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When Can You Use Lotion on Newborns?

Did you say silky-smooth-velvety-soft-newborn skin?

Did you know that babies can also experience dry skin? Yup, that’s right! Sounds silly, but it seems that having skin “as soft as a baby’s bottom”, isn’t always what we, or babies, should strive for.  It is important to note that yes, while babies do have extremely soft skin, that doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to dry skin as well. One of the reasons for their coveted soft skin is actually due to a very organic component called vernix caseosa. Vernix is the milky, white substance we see covering the baby when it’s first born. Vernix coats the skin and acts as a barrier while facilitating postnatal hydration and helping your baby with overall accumulation and retention of moisture. This marvelous, natural, organic-as-it-gets moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated and adds to that overall soft feel. These benefits, incredible as they are, do not last forever. Your baby could still struggle, Vernix or not, with dryness. They can even contract a variety of other skin problems and diseases like rashes, eczema or baby acne. We’re not trying to fear monger but hey, it is important to be aware of the possibilities and stay informed. Also, know that just because your baby’s skin is dry at a given time, that doesn't mean there's a major problem with them. Dry skin on a baby is so normal and is usually an easy fix as long as you keep their skin moisturized. So don’t panic, you got this.

How to Combat dryness?

Before you begin to attack dry skin, it’s always best to try to determine the cause of skin dryness. When you know the cause it’s easier to tackle the problem, so start by asking yourself if these common problems apply to you.

Here are some common problems and solutions:

Long Baths

Try to avoid long baths, especially if these are done frequently or with really hot water. Note that letting your child soak in soapy or bubbly water for too long could also contribute to irritated skin. Long baths might remove some of your baby's natural oils and be dehydrating to them, which then leads to dry, rashy, itchy skin. As a rule of thumb, if the skin is getting red after a shower or bath, the water is too hot! You can also combat the dryness and keep the skin moisturized by applying a gentle baby lotion after the shower. For easier absorption of the product, apply it immediately right out of the bath while the skin is still wet. Remember to gently pat dry with a towel instead of rubbing. 

Cold Climate

When the air is cold and temperatures drop, the moisture levels in your skin do as well. Cold air can be very harsh and can strip the skin from its moisture. Protect your newborn from a winter rash and dry flaky skin by covering them appropriately when going out or by applying a non-irritating baby lotion or moisturizer. A good lotion can help lock in all the moisture of the skin and prevents it from drying out. It might be a good idea to keep a bottle with you handy inside your diaper bag when you’re on the go. This way you can reapply throughout the day and keep your baby's skin in tip-top shape and avoid skin irritation at all times. Remember to also moisturize after bathing.

Dry Air

Dry air equals dry, itchy skin. When the air is dry it contains lower humidity levels and when the air lacks humidity, it can dry out the skin. The lower the relative humidity, the easier this can happen. To combat the dryness in the air use a humidifier or vaporizer. A humidifier will do just that- add humidity to the air. This helps relieve and prevent your baby from dry, flaky or irritated skin. Do clean your humidifier or vaporizer and refill with new water on a daily basis. 

If these measures don’t seem to help with your baby’s skin irritation, it might be time to consult with your doctor or pediatrician. While we’re on the topic of pediatricians, it's always a good idea to ask your doctor about the products you’re using and ask which of those are safe and which ones you should steer away from. Not all creams, lotions, wipes or washes in the market are formulated the same way and some even contain harsh chemicals or ingredients that could be harmful to your newborn. 

Using Lotion on Newborns

Using a moisturizing lotion on your newborn is okay and safe to use in place of baby oil unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician. Do keep in mind the type of lotion that you’re using. Use a lotion that has been formulated with a baby's sensitive nature in mind. You can’t just be using “mommy’s” skin care and dab it on your little one, you need to find a lotion for baby skin. Even if the products you’re using work for you, are for delicate skin, have been dermatologically tested and are non-comedogenic, this doesn't mean you can freely use it on your newborn. Some adult skincare products have strong components or anti-aging properties like retinol, actives or acids that can seriously irritate and sensitize a baby’s already sensitive skin. Vitamin C, a common ‘adult skincare’ ingredient for instance, safe as it sounds, can sensitize the skin to sunlight causing hyperpigmentation, potential sun damage among other things we would rather just not expose our children to. 

What Lotions Can you use on Newborns?

Baby lotion. Baby lotion was made for babies, developed with babies' sensitive skin in mind and formulated specifically for their needs and various soft skin types. Try to find a sensitive gentle product that is free of perfumes and synthetic fragrances as these are known to easily irritate their delicate skin. Other ingredients to watch out for are parabens, sulfates, artificial dyes/colors, and fragrances. 

You may experience the oil and lotion separation when using a true natural product with organic ingredients because there is no chemical added to mix/glue both ingredients well. Just shake the bottle more before you use it for the best touch!

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To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby wipes are created equal.

Baby wipes aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same. Our new plant-based Clear+Pure™ baby wipes are dermatologist-certified and formulated with only the purest ingredients. They’re stronger to prevent tearing, more effective at getting baby really clean with fewer wipes...and they dispense one wipe at a time. At the end of a long day of changing diapers (and at the bottom of your baby’s bum), that is all clearly the best value we know.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol diaper subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of diapers, whatever the reason, you can pause your diaper orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our wipes…

As you shop and compare wipes to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby wipes are not created equal. Our new plant-based Clear+Pure™ baby wipes are dermatologist-certified and formulated with only the purest ingredients.They’re stronger to prevent tearing, more effective at getting baby really clean with fewer wipes...and they dispense one wipe at a time. At the end of a long day of changing diapers (and at the bottom of your baby’s bum), that is all clearly the best value we know.

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To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers pants to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Upgrade to a membership and save (big time).

If you haven’t joined our new membership program, you’re missing out on our best value, biggest savings and free perks exclusively for members. You can upgrade your subscription to a membership just by ordering a 3-pack box of diapers. With each 3-pack box, you’ll receive 4 free packs of baby wipes, plus two diaper gift packs to share, one each for two friends. You’ll also save 20% off all future orders, enjoy lifetime savings, can apply extra promo discounts, and can cancel or change diaper delivery service at any time. Ready to upgrade?

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol diaper subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of diapers, whatever the reason, you can pause your diaper orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

We can make the switch without a hitch.

Maybe it’s time to graduate to a new diaper size? Or to go from diapers to diaper pants? Or from diaper pants to wipes? Some customers think the only option they have to change products is to cancel a subscription and then start a new one (we can all agree that seems rather complicated). The good news is our Customer Service team can change your choice in the system, easy peasy. Just reach out to us at hello@parasolco.com (we never nap), and we’ll take it from there.

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Oh, before you cancel your baby lotion subscription…

Can you please share your reason for canceling?

Can we make that all better?

Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our lotion didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby lotions are created equal.

Baby lotions aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol lotion subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of lotion, whatever the reason, you can pause your lotion orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our lotion…

As you shop and compare lotion to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby lotion are not created equal.

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Oh, before you cancel your baby shampoo - body wash subscription…

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Just for you, 15% off your next order.

We’re sorry that your experience with our shampoo - body wash didn’t meet your expectations and hope you’ll give them another try to see why so many parents are devoted Parasol fans. As a thank you, enter the Discount Code 15OFFCART to receive 15% off a one-time entire cart purchase (no product limits, no expiration date).

To help us be our best, we’d appreciate hearing your feedback in a quick survey. And please be honest, we really do listen.

Potty trained, yes!

(And you thought it would never happen…)

Congrats on graduating from diapers to big kid undies. You (both) did it! Tag this milestone @parasolco and give other parents hope that their day, too, will come.

Not all baby shampoo - body wash are created equal.

Baby shampoo - body wash aren’t all priced the same...because they’re not made the same.

Need to take a timeout?

One of the conveniences of a Parasol lotion subscription or membership is being able to hit Pause. Maybe you’re traveling, maybe someone just gifted you a month of lotion, whatever the reason, you can pause your shampoo - body wash orders and come back when you’re ready. Just go to your account, select Edit Subscriptions and make your choice. And when you’re time out is up, we’ll always be here for you (that’s called unconditional love).

Before you swipe left on our shampoo - body wash…

As you shop and compare shampoo - body wash to find the one best for your baby, it’s important to do your homework because all baby shampoo - body wash are not created equal.

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