Can we agree? Babies are beautiful. The tiniest humans have no need of the kind of primping, spritzing, and outright camouflage many adults require to look their best. But even the most gorgeous babies (yes, yours) require some upkeep in the hair, nail, and skin departments. In fact, paying attention to your infant's appearance encourages you to care for her in ways that help her stay healthy and comfortable. Bonus: You're instilling good grooming habits from day one!
Take to the Tub
Plenty of babies are happy to splish-splash, but trying to maneuver a squirming body in slippery suds may leave youcompletely soaked. Make it easier with these tubby tips:
- Follow the 10-minute rule. Babies under a year shouldn't be in the bath more than 10 minutes. A longer soak can dry out their skin because it leaves it more porous. And limit baths to once a day at most. Even every two to three days is sufficient. Your cutie's not out digging in the dirt like the big kids yet.
- Swap bubbles for boats. Playing in the foam is fun, but the substances that make the water bubbly are drying. "Bath toys are just as fun for babies and pose no skin dangers," says Vicky Barrio, M.D., a pediatric dermatologist in San Diego and mom
of a 1- and 3-year-old.
- Lotion up right afterward. "Postbath is the best time to use an ointment or cream on your baby because it puts a barrier between the air and skin," says Bernard Cohen, M.D., director of pediatric dermatology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.