Bathing a baby

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Provided the diaper area of the baby’s body is kept clean, it is not necessary to bathe a baby everyday. Two or three times a week is sufficient. Do not bathe a baby just after a feeding. Choose a warm room with no drafts. Have everything you need for the bath beforehand and ready. Things to remember are: baby basin, washcloth, towel, baby shampoo, soap, fresh diaper, cotton swabs, and clean clothes.

Test the baby’s water with your wrist or elbow; the water temperature should be near a normal body temperature, between 90 and 100 degrees ( no more. ) Until the baby’s cord falls off and navel heals, you should only sponge bathe your baby. Lay the infant on a padded table; wash his or her face with soap and water, taking care not to get soap in the eyes. Shampoo the scalp once or twice a week, using a shampoo that doesn’t cause tearing.

Carefully and gently wash the body, one area at a time, paying close attention to folds and creases. Wash the baby’s bottom last. As you finish each area, rinse the infants skin thoroughly and pat dry-don’t rub. Clean the navel with a cotton swab.

Tub bath

Use a plastic baby bathtub or the kitchen sink lined with a terry cloth towel. Have the water just an inch or two deep. Lower the baby very gently, talking quietly for reassurance. Hold the baby so that your wrist supports the head, and your fingers of the same hand are under the shoulder. Using your other hand, wash the baby just like you did when sponge-bathing. After rinsing, wrap the baby in a terry cloth towel and pat dry. Diaper and dress.


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