5 Must-Have Baby Grooming Essentials

Baby Care Basics Bath and Grooming Essentials

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Bathing, diapering, massaging… never could you have imagined that these seemingly everyday tasks will assume so much importance in your life. But when it comes to your little bundle of joy, the fact is, you want to get it right, from what techniques to apply to what products to choose.

And what suits one child may not be apt for another. Feel free to steal the below-mentioned essentials and add your own unique touches to these routines! Here are some of the 5 must-have baby grooming essentials.

Massage Oil

Depending on the season, you should either massage your baby with oil before the bath and rinse it off (summer and humid weather) or after the bath, in which case the oil stays on and acts as a moisturizer (ideally in winter). Massages are recommended because they increase the flow of blood and this, in turn, drives muscle and bone growth.

Bath Soap

For the first week or so, it’s best to give your baby sponge baths with a lukewarm, damp cotton cloth. Start giving proper baths after the umbilical cord stump falls off, and the area heals. Do not use a regular soap instead use any soap that has low pH. Glycerine-based soaps or any other soaps with emollients are the best for babies.

Shampoo

Find a hypo-allergenic baby shampoo, which is gentle on the eyes and hair. It should be free from parabens’, dyes and alcohol. Start with shampoo and moisturizer when the baby is 2 months of age. Make sure they are colourless and odourless though. Most of the baby shampoos have the no tears gentle formula,  which helps not to cause irritation in the eyes.

Diaper/Nappy Rash Cream

There are several good creams on the market.  Again, it’s a question of what works for your baby. Some children are more sensitive than others and will break out into a rash even if their skin is exposed to urine for only 30 minutes. But even if that’s the case, a rash cream should only be used when there is a rash and with the consultation of the doctor. The constant use of a rash cream is not recommended.

Sunscreen Lotion

Yes, it is a fact, children need sunscreen too, especially if you’re visiting a beach or planning a trip to a hill station where the sun is strong. Sunscreens should be used intermittently, that also o babies 6 months or older. A fair-skinned baby should use an SPF of 24 and a wheatish baby, SPF 15. Use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to avoid the irritation of eyes and skin.