Bath time is the perfect bonding time of the day for you and your baby. Although this time can also be a little stressful with ensuring everything for the safety of the baby.
Let’s take it step by step.
How often should you bathe your baby?
It is totally up to you, how often you want to bathe your baby. There are some babies who love to be in water and others may dislike it. But giving your baby a warm bath can become a fun and relaxing time if you follow the right precautions.
It is not necessary at all to bathe your baby every single day. If your baby is new born then it would be enough to bathe them about 2 -3 times a week and ensure their hygiene.
Get things ready beforehand
Try to gather everything that you would need to bathe your baby before you start. These things may include:
- Bowl of warm water (For washing face)
- Cotton pads
- Liquid baby cleanser (should be mild)/ Baby care essentials
- Clean and dry towel (hooded towels are good for wrapping up your baby completely).
- A bath thermometer (for testing water temperature)
- A wipe (to clean delicate areas)
- Clean nappy, clothes, diaper etc
- A warm blanket (after bath if baby gets cold)
Wash your baby gently and thoroughly
- Clean the baby’s face with clean cotton pads dipped in warm water and squeezed out before bathing them. There’s no need to use any cleanser on your baby’s face for this.
- Use another fresh cotton pad to clean around your baby’s ears. (Don’t clean inside your baby’s ears, definitely not with ear buds)
- Wash the area under your baby’s chin and then dry it gently with a towel.
- Babies may have dry mucus in eyes or nostrils. Clean it by dabbing it first to soften it and then clean it outwards with cotton pads.
- Clean your baby’s genitals before putting them in the bath.
- Then gradually slip your baby into the bath using one arm to support their neck and head. Support their bottom with other hand.
- Have a good grip as the baby may get slippery when they are wet. Use your other hand to wash them.
- You can use a mild liquid baby cleanser. (Be careful as it will make your baby more slippery).
- Use your hand, a flannel or a sponge to clean your baby.
- Clean them from top to bottom and front to back.
Never leave your baby alone in the bath, not even for a few seconds.If someone comes to the door or the phone rings and you feel you must answer it, scoop your baby up and wrap them in a towel and take them with you.
Bathing your baby takes practice, so try to relax and take your time with it. You might want to start by bathing your baby when someone else is around to help to make it safer.