Bathing a newborn baby can sometimes be a daunting task for both newbie moms and moms who have already done it with their other kids. Don’t fret though! We’ve gathered some useful tips that you might find handy. Check them out below!
When can you start giving your newborn a bath? One way of determining the proper time is to check your child’s belly button. When the stump from the umbilical cord falls off then that means you can start with a proper bath. Any earlier, and we suggest sticking to a sponge bath instead.
While not really necessary, a baby bathtub always comes in handy. There are many advantages of having a tub, such as it fits your baby more comfortably, you can choose one with an inclined back, and some tubs are even lined with foam to make it softer. If you don’t have tub lying around, you can always use the sink or a basin.
A newborn’s skin is really sensitive, and is used to the warmth inside your belly. Before giving your newborn a bath, make sure that you have lukewarm water at the ready. You can test the water by dipping your elbow in the tub or basin to check if it’s just the right temperature.
Your baby’s skin, especially your newborn’s, is very sensitive. Try going for a mild and gentle cleanser, or you can also opt to go for a soap-free product too. Soap is made from a combination of fats and alkaline products. Some of the products in that combination may have a lot of chemicals, and can be harsh for the skin, especially among newborn infants. Doctors widely recommend using products with soap-free formulas, especially for infants or patients with sensitive skin. Getting a soap-free product, like Babyflo’s Soap-Free Bath, would mean that the product does not have a combination of fats and alkaline products, possibly lessening the chance of toxic materials.
Nobody wants to put anything harmful on their skin. And you have to be especially careful with your newborns and toddlers whose skin is much more sensitive. When choosing bath products for your little ones, avoid products with ingredients like quaternium-15, polyethylene, and sodium laureate sulfate. Dr. Nazarian, a Manhattan-based dermatologist and mom, recommends washes that are free of any synthetic fragrances, parabens, or irritating sulfates. A rule to go by would be: The fewer additives in the product, the less chance of irritation. In addition to parabens, try to avoid ingredients such as perfume and coloring. You don’t want to strip the natural oils and hydrators from your baby’s skin, so review the ingredients carefully!
Before actually getting your newborn for a bath, make sure that everything is prepped and ready to go. Your tub is filled with lukewarm water, your bath products nearby, and a towel within reach. Trust us when we say that you’ll thank us later. You’ll only have one free hand once you start giving your newborn a bath, so it’s always best to be prepared.
This is very important! Use your arm to support you newborn’s head and neck at all time. They don’t have the strength to hold themselves up yet, so they’ll need you to help them do it.
You can wet the washcloth or cotton balls and gently wipe or swab your newborn’s body. Go slowly and methodically, covering all areas including the face, neck, shoulders, arms, tummy, genital area, legs, and back.
When bath time is done, get the towel, and gently pat your baby down. You don’t want to rub your newborn’s skin, as it might cause reddening, rashes, or even pain.
Believe it or not, newborns don’t actually need to bathe every day. In fact, repeated washing can actually cause their skin to dry. You can try bathing your newborn every other day, or at least three times a week.
So, there you have it! While having some initial jitters is normal, don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it, and learn to look forward to bath time as a moment of bonding to share with your child.