1# Skin Development in Mother’s Womb
When you’re pregnant, you are eager to know everything happening inside your tummy. One of the most searched topics is about unborn baby skin development. Here we have researched this topic in detail and explain all the key stages of skin development in unborn babies.
The First Trimester
Do you know that baby skin starts developing at a very early stage (i.e Microscopic Level)? In simple terms, the baby’s skin starts developing even before you’re in your First Trimester/aware that you are pregnant. When you get into your 4 weeks, the fetus already has two distinct layers with a basal cell layer covered by an outer layer, termed the periderm. At this stage (First Trimester), your baby is as big as a poppy seed.
The Second Trimester
During the Second trimester, your baby continues to grow and develop almost every day. Thanks to the latest technology, its easier for doctors to tell more clearly about your baby skin, hair, and nail development even in the second trimester.
> At around week 14, you can see your baby’s skin surface in an ultrasound.
> At week 19, your baby skin has a protective coating called vernix, which safeguards the skin of the fetus against the potentially irritating amniotic fluid. This Vernix tends to disappear just before baby birth, But the preterm babies are born with a lot of vernix cover.
The Third Trimester
Now, it’s the time, when your baby skin starts to get harden and becomes less transparent. Your baby gets its skin color (pigmentation) developed in the Third trimester. Newborn babies tend to born with a red or bluish-purple skin tone. The real complexion of the baby can only be seen after the first month, as blood circulation in babies gets normal only in the first month.
Earlier, people use to say that babies get their skin color or tone from their parents or family genes ONLY which is actually true in most of the cases. But, these days we can easily see dark skin colored mothers having a fair complexion baby. Actually, good eating habits and lifestyle can play an important role in developing your baby’s skin color. Check out some of the Myths and Facts, related to a Baby’s Skin Color.
2 # What Kind of Cosmetics to Use on Newborn
This is one of the most debatable questions, also a question having lots of confusion as to it’s about our babies. Before you jump to any fancy cosmetic brand, you need to do a little bit of research on your own. Our team has done lots of research on baby products and every week, we pick one product and do intense research on it.
Please see below our recommendation on baby cosmetics and products in a different category, which parents should use and avoid.
1) First of all, don’t forget to do the product patch testing of each and every baby product you are going to use like oil, shampoo, and soap, etc. Click here to know ‘How to do Baby Product Testing at Home’.
2) Say ‘No’ to Wipes: Many new mothers use wet wipes to clean their baby’s potty, which is actually bad for your newborn’s skin. These wipes contain strong chemicals for better cleaning which actually cause rashes and redness on the baby’s soft and delicate skin. Mothers must use water and soft cotton to clean the baby’s bump as that is the safest and best method to clean potty in newborn babies. Click here to read ‘what parents can use instead of wipes to clean their baby potty’.
3) Separately washing your newborn clothes: You must have heard from your mothers-in-law or old ladies that newborn’s clothes should be washed separately as newborn babies are more susceptible to infections. Also, those should only be washed in a mild detergent made for baby clothes. Find out in our article, in which we have explained the reason to parents for cleaning the babies’ cloth separately.
4) Use a soft comb for your newborn which can remove skin flakes, from the baby’s hair.
5) Avoid using the soap and shampoo, until your baby is 2 weeks old. As babies are developing their skin tissues and anything which is made from chemical can harm their soft skin.
3 # Best Diaper for the Newborn Skin
Choosing the right diaper is a very tough task especially for new parents as there are many brands that put them before all other brands. Always choose diapers based on your baby’s weight, Also make sure it fits your baby perfectly as improper diaper selection may cause rashes and skin problems in babies. Extra attention should be given to the babies born in the monsoon and winter season, as they are more prone to urine infection during this time.
4 # Which Baby Massage Oil is Best for Newborn Skin
All babies need to get a good body massage, almost every day. It has been proven by many types of research that massage helps a lot in baby growth and development. It helps strengthen baby bones and develop healthy and glowing skin. The baby oil market is overloaded with numerous brands like the Himalayas, Dabur, Johnson and Johnson, Figaro oil, Cetaphil and Mama earth, etc. But the biggest question is, which is the best oil – click here to read our expert article written on the best oil for a newborn. Also, read which baby oil to use as per season i.e summer and winter.
5 # Baby Complexion and Breastfeeding
Baby complexion development is directly related to the mother’s diet at least in the first six months as the baby is totally dependent on the mother’s feed.
Eating and living a healthy life, should be everyone’s motto. When we talk about nursing mothers (breastfeeding), there are many myths and old sayings. But mothers should follow only one rule to eat healthy and nutrient food with lesser calories, with little bit postnatal exercises.
6 # Does Feeding Extra Milk to Babies improve their Skin Complexion
Many mothers even in his internet era believe that feeding extra milk to babies will improve the complexion of their babies. But actually, this is not correct feeding extra milk will only make your baby vomit more as it will not able to digest it properly.
7 # Importance of Sun in Skin Development
Sun exposure plays an important role in baby skin development, even before the baby is born. Gynecologists always recommended pregnant ladies to spend some time in the sun to get vitamin D, which will not only help them develop good quality bones but also help the development of baby skin in mommy’s tummy. Lack of vitamin D can be related to low birth weight, premature birth, preeclampsia (pregnancy poisoning), and pregnancy diabetes. As per the study, it shows that being women exposure to sun radiation had beneficial effects on fetal growth and blood pressure during the pregnancy period.
All babies these days are suggested to spend some time in the sun to get vitamin D as this will improve their ones and skin by removing all Deficiency caused by vitamin D.
8 # Effect of Stem Cells in Baby Skin Development
Newborn babies have a very high amount of stem cells in their blood which actually helps them develop organs, immune system, bones, skin, eyes, etc.
Within few months stem cell helps babies develop all critical parts of their body, and complexion is one of them, that is the reason real skin color of a baby can only be seen after 1 month of her /his birth.
The baby complexion is something which a baby gets from birth and no major alteration can be done in the same. It’s better to avoid using any chemical-based substances on the baby’s skin just to make it better.