Baby Basics: Newborn Skin and Nail Care

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Baby Basics: Newborn Skin and Nail Care

Taking proper care of your twins’ newborn skin and nails can be intimidating! Newborns are very delicate and you may be a little nervous that you’ll “break” them. I sure was. And when you’ve got two babies to care for (with double the amount of newborn fingers and toes to trim) you need to get a system down to make sure you’re keeping up with baby hygiene in a timely manner. We’ve covered the basics that you need to know to start your twins on a great skin and nail care routine from day one.

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Bathing

Don’t give your newborn a bath until the umbilical stump falls off on its own. Prior to the stump falling off, water-only sponge baths are recommended, focusing on creases such as armpits, neck, knees, ears, toes, and genitals. To avoid rubbing against the umbilical cord, avoid tight clothing or waistbands around the stomach and make sure to fold every diaper down so it does not rub up against the stump. Never pick at it and allow it to fall off on its own.

Once the umbilical cord stump falls off you can start using a baby bathtub or bath sling. There is no need to bathe your twins every day; three times a week is recommended by the AAP. Bathing too often may dry out your twins’ newborn skin, especially in the winter. Soap is not really necessary for babies, as it can dry out baby-soft skin and may cause rashes. Once you do start using baby wash make sure it is gentle for babies’ skin and tear-free so it doesn’t irritate their eyes. Avoid bubble baths, which can irritate the urethra and increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

Skin Moisturizer

When you get your babies out of the tub, gently pat them dry and apply moisturizer. Opt for a moisturizer that is fragrance and dye free and on the thicker and creamier side. You will want to moisturize in between baths too, as it prevents moisture already in the skin from evaporating. You may also consider investing in a humidifier to prevent the air in your babies’ room from being too dry, which can contribute to a baby’s dry skin.

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Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a yellowish, patchy, and scaly skin rash that often occurs on the scalp of newborn babies. It is completely harmless and very common. To help get rid of cradle cap you can rub baby oil on the scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes and then gently comb out the flakes with a fine-tooth comb or brush them out with a soft brush.

Trimming Nails

Trimming your newborn twins’ nails frequently is important so that they do not scratch themselves. Baby nails are sharp and need to be trimmed on a regular basis. Newborn nails are softer and more pliable than adult nails, and they seem to grow fast because they are so little! But when you’re trimming 40 baby nails you are bound to stress out. Opt to use a baby nail file over nail clippers or scissors, which are more likely to snip your baby. Make sure to trim your babies’ nails in good lighting and have help from another person if possible. One adult holds a baby while the other trims; it will really help with the process to make it go faster and more smoothly, especially when babies get wiggly!

Rash

Most diaper rash happens when babies sit in wet or soiled diapers for too long. It can come on fast and take you completely by surprise. This is totally normal. Making sure your twins’ diapers are changed frequently, using a basic barrier (such as petroleum jelly or A&D ointment) will lessen the chance of diaper rash occurring. If a rash does occur, use a diaper cream with a zinc oxide base. Use an ample amount and keep an eye on it to make sure it’s getting better. If it starts to get out of control, including more redness, bumps, or open sores, contact your pediatrician. Only use alcohol-free wipes on diaper rash.

Taking care of your twins’ skin and nails can be a real chore, but turning it into a time where you can bond with each baby one-on-one will help it to be more enjoyable, and perhaps even something to look forward to.


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