If you are a new parent, you may not know how to give your baby a bath. It may seem like something easy to do but in truth, if you’ve never done it, it’s not as easy as you may think. You need to be careful of their umbilical cord stump, among other things. If you’re not sure how to bathe your newborn baby, this article will give you step by step instructions.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #1: Don’t overdo it
You may have the urge to wash your baby everyday but try to refrain. When your baby is a newborn, he or she does not need a bath all of the time. Giving a newborn a bath every 2-3 days is fine. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, you can wipe your babies private area, armpits and under the neck with a washcloth when it isn’t bath time.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #2: Have bath items arranged before you start
Before giving your newborn a bath, you need to make sure that you have everything you need for the bath before you start. Some items that you’ll need is a baby bath tub, shampoo and body wash formulated just for a baby (so it won’t burn their eyes), and a washcloth. You can forgo the shampoo if your baby does not have that much hair and just use body wash over their entire body.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #3: Water Temperature
Water temperature is very important when bathing your newborn. A baby can’t tell you that the water is too cold or too hot. You need to determine that yourself by feeling the water before putting your child in. Keep in mind that your baby’s skin is more sensitive then yours.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #4: Give baby a sponge bath if he/she still has umbilical cord
Under the umbilical cord falls off, it’s not recommended to give your child a full water bath. When my children were babies, I gave them sponge baths until it came off. Lay your baby down on a flat surface and use clean warm water and a sponge to wash them off.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #5: In the bath
You want to carefully place your baby in their baby bath tub, giving care that their head doesn’t flop around. You can put a hand towel on each side of their neck so that their head does not go back and forth. When you use shampoo on your baby’s head, Parenting ivillage.com recommends washing off their head with a wash cloth instead of pouring the water on the water to get the soap out. Watch your baby the entire time they are in the bath so their head doesn’t flip into the water.
Bathing Your Newborn Baby #6: Taking your infant out of the bath
You want to be very careful when you take your baby out of their bath. Skin is slippery and you’d feel horrid if you dropped your baby. Hold them firmly and wrap them in a towel immediately, then start the diapering and dressing process.