Care products designed to make young skin even softer and more fragrant are flooding the market. Baby spas, baby floating, baby massage – the range of wellness offers for even the youngest children is growing. Does all this open up new possibilities for promoting relaxation in early childhood, or is baby’s schedule already as full as mum’s or dad’s? Two mothers report on their own experiences.
“My daughter is now one and a half years old. In the first few months, I didn’t use any products at all. I am of the opinion that this is not necessary at all. Even now I don’t use much of it, only sunscreen we had in use early on. However, I also have to say that my daughter’s skin fortunately doesn’t need any special care. If I had the feeling that she needs more moisture, I would also use high-quality products that are suitable for babies. However, fragrances are probably more intended for our noses than for babies. For myself, I am of the impression: The more creams you use, the more your skin needs them. Basically, I’m not against skin care products, I’m glad that they exist – especially when dryness is an issue. As far as wellness offers are concerned, I would say: My daughter is no longer a baby at one and a half years old. I think it’s actually quite cool if there are appropriate options. You don’t have to overdo it. I would use the opportunity for time together. I see it positively, as a shared experience, as time out with my daughter. But everyday life is not so stressful for babies that this has to be a fixed point in the schedule. Wellness can also be on the agenda at home.”
Caroline, 34, mum of a 1.5 year-old daughter
“I have been particularly careful with my children’s skin because I have neurodermatitis myself. I am very careful with products. I follow the philosophy that the skin already knows what it needs. The less you meddle with it, the better it is. Organic products, for example, are not automatically synonymous with good skin tolerance. My children’s skin reacted particularly badly to plant-based ingredients. I attach a lot of importance to sun protection, which I used to neglect. Someone in our family died of skin cancer, so we became very aware of the need for it. Apart from that, good advice at the pharmacy is important to me, I don’t try out much. However, with my older daughter who is on social media, I notice that she tries everything she sees on TikTok. That already makes my stomach hurt, it’s a new generation. I can only tell her that not everything is as it is presented there. You have to be even more careful with baby skin. As for baby wellness: I don’t think babies need to relax. Relaxed mummy, relaxed child, as the saying goes. I reject treatment with masks or similar. However, I think a childcare service in the spa area that offers a baby massage is good. Though, you would need an appointment. And you would have to wake up the child if it was sleeping.”
Eva, 34, mum of 4 children between 3 and 14 years old