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Sarah Norris – The Baby Detective

7 Newborn Baby Skincare Tips
August 1, 2015

7 Newborn Baby Skincare Tips

Baby skin is perfectly balanced and is an important protective barrier so the less you do to it the better for baby. Here are seven ways to help your baby at bathtime…

  1. Newborn babies often cry when bathed because they feel very insecure so don’t do it unless you have to e.g. scary nappy or serious sick !

2. Resist bathing Baby for the first 2 weeks to give him time to get used to being naked without being scared.

3. Wipe face, neck, and other skin creases with cotton wool pads and warm water only.

4. Do not use any baby products….No matter what it says on the label, they all contain chemicals that can damage new born skin. After 2 weeks you can move on to bathing once or twice a week….still use only water, they don’t need anything else.

5. If you feel the ‘bath the baby’ urge or want to create a bedtime routine then gradually increase the frequency of the baths until you are bathing every day.

6. If your baby hates baths…….stop doing it for a week or two then try again.

7. Avoiding using all bubbles, shampoos etc. for at least the first 6 months will help reduce the risk of childhood eczema.Remember, babies do not need chemicals, warm water will do the job just fine.

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The Author

I’m Sarah Norris, a Baby Care Consultant and Parenting Coach.

I have spent over twenty five years, often working 24 hours, 6 days a week, supporting hundreds of families with new or young babies aged from newborn to 12 months old, and often helping with their toddlers and older children.

I help parents discover what parenting style they want to use to care for their baby, and offer advice on different approaches that might suit them and their circumstances best.


  1. John Adams

    Interesting advice this. Just curious to know what you think about the use of olive oil to deal with baby’s dry skin? This is an issue we had and a health visitor suggested olive oil and it worked perfectly. We were a bit nervous about doing it though!
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    • Babyfriend

      Great question John, as Olive oil is one of the most regularly suggested oils for baby’s skin.
      For some babies it can work well but it makes your baby smell like a salad, and it is actually more harsh than people think. If it works for you and your baby, the continue but I would not advise it on skin that is inflamed or irritated in any way.
      If you want to use an oil, then coconut is by far the purest and gentlest, followed by almond oil.
      My ‘go to ‘moisturiser for babies (and myself) is Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion. it is fragrance free and very mild, and recommended for eczema sufferers. It is pretty cheap, and even cheaper if you get it as an Amazon add on item. I got big, 200ml tube for under £4 and it will last months 🙂 (it is unfragranced so great for Dads too)
      I was caring for a baby with sensitive skin and someone used a wet wipe on her face on my day off and I came back to find her looking like she had chemical burns all over her face. The parents had tried to help by using olive oil but it was too harsh for damaged skin so made it worse.
      I took baby to the big Boots Pharmacy on Oxford Street and asked the head Pharmacist for advice ( a useful option when doctors appointments take too long, They are very well trained and know all the products they sell) She recommended the Aveeno cream as being better in her opinion than E45 etc so I tried it and it worked wonderfully well. It helped sooth the red areas and also kept the skin soft and supple through the drying out and scabbing over process, and I have used it ever since
      However, if you don’t dry the skin out with baby products and over bathing you will find you rarely need any sort of oil or moisturizer as baby skin is self regulating if you don’t interfere 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Sarah x

  2. Tamsin

    Esme was born with really flaky and cracked skin, and we found the best thing for it was a bath followed by a massage using baby oil!
    She loved it and it went away quite quickly.
    She loved a bath from an early age, and she was never freaked out by getting naked – she hated getting dressed though! Haha!

    • Babyfriend

      A lot of babies are born with flaky skin, but as long as the skin isn’t cracking and looking sore you can just leave it and it just goes after a couple of weeks, it is totally natural.
      Glad you found what worked for you and yes, don’t they just scream the house down when you get them dressed lol,
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Sarah x

  3. Kate Evans

    Hello Sarah, sounds good! The information you have shared about new born baby care is very important and every women should know about it. Thank you so much for your blog.

    • Babyfriend

      Thank you for your kind words Kate.
      I’m glad you found the blog helpful, I have so much to share that can help parents. The website is currently being redesigned and will be relaunched, along with the blog this next week as to coincide with a book I have coming out next March so please stop by in a few days and see what you think ????,
      Sarah X

  4. w@ Redefine Acute Care

    However, there’s much you can do to protect your baby from these skin problems. keep posting.

  5. Omy

    Hey buddy, being grateful as you posted such a useful and informative post. I would like to save it. Because these gonna work for sure. One more thing, Can you suggest me the most useful baby oil for dry and cracked skins? Thanks a lot for sharing your great thoughts. Keep posting, looking forward for more from you

    • Sarah Norris - The Baby Detective

      Hi Omy,
      I’m glad you found the post useful.
      I tend not to use oils on babies with dry skin simply because I have found that oils mostly just rub off on baby’s clothing.
      Aveeno Daily Moisturiser, and Childs Farm Moisturiser work much better and act for longer, and both are very gentle and recommended as suitable for eczema, with Aveeno being less perfumed.
      Sarah x

  6. Baby Fences

    It can be very hard to know which direction you should be taking with this, so your advice is most welcome.

  7. Baby Care

    Hello Sarah Norris, Thank you for this informative writing. It is a new information for me, that using bubbles, shampoos etc. before 6 months increase the risk of childhood eczema. I have saved this post for next reading. keep posting.
    Please let me know, what is your next topic.

    • Sarah Norris - The Baby Detective

      Hello, thank you for your comment and I’m glad you found the article interesting.
      I am just about to start an extended theme covering all aspects of infant feeding e.g breast feeding, formula feeding, combination feeding, winding etc so let me know if there is anything in particular that you are interested in,
      Sarah x

    • Baby Care

      Thank you for your reply. I want to know details about combined feeding. Please inform me, when the writing will be done.

  8. Eric Johnson

    It can be very hard to know which direction you should be taking with this, so your advice is most welcome.

  9. Monica |BabyHappyHouse|

    Both of my children proto adored bath from the first days, for them it is a familiar environment

  10. Jenifa Lorens

    Thanks a lot, Sharing your valuable Tips


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