I suffer from dry everything – dry hair, dry skin, dry lips! It definitely doesn’t help that I call the dry city of Joburg home. I feel like I’m always looking for the holy grail of products to keep myself moisturised. In winter, my skin starts cracking almost immediately after I dry myself post-shower, so I can only imagine the damage Kai’s skin would go through without proper moisturisation.
As a new mom, you’re constantly questioning yourself and wondering if you’re doing the right thing, in the right way. Bath time can be one of those nerve wrecking situations, so I wanted to share how I’m currently keeping his delicate skin moisturised and baby soft this winter.
We all know that babies’ skin is so much more delicate than ours, but maybe not all of the reasons why this is. Many of us mommies don’t realise just how dry our little one’s skin is, and we need to up the moisture even more than we thought. I’ve recently learned some important information about baby’s skin and how much extra care we need to give it.
- Having healthy skin is integral to your baby’s overall health. It’s the first barrier of defence against germs, illnesses, infections and well, the world.
- In the first two years of your baby’s life, it’s especially important to give his skin TLC, as it’s still developing and is about 30% thinner than ours.
- It’s more permeable and absorbs more substances and does so quicker than our skin, which also makes it more prone to moisture loss. In fact, babies lose five times more moisture than we do as adults.
- A baby’s skin also produces less natural oils, and so needs extra attention during and after a bath.
I’ve been using Johnson’s on my face for the last 15 years. It’s proven to be gentle and effective on my skin. It’s a brand that’s been trusted by my mama and fellow mommies for over 120 years. So when I had Kai, it made so much sense for it to be my first choice for baby toiletries. Over the months, we’ve changed a few things around to meet his growing needs, but we’ve stuck to Johnson’s Top to Toe Wash since we began using it about three months in. With it being winter, I’ve swapped Kai’s after bath moisturiser from coconut oil to another product from the Top to Toe range, to give him a thicker moisturising sealant.
I’ve been following Johnson’s 2 step routine for Kai’s bath time.
Step 1: Gentle cleanse
We bathed Kai a few times a week when he was a newborn. Their skin is extra delicate at that point and they’re not sweating or messing themselves with food and dirt like they would in a few months time. I started to bath him every day when he was about four months old. I knew that I needed to use a wash that was gentle on his delicate skin and was always careful to check how he reacted to anything new. Our bath time staple is the Johnson’s Baby Top to Toe Wash. I love that it’s a massive bottle (500ml) that has a pump dispenser making it easy for me to use while having a hand free to hold my boy. It’s a hypoallergenic wash that gently cleans his little body and has a no tears formula, which I’m especially thankful for at the moment, as he can’t stop wriggling around in the bath. I also use it to wash his hair so it’s been a great all in one for his first year. Even though I began using it when Kai was about three months old, the formula is gentle enough to be used on newborns from day one.
Step 2. Moisturise
After his bath, I pat him down with a hooded towel, making sure I leave just a touch of water on his skin before I apply the Top to Toe Extra Moisturising Baby Cream. I love this cream for winter, as it’s thick but easy to rub onto his skin and a little goes a long way. He’s usually quite antsy at this point of his night time routine, so I love using this as it helps me to quickly replenish the moisture. I find that drying him 100% after his bath completely removes the moisture from his skin. Using the cream on top of a bit of damp skin locks that moisture in. As with us, it’s even more important to do right after a bath. Because it’s so cold, I make sure to have pre-heated his room before running his bath so it’s nice and warm when we’re done and ready to moisturise. A quick, soft massage (and some kisses and cuddles) always goes down well as I apply his cream.
WIN a Johnson’s Baby Hamper worth R500
Now that I’ve shared my steps to keeping my boy’s skin healthy this winter, you can do the same with your little one and a hamper of Johnson’s Baby goodies. You can win the entire Johnson’s Baby Top to Toe range, including my two fave products mentioned above.
How to enter:
In the comments box below, name one reason why babies’ skin needs more TLC.
- The competition will close at 4pm on Friday 28th July, 2017
- This competition is open to South African residents only
- One (1) winner will be chosen and announced on this post on Monday 31st July, 2017
- The winner will be chosen randomly
- The winner will be contacted via e-mail so please be available to supply full contact and delivery details. If the winner does not respond to the email within a week of contact, another winner will be chosen
- All prize delivery logistics will be handled by a Johnson’s representative.
Good luck mama!
**Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Jade Mowat! Please respond to my email with your delivery details.
Thank you to all who entered.**
*Sponsored by Johnson’s South Africa.