One of the many concerns among new mums is how to bathe a baby. Will I do it the right way? Will I hurt my delicate little one?
Bathing a baby definitely becomes an issue for a lot of women, but it's as necessary as it is simple, as long as you follow some basic steps.
Do you want to be a bathing newborn pro? In the following article, you'll find all the keys to become one.
How to bathe a baby: An essential habit
Bathing is no less than a fundamental habit for human being. Good hygiene is essential to ensure healthy development in babies, so you should only avoid bathing a baby under medical advice. Your munchkin may fear the bath in the beginning, but getting used to it is another milestone in his development. Also, if you find a way to make bathing fun, this will help you develop an even stronger bond with your newborn than you have already.
How to bathe a baby: A daily activity?
Before wondering how to bathe a newborn, you may ask yourself how often it needs to happen. Doctors recommend bathing a baby a few times a week, as long as you clean his face regularly and, of course, his genital area after changing nappies. However, it is completely fine to bathe your baby daily from the moment he's born. If anything, avoid doing it during the winter to prevent him from getting dry skin.
How do we do it?
When preparing the first bath, take into consideration the following steps:
- Get everything ready: the baby's clothes, considering the season and the home temperature, towels, a clean nappy and lotions, if needed.
- Keep the room warm, so your little one doesn't get cold. You can read further about the ideal baby room temperature here.
- Fill the bathtub with water up to half of its capacity. Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot. It should be between 32 and 36 degrees.
- Undress your baby gently and don't take too long to put him into the tub.
- Put him into the water little by little, starting with his feet.
- Use cupfuls of water over his body and combine them with a soapy washcloth. First, clean his scalp and continue on to his face, making sure that you've rinsed the washcloth previously, especially when it comes to cleaning his eyes. Don't forget anything; wash him from top to bottom, both front and back.
- Rinse his entire body by pouring cupfuls of clean water, and then dry the baby using a hooded towel.
- Once the baby is dry, and in case he's got a rash due to wearing nappies, you could apply some lotion (here you have some extra information on baby skin care).
- Dress him up in his favourite pyjamas, and that's all!
During the first days of your baby's life, try not to use soap to bathe him. It is better to wait until the leftover bit of his umbilical cord, which you should be taking care of by applying some alcohol, is gone.
What not to do when bathing your baby
There are some aspects about bathing baby that you should be careful with. Above all, don't leave your little one unattended under any circumstance. If, for example, the phone rings during the bath, don't even bother. It can take just a moment for a fatal incident. Also, if your baby poops inside the tub, take him out immediately, clean up the space and replace the dirty water with clean water. Leaving him in the dirty water could lead to infections.
Most likely, by now you have a better idea of how to bathe a baby. As mentioned earlier, it's very simple. You just have to create a routine, make sure he doesn't get cold or hurt, and also provide him with some entertainment. As time goes by, he'll start enjoying his bath!