Eczema or itchy skin keeping your baby awake? These are the products you need.
While babies seem to get a lot of positive press for their glowing, smooth and buttery soft skin, the reality can often be dryness, baby acne, milk rashes and eczema. Oh the joys of growing! In this guide, we share our tips and product picks to help your little one have a restful night’s sleep!
The good news is, most baby skin sensitivities only stick around for the first year of life and are treatable. With that being said, they can make getting to and staying asleep rather difficult.
As parents who’ve collectively had to workshop a lot of baby skin ailments, we put our heads together to share our tried and trusted tips.
In this guide, we’ll go over:
- Chemicals to avoid in personal care products for baby
- Tips for soothing a baby’s itchy and sensitive skin to ensure a restful night’s sleep
- The best products for sensitive baby skin
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Chemicals to avoid in personal care products for baby
At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it doesn’t contain any of the chemicals we avoid.
When it comes to personal care products and baby skin, it’s important to be extra mindful about what’s going on your baby’s skin for a number of reasons.
- For starters, baby skin is incredibly sensitive. Products containing any sort of irritant can result in a rash, dryness or even eczema.
- Baby skin is thinner to accommodate growing, which means chemicals are more easily absorbed into the blood stream. If a product contains a harmful chemical, it can lead to disruption of their endocrine system and other negative health effects.
While many mainstream products might have pretty matte green labels that look “natural,” it’s important to read the ingredients list to make sure they don’t contain any of the below:
- Synthetic fragrances (Avoid things that say Fragrance or Parfum)
- Petrochemicals (such as mineral oil)
- SLS & SLES
- Harmful Phthalates
- Harmful preservatives (such as formaldehyde)
- Pesticides & herbicides
- GMO (Genetically modified ingredients)
All known to cause both short and longterm health effects, these chemicals can wreak havoc on a baby’s skin.
Tips for soothing a baby’s itchy and sensitive skin to ensure a restful night’s sleep
#1 Find baby organic skincare products
When a brand says they’re organic, they mean that the ingredients are sourced from the earth and were cultivated without the use of harmful chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides. We suggest looking for organic personal care products formulated specifically for baby’s because even though perfectly safe ingredients might be okay for adult’s skin, they can irritate a baby’s skin.
Kiss Kiss Goodnight is an organic baby skincare brand that we love. Their vegan and cruelty free products are made with organic and eco-certified ingredients and are dermatologically-tested on sensitive skin. The best part is that their line of lavender-infused washes, lotions and balms is specifically designed to work together to create the ultimate bedtime routine. With a focus on nourishing dry and itchy skin, Kiss Kiss Goodnight products will literally become you and your baby’s best friend.
After your baby’s bath, ensure that you dry them fully. Any water left in between arm, leg and neck creases can promote the growth of yeast, which can make skin red, itchy and sore.
#2 Make sure you’re using organic cotton or bamboo towels, sleepwear and bedding
On top of having sensitive skin, baby’s also need a little bit of help regulating their body temperature. As a rule of thumb, they usually need one extra layer than an adult. But here’s the thing – it’s very easy for a baby to overheat if they’re dressed in a synthetic materials.
Choosing natural fiber fabrics such as organic cotton and bamboo offer breathability, which will keep your baby cool. This is important because being hot and sweaty when you have itchy skin is NOT FUN and can exacerbate a rash.
The other benefit of choosing organic cotton and bamboo fabrics is that they’re free of chemicals such as pesticides, formaldehyde (used for anti-wrinkle) and flame-retardants.
#3 Check your baby’s room air quality and temperature
The optimal temperature for a baby’s room is between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. While this can be easy enough to arrange, you’ll also want to consider if there is enough humidity. Depending on your region, you may need to use a humidifier. This can be particularly helpful for babies who have dry and cracked skin.
Objecto is a humidifier brand we adore because their 3-in-1 BPA-free humidifiers are a humidifier, night light and diffuser.
The best products for sensitive baby skin
All Tot Tested and approved, here are the best products for sensitive baby skin.
Created by Shelley Ann Winkour, a mama of four and professional skincare formulator with a Masters in Chemical Engineering, Kiss Kiss Goodnight’s plant-based products contain everything you need to help hydrate, soothe and protect your baby’s skin.
We recommend using their Lullaby Melting Balm Cleanser in the bath followed by their Sweet Whispers Hydrating Face & Body Lotion from head to toe. If your baby has any sore spots or dry areas, lather on their Peace of Mind Protective Balm. (PS. this balm is also an amazing rub for pregnant bellies!)
After bath, your little one will look like the sweetest baby burrito when they’re bundled up in a TOWL. Made of 75% OEKO-TEX® bamboo from rayon and 25% GOTS organic cotton, it’s insanely soft and free of irritants.
Made from materials like organic cotton and super soft bamboo, the every day essentials from HART + LAND make going from playdates to sleep time both stylish and comfortable. And as mentioned before, they’re breathable and naturally hypoallergenic, which is exactly what your baby’s sensitive skin wants and needs.
For more tips for dressing your baby for bed, read our guide on What Baby Should Wear To Sleep.
When it comes to skin, you’ll also need to think about your baby’s bedding! We’re huge fans of Kyte BABY’s bamboo sleep bags and crib sheets because they offer breathability and are free of all the chemicals we avoid.
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The Objecto H3 Humidifier can be a wonderful way to signal that it’s sleep-time while adding much needed moisture into your tot’s room.
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