A lot of mothers are apprehensive when it comes to bathing their newborns. How do you keep your baby safe and cozy but still make sure they have fun? Here’s a simple step by step guide to bathing your little one without worrying.
Step 1: Preparation
Before you begin bathing your baby, gather all the necessary supplies because you won’t be able to leave your baby unmonitored once the bath starts. These include soft washcloths or sponges, baby soap, Towels, lotion, powder, diaper and clothes to be worn after the bath.
You can even have cotton balls to clean the ears and eyes.
Step 2: The right temperature
Make sure the water is neither too hot nor too cold by using your elbows or a thermometer. It should be just warm enough for your baby to be comfortable in. You can get a bathtub that is specifically designed for babies and fill it up with a few inches of warm water. These tubs are usually shaped in a way to support your baby’s head and neck.
You can also use any flat surface to place your baby on. Just make sure to cover the surface with a blanket and then lay your baby on top of it.
Step 3: It’s bath time
If your baby is a newborn (less than a week old), then sponge baths are ideal. Just place him on a flat surface by holding him with one of your hands and then soak the sponge in warm water and gently rub it against his skin.
If your baby is a little older then place her in the tub, feet first such that she is not completely submerged. Always have one hand on her because she can be slippery when wet.
Step 4: Bubble it up
Use your hand or a small mug to get your baby’s body wet. For the face, arms and legs, you can use a wet washcloth. Gently apply the soap all over the skin and lather it up. Choose a soap and shampoo that is tear-free and natural. Clean all the little creases and spots like under the neck and behind the ears which are usually missed.
Step 5: Post-bath ritual
After rinsing him off, lift him from the tub and wrap him up in a towel. Dry them off from head to toe. If there are any prescribed ointments that need applying, then now’s the time. You can also use lotions and powders but they are not compulsory. Dress him up with diapers and you’re good to go!
Keep in mind that your baby doesn’t need a bath every day. In fact, that will only strip your baby’s skin of moisture. You can give him/her a bath 3 times in a week.