Bath times are beautiful times that strengthen your bond with the baby. Apart from relaxing and leaving your baby clean and fresh, bath times present an excellent opportunity to interact and bond. However, between the coos and the aahs, you need to exercise some caution as well, as babies are fragile little beings who need a lot of attention.Your little, tiny bundle depends on you for almost everything.
Scared Of Bathing My Baby!
For new mothers bathing their newborns could sound scary!! To hold and clean this little body requires some calm and patience, and you need to be sure to cut off from the rest of the world for some time. To ensure that both of you enjoy this intimate experience, choose a comfortable time of the day when your baby is neither hungry nor sleepy. Most mothers squeeze in bath time in between feeds. At first, you may seek help from family elders, since there are certain weak points in a baby’s body. Some practice and a little bit of patience will make you confident of bathing your baby on your own.
How Often Should I Bathe My Baby?
That entirely depends upon you! Some babies love to be in water while some may detest bath times. Baby bathing may not be required daily for a baby till about first year as too much bathing also dries out the baby’s skin. So about 2 to 3 baths a week should be enough to keep your baby clean and healthy. If you live in an area where you get hard water, try using filtered water. Use all baby products and never use adult soaps/towels/shampoos on your little one. Choose a comfortable time when you will not be interrupted and can devote yourself completely to bathing your baby.
15 Baby Bath Tips
Some prerequisites for preparing yourself and the little one for a bath are as listed below:
- Choose a comfortable bath tub, not too edgy and preferably with soft corners. Bath tubs can be slippery, so you could use a rubber mat. Some bath tubs are cushioned at the back where the baby’s head rests. This saves your baby from accidental bumps on the head
- Close the room and make sure the temperature is comfortable enough for your baby to be naked in the room for some time. Since babies can feel cold in a short time, try maintaining the bathroom temperature at about 75 degrees F or 24 degrees Celsius
- Take all baby products in one go, pack them so as to easily get hold of them. Remember, you MUST NOT leave your baby unsupervised in the bath tub even for a second. Babies can drown even in an inch of water, so keeping all essentials at a given place will make sure that your attention is undivided towards your baby.
- Lay out clean sheets, nappies, diapers, clothes and towels nicely on the bed
- Fill the tub with warm water, feel it with your finger that it is neither too warm nor too cold. Swirl your hand in the water so as to ensure the water is uniformly heated. Do not leave the baby in the tub while the water tap is open
- For young babies, 2 to 4 inches of water is enough
- Carefully undress the baby, patiently and calmly. Make sure you have a good time at hand to bathe your baby so that you do not have to rush
- Slip the baby in the tub, feet first, using one hand to support her neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over her regularly during the bath so she doesn’t get too cold
- You can simply use plain water to clean your baby. Make sure you clean the diaper area, and run the water in the skin folds
- Use a mild soap, if need be, and use your hands or a soft washcloth in movements top to toe. Wash the scalp and clean the eyes and the face. Always clean the eyes by running a cotton pad (a fresh one for each eye) or a soft washcloth from the inside corner of the eye outward
- Clean the nose and the private parts. Soften the washcloth several times so that it remains soft and spongy. For girls, clean the genital area, from front to back. Never wipe your baby from back to front. For boys, clean the penis and genital area, also washing from front to back
- All through the bath time, maintain an eye contact with your baby to make him feel safe and secure. Talk to him, sing sweet songs, smile at him and keep him entertained
- Rinse the little one nicely with water, see if the baby enjoys it. Wipe her dry with a soft and clean washcloth
- Very carefully, lift her out of the tub with one hand supporting her neck and head and the other hand supporting her bottom. Be cautious as the baby might be slippery after a bath
- If you are finding it hard, ask the help of another adult to take and wrap the baby in a dry cloth
If you feel the baby’s skin is dry, apply a mild lotion and gently massage her. Powder her if need be, using a baby comb, comb the little tresses. Dress your little angel, and see how beautiful she looks!!