Baby bathing is essential and necessary for every child, whilst baby bathing is a necessity it is also very tricky espececially to new parents. The following outline intends to provide a guideline for new baby bathing.
- Never, ever leave your baby unsupervised, even for a minute. Children can drown in less than an inch of water. So gather all the supplies (soap, towel, clean diaper, clean clothes, etc.) you’ll need ahead of time, and keep at least one hand on your baby while he’s in the water
- The bathroom should be comfortably warm because babies get chilled quickly
- Don’t put your baby into a tub when the water is still running
- Make the family tub safe: Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, so outfit yours with a rubber bath mat for more secure seating. A cushioned spout cover can protect your baby’s head from painful bumps. Also, be sure that any sliding glass shower doors are made from safety glass
- Make the bathwater comfortably warm (test it with your wrist or the inside of your elbow to make sure it’s not too hot). Babies and toddlers generally prefer a much cooler tub than you probably do
- Fill the tub with only 2 to 4 inches of water for babies
- For children who can sit up, a bath ring may provide you with an extra “hand” but don’t let it give you a false sense of security; babies can tip over or get trapped under them, so it’s no substitute for keeping your eye and a hand on your baby at all times
- Teach your baby not to stand in the tub
- Wash your baby in plain water if you want to, as long as you clean the diaper zone and skin folds well. Soaps and shampoos can dry your baby’s skin and may cause rashes. If you do use soap, choose a mild one designed for babies and use it sparingly. To avoid having your baby sit too long in soapy water, play at the beginning of the bath and save the soap and shampoo for the end
- Don’t use bubble baths. They may be irritating to the urethra, which in turn might increase the risk of urinary tract infections
- Keep electric appliances (like hair dryers and curling irons) away from the tub
Gather all necessary bath supplies, and lay out a towel, a clean diaper, and clothes. Make sure the room is comfortably warm so your baby doesn’t get chilled. Fill the tub with about 3 inches of water that feels warm but not hot, to the inside of your wrist; about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or a few degrees warmer. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress her completely.
Gradually slip your baby into the tub feet first, using one hand to support her neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over her regularly during the bath so she doesn’t get too cold. Use mild soap sparingly (too much dries out your baby’s skin). Wash her with your hand or a washcloth from top to bottom, front and back. Start by washing her scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. Rinse the soap from the cloth and use it to gently clean her eyes and face. If dried mucus has collected in the corner of your baby’s nostrils or eyes, dab it several times with a small section of a moistened washcloth to soften it before you wipe it out. As for your baby’s genitals, a routine washing is all that’s needed. Rinse your baby thoroughly with cupfuls of clean water, and wipe her with a clean washcloth.
Wrap your baby in a hooded towel and pat her dry. If her skin is dry, or if she has a bit ofdiaper rash, you may want to apply a mild lotion after her bath.