Markets are flooded with various baby products. Choosing a product carefully is of utmost importance. Before bathing a baby, everything should be assembled beforehand. Here are few tips for preparing a baby for bath.
I am very uncomfortable about bathing my baby
Until they have done it once or twice, most parents are terrified at the thought of bathing a soapy, squirming infant. Typically, newborns do not like to be bathed; the first few times she may howl from start to finish, so be prepared. Soon enough, though, she will anticipate her bath with delighted squeals. Fortunately, a sponge bath will do until the umbilical cord has fallen off and your baby's navel has healed. A circumcised infant can be bathed once his penis has healed.
How do I prepare for a bathing a baby?
It is important to assemble everything you need beforehand since you should never leave the baby unattended. You will need a soft washcloth, a large soft towel, baby shampoo and lotion, gentle unscented soap, cotton balls and, if the navel is unhealed, rubbing alcohol or first aid ointment. Some paediatricians recommend that you shop carefully for all purchasing only those with natural ingredients. Artificial colours, preservatives and fragrances can irritate the baby's skin, so be sure to choose baby shampoo that will not irritate her eyes, and special baby soaps or a mild soap with lanolin or pure glycerine.
Tips for bathing a baby the right way
Here are summarised the steps you should keep in mind when you take your baby for bath. Take a look below.
Yes, you too need to be ready to bath your baby. Pull up the sleeves if they are long and take off all the jewellery that you might be wearing. You need to be prepared for all the splashes and wet times with your baby in the bath tub.
Keep the essential ready
As mentioned above you must be ready with all essentials such as fresh set of clothes, towel, nappy, soap, shampoo, bath toys and baby powder.
Fill up the bath tub
Make sure her bath tub is filled up to the right height. Filling it up to 3 inches shall be a good way to ensure she is not drowning by any chance.
You must test the water temperature before putting her in.
You must not place her in the tub when the cold or hot water is still running.
Adding some toys in the water shall only make bathing more fun. However, make sure you are not overdoing with too much of bubbles or toys, as your baby might get overwhelmed.
Closing all doors and windows while bathing is a good way to ensure she does not feel the chill from outside.
If your baby is too young and you find it difficult managing her during the bath times, you can seek help. You can consider your friends, in-laws, grandparents or an experienced someone to guide you through the process. When you have someone by your side, you shall feel all the more reassured.
However, you need not worry if you have to do all yourself. You are after all you are a supermom and doing simply great.
Undress your little one the right way
Remove all the clothes and her diapers. You must be ready with the water and all essentials before undressing her.
Splashing some water at her before finally getting into the bathe can help her get used to the water temperature.
You must never leave her unattended
You must make sure there is someone always there when she is being bathed. Your baby may be at risk. So, make it a point to be there all through her bathing time.
If you forget to bring something, you can ask someone to get it for you or let it go. You must not make the mistake of leaving her unattended.
Use no tear supplies
Using the no tear supplies for babies is a good idea to make bathing more fun. Moreover, these are known to be highly sensitive and do not irritate the skin in any ways.
You can use soft cloth or your hands to rub soap all over all. If you are using a shampoo, you may only pour a drop in your hand and then gently massage her scalp.
Clean her hair and eyes thoroughly and make sure there are no traces of soap left.
Washing the genitals is a good practice that you should make a habit from the very tender age. If you find any mucus around the eyes and nose of your baby, you can use soft cotton balls to wipe them clean. Once it is over, take her out of the tub and pat her dry with a clean towel. Dress up your baby and put some lotion. You are done!
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