As a midwife and a mum of four, I know firsthand how delicate and sensitive baby skin is, especially during the harsh winter months. Baby skin is thinner and more susceptible to dryness and irritation than adult skin, which means the colder temperatures and drier air of winter can present significant challenges. This blog will discuss common winter baby skin issues and offer practical solutions to help keep your baby’s skin soft, smooth, and healthy all winter long

understanding common winter baby skin issues

dry, itchy skin

Cold temperatures and dry indoor air can strip moisture from your baby’s skin, leading to dryness and itchiness. Signs of dry skin in babies include flaking, redness, and visible dry patches. You might notice your little one trying to scratch these areas, which can exacerbate the problem and can increase the risk of your baby developing a skin infections. Some babies may become increasingly fussy when they have dry, itchy skin.


This one we know all too well! Two of my four babies had eczema really badly and it was so hard watching them in so much discomfort. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can be made worse during winter. Characterised by patches of dry, itchy, and red skin, eczema can flare up due to the dryness of winter air. With our babies, we noticed it most behind the knees and in the creases of their elbows. However, these patches can appear anywhere on your baby’s body and are commonly found on the cheeks, scalp, and joints like the elbows and knees.

cracked skin

The combination of cold air and low humidity can lead to cracked skin, especially on exposed areas like the hands and cheeks. Cracked skin can be sore, red, and sometimes bleed, making your baby uncomfortable and fussy

nappy rash

Winter can exacerbate nappy rash due to increased friction from dry, rough clothing. Signs of nappy rash include redness, irritation, and sometimes tiny bumps in the nappy area. If not addressed promptly, nappy rash can lead to more severe skin issues and discomfort for your baby

soothing and treating winter woes

bath time basics

While a warm bath can be soothing, it’s important to limit bath time and use lukewarm water to prevent stripping your baby’s skin of its natural oils. When bathing your baby it is essential to look for gentle, cleansers that don’t have added fragrances to avoid further irritation.

This is where body cleanse will be your new best friend, helping to keep your baby clean while using natural botanicals to help protect babies skin. After bathing, make sure to pat your baby’s skin dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing. This is because rubbing can irritate sensitive skin and potentially cause the skin to crack.


Regular moisturising is crucial during winter to ensure your baby’s skin stays hydrated and protected against the harsh winter air. Use to hydrate your baby’s skin and help lock in its natural moisture barrier, focusing on the most prone areas like cheeks, hands, and any dry patches. Apply moisturiser immediately after bath time to lock in moisture and reapply throughout the day as needed. It is also really lovely to create a bonding night time massage routine with your baby and get some tummy time in at the same time.

soothing nappy rash

To prevent and treat nappy rash, change nappies frequently and clean the area thoroughly with water and a soft cloth. Allow the area to air dry whenever possible, we often did lots of nappy free time inside (on a waterproof mat) to help the skin dry naturally. Using a zinc oxide-based cream, like body protect, can create a protective barrier against moisture and help prevent as well as soothe any nappy rash that your baby may have.

If your baby has a nappy rash that is persisting or worsens, consult your doctor or paediatrician. We also found that body protect added a soothing and protective layer to our children’s eczema which significantly helped with their discomfort

dressing for success

Dress your baby in soft, breathable fabrics like cotton to minimise irritation. Layering is key to keeping your baby warm without overheating. Choose clothing that is not tight to ensure proper air circulation and comfort for your baby. When thinking about what to dress your baby in throughout winter, it is important to consider how many layers you are wearing. Your baby should always have the same number of layers on that you do, to help as a guide.

When to Call the Paediatrician or GP. While most winter skin issues can be managed at home, certain signs warrant a visit to the paediatrician or your GP. If you notice worsening symptoms, signs of infection (such as pus or increased redness and swelling), or if your baby seems unusually uncomfortable, it’s best to seek professional advice. Eczema, in particular, can require specialised treatment plans, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help.


It is essential to be proactive and use preventative measures during winter for your baby to keep them comfortable and happy. Through understanding the common winter skin issues and implementing simple, effective treatments, you can ensure your baby’s skin stays healthy throughout the colder months. Remember, most winter skin issues are easily treated with a bit of care, attention and a body product. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to consult your paediatrician or GP for guidance. As both a midwife and a mum, I can assure you that a little proactive care goes a long way in keeping your baby’s skin smooth and irritation-free during winter




Written By Lauren Brenton

Endorsed Midwife and Founder of One Mama Midwife Pty Ltd

I’m Loz and I’m an Endorsed Midwife who runs Antenatal Classes in the Sutherland Shire. I have completed a Bachelor of Midwifery and a Master of Midwifery. My favourite area is in the labour ward, this is where you can find me most days. One Mama Midwife came about in the height of Covid in 2020, when so many women were missing out on the chance to have antenatal education. Aimed at empowering you with the tools you require to have the pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey that you want to have, with advice and recommendations you can trust.



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