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Winterize Baby’s Skin

Winter weather can wreak havoc on baby’s delicate skin, and February in Tampa is one of our sunny state’s coldest times. To help your babies stay comfortable through the chilly month ahead, check out these top five tips:

Apply a moisturizer. In the midst of winter, it’s important to keep baby’s skin moisturized. Using a preventative ointment is a great way to boost skin health and keep baby happy as the air starts to dry out. Be sure to apply ointment prior to going outside in the winter, and after bathing when your baby’s skin is particularly accepting of moisture. Look for one that is free of dyes and preservatives, contains minimal ingredients and is fragrance free.

Vaporize the air. Winter air is extremely dry and can leave baby’s skin cracked and irritated. Combat the dryness by vaporizing the air in your home, particularly in baby’s main spaces. Vaporizers will increase the humidity in the bedroom and help prevent winter skin from drying out. As an added bonus, the steam also acts like a heat source and can help keep baby warmer as it begins to cool off.

Find the right baby wipe. Wipes are one of the best tools for combating and preventing skin irritation. When choosing a wipe, make sure you look for a brand that is alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry or sting the skin. You will also want a wipe that is paraben-free, and free from potential irritating preservatives such as Methylisothiazolinone, otherwise known as MI. Look for brands that are dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. As a plus, choose a pack that comes in environment-friendly portable, refillable clutches.

Boost omega-3 intake. Omega-3s act like anti-inflammatory elements to help heal and repair the skin. If you don’t want your skin to feel like a fish, eat more fish. Seafood is a super food for the skin because it contains Omega-3s as well as vitamin A and vitamin D.

Choose cotton. In the winter it is vital you avoid skin irritants as baby’s skin is already more susceptible. Often in an attempt to ensure baby stays warm as temperatures drop, we are inclined to dress them in wool or synthetic materials, not realizing these fabrics can be more abrasive and cause irritation to the skin. This winter, reach for cotton. Cotton clothing, bed sheets and blankets will keep baby warm and their skin comfortable in chilly weather.

Baby’s skin is extra sensitive and tends to get even more susceptible in the winter, so take these necessary steps to winterize your child’s skin and keep them happy and healthy.

Some of our favorites:

ABC Arbonne Baby Care Body Lotion
Formulated for delicate skin, this soothing blend with natural emollients shea butter, aloe and chamomile gently nourishes baby’s dry skin. Safe for sensitive skin, it’s designed to deliver gentle moisture so everything else can be smooth as a baby’s bottom too. $20

Jackson Reece Baby Wipes
These baby wipes are made from ingredients that are derived from renewable vegetable or plant extracts. These wipes do not contain parabens, alcohol, phthalates, DMDM hydantoin, sodium benzoate or phenoxyethanol. They are PH balanced and hypoallergenic. These wipes use 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and chlorine-free cloth made from wood pulp.Case of 10 $40

Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA with Vitamin D3 Drops
As the official baby’s omega-3 of the American Pregnancy Association, Nordic Naturals Baby’s DHA is a safe and effective way to ensure that growing babies get the DHA they need for healthy brain and visual development. The anti-inflammatory agents also help heal and repair the skin and keeps baby’s skin feeling soft and summery even in the winter. $13

Crane Warm Mist Vaporizer
This vaporizer gives relief from symptoms of coughs, colds and flu. This colorful 1-gallon tank vaporizer capacity provides pure, bacteria-free steam vapor in small to medium rooms. The vaporizer provides moisture relief from coughs, colds and flu symptoms as well as other irritating effects of dry air, such as sinus irritation, nosebleeds, nasal congestion and dry skin.$18

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