soap is effective at cleansing, but is too strong to protect the skin barrier. This is why a mild, natural product works best on babies.
The best all natural baby wash will:
If you have questions about the safety of a specific baby product, the Environmental Working Group has a wonderful resource called Skin Deep, which rates the safety of personal care products for babies and adults.
How often you bathe your baby is a personal preference. Two or three times a week is enough to keep baby clean, but daily baths aren’t likely to be harmful. If you have hard water, it can dry out your baby’s skin, so pay attention to how your baby reacts after bath time. Sometimes, less is more.
Bathtime doesn’t have to be a long event-- three to five minutes in the bath is sufficient for baby. When bathtime is done, pat baby dry with a towel and avoid rubbing-- it’s an extra measure to help protect their gentle skin.
The 3-in-1 Baby Bath Gel is a massage gel + gentle cleanser + moisturizer in one. It contains oils rich in vitamin E, omega 3 and omega 6, which are known to not just maintain but improve baby’s natural skin barrier.2
After the oil-based gel is massaged onto baby’s skin, some of the nourishing oils absorb into the skin, and the gel left on the surface of baby’s skin transforms into a milk in the bath water. Sitting or lying in the warm, milky water further facilitates the absorption of oils into baby’s skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. The milk is easily rinsed off, removing dead skin cells, excess sebum, dirt and unwanted microorganisms and leaving little to no product on the surface of baby's skin. Since the 3-in-1 Baby Bath Gel contains only natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals and no water, it does not influence the pH of baby’s skin, leaving it free to breathe, change and develop as nature intended.
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I try not to think of the weeks or months ahead or what “could” happen and just focus on the day at hand (kind of like when you have a newborn and you are just looking forward to the days when you can some sleep, you know it will come, but not sure when).
It’s after dinner and all the demands of the day are almost done. I get comfy on my bed, read stories and give out massages… my kids love them.
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