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How To Bathe a Baby
A newborn baby comes with a lot of happiness and good moments in one’s family. This new bundle of blessings will come with new responsibilities and most definitely most attention will have gone to the newborn baby. Taking care of a newborn baby needs a lot of carefulness and attention. Today we will be focusing on what’s needed during a bathe, when and how to bathe a baby.
When Can I Give My Newborn a Bath
Many of the new mothers I have come across are quite unsure on when to start bathing their newborn babies. So when is the right time to have your baby bathed? Most medical professionals will recommend bathing a newborn after healing of his or her umbilical cord.
Also they say bathing a baby two to three times a week is good. Until a baby starts getting down and getting dirty on his or her body, an everyday bath isn’t quite necessary. Having just a sponge bath (a light washing of the baby with a sponge and warm water on the face, neck, bottom and hands) is enough until the baby’s umbilical cord stump heals properly (takes about 2-4 weeks after birth.).
After healing then one can increase the bathing frequency but not necessarily on a daily basis. A mother is also now allowed to do a full bathing of her baby. A baby tub comes in handy at this point.
Items Needed For Bathing Your Baby
Before taking part in bathing your baby, you need to gather all your supplies and everything you will need during and after bathing the baby to be with you.
Have with you the following items when planning to have your baby bath;
- Olive oil.
- A mild baby bathing soap.
- A wash cloth.
- A plastic cup.
- A towel.
- A baby bath tub.
- Warm water.
- A clean diaper.
- Clean clothes.
How to Bathe a Baby
When it’s time to give your newborn a bath tub that is after the healing of the umbilical cord, the kitchen can be a perfect place for bathing your baby or a plastic baby tub with warm water instead of the main tub you use as a grown up. As said earlier, until a baby starts crawling around and gets touchy with objects and getting dirty, a daily bath isn’t quite necessary.
Do it twice or thrice a week. Constant bathing can dry out a baby’s skin. Newborn babies will react differently to the bathing experience. Some babies will find the experience of the warm water to be very soothing and you will even see it from their facial expressions. If this is the case with your baby, it is okay to let her linger and stay in water. Other babies cry when put in water. Do not panic.
To solve this, you want to get your baby in and out of the water during the bathing. So this is what to do when bathing your baby;
- Begin with just few inches of warm water. A baby’s bathing water should be warm. Test the temperature of the water yourself by using your elbow. This is the most sensitive part of the skin to temperature. DO NOT use fingers. They are bad for predicting temperature. They can endure too hot water which could make the water dangerous for the baby. The water should not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- By the use of one arm, support the baby’s back, head and neck, and then place the baby gently in the bath. Continue to support the baby using one arm while bathing her with the other hand. Ensure you have a stable grip while washing the baby to prevent her from falling from your hand. Keep the baby in water most of the time as it will help with you holding the baby. Also it will keep the baby warmer.
- Gently with care and precession cleanse around the baby’s eyes using a cotton pad dampened with clean and warm water. Each eye needs a new cotton pad. After this, with a soft wash cloth, using the warm water, wipe around your baby’s mouth nose and generally the face. Do the creases in her neck and don’t forget the ears need cleaning.
- Use a soft cloth or even a soft paper to do the bathing, damped with some droplets of say olive oil. With care just wipe, don’t rub.
- After the general bathing of the baby, come to the diaper area. For a baby girl cleansing the genital area will be from front to back. For boys, wash the penis and the genital area, also do it from front to back.
- Some olive oil (a table-spoon) in the water is good for your baby. This helps to dissolve the dirt from the baby while maintaining the baby-skin-fat.
- After the bath, play time kicks off, allow the baby to take a few minutes in the water to enjoy it. Play with her I am sure you will get tempted to do so. Pour cupfuls of water on her body.
- After this, you should be having with you a ready with a warm soft and dry towel ready to wrap your baby immediately after getting her out of the water. Dry her properly and apply a gentle baby moisturizer. Finally dress her.
How To Bathe a baby: do clean only what is visible by your eyes, do not be rough on your baby’s skin. Also be careful with your baby’s ear canal and the nose. All babies are different, some like don’t like bathing too soon after feeding. However many moms find it best to bathe them before eating. NEVER should you at any point leave the baby alone during the bath.