Baby skin know-how

How to keep your baby's skin in tip-top condition

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Your baby has such lovely soft skin, but it’s also very delicate. We show you how to keep it in tip-top condition

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Heady days

You don’t need to wash your baby’s hair every day – an ‘as needed’ basis is fine. When shampooing, use a mild product for babies. Young babies often get cradle cap – harmless yellow scaly patches on the scalp. Massage olive oil into the affected area, or use a special shampoo to loosen the dry skin

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Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash, £7.99, for 235ml, burtsbees.co.uk

A natural plant-based cleansing complex with gorgeous orange and lemon oils

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Dentinox Cradle Cap Shampoo, £2.71 for 125ml, boots.com

Massage a little of this shampoo into your baby’s scalp to treat cradle cap

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Naked for Kids Bananas & Custard 2 in 1 Shampoo, £2.99 for 250ml, Boots

Makes hair soft and shiny – and smells good enough to eat!

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Hands on

In the first few months after birth, your baby’s hands may be prone to peeling around the wrists, as well as feet and ankles. This is just a result of his skin adapting to his new environment, and is completely normal. Keep the areas moisturised by gently rubbing in some lotion or baby oil

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Little Me Organics Mmm Moisture Babies Body Cream, £4.99 for 150ml, asda.com

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Johnson’s Baby Soothing Naturals Nourishing Lotion, £2.85 for 236ml, branches of Boots

Combines Johnson’s mildness with a blend of olive leaf extract and vitamin E

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Seascape Les Petits Body Lotion, £12 for 300ml, seascapeuk.com

Formulated especially for babies and children with sensitive skin, this lotion contains Jersey Beeswax to lock in moisure

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Bottoms up

Nappies create a moist, warm environment that can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it’s important to change his nappy regularly. But even frequent changing and bottom airing is no guarantee against nappy rash, which can range from slight inflammation to weeping sores. Use a nappy cream for milder cases, or see your GP if the skin is broken

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Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter, £2.89 for 125ml, waitrose.com

This product has proved popular as a nappy cream for babies…..and a face cream for mums!

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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream, £2.69 for 125g, branches of Boots

Soothes, heals and protects against nappy rash – also great for sunburn, spots, cuts and grazes

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Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream, £6.95 for 75ml, weleda.co.uk

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Ear we go

Your baby’s ears may appear waxy, but don’t try and clean them with a cotton wool bud, as it may push the wax further in. Your little one’s ears are actually self-cleaning and earwax will work its way out naturally. Just clean the outside of your baby’s ear with the corner of a damp flannel.

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Face facts

If your little one develops tiny white spots across her face, don’t worry! These ‘milk spots’ or ‘milia’ are caused by your baby’s sweat glands kicking into action and will soon go, so don’t be tempted to squeeze or pick!

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Nooks and crannies

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Babies’ necks, arms and legs have lots of folds and creases, so make sure you keep them clean and dry. Babies don’t really get grubby though, so you don’t need to bathe him every day. Two or three times a week is fine – any more and you risk upsetting the natural balance of his skin.

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