Bathing your newborn is one of the most enjoyable and special ways to bond with them. There’s nothing cuter than watching your baby splash around in the water and the bubbles, which also helps a great deal in activating their senses.
However, bath time with newborns can be a tricky business, especially the first bath. There’s a possibility that your baby might not like it at first and may get fussy. No need to stress, because we have just what you need. Read ahead for some tips and tricks to make bathtime a fun and calming experience for your little munchkin.
- Choose the right products:
When giving your baby their first bath, it’s important to ensure that the products you’re using are gentle on their skin. Head to Mothercare online and explore baby skincare products that will leave your baby’s delicate skin feeling soft like a feather. We recommend using our best selling Mothercare All We Know Baby Bath Milk, created to keep your little one’s skin moisturized.
- Establish a routine:
Until your little one starts crawling around the house, a daily bath isn’t really necessary. The first bath is recommended to be given about two-four weeks after their birth once their umbilical cord stump has fully healed. Beyond that, bathing them three to four times a week would be sufficient. Take into account the weather conditions before you decide to bathe your baby.
- Keep it warm:
The water temperature should ideally be between 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that it does not go beyond 120 degrees. It should be comfortably warm. You can check the same by dipping your elbow in the water or by using a thermometer just to be very sure.
- Start with the face:
Ensuring that your baby’s head is supported at all times, gently lower your little one into the water. Take a soft towel or a sponge, and dip it into the water till it’s fully wet. Gently wipe your baby’s face, focusing more on the area around the mouth and under the chin, where saliva and milk tend to collect. You can avoid using soap when cleaning the face.
- Lather, rinse and dry:
As you move down to the rest of the body, using water and a little bit of tear-free baby soap, gently lather your baby’s body. Softly massage it with the tips of your fingers. Rinse it off with water once you’ve covered all important areas that need cleaning. Go easy on the genitals. It’s best to just clean them with a washcloth and avoid the use of soap. Once done, gently pat the baby’s body with a dry towel, especially the areas with folds of skin.
Yes, bathing your baby can often be worrisome, but fret not. Soon enough, bathtime will become a breeze for both you and your little one and before you know it, your baby will be giggling away in the tub and having a blast.