No soap or powder will significantly lighten her complexion. Is she your first baby? Having seen a lot of children I know that your experience with her is not uncommon. A child's complexion changes with time. So no matter what you try, I would advise you that it's easier to change people's attitudes than it is to change a baby's skin color (and knowing how hard it is to change people's attitudes, well...you see...).
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This information comes from my own knowledge.
But to answer your question, doctor is wrong to say use only Dove or Pears soap. What is so good about these soaps? Nothing. Doctor probably wants you to use gentle soaps for your baby, but even disregarding complexion for a minute just look at the ingredients for these soaps:
sodium cocoyl isethionate, stearic acid, coconut acid, sodium tallowate, water, sodium isethionate, sodium stearate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoate or palm kernelate, fragrance, sodium chloride, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, titanium dioxide and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate
Who wants to expose a precious infant to all those chemicals? So you can feel safe making homemade powders for her and following the traditional way. Then, as long as your relatives tease, you can shrug your shoulders and know that her skin is healthy and she is a happy baby, beloved by her mother!
Here is the process for bathing your baby according to the ayurvedic way of caring for a baby's skin and health:
First, give her oil massage. Oil massage improves complexion, promotes growth and strength. Massage at night relieves exhaustion and helps the baby to get sound sleep. Infants should be given daily oil massage with Tila oil medicated with the following herbs: Bala, Sthira, Renukabija, Lotus, Brhati, Tarkari, Mustard, Kastha, Saindhava, Asvagandha, Sahadeva, Castor, Apamarga, Kapikacchu seed and Goat's milk.
Second, the application of medicinal herbs mixed in oil on the infants' body is known as Udvartana .The medicines Bala, Sthira, Renukabija, Lotus, Brhati, Tarkari, Mustard, Kastha, Saindhava, Asvagandha, Sahadeva, Castor, Apamarga, Kapikacchu seed should be taken in the form of fine powder and mixed with equal parts of curds and honey and three times its quantity of flour of Java .The paste of this mixture should be rubbed onto the skin after an oil massage.
Third, baby should be daily given a bath with warm water medicated with Jivaniya group of medicines and you could also add decoction of the skins of KsheeriVruksha, i.e. Banyan tree, Pipala, Udumbara and fragrant herbs like Sandalwood and Valaka.
Take care and be strong. Don't worry. People are like that only. They will tease against perceived imperfections. For some it is one way they have learned to show affection. But I would avoid such people if it makes you feel annoyed and depressed.
Personally, I have always felt envious of ladies with very dark skin. I feel they look more beautiful. But maybe that's only because I've been living in the U.S. for so long, where girls pay good money to lie in tanning beds which make them turn brown! Too bad we can't all just be grateful for what GOD has given...
Congratulations on your sweet baby!!!
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