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Baby body care - frequently asked questions

Proper personal hygiene is a challenge for many parents, especially with the first child, and causes uncertainty. Answers to frequently asked questions should help to reduce these. However, body care is not only for cleaning, but at the same time provides space to feel good and creates trust. To achieve this, it is important to adapt the body care to the needs of your little favorite as best as possible.

What is important to consider when caring for the body of a baby?

A baby has a natural skin protection made of sweat, fat and other substances. This protects the child from pathogens that cause illness. In order to maintain this protective function, it is helpful to avoid using chemicals in baby body care.

It is sufficient to bathe the baby once or twice a week. On the other days, body care with a washcloth is sufficient.

When washing, work from top to bottom, with the intimate area last. For the eyes, wipe from the outside in. In boys, the foreskin is still very tight and should not be pushed back during personal hygiene. To protect the vagina and urethra from intestinal germs, it is important for girls to always wipe from the vagina to the bottom.

Warm water without additives is sufficient for daily washing or bathing. If you want to add something to the water, bath oils without preservatives or fragrances are suitable. Plant oils, as used in the kitchen, are also suitable as a bath additive for body care. When washing your hair, clear water is also sufficient. Only when the hair becomes thicker and longer is a shampoo needed.

The ideal bath water for a baby is 37°C and the ambient temperature for body care should be around 22°C or more. You can warm bath towels in advance, for example on the heater. This way, the baby is not only warm during the bath, but also before and after.

After bathing, it is important to dry the baby thoroughly. Any earwax that may escape can be wiped out with a small gauze cloth. It is not advisable to use cotton swabs when washing babies, as they can damage the eardrum.

Once your baby gets the first tooth, daily dental care is important.

What do I need for baby personal hygiene?

Basic equipment:

  •     a soft hairbrusha comb
  •     nail scissors or nail clippers
  •     nail file
  •     a soft sponge or washcloth
  •     bath towel
  •     possibly a radiant warmer

As soon as the first tooth is there

  •     Baby toothbrush
  •     Baby toothpaste with fluoride

Which hairbrush is suitable for baby body care?

Babies can be born bald, with small hair fuzz or fuller hair. A hairbrush for babies is recommended in any case. Even if it is not yet needed for brushing the hair, your baby will benefit from the massage effect of the hairbrush on the scalp. The bristles are important when choosing a hairbrush. Since the first hairs and the scalp are still more sensitive, they should be soft and supple. Animal hair, such as those from the goat, are often used for this purpose.

Why does my hairbrush smell like goat?

Since the production of a high-quality hairbrush for babies made of goat hair uses as few chemicals as possible, it retains the typical smell. This may increase with moisture, but is a sign of the authenticity of the product and not harmful to the baby.

What should I look for in nail scissors for babies?

Important features of a baby nail scissors:

  • a rounded tip
  • short cutting blades
  • curved scissor blades
  • stainless material
  • large holes for mom or dad hands

Why do I need special nail scissors for baby body care?

Since babies cannot yet control their movements to a sufficient degree, adult nail scissors pose a significant risk of injury. Jerky movements could cause puncture injuries, this is avoided by the rounded tip. In addition, the adult nail scissors are significantly sharper and the blade is longer.

Why do I need nail clippers in baby body care?

Whether you prefer to use nail scissors or nail clippers for your baby's body care is a matter of taste. Baby nail clippers, like scissors, are rounded at the end to minimize the risk of injury and are particularly suitable for toenails.