What soap for her delicate skin? Do you need a special baby shampoo? With which product to clean her buttocks? So many legitimate questions that young parents ask themselves about the hygiene of toddlers. With the advice of a childcare nurse and a midwife, we help you see more clearly about the contents of the baby toiletry bag.
- Maternity leaving: essentials for baby’s toilet
- Focus on the liniment
- Practical advice for cord care and cleaning
- Baby toiletry bag: unnecessary products
- Complementary products for baby’s skin
- Choosing the right baby care products: the 3 golden rules
In the “baby hygiene” department, in pharmacies or supermarkets, it is not easy to make the right choice in front of the shelves filled with toilet milk, cream for the change, shampoo, cleansing water …. And of course, as a young person parent, you don’t want to be wrong and especially choose the best for your offspring! While waiting for baby or returning home, after your stay at the maternity, Pauline Dechaumont, nurse-child nurse and Nicolas Dutriaux, midwife, give their advice on the ideal toiletry bag for your baby.
Maternity leaving: essentials for baby’s toilet
The essential products are:
- Disposable or washable diapers adapted to your baby’s weight;
- Cotton ;
- Physiological serum in pipette (ideal for washing the nose and eyes);
- Sterile compresses;
- Neutral PH soap.
” Question accessories, the digital thermometer is essential. It can be frontal but, in case of fever, it is always necessary to control rectally. I also advise to buy a bath thermometer and possibly a brush or hair comb, if necessary. On the other hand, the nail clipper is to be avoided. The first months, we opt instead for a nail file. Afterwards, you can use scissors with round ends “, underlines Pauline Dechaumont, nurse-child nurse.
Focus on the liniment
For the change, the oleo-limestone liniment has the wind in its sails. And for good reason, it is natural (two basic ingredients) and does not require rinsing. Question price, it is not more expensive than conventional toilet milks (count between 8 and 14 € per liter of liniment). Good news, it is also easy to do it yourself, at a lower cost: ” just pour in a clean and opaque bottle, olive oil and lime water (to buy in pharmacies) , in equal proportions “, explains Nicolas Dutriaux, before adding”manufacturers can possibly add one or two ingredients to stabilize it (and thus avoid having to shake it before each use). But beware, some go further. I have already seen in a patient a liniment (often, in this case, it will not bear the name of oleo-limestone) which included 12 ingredients. Olive oil not coming in 7 th or 8 th position! When you know that the order of the list is proportional to the quantity of each ingredient … it is better to be careful about the composition, if you buy your liniment ready “.
How to use it? ” In practice, when changing, we apply it directly on the skin to clean the baby’s bottom, using cotton or squares of washable soft fabric for an even more ecological and economical formula” specifies our expert.
Practical advice for cord care and cleaning
For the care of the umbilical cord , to continue for 10 days after the fall of the cord, you will only need compresses, water and soap.
As for the toilet, contrary to certain received ideas, it is not recommended to bathe your little one every day, according to our nurse-childcare worker. Twice a week, that is more than enough. Indeed, the skin of newborns is covered with vernix, a whitish substance. The more they are washed, the more this natural protection against bacteria is eliminated.
” As for the shampoo, one to three times a week, maximum, is generally sufficient, apart from the episodes of cradle cap, ” said the midwife.
When drying, bamboo hand towel or cotton bath towel (organic or not), whatever. The most important thing: be comfortable wiping your baby and gently dab the skin.
Baby toiletry bag: unnecessary products
The two pros are unanimous: we put as few products as possible on the delicate skin of her baby. We focus on the essentials and abandon the superfluous, such as toilet water. ” In the same logic, we ignore the exchange lotions and creams which, in addition to their cost, have a composition which requires a chemist’s patent to be analyzed. As for the wipes, it is better to avoid them as much as possible. you use it in troubleshooting, during walks or when traveling, do not forget that, like cleansing lotions without rinsing, a towel is essential to thoroughly dry your toddler’s skin, and especially his buttocks, when changing ” , warns the midwife
And the washcloth? Not necessarily a good idea. Nothing like the soft hands of mom or dad at bath time.
Finally, to avoid the proliferation of products, no need to buy “special baby” shampoo. ” It is enough to use the same soap with neutral pH as for the body, like that of Bioderma or Avène “, recommends Pauline Dechaumont.
Question accessories, haro on the traditional cotton swabs, because of the risk of damage to the eardrum! If you can not do without, we buy those with enlarged cotton tips to be sure they can not fit in the ear.
Complementary products for baby’s skin
Nicolas Dutriaux’s advice for moisturizing baby’s skin, especially in winter: a few drops of massage oil (calendula, sunflower) or a dab of shea butter.
As for sunscreen , know that it is not recommended to directly expose children to the sun, and this up to 3 years. From the first sunny days, in spring or in the mountains in winter, you invest in a special baby sunscreen to protect your delicate skin from the harmful effects of the sun, in the event of indirect exposure, in particular while walking. We choose a mineral filter and long-acting cream, avoiding chemical filters. Do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist for advice.