Best Baby Products for sensitive skin

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When we get pregnant, from the very first day we knew, the excitement is naturally coming in, the feeling is unexplainable that our heart would be flutter in joy knowing that a baby is coming. There’s a lot of things that come to our mind if what could be the baby’s name, or who could get the baby’s face if is it you or your husband including what is the best baby products that you should buy that your baby will comfortably to use it for every day. Thinking if those products will be useful and will not affect your baby’s sensitive skin. For this article, we will discuss if what is the best baby products for sensitive skin that you can buy for your incoming little one.

What is sensitive skin?

The function of the skin is to give protection of the barrier to keep the skin healthier and moisturize from the inside and preventing to enter bacteria, allergens and pollution that can cause triggering the sensitive skin specially for the baby which is not fully developed when they were born. [1]

Sensitive skin is a very common problem especially for babies, don’t get to panic because it is a usual problem for our babies. Our little one was wrapped to a liquid on the whole journey of our pregnancy that’s why their skin is still adjusting to the outside world. For the very few years of your baby’s life, it will take time to develop the hydrolipidic layer which is the water and oil that will develop by the baby’s skin to be protected. While on process some of the baby’s skin will be protected but still the other part of the skin will be uncovered. The unprotected skin will be easily getting irritated.

But there is an effective way on how you prevent your baby’s sensitive skin. We’ll share some tips and very good products for your little ones.

Signs that your baby has a sensitive skin

The baby has sensitive skin and it consists of some signs to look upon it.

  1. Redness
  2. Dry skin
  3. Prickling
  4. Tickling
  5. Skin tightness

Your little one can only tell you that they are experiencing signs of sensitive skin by crying so be alert and observant of their skin and attitude during those days.

What triggers sensitive skin?

A better observation and preventing symptoms are the best way to keep your little one comfortable. The following are the common reason to triggers a sensitive skin.

  1. Heat
  2. Wind
  3. Cold
  4. Air Pollution
  5. Detergents
  6. Perfume
  7. Hard Water
  8. Chlorinated Water
  9. Soap and Shampoo
  10. Friction (cloth, diaper, blankets, beds, uneven skin)

Things to consider in choosing products for baby’s sensitive skin

In taking care of our babies’ skin, we need to be attentive in every detail that our baby’s condition shown like recognizing the symptoms mentioned above. The following is the characteristic that needs to be possessed of a good product.

The word” Hypoallergenic” can be deceptive

When a product is a hypoallergenic it means it has less harsh chemical that can provide a fewer allergic reaction. It doesn’t mean that it is an allergy-proof product that’s why you still need to try products first in a small amount to know if your baby’s skin can affect any allergens, importantly, it needs to be suitable for the age of your baby.

Extra mild products

If the product is extra mild it means it is more natural and no heavy chemicals that can cause allergic reaction.

Phthalate-free and Paraben-free

Those chemicals I certainly not good for baby’s skin

Reading Labels

If you read labels, you can see what are the formula. If there is dyes, fragrance or any ingredients that can make the skin irritate.

Comfortable for baby’s skin

Of course, when choosing baby products, it need that the baby will be comfortable it needs to be soft and gently to skin.

Baby bath wash and shampoo

When we are having a list of baby’s needs, baby bath wash and shampoo is definitely on top of the list. From the baby’s birth, their skin is sensitive so we better choose the right body wash and shampoo that is good for the baby’s skin. Baby bath wash is important because it is the soap that we used to clean our babies’ skin, so we better choose it wisely. We better choose the baby bath that is suitable for sensitive skin and has a mild ingredient that is good for the skin. For a better choice, you can buy the smallest size of the specific brands so that you can try it first if ever that it is not suitable for your baby’s skin until you get the right brand for your little one.

How to choose baby bath wash and shampoo

Fragrance

Some of the baby bath wash and shampoo added some fragrance. Sometimes it may affect your baby’s sensitive skin. It might irritate sometimes do be better to test it in a small amount to the skin before applying it to the whole body.

Chemicals

Some of the ingredients in baby bath wash and shampoo have the same ingredients in adult soap and shampoo. So, choose the anti-sensitive skin and good for all the skin types.

No-tear formulas

It is an important formula for the baby bath wash and shampoo, if the body wash and shampoo that you choose has no formula for non-teary eyes, be careful on applying it, especially around the eyes.

Feedbacks

You can search for the feedbacks of the specific brands that you use, or ask your friends with kids about the experience of some of the specific brands, and of course, you can ask help from the professional expertise that is major in taking care of baby’s skin.

Tips on bathing the baby

There are so many things to consider on how you take care of your babies’ skin, one is on how you bathing the baby, the following are some tips on how you bath the baby.

  1. They don’t need to take a bath daily with soap specially for newborns. Plain water works.
  2. Use warm water to condition cold water,
  3. Use sponge or soft cloth applying body wash and shampoo.
  4. Don’t mix the shampoo and body wash, baby shampoo specifically uses it for hair and body wash for skin.
  5. Smoothly scrub your babies’ skin, to the creases, diaper area and under the chin.

Moisturizing skin

Moisturizing skin reduces skin problems. If you are moisturizing babies’ skin regularly it helps to be smooth, soft and can help maintain the balance of the skin. It helps blocked irritants that are delicate for the skin. You can use lotions, petroleum jelly that is suitable for their age, and sunscreen if ever they will be exposed to the sun. Sometimes the heat can trigger sensitive skin.

Cloth for baby

Friction from the cloth can trigger the sensitive skin as well. We better choose the right cloth that the baby will wear, from their clothes, towels, blanket and beddings and diaper. It is important that the fabric that we will choose is soft and absorbent against the baby’s skin. We better have consideration choosing cloth because of their sensitive skin[2].  The following is the kinds of fabric that you can consider to use for your baby’s things.

  • Cotton – Cotton is the famous fabric that everybody uses for babies’ apparels, beddings and blankets. It was soft against the skin of the baby and highly absorbent that easily soaks up liquid. It is safe because cotton was grown natural without chemicals and fertilizers.
  • Jersey Knit – It is one of the best options just like the cotton fabric. Jersey knit is soft and breathable.
  • Bamboo Rayon – This fabric is best for the blankets, beddings and swaddles or anything for cover up. This fabric is adjusting for baby’s temperature. It is extra soft as well which is good for baby that has a sensitive skin, because some of the babies and toddlers was sensitive to rough and synthetic fabric.
  • Fleece – This fabric is extra soft too. It is easy to wash and remove stains. Perfect for blankets and beddings. Very comfortable and soft against the skin which is good to reduce prickling and tickling to our little one’s skin.
  • Gauze – It is a perfect fabric as well for our babies. It is very light and breathable.

Diaper Area

Diaper Area is the most sensitive one because it is exposed to wetness and dirt. It doesn’t get air that much so it is always moist and possibility of allergies and redness. The best that we can do is to keep it dry to avoid triggering baby’s skin that can result for uncomfortable feeling. The following are the things that you can consider for taking care of your little one’s bottom.

Keeping it dry

To avoid rashes to diaper area, we need to always keep it dry. We need to be attentive in when we need to change diapers. In changing diapers, we need to put some clean cloth to babies bottom upon removing the used diapers.

Wipes

Disposable wipes were developed as an alternative cleansing from the traditional soft cloth and water, it is easy to use because it is disposable and you can bring it whenever you want. It is a non-woven that will make your baby feeling soft. You can use wipes but be gentle. Tap it upon cleaning, don’t scrub. But still clean soft cotton cloth that was damp in water is the best. Since water has no chemicals[3].

Diaper

There are so many options choosing what is the best diaper for our little one. I suggest to try a different brand until you find the right brand for your little one. I suggest that you will choose cloth like diapers, rash-free and dry even after peeing, and when you already find the right brand make sure that the size that you will follow is suitable to your little one’s diaper size so that it will not be too tight and too loose. Make sure that you are not wrapping it too tight around your little one’s waist to avoid being uncomfortable. There’s another option that I recommend:

Cloth Diaper

Cloth diaper is a washable diaper it is so much better for a baby that is more sensitive skin since it is a real cloth which is made to be soft against the baby skin and it is really useful since it has lot of snap that you can wrapped it on your own way whatever the size you want. Plus, it is low-cost since you can use it repeatedly. Just make sure that it was clean before using.

Jellies and Creams

You can use creams specially to diaper rash or to baby’s cute creases. It is very attractive to irritant because the bottom part was covered all the time since the baby needs to always wear diaper and the creases is not exposed for fresh air especially for the cute baby fat babies. It is important to make sure that when you are feeding them there is a soft cloth around their neck to avoid milk from dripping into neck or other creases area. There is a lot of option in choosing creams, make sure that it is suitable to their age and doesn’t have hard chemicals that can make the baby’s skin more delicate. You can use the jellies for preventing diaper rash, you can tap it in your little one’s bottom before wearing them diaper. It is not recommended for the baby that uses cloth diaper, it will surely be sticky and hard to remove in cloth diaper. Jellies and creams use is to treat baby’s skin if ever allergies or other symptoms will occur.

Detergents

From the very start that the baby comes home, well, surely the laundry will never end. The detergent that we are going to use for doing the baby’s laundry needs to be a skin friendly against their skin since clothes, blankets and beddings will be attached to their skin.[4]Laundry detergents that are specifically use for baby is need to be unscented and free from dyes. Don’t hesitate to use those products because it was conducted by the manufacturers to be tested to ensure the mildness of the product. Here are some tips on how can we choose detergents in able to protect our little one precious and sensitive skin.

Choosing different kinds of brands

 If you are too tired of trying different brands then you should try it for one or two clothes then observed it if your little one’s skin will be allergic for a specific brand then try and try until you get the right brand for your baby.

Powder or Liquid

 The answer is always liquid since your baby is still sensitive, always use liquid detergent because it is less irritant than powder detergent. Remember that it is better choose the detergent that doesn’t have colors and no added fragrance.

Separate it

Always separate doing laundry for your baby’s stuff and the other family member stuff. Even if you use the same detergent for your family and baby still separate it, because the dirt from the other clothes may affect to your baby skin.

Baby skin products for sensitive skin

1.       Cetaphil Baby wash and shampoo

Many mommies said the Cetaphil is the number one product for baby’s sensitive skin. It has harsh chemicals that can irritate the baby’s skin. This was also a tear-free product means that it will not irritate your baby’s cute eyes. It cleans your baby’s delicate skin and it is both body wash and shampoo, you can use it also in washing baby’s hair.

2.       Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Gentle Bath Wash & Shampoo 

This product has a fresh fragrance that can leave to your baby skin. It is specifically formulated for baby’s sensitive skin and was recommended by pediatrician for 60 years.

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Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Gentle Bath Wash & Shampoo
This body wash is perfect for your baby’s skin; it can leave fresh fragrance and make you hair’s baby soft and clean. No need to worry for your baby’s sensitive skin since it was made specifically for baby’s skin

3.       Johnson’s head to toe wash and shampoo

As a mommy, I already use this product and for me it is very good to my baby. It leaves fragrance which is suitable for our baby and it doesn’t trigger any signs if my baby’s skin will be irritate. You can use it in bathing your baby up to baby’s hair down to those cute little toes.

Johnson’s top to toe wash and shampoo
It is a good product for your baby you can use baby cloth when applying this to your baby with warm water

4.       Cetaphil Baby Soothe & Protect Cream 

Moisturizing our baby’s skin is one of the best ways to avoid irritation to their skin. This product has a long-lasting protectant and can use to the affected area without feeling greasy and for immediately relief.

Cetaphil Baby Soothe & Protect Cream
upon using moisturizers to your baby is a very helpful way to keep your baby skin comfortable, it was a lotion and at the same time a treatment that you can apply for affected area

5.       Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion

Sunscreen or sunblock is also important especially when the baby is going to expose under the sun, because heat can also trigger sensitive skin.

Baby Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
Using this product can make your baby comfortable even against under the sun.

6.       Gerber Short Sleeve Onesies Bodysuits

It is important also to choose the right fabric that our baby will use. Choosing the right fabric will make your baby comfortable as well. Cotton is the most famous choice for baby’s clothing.

Gerber Short Sleeve Onesies Bodysuits
This cotton onesie is one of the best clothing you can provide for your baby.

7.       Petit Dreams Adjustable Swaddle and Beanie Set Jersey Knit

Swaddle can be useful especially to the newborns since the baby is still adjusting from living for the last 9 months in the womb up to the outside world, the swaddle can make them feel that they are still in their mother’s womb.

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Petit Dreams Adjustable Swaddle and Beanie Set Jersey Knit
This swaddle with jersey knit fabric is very comfortable against your baby skin. It is soft and breathable

8.       HAPIU Baby Beanie Hat Bamboo Rayon

Beanie is important especially in keeping your baby warm when the weather is cold and protect your baby’s head in sunrays.

HAPIU Baby Beanie Hat Bamboo Rayon
A beanie that has a fabric of bamboo rayon is good it has a cooling effect and very gentle in baby’s skin

9.       Sleep nest Fleece Baby Sleeping Bag

A Sleeping nest is an alternative for a loose blanket. A cocoon shape and has a strap in shoulder to be tighten in your baby’s body.

Sleep nest Fleece Baby Sleeping Bag
A baby sleeping bag with a fabric of fleece is very gentle for baby’s skin, it is extra soft and can reduce the tickling and prickling sensation of the skin

10.   JALPC Four Seasons Gauze Cotton Baby Blanket

Blanket is very helpful and can take away the stress that our baby feels that we might not realize, one of the stress is feeling uneasy to their skin. We better choose the right fabric for blanket that they will use.

JALPC Four Seasons Gauze Cotton Baby Blanket
A gauze blanket is suitable for all four seasons; your baby will definitely love to use it as their blanket for a more comfortable and happier baby

11.   WaterWipes Unscented Baby Wipes

Wipes is an alternative for washing your baby bottom with soft cloth and water. This wipe has no harsh chemicals that is delicate for baby’s skin.

WaterWipes Unscented Baby Wipes
wipes is very useful especially when you are going outside with your baby. You can use it in your baby’s teeth, hand and feet because it is organic and unscented which is very natural against the baby’s skin

12.   Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers

Right diaper for baby’s skin will definitely a help to keep the baby bottom dry. A diaper for baby’s sensitive skin is softer and more comfortable.

Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Disposable Baby Diapers
It is very good to use since it is specifically diaper for sensitive skin, it also helps you to manage when you will change your baby’s diaper since it has a wetness indicator and it protects your baby’s bottom up to 12 hours

13.   Alvababy Baby Cloth Diapers

I’ am using this product for my baby, it is very stylish that you can use even if you are taking a walk with your baby, it is very useful that you can use it whatever the size of your baby.

Alvababy Baby Cloth Diapers
using cloth diaper can save money since it is reusable and washable, you can size it whenever you want that suits for your baby

14.   Era Organics Healing Ointment for Babies

When the redness occurs in your baby’s skin treating it immediately is a must to be not infected for a more dirt to the skin. Treating immediately with the right product can make your baby happier and more comfortable all day.

15.   Dreft Stage 1: Newborn Hypoallergenic Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent

Doing laundry for your baby’s clothes can match with a liquid detergent that is formulated specifically for your baby. It has no dyes and can eliminate allergens that was caught by the baby’s clothes.

Dreft Stage 1: Newborn Hypoallergenic Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent
Choosing liquid detergent for baby’s clothes is the right choice it has no harsh chemicals and it is more applicable for baby since it is easy dissolve in water that do not leave any white residue to the baby’s clothes

Final thoughts

For your baby’s skin you don’t need to worry too much. Just be calm and just do what you need to do. If the skin is moisturize using less harsh chemicals products, definitely your baby will be safe. Most importantly, cleanliness and dirt-free environment for the baby is a must, if you have clean surroundings around your baby, I assure you that their health and comfortability is given. If your baby is comfortable, you will be comfortable and happy too. A happy baby is a happy mommy/daddy. Use those tips as your guide to a healthier and a happier baby.


[1] Walters, Russel M., et al. “Designing cleansers for the unique needs of baby skin.” Cosmetics & Toiletries 123.12 (2008): 53-60.

[2]  Atherton, David. “Managing healthy skin for babies.” Infant 5.4 (2009): 130.

[3] Adam, Ralf. “Skin care of the diaper area.” Pediatric dermatology 25.4 (2008): 427-433.

[4] Coope-Epstein, Janet, Matthew J. Zirwas, and Alma Calderon. “Evaluation of the Relative Mildness of Commercial Sensitive Skin and Baby Laundry Detergents.” Skinmed 18.1 (2020): 14-16.

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Tiffany Biondi

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Mother of 4 kids, Tiffany is a certified childcarer and during her free time, she write posts in thebabychoice to share her hands on experience and knowledge.
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