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Baby toiletries

Advice on what to look for when buying baby toiletries, plus the opportunity to purchase a range of toiletries specially designed for babies.
A baby's skin is very vulnerable, in the first few weeks you should avoid using perfumed baby bubble baths, shampoos and oils as they may cause an uncomfortable reaction.

There are plenty of gentle skincare ranges which are made especially for your baby's delicate skin. Some have natural essential oils, others contain milk proteins or vitamin E, others mild flower and plant extracts.

Choosing baby toiletries is often a matter of trial and error, while one product may be advertised as for sensitive skin, it may bring your baby out in a reaction. The best way is to try several products and see which work best for you and your baby.

Many babies suffer from eczema and this often appears by six months. Eczema makes patches of your baby's skin dry out and begin chaffing -this can be uncomfortable for your baby. Emulsifying ointment or cream instantly sooths and helps to rehydrate your baby's skin.

If your baby is showing signs of eczema or dry skin, try and avoid using soap to wash baby as this may dry skin further and perhaps switch to an alternate lotion or oil to see if this helps. However, as with anything, if you are concerned about your baby's skin you should consult your healthcare professional.

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There's lots of baby products around now, I use miamoo for my little girl - which is lovely and as I also have eczema it doesn't aggrevate my skin either
by stella123 14th May 2010, 4:34pm
My son developed Eczema at 5 and a half months. After going to the health visitors and doctors and trying all their recommended and prescribed creams, ointments and emollents I took a family member's advice and went to The Body Shop and bought a body butter called Hemp. I didn't hold out much hope, but the first day I used it I saw results! It is really excellent. I swear by it. And my son had quite bad eczema on his arms, legs, abdomen, back and his face, with his arms and legs being the worst, even weeping and very scaly at its worst! I was desperate, thats why I gave it a try and I am so glad I did. Would recommend to anyone, try it even on severe eczema, it'll relieve it within 3 days, no doubt about it!
The only downside is that it is a little costly at £12.20. But I think its definitely worth it.
by Eliesa 12th Nov 2009, 9:22am
Is it a must to use Organic Baby toiletires as the price for these products are normally much expensive than the mass brand
by KZRmum 22nd Oct 2009, 9:14am
When can you start using lotion on a baby?
by TCWOODS 10th Mar 2008, 9:02am