You would have kept gazing as your nurse tossed and turned your baby like a toy and made bathing the newbie look like a cakewalk. But, the thought of bathing your newborn all by yourself might make you happy and nervous at the same time. We have come up with the points below to free from the worry of bathing your baby safely in the initial few days.
Before bath time:
- Decide the place where you want to bathe your newborn. Bathtubs are preferable as they can accommodate a tub or sink. Ensure to clean them before the bath time.
- Fill the tub with water for about two to three inches. Ensure the water is warm. The temperature of the water must be maintained between 90-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Have things such as baby soap, washcloths, dry towels, and clean clothes needed for bathing ready and easily reachable before taking your little one to bathe. It is advised not to leave your baby unattended even for a second while bathing.
During bath time:
- Your newborn might catch a cold easily while bathing, so keeps him/her covered during the whole time. You can use the washcloth for the same.
- While bathing your baby, always provide support to his/her head and place your hand around the baby all the time.
- While you use a shampoo on your baby, cup your hand across his/her forehead, so the soap foam doesn’t enter his/her eyes.
After bath time:
- Wipe on the head and face, and pat dry the baby gently. Focus on the folds behind the ears, around the neck, under the arms, and the diaper area.
- Your newborn generally doesn’t need cream, lotion, or powder in the first few days. But, go for them if they develop dry skin.
An additional tip:
If you opt for baby products, opt for the ones that are free from carcinogenic ingredients. Make sure the particles of the products don’t enter his/her nostrils as they might lead to respiratory problems. You can also reach out to your child care specialist for recommendations.
Bathing your baby can be challenging in the first few days. But as you get used to it, you will admire your little one enjoying the warm baths. Once your child can sit up, you will have more fun during the bath time.