Are you anxious about bathing your baby? You are not alone. A lot of new mothers find bathing a very daunting task. The fact that babies are hard to wash does not help matters. Not getting it right can also lead to unnecessary accidents or incidents that can harm your baby. Besides, you want your baby to look forward to bathing times. Below you will find tried and proven tips to give your baby the perfect bath.
How Often to Bathe Your Baby For newborn babies, it is not a must to bathe them daily. You can bathe your newborn baby two or three times a week but the face, neck, the hands as well as the diaper area should be cleaned daily. As the child grows, bathing should be a daily affair especially just before bedtime.
Important Safety Tips
The bath area should be safe to avoid accidents. Here are a few tips to increase your safety and that of your child during bathing.
Never leave your baby alone near or in a bathtub. Babies can easily drown in water. Avoid any distraction that will force you to be away even for a moment from your child during bath time. Watch out for slips and falls that can cause a lot of harm to your baby. Be careful with the floor and the bathtub. These two when wet can lead to slips and falls. Get a spout cover for the water spout in your bathtub. The water spout in most bathtubs is metallic and this can harm your baby. Do not use soap products that have added dyes or perfumes that can irritate the baby's skin.
Do not put your child into the tub when the water is running. The running water can change the temperature of the bathing water or the height could become too deep. Some babies also don’t like the sound of running water very close to them. Keep electric appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers away from the tub. Bathing Essentials Preparation is the key to a perfect baby bath. Get the bath set up ahead of time. Get everything ready before you undress the baby.
Here are important guidelines to ensure everything is well set:
- Ensure there is enough warm water for the baby's bath. Use a good baby thermometer to tell if the water is okay for the baby. If you don’t have a thermometer, use your elbow to test if the temperature of the water is right for the baby.
- Check that the room temperature is okay. Babies get cold rather quickly when they get out of warm water.
- The following items must be ready as well: a natural sponge or a soft washcloth, nappy changing items, a soft hooded towel, and clothes to wear after the bath. Since you should not leave your child in the bathtub alone, each of these items must be within reach before you begin bathing your baby.
- To make the bath comfortable for you, get a thick floor mat to save your knees. A bathtub elbow rest can also cushion your arm while bathing and lifting the baby.
Bathing the Baby When everything is all set, it is baby's time. Undress the baby and wrap him or her in a towel to keep them warm while leaving the head exposed. Below are useful tips to help you get the most out of the experience:
Ease the baby in the water, bottom or feet first. Allow the baby to play for a few seconds before making them wet. Begin washing from the neck downwards and leave the head for the very last. Allow your child to soak their bottom for about five minutes. It greatly helps with diaper rashes and any other discomfort. Make sure to reach all the parts of the body. Most of us forget some parts especially the area under the chin and around the neck region. Remember to clean the eyes too using a clean piece of cotton wool. Always use soaps that are formulated specifically for babies. Adult bathing soaps contain ingredients that are not suitable for a baby's skin. Some babies with sensitive skins can react with soap products formulated for babies. If your baby belongs to this category, use simple fragrance-free bathing products. If possible, you can bring some bath toys to make the experience even more thrilling. After bath, remember to squeeze out all the water and hang them up to dry.
After the Bath You may be tempted to extend the bath for far too long, particularly when both of you are having a good time. But since the water will begin to cool, you should get the child out. Of course, the child will not like it. A few tantrums will be in order; it is a sign that the bathing experience was enjoyable and will be very welcome in the future. Pluck your baby out of the water and into a soft, fluffy towel to keep him or her warm. If you want your little go to sleep, keep the lights dim and ensure there are no irritating noises in the house.
Below are other useful post-bath tips:
- Use the towel to dry the baby. Pay extra attention to nooks and crannies; the inner thighs, the diaper area and below the chin where hidden moisture can lead to rashes.
- After drying, do a major moisturizing using a fragrance-free hypoallergenic product. You can also use diaper ointment if necessary but do not use baby powder at all.
- This is also the best time to trim your baby's nails. The nails are suppler and softer when damp.
- Before dressing your little angel, you can give them a massage. Use a baby massage lotion to help your fingers glide.
- After the calming massage, your child will be more than ready to be dressed. If you are not going anywhere with the baby, he will probably fall asleep.
Baby bath time does not need to be a scary affair, simply learn and follow these basics. Your baby will always look forward to bath times when the bathing procedure is comfortable and filled with fun.