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The world waited with much anticipation for the birth of the royal baby, and the speculation turned into reality yesterday as Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their first child, a boy, into the world.
Taking care of a newborn or a toddler is no child’s play: from a skincare point of view alone, the baby will go through a lot of changes the first year, some more abrupt and startling and others benign. Here are some products and issues that can keep baby (and mom) happy, peaceful, and rash-free during the first year. After all, there’s no more perfect skin than a baby’s skin, so let’s keep it that way.
Leonor Greyl Mousse Douceur Fleurs d’Oranger (ARV $39)
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This refreshing formula is both a gentle body wash as well as a shampoo for babies. Formulated to produce a dense foam that is non tearing, it contains a high concentration of natural orange blossom that gives the product a beautiful aroma that babies and moms will love (who doesn’t love orange blossom?). Plus, this formulation contains pure essential oils.
21 Drops #18 for Sleep (ARV $29)
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I’ve been a long-time fan of this line ever since it launched a few years ago. 21 Drops is all about harnessing the power of pure essential oils, and was developed by mother and clinical aromatherapist Cary Caster to help raise children organically. The #18 Sleep blend is perfect to soothe babies and is formulated to help quiet the cacophony, ease metabolic states, and calm physical responses to emotional disturbances. Made with sandalwood, ylang ylang, palmarosa, and vetiver, this combination calms the nerves and makes babies less agitated.
Avalon Organics Baby Shampoo and Body Wash (ARV $12.99)
Avalon Organics is committed to walking the walk when it comes to organic, and this is a brand that I would truly trust for my baby, let alone the royal family. NSF/ANSI 305 Certified (which means products are made with at least 70% organic ingredients), the baby shampoo and body wash are free of pthalates, harsh sulfates, and parabens. Tear free, this formula is enriched with hydrating sunflower and chamomile to cleanse and calm.
Noodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion (ARV $14)
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A big issue for newborns and toddlers alike is dry skin, and Noodle & Boo’s Super Soft Lotion contains sweet almond oil as well as vitamins E and C to hydrate. A natural layer of protective antioxidants help shield the skin from environmental aggressors.
Mustela’s Foam Shampoo for Newborns (ARV $11.50)
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Tested under careful dermatological supervision, Mustela is so well known, especially in Europe, that it practically needs no introduction. From facial cleansing cloths to a foam shampoo that combats cradle cap, Mustela pretty much offers every product to ease mom’s anxiety during the first years. This shampoo cleanses the scalp and helps preserve delicate PH balance. Formulated with salicylic acid, it is non irritating and ideal for little heads.
Weleda Calendula Diaper Care (ARV $13.50)
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Let’s face it: the little one is going to get a rash, whether moms keep their tushes drip dry or not. I only speak from experience! Rashes are not pretty, and trying everything from the popular Triple Paste cream to gentler oatmeal/aloe versions are not uncommon. Weleda’s Diaper Care cream is barrier forming, and therefore instantly protecting. Organic calendula flower extract wraps the affected area with warmth, and beeswax wicks away dryness.
Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo (ARV $8.79)
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Pediatrician recommended, Aveeno Baby’s Wash & Shampoo contains Active Naturals’ Oat Extract, which is extracted from the oat kernel, and is known for its soothing properties. The wash/shampoo duo can be used daily for baths, even with newborns.
Tips for Newborn Skincare
Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair, says cradle cap, or thick brown patches on the scalp, is a common newborn issue. It is completely harmless in most cases, but many parents worry. Friedman advises parents to shampoo more frequently and gently brush your baby’s scalp with a soft brush or a washcloth. Then, rub a dot of natural oil, like almond or olive oil, into baby’s scalp and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Then gently comb the scaly flakes from his or her scalp with a fine comb. Follow with a gentle baby shampoo and rinse well.
To all moms everywhere, your baby is a royal in your eyes, so treat him or her with exceptional care!