Bathing Your Baby
Bathing and washing your baby is necessary for the daily hygiene. How charming this moment with your baby might seem, there are something that you should keep in mind in order to give the baby the best bathing experience possible.
A baby bath is fun and easy. All you need some water and a happy baby. However, be sure to have everything baby proof or the happy hour can be less than fun. You will soon establish a washing and bathing routine, as babies get dirty a lot. A clean baby is a healthy baby, remember that.
When the baby is newborn, be sure to only wash it with sponges and wipes and not to give the baby a full bath. This might be too much for the baby. Once it is 2-3 month old, you can have a baby bath in the bathtub or in the kitchen sink. Remove any sharp objects before and have the towel for drying the baby handy.
Tap water in the tub/sink and make sure that it is not to hot or too cold. A temperature of 37 degrees Celsius is perfect. If you are unsure, use a thermometer.
Be sure to only have a little water; it should not reach above the level of your baby’s legs. Then gently wash the babies with your hands. This is much smoother to the baby’s skin than a sponge. If you want, you can use a mild, baby approved soap that does not dehydrate the skin.
Never ever leave the water unattended.
When having a baby bath, than be sure to remember that a wet baby is harder to grab. This is especially important when you lift the baby out of the tub/sink, as you do not want the baby to fall. Have the towel for drying close by, as wrapped baby in a towel makes it easier to hold.
Other useful tips include:
- Don´t let the baby stay in the tub for too long.
- Make sure that it is not too hot in the bathroom/room used for bathing.
- Wash your baby’s head and face gently, use a smooth towel or even a q-tip.
- Dry between your baby’s toes and fingers as it otherwise starts to develop fungus.