Bathing a newborn baby can be an easy and enjoyable experience. First time parents are advised to have confinement nanny or someone experience to guide during bath time. When is a good time to bathe baby? What are the essential steps or do’s and don’ts when bathing a newborn? How can you make your baby happy and cooperative during bath? Well, the more practice you have, the better you will become and enjoy the bathing session.
Here are 9 bathing tips for newborn that can help baby cooperate and like the baths every time.
- Prepare everything that you require.
Get ready by setting up the bathing station first before bringing your baby in for the bath. Do make sure that you have bathing necessity such as cotton wool, soup, towel, all within easy reach, preferably an arm’s length.
2. Do bedtime baths.
You should never bathe baby immediately after his or her feed or when baby is hungry. Instead, you should ensure your baby is well fed and contented. Sitting in warm water can be very soothing for babies. Having bedtime baths will help babies to relax and have a better sleep.
3. Do make warm bath.
Test the bathwater with your wrist or inner side of your elbow to ensure it is not too hot and fill the tub up to two to four inches.
4. Wash baby’s face first.
Some babies dislike the sensation of water on their face. Wash your little one’s face by dampening a washcloth and wiping his face gently Do this before you take off any of his clothes.
5. Do not leave your baby alone.
This is the golden rule for baby baths. You should never ever leave your baby unsupervised. Babies have been known to drown to death in less than an inch of water.
6. Don’t wear accessories.
Make sure to take off your watch, rings and other hand accessories before you begin bath. The last thing you want is to accidentally land a scratch on baby’s sensitive skin.
7. Don’t let water run.
You should never put your baby into tub when water is still running, as it could get dangerously deep or temperature could change.
8. Don’t clean inside baby’s ears.
Only clean outside your little one’s ears. Refrain from cleaning inside his ears or worse, using a cotton swab. Babies eardrums are very soft and they could be easily punctured.
9. Don’t use bubble baths.
Bubble baths could irritate your baby’s urethra, and heighten the risk of urinary tract infections. A quick bath using mild soap will do just fine.
If you need extra help on baby care, you are encouraged to attend baby courses or engage professional confinement nanny agency. With trained confinement nanny support, you can have more rest and concentrate on your recuperation.