All the Things You Need to Know for Bathing Your Baby

All the Things You Need to Know for Bathing Your Baby

All the Things You Need to Know for Bathing Your Baby

Bathing your baby is an occasion many parents treasures. It’s a wonderful time to bond with all the cooing, singing, talking to your baby. This is a distraction-free and special time for bonding as your tiny new family member thrives the sensation of warm water on their skin. This common parenting ritual often comes with problems, and sometimes difficult, about when and how to do it well.

When can I give my newborn a bath? How can often can we bathe a baby? How should you bathe a newborn? What is the right water temperature? Not to worry. We’ve got all the basics covered to prepare you for the baby’s first bath and beyond.

The first few times you give your baby a bath can be a bit tricky, but you’ll be a pro after reading our article.

First of all, you have to know that the timing of your baby’s very first bath has changed over the last few years. While most organizations used to bathe babies within an hour or two of birth, many are changing their policies. Because the World Health Organization (WHO) approves delaying the baby’s first bath until 24 hours after birth or waiting at least 6 hours if a full day isn’t
possible for cultural reasons. This recommendation has been integrated from the WHO guidance on postnatal care of the mother and newborn.

Suitable clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and the use of caps. The mother and baby should not be detached and should stay in the same room 24 hours a day.

Why wait? Here are some reasons why it is recommended to wait before the first bath

  • In order to make sure that there will be no drop in Body temperature and blood sugar.
  • Taking the baby away for a bath too soon can hesitate skin-to-skin care, mother-child
    bonding, and early breastfeeding success.
  • A waxy white substance that glosses a baby's skin before birth, acts as a natural
    moisturizer and may have anti-bacterial properties.

The evidence supporting this guidance can be found in the source guideline document,
available at:  Click Here

The first BATH

Before your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off which will usually happen between 10 days and three weeks after birth, it’s best to give a sponge-bathe to avoid getting the cord stump wet.

Here are the steps that need to be followed for Sponge Bathing Your Newborn Baby

  • Lay your baby on a soft, flat surface. The top of a clean towel works well.
  • Have a basin of warm or lukewarm water and a sponge or flannel handy.
  • Keeping the baby warmly wrapped.
  • Expose one limb at a moment and gently wash it.
  • Dab the area dry and start on the next limb.
If you accidentally get the cord stump wet and use the towel to gently pat it dry.

Bathing a Baby, A Detailed Guide

A newborn’s skin is delicate and soft. Proper skin care and bathing can help preserve the health and texture of your baby’s skin while giving a pleasant happening for both of you.

Things needed for a baby bath are

  • Thick towels or a sponge-type bath cushion
  • Soft washcloths
  • Basin or clean sink
  • Cotton balls
  • Baby shampoo and baby soap (make sure they are gentle and non-irritating)
  • Hooded baby towel
  • Clean diaper and clothing
  • Lotion for moisturizing
  • Toys and pacifier to distract if necessary
  • You can also use baby oils

The process to be followed for bathing a baby

For 0-6 months old

Water level: fill it with an utmost of 8 to 12 cm of water for infants and babies up to 6 months old.

Water temperature: Check the water temperature is 37-38°C before you put your baby in. If you don’t have a thermometer, use your wrist or elbow to test the temperature – it should be comfortably warm, not hot.

Procedure:

  • Before undressing your baby, wipe his eyelids (from inner eye to outer eye) with cotton
    wool dipped in lukewarm clean water.
  • Don’t add any liquids to the water unless they are completely safe for the baby. As 6
    months babies don’t get into dirt much it’s better to use plain water in the beginning
    months.
  • Use a new piece of cotton and wool for each eye. Then wash his entire face.
  • Be careful not to put anything into his ears or nose.
  • Undress your baby, taking her nappy off last.
  • Cradle your baby’s head with one arm, supporting his head and neck with the other arm.
  • Gently lower him into the bath, feet first, keeping a close hold at all times to make sure
    the baby doesn’t drop through your hands
  • Supporting her head, lay your baby down in the bath or tub so the back of her head is
    submerged. Gently pour some water onto her head.
  • Gently wash your baby’s genitals and bottom last, using clean water only. Also, clean
    out all bits of poo or vomit from his body creases.
  • Clean between the fingers and toes as well.
  • Armpits, behind the ears, the force at the back of the thighs, neck, and knees should be
    cleaned because the skin of fuzz is formed here.
  • If you are thinking about ahead bath it’s quite simple. Just apply a dab of shampoo to the
    hair, gently massage it in and let it sit for a short while before rinsing it out.
  • Scrub your baby’s hair last so she doesn’t have to sit in soapy water.
  • Lift your baby out and rub them dry with a towel, paying special attention to the creases
    in their skin.
  • This is a good time to massage your baby. Massage can help them relax and sleep.
    Prevent using any oils or lotions until your baby is at least a month old.

How often?
Three baths per week during baby’s first year may be sufficient. Bathing more often can dry out your baby’s skin.

For 6 Months - 2 Years Old

Water level: According to the requirement.

Water temperature: Hot or warm.

Procedure:

  • Bathing a toddler isn’t too different from washing a baby.
  • You can use a bathtub or kitchen sink for making this happen.
  • Using a washcloth or your hand, gently wipe, starting with that (adorable) face, always
    being extra careful around her sensitive peepers.
  • Use body washes or soaps as the liquid that goes with water.
  • Pay close attention to folds or crevices neck, ears, sides of the nose.
  • Make sure you are gentle with the private parts.
  • Make toddler tub time at 10 to 15 minutes. Any longer and you put your clean your cutie
    she will be at risk for dry skin.
  • Not to worry about head bath because you can use any shampoo you want to unless it is
    tear-free.
  • Gently scrub the shampoo on their hair and wash it thoroughly. Make sure the shampoo
    water doesn’t go right into their eyes.
  • Make sure they stand up once in a while to prevent irritation in the private parts.
  • Boats, rubber ducks, mini water guns, waterproof books, and washcloth puppets can
    work wonders on attracting a bath-wary toddler.
  • Now use some good baby moisturizers to get them all ready for having some fun.

How often?
As toddlers get into a lot of dirt and get a lot of playtime’s it’s good to give them a bath twice a day.

For 2-5 Year Kids

Water level: As much as required.

Water temperature: Hot or warm according to the kid’s preference

Procedure:

  • The process is very much similar to bathing toddlers.
  • Using your hand, gently wipe, starting with that little face.
  • Always being extra careful around her sensitive peepers.
  • Use soaps or body washes that go well with their skin. Make sure they are not allergic to
    the soap you are using. So far baby soaps are recommended the best.
  • Pay close attention to folds or crevices neck, ears, sides of the nose.
  • As the kids play a lot in dirt and sweat a lot it's your responsibility to clean their skin
    properly and gently.
  • The bath should generally limit from 10 to 15 minutes. Any longer and you put your kid at
    risk for dry skin.
  • Not to worry about head bath because you can use any shampoo you want to unless it is
    tear-free.
  • Gently scrub the shampoo on their hair and wash it thoroughly. Make sure the shampoo
    water doesn't go right into their eyes.
  • Boats, rubber ducks, mini water guns, waterproof books, and washcloth puppets can
    work wonders on attracting a bath-wary toddler.
  • Now use some good moisturizers to get them all ready for having some fun.

How often?
As these kids need special attention when it comes to tidiness it is suggested that bathing twice a day will be the best option.

Precautions and Safety Measures

  • Make sure that the water is not too hot or too cold for the baby. Continuously check the
    temperature of water by tapping your elbow or hand into it.
  • It is suggested to not enter into the tub carrying the baby because if they decide to take
    a leap, it's become a huge risk.
  • Never leave your baby alone in a bath. Even an inch of water can be harmful to a
    newborn. If you must leave the room, take the baby with you.
  • The temperature of the room where you’re bathing your baby should be approximately
    75°F. So that the baby is always warm.
  • Failure to focus on the bathing session can put your child at risk and cause you to put up
    with wrong decisions instead.
  • Make sure that the liquid and soaps you use are best for the baby.
  • Bathing at night is good but not for babies who are under 6 months because this can
    make your baby catch a cold.
  • Collect all the things you will need before you start to give the bath.

Why Bathing is Important?

  • Bath for your baby is a very crucial ritual that keeps his or her skin nice and clean.
  • It boosts the parent-baby bond. Taking care of your baby lets him realize you care about
    him. Glare into his eyes, kiss that yummy baby belly, count those tiny toes, coo sweet
    nothings, sing silly songs.
  • Feeling your gentle touch and hearing your voice (no matter what you say or sing) will let
    your little one know how much he’s loved.
  • It is a learning experience. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to learn in the tub. Tickle your
    little one's senses by rippling water gently onto his tummy he’ll probably giggle with
    pleasure.
  • Just always watch to be sure he’s delighted and enjoying what you’re doing.
  • The warm water, the warm room and the warm feeling of being safe, protected and
    loved work magic and will put your baby in the mood to snooze.

The Bottom Line

Follow all the above precautions and you will be ready to have the best time of your life…!!

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