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Your baby skin care essentials kit

Having the right kit to hand when your baby arrives will help give you confidence to deal with whatever comes your way.

We’ve prepared this checklist of baby skincare essentials to help you care for that tiny human confidently and with all the gentleness their delicate skin deserves.

Huggies® Baby Wipes

Made with skin-loving natural fibres*, Huggies® Wipes gently clean and protect your baby’s delicate skin.

All our wipes are hypoallergenic and clinically tested and safe to use on the most delicate skins from day one. For these reasons, Huggies® Wipes come with the approval of the British Skin Foundation. From nappy changes to a quick clean up when you’re on the go, they will gently care for your baby’s skin without mess, fuss or irritation.

By switching to Huggies® Wipes, you can also reduce your household plastic consumption. Find out more about our Tiniest Footprint™ Mission.

Cotton wool balls

Use these with clean water to gently clean in tender areas where you wouldn’t use wipes, such as around the eyes.

A soft, clean towel

Drying can be harmful to your baby’s skin if done too vigorously. Always dry their skin using the gentlest patting motion.

Petroleum jelly

Most babies will experience nappy rash at one time or another. Petroleum jelly can help prevent nappy rash, forming a protective layer on your baby’s skin. To find out more, read our advice on how to treat nappy rash.

Baby sun cream

Exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, even for a short time, can harm a baby’s delicate skin. Choose a sun cream formulated especially for newborns with a high (50+) sun protection factor and keep them covered as much as possible.

A soft brush

Used with a mild baby shampoo, this can help you gently remove the flakes caused by cradle cap. To find out more, read our advice on how to treat cradle cap.

Baby nail clippers or scissors

Babies are prone to all kinds of bumps, rashes and spots, which can be made worse by scratching. Keeping their nails short will be gentler on their skin and anti-scratch mittens can help at night time too.

Creams and ointments

There are many common baby skin conditions, some of which may occasionally require treatment with topical creams or ointments.

Always ask your pharmacist or health visitor for a recommendation when treating minor conditions. Most common baby skin conditions are quite harmless, but if you’re worried, consult your GP.

You can find out more by reading our advice on what products are safe to use.

A cloth bag

Because your baby goes where you do, keeping your kit handy in a non-bulky bag will give you easy skin care when you’re on the go.


Caring for a baby should be a joyful experience, and a few simple preparations can help make it so.

You can put your own baby skincare essentials kit together easily and without spending a fortune by following or adapting this checklist.

If you’d like to find out more about our skin-loving, British Skin Foundation approved wipes, explore the Huggies® Baby Wipes product page.

*At least 65% skin-loving natural fibres from wood pulp.