Hearing the pitter patter of little feet or the gurgling of your new baby is something that many enjoy in their new roles as parents.

As you start to settle into your daily routine in caring for your baby or young children, there will be a whole of list of things you need to think about for their well-being and safety.

Keeping your baby or children healthy and well-nourished is a priority, as well as ensuring they are in the best of health. This also includes areas of skincare, haircare and oral care.

Parents of newborn babies may be faced with Cradle Cap, crusty patches on the baby’s scalp; diaper rash or even baby acne, those pimply rashes on the baby’s face – while some of these conditions occur naturally, some are exacerbated by skincare products with harmful ingredients.

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As a young child’s skin is delicate, it’s a crucial time to choose skincare products that are gentle and free of unnecessary harmful ingredients. Photo: 123rf.com

Newborn and young children’s skin are delicate and their immune system is still in its infancy. So, it’s a crucial time to choose skincare, haircare and oral care products that are gentle enough and free of unnecessary harmful ingredients.

To deal with skin irritation, dryness, chafing, pimples, milia or rashes on skin and scalp, products that are made from natural, fragrance-free and irritation-free ingredients will help best.

Apart from international brands, there are also Malaysian brands such as Buds Organics, Claire, Tanamera, Joielle and Kinder Soaps which have skincare and haircare products that are specially created with babies and young children in mind.

Here’s a roundup of some products:

Claire Calendula Baby Care Soap

Suitable for the face and body, this Calendula soap – made with organic virgin olive oil, rice bran oil and calendula powder – can be used by babies and pregnant mummies. With natural restorative properties, calendula is often used for dry or damaged skin, and creams containing calendula help with baby’s diaper rash. It also provides nourishing care for eczema.

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Tanamera Kidz Body Moisturizer

This non-greasy and quick absorbing formulation with organic virgin coconut oil, cold pressed plant oils, herbal extracts and essential oils provides soothing relief to your baby’s skin. This formulation is complemented by a refreshing dash of lavender; geranium and mandarin essential oil blend to keep skin moisturised.

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Kinder Soaps Goat’s Milk and Patchouli Soap

Goat’s milk is a common ingredient in skincare products for its healing and moisturising properties. It is rich with alpha hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, vitamin A and minerals which all help to remove dead skin cells, as well as repair and protect skin that is exposed to the sun.

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Buds Soothing Organics Flaky Scalp Oil

Flaky scalp is a combined side effect of dryness and the rapid growth babies go through in the first few months of their lives. This results in cracking of the skin and the flakes are the skin’s attempt at recovery. This prebiotic boosted Flaky Scalp Oil will help prevent further cracking and soothe existing discomfort.

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Mustela Very High Protection Sun Face lotion

Developed following major new advances in sun protection for children, this face lotion is specially designed to protect the delicate skin on your baby’s and children’s face from solar radiation. It is enriched with Avocado Perseose, a patented natural ingredient, which provides improved cellular protection, preserves the skin’s natural defences and prevents cell damage.

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Naveen Baby Shampoo & Wash Mousse

Ideal for baby’s first bath, this cleanser is allergy-tested, tear-free, non-drying and leaves your little one’s hair and skin soft, shiny and manageable. This mild 2-in-1 mousse cleanser is suitable for the most delicate skin. An air-foaming nozzle dispenses an optimum amount of sudsy soap for a nourishing cleanse. It is lightly scented with a calming oil blend that promotes calmness.

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Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Fluoride-Free Children’s Toothpaste

Not everyone wants fluoride in their children’s toothpaste, so this is a fluoride-free option.

This toothpaste uses naturally sourced calcium and silica abrasives to gently clean teeth. It helps prevent plaque buildup with regular brushing and it has a natural fruit flavour. It is free of artificial colours, flavours, fragrances, preservatives and animal ingredients.

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Joielle Baby Cream

Rich and creamy in texture, this baby cream is rich in high quality virgin coconut oil, aloe vera and vitamin E which helps strengthen and moisturise skin against the elements. Ideal for sensitive and normal skin, Joielle products are dermatologically tested by the European Certification Body, Harlan Lab Ltd to be hypoallergenic and gentle to the sensitivity of a baby’s developing skin.

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