Bath time was always one of my favorite times with my children. It let me take my child away from the rest of the house so it was just the two of us. It always felt like we were squeezing in some extra bonding time. Of course, that was if the bath went smoothly. Some parents may not know how to give their baby a bath, and you know what? That’s ok. Bathing a baby is much different from bathing yourself. You have to do it with caution and care. This article will give you a step by step on how you can bathe your child.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #1: Make sure you have all the supplies by the bathtub
Before giving your baby a bath, make sure you have all the supplies needed for your babies bath. Be sure that you have a washcloth, shampoo, body wash, any toys your baby likes, a towel and a change of clothes with a diaper for when they are finished. This will save you from frantically looking around for these items after your baby is in the water.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #2: Have the proper baby bathtub or chair
It is important to have the right bathing tub for a newborn baby and a bath chair that sets up and suctions to the bottom of the bathtub for a baby that can sit up on his own. With a baby, you don’t want to just toss them in the bathtub and let them have a go at it. They need to feel safe when they’re in the bathtub so make sure you have a baby bath or chair handy.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #3: Check your babies diaper before you take it off for last minute precious droppings
One of my least favorite things was taking off my baby’s diaper before I put them in the bath, only to discover that they had gone number two while I was getting everything ready for their bath. Before taking off your child’s diaper, look in the back to see if everything is all clear. This will save you time from having to run out of the bathroom for wipes to clean up your infant.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #4: Make sure the water is just right
It is very important that you get the water temperature not to hot and not to cold. You don’t want your baby to freeze and you don’t want your child to burn in the water. Feel the water yourself before putting them in.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #5: Avoid using shampoo and soap that is not designed for babies
Johnson’s has a line of baby bath products that are no tear. Your baby won’t understand why their eyes are burning if you use a regular shampoo and get it into their eyes so be sure to use one that is no tears.
How to Give a Baby a Bath #6: After the bath
After the bath, wrap them snugly in their towel. Use lotion or baby powder to keep their skin smelling good. Get them dressed and hang up their towel over the shower curtain rod so it can dry out.