A bath 2-3 times a week is good enough to keep your newborn clean. However, if your baby loves baths, your baby can bath once a day. Do take note that bathing more than this can dry out your baby’s skin.
You can keep your baby’s genitals clean between baths by using warm water and cotton wool. About 5-10 minutes is long enough for a newborn bath. This is especially important if your baby has dry or sensitive skin. Whether you’re bathing a newborn or an infant, bathing a baby can be a dangerous task. Bathing a baby isn’t rocket science, but some strategies will make the process easier for you. Here are some ways on how to make tub time simple, safe and fun.
Set the scene.
If your critter’s headed to the big tub, make sure it’s equipped with safety features like faucet covers (there are some pretty cute ones out there) and don’t forget to place a non-slip pad on the bottom. Never leave your baby alone in the water. And it’s best to avoid bathing your baby when your baby is hungry or straight after a feed.
Gather your supplies and keep them nearby.
You don’t want to step away not even for a second, so make sure you’ve got all the baby care supplies you need before you begin washing your baby:
- A mild cleanser and tear-free shampoo
- Washcloths to clean your baby (and a couple of dry ones to cover your baby exposed body parts, so he or she doesn’t catch a cold while you’re soaping him or her up)
- Cotton balls for cleaning his or her adorable face
- Bath toys (for older babies who are looking for fun or need a little distraction from the tasks at hand)
- A hooded towel
- Moisturiser for post-bath skin-softening
- Diaper supplies
- A clean outfit to wear once your baby is all dry
Get ready the water.
Check the water temperature is 37-38°C. Let your munchkin hang out in his or her bouncy seat, crib, or another safe place while you fill the tub with just a few inches of warm, not water and, of course, some awesome bath toys. Test the waters with your wrist or elbow (where the skin is more sensitive) to make sure they’re just lovely for your baby.
Put your baby in the tub!
With your baby’s head on your arm, your hand gripping his or her bottom, and the other hand holding him or her torso securely, gently slip your guppy into the tub, feet first. Keep that hold firm, so your baby feels safe. If you’ll be keeping your baby company in the bath, place him or her in the bouncy seat next to the tub, ease yourself in, and then reach over for your baby (never even step in while you’re holding your baby).
Take it (mostly) from the top.
Make sure you know how to bathe your baby in the right order: Using a soft washcloth (or cotton ball) and a little water, start by cleansing your sweetie’s face, neck and ears. Bathe from the top down, so the dirtiest (aka diaper) area gets cleaned at the end; mind the grime in those crud-collecting folds behind the ears and around the neck. Use only a mild cleanser (no adult soap, please) on his or her hands and diaper area. Wash your baby bottom and genitals for last; though in the big tub, it should be a shampoo instead as the last step, so your sweetie doesn’t soak in (skin-drying) water too long. Your baby little locks need shampooing washing only about once or twice a week with just a few drops of tear-free shampoo.
After the bath, slather your sweetie with fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturiser to keep that silky skin smooth. Give your baby a little time to bare his or her bottom (going briefly without a diaper is one of many natural baby rash cures).
One last thing, some babies love the tub while others may (loudly) cry the bath-time blues. Regardless of which type of bathing cuties you’ve got, how you bathe your baby is as important as how often you do it. Washing your baby need not be a daily event. Too much tub time can lead to dry baby skin; so if your baby gets dirty between baths, use a warm, wet washcloth to spot clean as needed.
Children can drown in a few seconds in very shallow water. Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even if you are using a bath seat or cradle. Never leave older children or siblings to supervise. Get your baby out of the tub if you need to walk away for even a second.
Bathing a baby takes some practice, so try to relax and take your time. You might want to start by bathing your baby with your partner around to help. If you are afraid you might lose your grip on your baby, you can consider making the bath less slippery by lining it with a clean towel or cloth nappy.
Making your baby enjoy her bath time!
Making your baby enjoy his or her bath time, you can try placing your hand gently on your baby tummy, with a warm wet washcloth on his or her chest and belly. This can help your baby feel safe and secure in the bath. Generally, babies get used to baths by around three months.
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