While you don’t have to bathe your newborn every day, it is important to wash their face, neck, hands, and bottom every day.
But even when you are not washing their whole body, you should bathe them in a warm room, with warm water.
Keep in mind that washing a newborn can be a risky business, especially if you don’t know how to do it.
But this does not mean that washing a baby is rocket science.
It is possible to wash your baby safely, even if you are doing it for the first time. You just need to have the necessary information and the right tips.
This article presents to you a step-by-step guide on how to bathe your baby safely. Check it out!
- Set the Scene
Whether you plan to bathe your baby in the kitchen or the bathroom, you should ensure that the room is safe, clean, and warm.
You can bathe the baby in a baby bath tub or the kitchen sink.
If you are washing the baby the bath tub, ensure that it has the right safety features such as nonslip pad and faucet covers.
Note that different types of baby bath tubs are featured according to age.
If you haven’t bought one yet, consider checking baby bath tub reviews to ensure that you choose the best.
- Gather the Necessary Supplies and Keep Them Nearby
When bathing your little one, you should not step away even if it’s just going to pick something.
Therefore, you should gather all the baby care supplies you need before you begin bathing them.
Some of the essential baby care supplies include:
- A tear-free shampoo and a mild cleanser
- Cotton balls for cleaning the baby’s face
- Bath toys (for bigger babies)
- A hooded towel
- Clean outfit and diaper supplies
You should always be careful not to forget anything since you can’t leave the baby in the water once you start washing them.
- Get the Water Ready
The waters for bathing your baby should not be hot, but warm (about 37-38°C). Fill the tub with a few inches of warm water.
Test the water temperature with your wrist, where the skin is a bit sensitive to ensure that the water is not too hot for your little munchkin.
The water level should not be too low as the baby may get cold. It should also not be too high beyond the baby’s chin and ears.
- Put the Baby in the Tub
Before you put the baby in the bath tub, ensure that you eliminate all distractions. You may consider putting your phone in silent mode or turning it off.
Hold your baby’s head and their bottom, with the other hand clasping their torso safely and gently put them in the baby bathe tub.
If you are bathing a newborn, keep in mind that they cannot support themselves. So, you’ll need to hold your baby well throughout the bathing process.
- Wash the Baby from the Top
Use a soft cloth or a cotton ball to wash your baby’s face, neck, and ears. Then wash their hair with plain water, or add a few drops of tear-free baby shampoo.
Make sure you keep your honey’s head clear of the water.
After you are done with the head and neck, proceed to bath the baby downwards. Be careful not to splash water over your baby’s body. Be very gentle when washing them.
When the baby is already clean, lift them up from the water. Then pat them dry with a soft towel and apply a fragrance-free moisturizer on their skin to prevent their skin from drying.