Bathe your baby every other day with lukewarm water.
Clean your newborn’s bottom with a fresh, damp cloth instead of baby wipes.
For diaper rash, Ronna Schneider, M.D., owner of Suburban Pediatric Associates, recommends applying a barrier layer of diaper cream. Then the next soiling won’t cause more irritation.
Pat your baby dry after a bath. Apply cream or ointment (not baby oil) to seal in moisture, Schneider says.
Choose natural products with few ingredients, preferably hypoallergenic and dye- and fragrance-free, monitoring skin for reactions.
No sunscreen or direct sun for the first six months.
Use hats for older babies, and apply a PABA-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Early sun damage is linked to skin cancer; take care so that your little one’s precious skin lasts a lifetime.
Originally published in Baby Guide 2014