Bathing is an enjoyable time between you and your baby. Your new born baby during the first six weeks does not necessarily need a full bath every day. A soft wash cloth or cotton wool and some warm water will do to clean him up. Once you start on the water bath routine, it is very good for your babies health if you massage him with baby oil which suits on your baby before bathing.
This is practiced traditionally in some countries like India. It is a wonderful way to lavish your baby with the attention she needs and loves. This massage aids food absorption, promotes sleep, builds immunity and develops muscle tone and coordination. Here is some bathing Tips for you.Cleaning the body of your baby that really need attention-her or his hands, face, neck and diaper area). Make sure that you have all the accesories before the bath so you will not have to leave your baby.
Never ever leave the baby alone in the bath even for a second. Always test the water to feel just warm. The temperature felt by the hand may feel right, but may scald the delicate skin of the baby.
1. If you use a baby bathtub, it will be easier for you. You will need Towel (two preferably, one for the head and the other for the body)
2. Cotton balls
3. If you want to massage your baby take ordinary baby oil or almond oil which is soothing to the skin or pescribe by child specialist.
4. Baby Soap Foam Pad or rubber mat ( to lay on the bottom of the sink so that she won’t slip)
How to bath your Baby
1. Always clean the baby’s face first. Dip a cotton wool or wash cloth in warm water and squeeze out excess water. Wipe her eyes from the inside corner to the outside. Use a clean part of the washcloth or a separate piece of cotton for the other eye. Don’t use soap on her face
2. Again with another piece of cotton wool or washcloth wipe her ears- over and behind each year with the washcloth. Don’t try to wipe inside.
3. Wash her body with a soapy cloth or in warm water in a tub. Lower him into the tub with his head supported on your arm and your hand holding her firmly around her shoulder and upper arm. Be sure to wash in between creases in her neck, arms and legs. Wash her bottom carefully from front to back. Hold her firmly with both hands while lifting her out of the water as she will be slippery.
4. After her body is washed, wrap her in a dry towel on your lap and dry him thoroughly in between creases as well.
5. Hold her head in one hand and supporting the back along your forearm like a football, pour water gently from the tub on the head and do not splash water on her face. Wash the hair and scalp using circular movements with a little soap or shampoo.
6. Pat his head dry with a fresh towel.Although some parents bath their babies every day or even twice a day in the hot summer months, a daily bath isn’t really necessary till your baby starts crawling.
Many parents and babies love bath time, but there’s no evidence that suggests babies must have a daily bath. It’s up to you and your baby really. However, you need to avoid the overuse of strong cleansers as they can damage your baby’s developing skin. Look for gentle pH-neutral cleansers or mild soaps designed especially for babies, and use them sparingly in the first few months.By now, your baby will have good muscle control and be able to hold her head up well. Read more information on your three month old’s development. Babies at this stage start enjoying the water, especially in summers. Make bathing a fun-filled time for your baby.What is the best time to bathe my baby?Though there is no fixed time to bathe your baby, most mothers find it convenient to bathe their babies before the mid-morning feed. You can also choose a time before your spouse leaves for work as he too can help bathe your baby.
Try and fix a time when your baby is not too hungry or tired as he may not enjoy his bath. Some mothers prefer to bathe their babies before bedtime. Whatever the time, ensure that you have ample time to massage and bathe your baby.What’s the best way to give my baby a bath?Here’s how to do it and what you’ll need to make baby-bathing easy. With any luck, his bath will become one of the most enjoyable parts of your days together:
1. Assemble all necessary bath accessories before you bring the baby in for a bath.
2. Make sure the bath water is comfortably warm but not hot; about 38 degrees Centigrade/100.4 degrees Fahrenheit has been shown to help babies to retain body heat.
3. For newborns and babies up to six months old, fill the bath with about five inches of water, or enough to allow your baby to settle in the water with his shoulders well covered. Never fill the bath more than waist-high (in sitting position) for older children.
4. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress him completely.
5. Gradually slip your baby into the bath, using one hand to support his neck and head.
6. Use soap sparingly as you wash him with your hand or a flannel or sponge from top to bottom, front to back. Wash his scalp with a wet, soapy cloth. Use moistened cotton wool to clean his eyes and face. As for your baby’s genitals, a routine wash is all that is needed. If dried mucus has collected in the corner of your baby’s nostrils or eyes, dab it several times with a small piece of moistened cotton wool to soften it before you wipe it out.
7. Rinse your baby thoroughly with a clean flannel or hand towel.8. Wrap your baby in a towel and pat him dry. If his skin is dry, or if he has a bit of nappy rash, you may want to apply a mild moisturising lotion after his bath.9. Finally, get him dressed, give him a cuddle and feed him. Chances are he’ll soon drift off to sleep. Read more on how to bathe your baby safely visit our website.Baby Information