I love when springtime finally arrives here in Maine, and the kids and I can start spending more time playing outside. We get some pretty brutal winters here, so it’s something I really look forward to all winter long. While the spring weather is enjoyable and a refreshing change for us, it also brings more allergens to the air, and rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for my little ones.
Because it’s so important to use products that are gentle on baby’s skin, especially during the spring months, I use Dreft. Dreft is hypoallergenic and the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians. Dreft has been trusted for over 80 years and comes with a baby scent beloved by moms.
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Tips to Protect Your Baby’s Skin During the Spring Months
Dr. Hes is a pediatrician, and a mom herself, so she has some really great tips to ensure that your baby is protected and comfortable during the spring months:
1. Shade the sun: The long awaited spring season means increased outdoor time for parents and their babies. When heading outside, don’t forget to practice appropriate baby skin safety.
- For babies 6 months or older. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen. Also, avoid exposing your baby to the sun during peak hours — generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
- For babies younger than 6 months. If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
2. Make bath-time beneficial: Over exposure to water can actually rob skin of natural moisture. Scaling back on tub time will help avoid resulting itch — about 10 minutes is plenty of time for water play and a quick scrub. Use warm water (vs. hot) and leave the suds to the very end. Use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.
3. Load up on liquids: Staying hydrated during the spring months is important as baby gets more active outdoor time and sun exposure. Start with the inside and ensure children get enough to drink throughout the day. Infants should nurse or take a bottle often; older kids should tote a sippy cup or reusable water bottle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and smoothies in your child’s diet too.
4. Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly: When it comes to fabrics, it’s extremely important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby’s items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a babyhood scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.
5. Protect Problem Skin: Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during those times. There are also apps available that can inform you of the hottest part of the day – which can be helpful for parents as they plan any outings with their little ones!
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- Dreft product (Newborn, Active Baby, & Blissfuls)
- A gender neutral hypoallergenic blanket
Open to US residents, 18+. This giveaway ends on May 13, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!