Bath time with your bundle of joy can be an exciting milestone and it can also make some parents a tad bit nervous. Here are some great tips to make bath time enjoyable for you both.
When to bathe:
For the first few weeks, it's best to sponge bath your baby until the stump of the umbilical cord falls off.
Newborns don't need to be bathed a lot as they are not dirty, only bathe them 2-3 times a week, if you over bathe, it can dry out the skin.
To help your newborn enjoy being bathed, make sure they are not tired or hungry.
Preparation is the key:
You can bathe your baby in a clean kitchen sink or baby bath
Fill the bath with a few inches of warm water. Fill the bath with cold water first and then add the hot until you get to 37°C. Traditionally parents test the water with the inside of their wrist, or you can invest in a water thermometer.
The room you are bathing your baby in should also be warm, You don't want your baby to catch a chill.
Remember to remove rings and watches as these can scratch the baby's skin.
The best practice is to ensure you have everything ready beforehand and at arms reach.
What you will need:
2-3 wash cloths
Natural baby wash- if you decide to use them.
Remove your baby's clothes and pour a small amount of water on the back of the baby's head so it won't be too much of a shock. Carefully lower them into the water, supporting their head and neck with one arm and having your forefinger and thumb wrapped around the armpit. Make sure that they are covered at all times during their bath to avoid a chill. Dip a washcloth into the water and gently run it over their face first and then work your way down. If you decide you want to use a body wash only use natural oils like coconut, olive, or almond oils.
If your baby doesn't like the bath too much, place a damp cloth over its tummy and it will settle them down.
Warm and Dry:
Once you are ready to take your baby out of the bath, wrap them up in a hooded towel, babies lose a lot of heat from their heads so hooded towels are perfect for this. Dry their head first and then dry the folds and creases. Add any gentle moisturizers if your baby's skin is dry or irritated. Finally, dress your baby, and bath time is done!