Newborn & Baby Skin Care Guide
Baby’s skin is so wondrously soft, but it’s also up to 30% thinner than an adult’s. Baby’s skin works as a shield against the outside world that your newborn isn’t accustomed to yet.
Your baby’s skin:
- Vital to protecting and maintaining baby’s health in defending against irritants, germs and bacteria
- Regulates your baby’s internal temperature
- Requires moisturization. Through baby massage and your touch, you’ll nurture a special connection between you and baby
JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® Wash
Made with our NO MORE TEARS® formula, our JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® wash is as gentle as water making for a tear-free experience when gently cleansing baby’s sensitive skin.
Keeping Baby Skin Healthy
You’ll want to keep an attentive eye on baby’s skin and keep it clean, moisturized. After all, baby’s skin is the first layer of protection against the outside world, and since their skin is constantly “on”, it’s more vulnerable to irritants, changes in temperature and humidity.
Use a Mild Cleanser: Use a baby cleanser that maintains moisture when cleaning baby’s skin. You’ll be washing their hands and face frequently, so you’ll want a product that you can rely on.
Keep Your Baby’s Skin Hydrated:
It’s important to keep baby’s skin regularly moisturized as they lose water (and absorb) much quicker than adults. A good time to protect against dryness is to apply moisturizer to baby immediately after a bath.
JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® Lotion
Did you know baby’s skin loses moisture 2x as fast as an adult’s? Our JOHNSON’S® HEAD-TO-TOE® lotions keep baby’s natural skin moisture barrier protected and gently moisturizes their sensitive skin.
Common Newborn Skin Conditions
Your baby’s skin will be working from day 1 to adapt to the outside world, and will likely experience newborn skin conditions like baby acne, skin peeling, cradle cap, and diaper rash. Have no fear, it’s entirely common for baby who’s delicate skin is transitioning to a drier environment.
How to Clean Baby Ears, Eyes Nose, and Nails
They’re so tiny and delicate, and you can’t help but want to tickle them. To keep them their little fingers, toes, ears, eyes and nose clean and healthy, we’ve included a list of tips below on how to do just that!
- How to Clean Baby Ears
Start from the outside and work in. If you’re looking into ear cleaning tools and formulas, we suggest consulting with your doctor first to see if they’re necessary.
- How to Clean Baby Eyes
Using a new cotton round (one per eye), dampened with clean warm water, gently wipe from the inside corner of baby’s eye outward while holding their head.
- How to Clean Baby Nose
Babies often get stuffy, congested noses that create a build of crusty mucus you may need to remove. There are a few ways to provide relief. Talk to your baby’s doctor about using saline nasal drops or a rubber bulb syringe (to suction nostrils) or use a cotton round dampened with warm water to gently clean any debris around baby’s nose. You could also try a warm bath with our JOHNSON’S® Soothing Vapour Bath.
SAFETY WARNING: Keep out of reach of children. Do not use without consulting a doctor if child has asthma or allergies or if there is a family history of either. Serious breathing problems could occur.
- How to Clean Baby Nails
It’s much easier to cut baby’s nails right after a bath since the warm water helps soften their nails up. You’ll want to cut baby’s nails regularly to prevent them from scratching themselves and risking any spread of infection. Use blunt scissors or baby nail clippers with a magnifying glass attached so you can get a better sight of their nails. Follow the natural line of the finger and depress the nail away from the finger so you avoid cutting the skin.
Baby Skin Care Products
Johnson's® Baby Oil
Lock in moisture and leave adult or baby’s skin feeling incredibly smooth and soft when using JOHNSON’S® baby oil after a warm bath.
JOHNSON'S® Soothing Vapour Bath
For a soothing and calming bath, add our baby vapour bath wash to release gentle aromas in a warm bath to help baby relax.
Sun Protection = Healthy Baby Skin
Taking steps early in their life to cultivate healthy skincare habits and to protect baby’s delicate skin.
Newborn Sun Safety: Most pediatricians do not recommend using sunscreen on babies who are 6 months of age and under. And since baby sunburn can occur in as little as 10 to 15 minutes of exposure, you’ll need to look into other methods of protection as babies’ skin – their own photo-protection – is underdeveloped.
Older Babies: Even after 6 months of age, older babies (and children) should wear protective clothing and sunglasses to avoid any exposure to direct sun for an extended period.