Keep your baby’s skin soft and moisturised through winter with these 5 tips

Scratch, scratch, scratch. It’s a good thing your baby’s nails grow slowly, or you’d constantly have to trim them for the next three months, just to make sure that they don’t cause grazes while she eases her discomfort. What else can you expect in winter’s biting cold and dry, itchy skin? So how do you stop her from scratching? With moisture. Lots of it. How?

1. Cover her up:

It’s usually warm inside, so you don’t need layers that are too thick. Just a full-armed t-shirt and a pair of jeans should do, with socks, if it isn’t too hot. The point is to make sure you’re exposing as little of her to the elements as possible, allowing the dry weather will suck as little moisture out of her skin as possible.

2. Limit outdoor exposure:

You can’t keep her cooped up inside all day, that’s true. More importantly, you can’t stay inside all day, or you’ll go crazy. So it’ll be a good thing to take her out for about half an hour, provided it isn’t too cold. Add another layer at this time - a sweater, perhaps a small scarf or muffler and shoes. That’ll make you feel warm too; what’s cosier than a nicely bundled up baby in your arms?

3. Short, warm baths:

It’ll be a good idea to administer these soon after your baby comes back inside from your walk - she might be cold, and her skin will most certainly be a little dry. But keep baths short - not longer than 10 minutes. Plus keep the water only warm. Hot water has the tendency to eat up moisture too.

4. Bring on the creams and lotions:

You know that stock of mild-smelling, creamy substances you’ve stashed up in your bathroom since your baby came along? It’s time to use them. Start with rubbing it into her once right after her bath. Perhaps once just before you put her down for her nap in the afternoon, and a pre-bedtime rub at night. The only place you should try to keep dry in winter is her diaper region, to avoid rashes more than anything else.

5. Keep your rooms humid:

Unless your house is entirely air-conditioned (in which case it’ll actually be even drier), your baby is affected by the weather outside in some way or the other. So find ways to introduce some humidity into the house. You could use an electric steam inhaler in your baby’s room, boil some water every now and then or even invest in a humidifier, if your surroundings are dry all year around. You little one’s skin is bound to absorb some of it.