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Protect Your Baby’s Skin This Winter: 7 Simple Tips

Babies have thin and sensitive skin that is particularly susceptible to cold temperatures and strong winds. Parents are used to bundling their little ones up before heading outside. However, there are a few extra steps to take during the winter to ensure smooth and healthy skin:

                                                                                                    
  1. Moisturizer. Use a moisturizing cream or ointment such as Aquaphor or petroleum jelly one or two times daily is a great way to keep your child skin moist and silky smooth. It is ideal to apply it shortly after their bath.
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  3. Petroleum jelly for lips. Lips can get dry and chapped during the cold, dry winter months. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly as needed during the day and at bedtime.
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  5. Sunscreen. Even though the sunlight is not as strong in the winter as it is in the summer, babies can still get sunburn. Don't forget to apply sunscreen before heading outside.
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  7. Dress in layers. It can be easy to get so worried about keeping babies warm that they end up overheating. Dress little ones in breathable layers that you can remove as needed.
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  9. Warm accessories. Mittens, a hat or hood and warm boots or shoes are a great way to keep your little one warm from head to toe.
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  11. Keep skin hydrated. Expose a baby's skin to water twice daily to keep it hydrated. Consider a non-soap cleanser such as Cetaphil and don't forget to moisturize afterward, as previously stated. You will keep your baby's skin hydrated preventing dry, itchy skin and conditions associated with it such as eczema.
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  13. Limit outdoor time. It is important to get outside every day during the winter but it is also critical not to overdo it. Keep outdoor excursions limited and always dress babies appropriately for the given weather conditions.
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About the Author                                                                                    

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating adorable baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Raising Money Smart Kids: 4 Useful Tips

It is critical that parents impart sound financial values and habits to their kids at an early age. The younger that kids begin to learn these life lessons the better they will be prepared for adult life and daily expenditures. Schools can reinforce these topics but children should really be hearing them from their parents first.

Consider taking the following four steps with your children to ensure a sound financial future for them.

  1. Start early. It's never too early to start having money discussions with your children. Explain why parents work and how families use that money. Talk about the importance of saving money instead of spending it all right away.                                                                                                
  2. Involvement in family shopping. Instead of saying no to every request during a shopping trip involve children in the process. For example, as you plan a trip to the grocery store, get kids' input about the meals and snacks that they would like to have for the following week. They will learn how much money it takes to buy routine items and determine how to spend this money wisely.                                                                                                 
  3. Manage expectations. Teaching children to make financially-sound decisions does not mean that you can't pay for anything for them. Simply be upfront about the expectations. For example, when children are young, you can offer to pay half of the money for a large toy if they save up the other half. As children get older, have frank discussions about topics like purchasing cars and saving for college.                                                                                                 
  4. Teach by example.Parents don't have to be financial experts to be good examples for their children. Pay your bills on time and stay out of debt. Kids are more likely to follow an example than advice offered through a discussion.

                                                                                               

About the Author                                                                                    

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.