Birth of a baby is a moment of great happiness for parents and brings them unlimited joy. Since then, they spend every moment seeing their baby walking, running, falling, smiling and playing. They wish to capture every moment of their baby’s life and one of these special moments takes place during bathing a baby. Bathing a baby is the most heartwarming experience for a mother and father. It can be little daunting task at first and for the first time parents, but once the initial phase gets over, it’s all easy down the road. The skin of a newborn baby is extremely sensitive and needs extra care. Also, the body of a newborn baby is quite fragile and needs careful handling. There are several things that one needs to consider while giving bath to a baby. For the first ten days, use the method of simply wiping the baby with a wet cloth. Once the baby’s umbilical cord falls off, use a baby bathtub to bath a baby. Always use lukewarm water as that would be comfortable for the baby and avoid giving regular bath for first few weeks. Read the following article to know more about the general precautions and steps involved during bathing a baby.
Bathing a Baby
Your baby needs sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off and it is healed. Thereafter, you can use a bath tub to bathe your baby. Take a washcloth and moisten it in lukewarm water. Wash its hands, face and legs. Next comes the body and the genital area.
It will be safe for your baby if you set the temperature of the water is between 90 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Any temperature greater than this could cause severe burns to the newly born baby. Fill the bath tub you're going to bathe your baby in with lukewarm water. The water should be always tested with your wrist or elbow to check if it is comfortably warm or not.
Check that you have kept every necessary thing you need to bath the baby. Get a tray and keep in it a mild bathing soap, few cotton balls and a clean diaper. This tray will be helpful for you to carry along with a towel and washcloth to the room where you going to bathe your baby. Once everything is place, get your baby.
While choosing bathtub for baby’s bath, you can use a plastic baby tub. It is advisable to use something to line the tub that will prevent your baby from slipping. If you are using a foam liner for the tub, dry it out after each use as this would help prevent the growth of germs. You can also use bath towel to line the tub, which should be washed and dried after each use.
Never ever leave your baby alone in water, as it can be very dangerous. So, be it your phone or the door bell, there is nothing which is as much important as your baby. And even if it is, please take your baby along with you. Best would be to inform your friends and relatives not to call at the baby bath time. As for the door bell, hang in a "Don’t Disturb" tag on the door before taking your baby for a bath. Alternatively, make sure there is someone else other than you and your baby at the home for attending the door bell or the phone.
Right Way of Bathing a Baby
Face & Neck
Start with face and neck and use a damp washcloth or cotton balls to gently clean baby's eyes, face and neck folds. The creases in the neck should be carefully dried. Remember never to try to clean the inside of your baby's ears as you may accidentally scratch or damage the eardrum.
You can use a little shampoo to wash your baby's hair. Washing the baby’s hair twice a week is good enough. Put washcloth on baby's forehead to keep shampoo out of the eyes. Use towel to gently dry baby’s hair.
Baby's upper body including arms and fingers should be carefully cleaned. The umbilical cord should be cleaned with some cotton swabs dipped in alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Thereafter, gently dry the area with a towel. Turning the baby on her tummy will greatly facilitate in washing baby's back and buttocks.
In case of baby girls wash the genital area from front to back. While washing genital area of baby boys, don't try to pull back the foreskin. The foreskin generally takes few years to separate from the underlying penis and to retract. Gently dry the genital area with the towel.
Now that you have learned some tips regarding bathing of a baby, use them in keeping your baby clean, germ-free and healthy.