Winter is that time of the year when the weather is very harsh and our skin is prone to getting dried out. Our babies are especially vulnerable as their skin is much thinner than ours, in fact a baby’s skin loses moisture up to 5 times faster than adult skin. Even daily rituals like bathing or changing the diaper can become overly dehydrating. This is why, when I recently came across the newly launched Baby Dove range in India, I was excited to try it out. Dove is a brand that has always stood for moisturisation and gentleness – just what I wanted for my baby’s delicate skin. Over the years, Dove has become the brand that is trusted by women around the world. And now, with Baby Dove, in a stroke of luck, we mothers can extend this nourishing care to our kids too. All their products are dermatologist and paediatrician tested, hypoallergenic and pH neutral, and thereby suitable for all babies’ skin types.
Nourishment, hygiene and extra care have been the cornerstones of my winter care ritual. I am sharing some quick and effective tips that have helped me keep my baby's diaper area soft and healthy during the winter:
1. I use a moisturising soap for winter bathing
Many of us tend to skip baths during winters due to the fear that they will deplete the natural moisture content of the skin. But using a moisturising soap for your little one can actually help retain the skin's natural moisture! The Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar is enriched with 1/4 moisturising cream which keeps baby's skin extra-soft. Its pH neutral formula maintains the skin’s natural pH balance. Developed for babies with normal to dry skin, it replenishes the essential nutrients lost during cleansing and helps preserve skin barrier function. I personally love the mild and caring fragrance that has been developed specifically for delicate baby skin. I focus especially on potential problem areas such as the creases of the diaper area and the bum.
2. I give my baby a massage
Massaging your baby’s skin every day before the bath is a great way to improve the blood circulation and help keep the skin supple. I think it is among the most loving ways to keep skin healthy. Plus, it is also a great way to bond with your child.
3. I change diapers frequently
We often assume that frequent diaper change is not required in the winters as water intake is less and babies may pee less often. But not changing diapers often could lead to diaper rash, redness and skin allergy. I prefer to apply the Baby Dove Diaper Rash Cream after changing diapers as it immediately protects the skin from diaper rash. It forms a protective layer around the diaper area that shields baby’s delicate skin from the causes of irritation. Since the cream is easier to spread and easier to clean compared to others, it is a wonderful way to keep the area free from any skin issues.
4. I maintain adequate hygiene
This is not just restricted to any particular weather, of course, but assumes more importance in the winter. I always maintain proper hygiene of my baby’s diaper area especially when we are travelling and cannot clean or wash after every diaper change. Using Baby Dove Wipes, which is as gentle as water, helps in cleansing the area without making it dry. The glycerine content instantly moisturises a baby’s delicate skin. The best part is that it is alcohol-free and therefore suitable for all-over use, even for newborns.
5. I moisturise the diaper area
I personally feel that this is the most important part of keeping your baby skin soft and healthy. Just moisturise your baby skin without fail through the day as it helps replenish the lost moisture, thus keeping the skin healthy. The Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Lotion soothes dry skin from the first use, as it gently moisturizes baby’s skin for 24 hours, so your baby’s skin is supple throughout the day! Its pH neutral formula respects the skin’s natural pH balance.
6. I don't overdress my baby
Recently, when we were travelling to a cold place, I realised that overdressing your little one is not a good idea. It only leads to excess heat in their body. Do check your baby's body temperature and avoid dressing them too much. Just put on as many layers as needed to keep their body warm but not over-heated.
7. I schedule some diaper free time
This one is a bit tricky but you can try this if possible for you. It helped me toilet train my kids faster and also gave their skin some breathing time.
These are some simple steps which I have followed with my kids and they have helped us face every season with excitement and cheer. Of course, there are new things that we keep learning, and we embrace these lessons with an open mind. I think motherhood is a beautiful and loving journey where both mum and baby grow together.
As a parent, we may want our parenting journey to be just perfect, but to be honest, there is no such thing as perfect parenting. Even books can't teach us to be the perfect parent as one piece of advice may work for one baby but fail for another one. As Baby Dove says, there are no perfect mothers, only real ones, and there is no right or wrong way to be a mother, just your way!
My kids and I, we just focus on living a real life and sharing experiences together, instead of trying to keep everything perfect. I have learnt a lot during my motherhood journey so far, but this has probably been my most important lesson yet.
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