Hi there and welcome back! Your precious bundle is safely at home and life begins with your addition to the family. On today’s blog we will be getting into the subject of bathing a newborn. Let’s be honest, this process can be a bit nerve wracking especially if you are a first time parent. They are so tiny and so delicate and you may be worried about doing it correctly and safely. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered and we’ll walk you through the steps and have you at pro level in no time. There is no doubt that you will master this skill and go on to teach your techniques to other anxious parents.
You can breathe a sigh of relief to know that newborns do not need a bath everyday. The World Health Organization recommends not bathing a newborn until 24 hours after birth or at least waiting 6 hours if you absolutely can’t wait. Newborns are learning to regulate their body temperature and are very fond of staying warm and cozy. Bathing them too often can make them chilly….they don’t like this. This can also interfere with their blood sugar levels, put them at risk for infections and can delay the drying of the umbilical cord which should fall off naturally. For the first year of your baby’s life, baths should be a few times a week as your baby will not get dirty enough to warrant a bath everyday.
Make sure to have all items needed in advance as once you start the process, this will make bath time run a bit smoothly. You won’t be able to leave your baby’s side at all….not even for a second. Your baby’s safety is a priority and your attention should be on her 100%, especially at this time. Here are some things you will need;
Let the fun begin! The water should always be lukewarm, not hot (test on the inside of your wrist or elbow) to be sure. The tub should not be filled more than 2-3 inches. Once your baby is undressed, place her in the tub immediately to avoid any chills. You should always use one hand to support your baby’s head and neck once they are in the tub.
Wet a washcloth and add a bit of soap not too much as this may cause drying of your baby’s skin.
Start gently, cleaning and washing your baby front and back. Clean your baby’s face with another washcloth, be careful not to get water into her eyes.
Since your baby’s entire body is not submerged in the water, keep pouring a bit of warm water over her body to avoid chills.
Once bathing is completed, wrap him in a nice cozy towel and pat him dry. Apply a bit of moisturizer to avoid dry skin.
Dress your baby and shower him with kisses and cuddles…..inhale that nice ”baby smell” 😊
On the days that you are not giving your baby a full bath, a sponge bath is an option. This takes the place of an actual bath but without putting your baby in the tub. Place the baby on a flat surface wrapped in a nice cozy towel to keep him warm. Keep one hand firmly on his baby to prevent him from falling. Use a bit of warm water and a washcloth and start with gently cleaning his face and make your way down the length of his body making sure to clean the folds, between those tiny fingers and toes. Pay careful attention to the genital area.
Try having a nighttime routine of bath time as once your baby’s body starts cooling after a nice warm bath he will be all ready for sleepy time. Try making this a regular habit as this will ensure a good night sleep for you both…hopefully 🤞
Bath time is such a great time to bond with your precious one, make it fun, relax….you are doing a fantastic job! We hope that these tips helped in a way to put your mind at ease and will make bath time one of your favorite activities to look forward to. As always, we are here to support you on your parental journey and we welcome your feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again next week.