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Is it possible to go for a walk with a baby? Yes, as long as you properly protect them from both the sun and the wind.

At this time of the year, you can go outside with your toddler when the child is one week old. But the first walk is as exciting among parents as the first bath for a reason. Especially in spring when the weather is capricious. In one moment the sun is shining, and in a moment a cold wind blows. You are wondering not only how to dress your child, but also what to protect his mouth and hands. You've surely noticed by now that your baby's skin is delicate and very different from an older baby's skin. The lipid layer, which in later years will protect the skin from drying out, is poorly developed, and the stratum corneum is too thin to protect against wind and irritation. She will be like that until she is about three years old. That's why you need to protect your baby's skin from wind and sun.

When for the first walk with the newborn? [TOWIDEO]

When the wind blows

It doesn't mean, however, that you have to stay home on windy, cold days - unless the wind is very strong. Before you go for a walk, however, you should apply a protective cream for babies on the baby's face and hands (make sure the cream can be used from the first days of life). Such cosmetics usually contain vitamin E, ingredients that moisturize and soothe the skin. However, they should not contain dyes, fragrances or preservatives. For one outing, you only need a small portion of the cream - the size of a hazelnut. Gently rub it on the baby's face, and then lightly pat until the cosmetic is completely absorbed. Do not rub it in, because by rubbing you can accidentally damage blood vessels, which are delicate in very young children.

Worth knowing

Through immature epidermis, many substances contained in cosmetics penetrate into the body of a newborn, so creams for babies must be selected very carefully. There should not be too many substances in their composition, and they certainly should not contain fragrances or preservatives (they can sensitize). It's good if the cosmetics you buy have a positive opinion of the Institute of Mother and Child.

When the sun is shining

The newborn's skin cells also contain very little melanin, which is a sun protection pigment. Therefore, the baby's first spring rays canto harm as much as it does in the fullness of summer. For this reason, pediatricians recommend that you only walk with a small child in the shade, and when the sun is very hot, you should rather not go outside between 11 am and 3 pm. Should you use sunscreen on your child? Yes, but not one for adults, even if it has a high filter. For newborns, only creams with physical filters (another name: mineral) with a protection factor of at least SPF 40 (SPF 50 is ideal) are allowed. Unlike chemical filters that absorb radiation, physical filters stay on the skin and reflect the sun's rays. Cream with a physical filter is more difficult to spread, and usually leaves a white mark on the skin. Before you buy a cream, make sure it protects against two types of rays: UVA and UVB. How to apply it? Apply the cream half an hour before going out into the sun. Squeeze a little cosmetic from the tube on your fingertip and gently massage it onto the skin. Don't rub it in, just pat it gently on the forehead, chin, nose and cheeks. Avoid the eye area.

Ciuszek like cream

You can protect your toddler not only with cream: appropriate clothing is also important. UV rays penetrate through the lightly woven loosely woven fabrics of which baby bodysuits and jackets are usually made. Specialists have calculated that a cotton blouse protects similarly to a cream with an SPF 8 filter, which is definitely too weak protection. Therefore, before a walk on a sunny, warm day (when the child will not be covered with a blanket), it is worth applying sunscreen to not only the face, but also the toddler's body. And when buying light clothes, check them against the light - the less light they let in, the better the protection. When going out in the sun, it is better to dress your child in darker colors, because they protect against the rays more effectively. In some stores, you can also buy clothes made of fibers woven in such a way that they reflect the rays (e.g. from Schiesser). Such clothing has the abbreviation UPF (UV Protection) on its label. The toddler's head should be covered with a cap and an additionally unfolded pram and umbrella.

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