How to Protect Baby Skin this Spring

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMe Media and Dreft about how to protect baby this spring.  All opinions are 100% mine.

This has been one of the craziest years of my life, everything’s been out of whack including the weather. Spring is finally here and as the weather is getting warmer, my family has been spending a lot more time outdoors. We live in the Midwest and it’s been cold and grey for far too long this winter so at the first sight of sunshine, we’re outside trying to get as much fresh air as our lungs can possibly hold. We’ve all got a perpetual case of cabin fever and the only cure is the great outdoors; riding bikes,hiking, roller skating, reading in the teepee in the back yard, jumping on the trampoline, zip-lining, slack lining; you name it these girls are outdoors doing it.

While all this warm sunshine on our faces is magnificent and the blossoming flowers and trees make the scenery that much more magical, the allergens in the air and rising temperatures can trigger some adverse reactions in many of us, especially in the little people. There’s nothing worse than to feel completely terrible when it’s so beautiful outside. It steals some of the joy of the occasion.

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Unfortunately, both of my daughters have had sensitive skin since birth and as they’ve grown older have developed allergies. From before I even brought them home from the hospital, my first official act as a mom-to-be was to wash all of their tiny new clothes and linens in Dreft because it’s hypoallergenic and gentle on baby’s skin plus, it’s was the first recommendation I got on how to protect baby skin when interviewing pediatricians. Obviously, that made it bible in my book. For years, Dreft has been the only thing I’ve washed my children’s laundry with.

Laundry is probably my least favorite chore of motherhood. Honestly, with all the minutia of separating colors, washing, forgetting to put into the dryer and then throwing in a pile in the big chair in the living room, though it still is very much all of that, I find it to be quite frustrating and never ending. But in a weird way, it is also a way that I get to relish each milestone and amazing moment of my daughters’ childhood.

It’s one of those things where you might not appreciate it so much while you’re up to your eyeballs in unfolded laundry and crying babies but one day, in the not too far future, you will open up a storage tub of your “baby’s” clothes and the smell of the Dreft and nostalgia will come over you like a whisper from the past and a giant hug and almost knock you over with the realization that those babies are somewhere inside those 4 and 5-foot tall, walking, talking, amazing people that live with you currently.

As they grew older, I thought my girls might outgrow some of their sensitivities, as I did, but that day has not come, and may never come so I still wash their clothes with Dreft. It’s what works for us, so why should I change it? Obviously, I still love that new baby smell plus, bonus, it’s safe and hypoallergenic for my girls and allows them to play outside without worrying about their clothes being one more irritant. They are kids, their only job is to play and enjoy childhood; mine is to protect them and keep them safe. Their only limitations on a sunshiny day should be their imagination, not their skin sensitivities.

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Dreft has partnered with Dr. Dyan Hes, mom and medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics, and here are her tips for how to protect baby this spring when allergens in the air and rising temps can trigger skin irritations for little ones.

Shade the sun: When heading outside, don’t forget to practice appropriate baby skin safety by dressing your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen and if they under 6 months, keep them out of direct sunlight.

Make bath-time beneficial: Over exposure to water can rob skin of natural moisture. Scaling back on tub time will help avoid itching — about 10 minutes in warm water with a mild cleanser is plenty of time for water play and a quick scrub. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.

Load up on liquids: Staying hydrated is especially important as children get more active outdoor time and sun exposure. To ensure that 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.

Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly: We find that natural breathable fabrics like cotton that are loose fitting are the best. It’s also important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic cleansers like Dreft to care for the items that will touch baby’s sensitive skin.

Protect Problem Skin: Heat is a common trigger for eczema flare ups as the weather warms up, 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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Comments (41)

We like to swing in the park

Since we live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, hiking has always been our favorite activity in the spring. 🙂

My favorite activity is going to the local farms and seeing baby goats and lambs and ponies.

Heather Hayes Panjon

My Favorite Spring Activity Is To Fly Kites.

We enjoy going to the park and to the beach

We like to go to the park.

We like to disc golf, bike ride and go on nature walks.

My favorite thing to do with the kids in the spring is to go to the beach and look for shells.

Our favorite activity is going on bike rides to the park and bringing a lunch and having a picnic!

We love Hiking.

we like to go swimming and go to the local waterparks !

We love to go for walks or lay outside on picnic blankets!

We love taking a stroll through the garden

We love to take long walks and learn about nature!

We like to go on picnics.

We like to take strolls.

we like to go for bike rides.

Stefanie Gladden

we love going on walks or to the park in the spring!

Oh we love to go to the park and swing!!!

We love to visit local state parks!

We like going swimming.

Go for walks.

Love getting outside and planting flowers and veggies and then watching them grow the kids always learn and enjoy that so much.

I love getting us all out to the beaches in CT!

I love taking my daughters to the zoo in the spring time.

my boys love the boardwalk

We like to garden

Thank you for the chance to win

One of my kids’ favorites is to go to the park, thanks for the chance to win!

Walk the dog and visit the ice cream shop play at the park.

My favorite activity is to go the the local parks with the grandkids.

We love having fun on the beach & swimming at the pool

I love taking my littles to the park!

My favorite springtime activity is going to the zoo with my daughter.

We like to go on nature walks.

My favorite springtime activity is planting flowers with my Little Niece.

Go to the park and play on the playground.

natasha Lamoreux

We love heading to the park and going hiking when the weather is nice.

we love taking him to the park!

We love planting our garden as a family!

This is so awesome and is so important. Me and my littles love to do all things outdoors with each other. We love going to the playground and then having picnics!

We love going the park and playing on the swings.

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