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How to Take Care of Newborn Skin

Learn how to take care of a newborn's delicate skin from parenting coach Tammy Gold in this Howcast baby care video.

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There are many different ways to care for your newborn's skin. There are some parents that do nothing and the baby is fine. I think it's wonderful and I did it with all three of my children where right after their bath, when they were still little bit damp, I would cover their body with cream. Not only is a great way for them to get their skin in really good condition but it;s a wonderful way to massage the baby, bond the baby, especially if they're getting ready for bed there's nothing better than massaging them with nice cream to get them really relaxed for bed time.

There's couple different types of creams that you would use depending upon your child's skin type. Children who have very very dry or irritated skin, would be better off with some type of ointment which is really thick vaseline type material and there could be just small patches of the skin that may need this because if you cover the whole body, this is a very greasy type of ointment and usually is really good if the baby's going to sleep.

I like and I've used with all of my children an eczema cream because it's very thick, it doesn't irritate, it's free of all type of toxins and anything for eczema skin will be really natural and help any type of skin.

So you can simply take the cream, put it on your hand and work one area at a time covering really the baby's whole body. You want to make sure that the parts that you are not massaging are covered so that the baby doesn't get too cold and at this time you would be singing to the baby. My kids know I make up every single silly bath song with their name in it while I'm massaging them.

You cover their arms, you rub their legs and you even flip them on to their stomach and you turn their head. And again if this is for bath time, its really nice way to massage them and really get them ready and relaxed to go to sleep. And you cover everything, even the bottom of their feet because baby's skin can get very dry, especially in the winter months when the heater is on. And by sealing it either with a cream like this and ointment or even a thinner lotion you really will prevent any irritation from coming to the skin. It's a wonderful thing for baby's skin and it's a really terrific way to bond with your baby.

When putting cream on the baby's face you would just massage it into their cheeks, avoiding their eye area and put it on their forehead so it'd cover entire area of the face. So after the baby is done they have a nice smell with the lotion, they feel great and using this everyday keeps their skin in wonderful condition.

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