Baby’s first bath is a real milestone for every mother. But when, how and where to give are a few questions every mother has. Cleaning a slippery, squirming and sometimes screaming infant takes practice. But relax, it all gets easier with time and your baby will soon start to love splashing water and playing with her bath toys.
Every mother uses the best of information available to her through her parents, in-laws, internet and friends on how to bathe an infant. As a new mother I was once very anxious of bathing my new born all by myself, but it was easy once I followed a few protocols.
For a new born, having a bath two to three times a week is enough as long as the little ones diaper area is clean. After all they are new born and do not get dirty. Once the cord stump has fallen off the baby is ready to bathe in a baby bath tub.
The things you will need are:
- A large towel, preferable hooded.
- A soft sponge
- Cotton balls
- Soap or baby wash made especially for babies.
- A baby bath tub
- Bath toys
Now hold the baby firmly, check the temperature of water it should be warm enough to give the baby a soothing bath. After filling the tub, be sure to swirl the water with your hands so there are no hot spots. Using one arm to gently support your baby’s back, head and neck, gently place her in the baby bath tub. Continue to support her using one arm while bathing her with the other.
As you wash pay attention to the below:
- The genital and diaper area should be thoroughly cleaned.
- Check between fingers of hand and feet for any dirt.
- The folds at the back of knees, neck and thighs
- Armpits should be cleaned thoroughly with sponge.
- The face – Use cotton balls and dab the eyes with water.
- Avoid putting anything deep into your baby’s ear canal or nose.
Make sure all this while you have the bath time toys ready for the toddler for him to look at them and enjoy his bath. Dry your baby well in all the creases, as excessive moisture could lead to skin irritation. Pat her skin dry to avoid skin damage.
Once the baby is all clean and dressed up, swaddle the baby with a soft cloth and the baby will peacefully sleep for hours.
Image courtesy – Fisher price (bath tub image) http://www.geniusbabies.com/ (bath toy image)
- Paridhee Kothari
- January 4, 2017
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