Giving your baby a much needed bath can be a daunting experience at times. In some instances, you may even need to get a helping hand to get you through this task. This especially holds true if your baby does not like the experience in general. Because this will be a relatively new experience and bonding opportunity for you and your little one, it pays to know how to do it. In the long run, this can help you get closer to your baby after a lot of practice. In this article, you will learn more about some helpful tips on how to make the bathing experience worthwhile for you and your baby.
Always keep in mind that safety is king.
Never leave your little one unattended, especially when your baby is in the tub or basin. Even if the water vessel only has a one inch deep water level, there is still a risk that the newborn can drown in it. A good rule of thumb is to not take chances with your baby, no matter what the nature of the situation is.
Gather all the baby supplies before you bring your baby in for bathing.
Bringing in everything before you even get started with the activity will help you be more efficient in bathing your little one. This is especially important if you are alone with your baby. In setting up the bath space, make sure that all your supplies are within your arm’s reach. Keep in mind that you will constantly have to make one of your hands free to access the supplies while the other hand should always be holding on to your baby.
If you think you are incapable of performing a full bath for your baby at the moment, you can always opt for sponge bath instead.
This is acceptable until around 3 weeks after your baby is born. For this type of baby bath, you will have to take note of the following considerations:
• Just like the typical baby bath, you need to prepare various supplies. Aside from a towel and a washcloth, you need to prepare the change of clothes, a clean diaper, baby wipes, moisturizing soap, mild baby shampoo, and some cotton balls. Preferably, the towel should have a built in hood to keep your newborn warm after bathing.
• Prepare a flat surface where you can properly place your newborn. You may consider having a firm bed, a dedicated changing table, or even the bathroom or your kitchen counter for this task. Even a separate tower or a blanket is considered acceptable as long as your baby will feel adequately warm when placed on it. Remember that the goal is to prevent the baby from chilling during and after the bath.
• To help hold the water, you need a shallow plastic basin or even a sink. Make sure that the water temperature is a little warm but not hot enough to scald or make your baby uncomfortable. You can tell that your baby is uncomfortable if he or she is crying and squirming a lot. To make sure that the temperature is optimal, you may measure the water temperature first. Water temperature of around 27.5 degrees Celsius is acceptable.
• Always prepare a changing pad, towel, or a soft blanket for every bath time. You will spread it on the bathing area for your baby to lie on.
• If you are planning to use a changing table to bathe your baby, you may also consider using a safety strap to stabilize your little one. This is considered additional safety measure.
Depending on where you are currently living, you may or may not consider giving your baby a bath every day.
If it is generally cold in your area, there may not be a need to give your little a sponge or a full bath every day. Aside from causing unnecessary chills for your baby, this may even dry out his or her skin. In this case, you just have to prepare burp cloths and clean diapers at all time. Just make sure to always clean the areas that matter. These would be the diaper area, the neck, and the face. On the other hand, you may have to give your baby a bath more frequently if you are living in a temperate area. Just make sure to use mild soap and shampoo all the time. You may moisturize your baby’s skin with lotion or baby oil as well to seal in moisture and keep your baby’s skin soft.