Before taking your baby for a bath, make sure that all things which will be needed are assembled at a place. Care should be taken while bathing the baby. Water should not enter the ears or umbilical cord. Warm water should be used. Here are some more tips.
bathing your baby, assemble her clothes, towels and the other bathing supplies.
Don't leave her unattended for even
a moment. Make sure everything you need is within arm's reach - even the
Close all the windows. Your baby
is extremely delicate and a draft could cause her to catch a chill. Make
sure the room is warm.
If your newborn's umbilical cord hasn't fallen off, give her a sponge bath. You can start giving her a after the cord falls out and the navel has healed. Don't wet the umbilical
cord. If it gets wet by mistake, dab some alcohol on it.
If your male baby has been circumcised,
give him sponge baths till the area heals. Only after it has completely
healed should you give him a tub bath.
There are lots of tubs from which
to choose. Some plastic baby tubs have a built-in seat for the baby to
lean against; others include a removable hammock so she won't be completely
immersed in the water. There are inflatable models your baby can comfortably
sink into and others that fit into the bathtub.
If you don't have a tub but have
a large sink, you could bathe your baby in it. Make sure it is well cleaned
and disinfected first, and that it has a stopper.
Place a towel at the bottom of the
tub or sink so it is not too slippery. Fill up the tub or sink with water
and test the temperature. Never pour the water into the tub with the baby
in it; there might be a sudden temperature change.
Once you have the water (at the right
temperature) ready, undress your baby and gently place her into the bath.
Always support her neck and back with one hand until she can sit up. With
the other hand, using a soft washcloth and baby soap, wash her ears and
neck, paying attention to her ever-multiplying chins. Then wash her upper
body, legs, genitals and back.
Don't wash inside her ears. The area
is very delicate, and you may damage it.
Use a very and
shampoo made especially for babies. Don't apply soap to her face.
If you're shampooing your baby's
head, wrap her up in a towel and dip her head gently in the water. Shampoo,
and then dip her head again to rinse out the suds. If she has cradle cap,
shampoo her hair more often. When you apply shampoo, comb her hair to loosen
the scales. Cover her head with a towel after you finish shampooing her.
After your baby's fully bathed, cover
her with a towel and gently clothe her. She's ready to be pampered! It's
best to avoid applying any form of powder or lotion on your newborn.
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