How to Bathe a Baby; Things You Should Know about
Bathing is something you can begin shortly just after birth. Some doctors recommended delaying the baby’s first bath until he/she is a few days old. It is because just after birth, the baby is covered with vernix, which is a waxy substance that protects the baby from germs. Once you bring your baby home, you can safely give a sponge bath to your baby. This is the safest way until the umbilical cord is removed on its own. Once it falls, you can give your baby a shallow bath. Read on to learn how to bathe a baby and things you need to bath your baby for the first time.
How to give the baby a sponge bath
New moms are usually confused and do not know how to bathe a baby. Sponge bathe is best for newborn babies. This is the simplest way to bathe your new baby before the umbilical cord falls. You can also give your baby sponge bath anytime, even when you want to wash one side or full.
Before giving your baby sponge bath, make sure you have all the things you need. You should also warm up the room so that your baby feels comfortable.
Things you need for a sponge bath
- Blanket or towel
- A bowl of warm water
- Mild baby soap
- Clean diaper
Steps to follow
Once you gathered all those objects, then follow these steps
- Choose a warm room and remove the baby’s clothes and wrap him in a towel.
- Lay your baby on a flat surface like the floor or your bed.
- Unwrap the towel from one side at a time and expose only that area which you want to wash.
- Add one or two drops of mild soap in the water and dip the sponge or gentle cloth in the water and bring it out.
- Use a sponge and warm soapy water to clean your baby. You should gently wash your baby’s face and head now underarms and then the diaper area. If your baby is circumcised, then avoid that area.
- Now dry your baby and put on a clean diaper. Always use those towels that are built-in hoods to keep the baby’s head.
If you have a baby boy and he is circumcised, then consult with your doctor and follow up on his instructions.
How to bathe a baby in a baby tub
Once your baby’s umbilical cord falls, then you can bath them in the bathtub. Follow up on our instructions.
- Fill the tub with water about 3 to 4 inches.
- After undressing your baby, place them in water immediately so that they do not get cold.
- Always use one hand to support your baby head, and the neck should be above the water for all safety measures.
- You can gently pour water on the baby so that he/she remains warm.
- Use shampoo two times in a week.
- Clean the rest of the body parts from to down from that warm soapy water.
- Now gently put your baby out and immediately wrap in a towel. Pat the towel gently and be sure to dry the crease in their skin.
Always remember, do not let your baby alone in the bathtub. They can quickly drown even in the shallow water.
Your baby should be supervised all the time while bathing, never leaves a newborn unattended. Once your baby is able to sit on its own, you can bathe him in a full bathtub. If your baby cries while bathing and does not spend enough in the bath, then make sure the water is warm enough, and you can also use bath toys to enjoy bath timing. Be aware of soap bubbles. These can dry your baby’s skin.