Congratulations on entering parenthood. Just like your childhood, teenage and adulthood, parenthood is also a learning experience. So, don’t worry if you don’t know all about it. It is alright to be blank about it. A newborn however, doesn’t need a bath as many times as a grown up. Starting off on a bath until the umbilical cord heals is a sponge bath followed by a baby tub bath and eventually a tub bath when the baby can sit up on her own. Let’s have a closer look at how to bathe a newborn baby.
Tips for Bathe Your Baby:
1. Sponge Bath:
Newborns are given a sponge bath till their umbilical cord stump heals and also not plunged into the water directly since they need time to adjust as well. If you are wondering how to bathe a newborn baby with a sponge, well you have nothing to worry about.
It is the simplest form of bath one can give. Before giving a bath to your baby you need to ensure that you have all the essentials you need right beside you. It is very important not to leave him/her unattended. Hence, ensure that you have all that you need right beside you and then only start giving a bath otherwise you may return and find a few of the bath essentials missing and that is never a good sign.
Firstly, make sure you have warm water in a bucket beside you and a clean and soft sponge. Now you can try and add a few drops of a soap solution which is sensitive enough for babies. Once you are done, plunge the sponge into the water and squeeze it out on your other palm to check if the water is not too hot or not too cold.
Once you have ensured it is in the right zone of temperature, plunge it into the water and squeeze all the water out and then rub it gently over the baby’s body. Take a small sponge to make it easier to wipe your baby’s tiny feet and hands. Cover the whole body in intervals and then wipe him/her with a soft cloth and put the clothes back on.
Wondering how often to bathe a baby? Well, you have nothing to worry about till they start crawling and making messes all over. That is when they need regular baths. But if they are yet to start messing themselves up, you can restrict it to maybe a few times a week. However, most houses follow this system of timing the bedtime with a bath. You can try that too if it works and if your baby is well adjusted with that pattern.
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3. Tub Bath:
Now that you know how often to bathe a baby Now let us have a look at how to bathe a baby when they have crossed the sponge bath phase. Keep in mind that the bath time you have with you baby can be made quite a special one. So, make sure you do it all right and here’s what you need to know.
Make sure the room temperature is warm enough for the baby so that it does not make her uncomfortable.
Collect all the bath essentials and lay them out in the order that you need to go so that you do not miss out on any step. Right from the soap to the towel and diapers.
Fill the tub with water up to a few inches and make sure it feels warm on your palm or on the inside of your wrist and not too hot. Try and maintain a temperature of about 32 degree Celsius.
Get your baby close to the tub and undress her. Make sure you have everything you need right before that since you cannot afford to leave her unattended.
Slowly and carefully slip your baby into the tub putting her feet in first and make sure you support the neck and head. Make sure you keep pouring cups of water over her all through the bath to ensure she doesn’t get cold at any time.
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Use some soap and keep in mind to use a mild one. Wash her with your hand from front to back and top to bottom as well. Starting from the scalp, proceed to her eyes and face and do not forget a regular wash at the genital area.
Pour cups of water on your baby and wash away the soap and then wipe her with a clean cloth.
One you are done wiping, wrap her up cozy in a hooded towel and dry. If you find the skin to be too dry or if you find any rashes in the diaper range, a little lotion will help.
Put on a fresh diaper on your baby as soon as you are done and make sure she enjoyed her bath.
Now if you have any doubts pertaining as to how to bathe a baby, you need to get them clarified with the experts or even your mother can play the role of an expert. She practically brought you up as well, didn’t she?
The concept of how to give a baby a bath is not so difficult. What you need to take care of, is the comfort of your baby. If he/she doesn’t look too comfortable playing in the water, then prolong the sponge bath time a little more and then come to the tub bath stage. While giving a bath is more than just about cleanliness, it also develops a parent-baby bond. Within no time, the both of you will be looking forward to the bath time and will start to enjoy it more than you know and make sure to sing and talk and express all your love to your little one. Bath time can also be a learning experience for the both of you. You will be able to know his/her ticklish areas and your baby can see you splashing the water and try and imitate the same. Overall, make sure you have all the safe essentials and cherish your time with your new found love.
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