Baby dry skin clothing

How clothing can help keep your baby comfortable

Your baby’s skin is incredibly delicate and vulnerable because their skin’s barrier is still developing throughout the first year of their life. Clothing can make a big difference to your baby’s dry, itchy and irritated skin. Here are some tips for dressing your baby to help keep them comfortable throughout the day.

Stick to soft fabrics

The fabric of your baby’s clothes can make a real difference to their comfort. Select clothes that are soft against your baby’s delicate skin, such as cotton, and avoid wool, nylon, rayon and polyester as these are more likely to irritate skin and cause discomfort. 

wash new clothing before wear

New clothes can still contain chemicals that may aggravate your baby’s dry, itchy and irritated skin. Wash new clothes using a gentle detergent and/or fabric softener before your baby wears them. Some people like to give everything an extra rinse to make sure any irritants or allergens have been completely washed away.

Avoid tight clothing

Tight clothing can irritate your baby's sensitive skin, so it’s best avoided for all skin types. Your baby’s clothes should be loose against their skin, so try going up a size if you think they are too tight.

Check seams and labels

Labels and seams can rub against your baby’s delicate skin and cause irritation. Check that all labels are removed; turn garments inside out, then run your hand along the seams to see if they feel rough or smooth against your skin.

Morning time

morning time

Create a star chart with photos of your toddler doing all their morning tasks and give them a gold star every time they complete one. Explain that a full set of gold stars will lead to a reward. This can encourage better behaviour throughout the day.


skin concern; 0-3 months; 4-12 months; 13-36 months; morning time; bath time; bed time;

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