Baby bath is very important. This is due to the fact that it helps to to strengthen the bond between a mother and a baby. Also helps a baby experience a comfortable sleep. Giving bath to a baby especially by the new parents is something frustrating.
I remember when we had our first baby we had so many questions. The common questions and concerns among new parents are when and how to give baby first bath. Sometimes new parents are scared to give their baby a first bath, this is normal since many do not know the basics of caring for a baby while bathing.
My wife and I also went through the same situation, so don’t be afraid. In this article we are going to look at both sponge bath and real bath or tub bath. These are common types of baths to an infant. Let’s dive in.
Before the baby umbilical cord fall and the wound heals it is the right time for sponge bathing. This takes place at the period of 1-2 weeks after birth. It is recommended that you start sponge bathing 24-48 hours after birth and not immediately after birth. A good towel rub is all that needed for removing amniotic fluid and blood immediately after birth.
Delaying sponge bath up to 24 or 48 hours will help to increase breast feeding rates also the skin to skin contact between mother and baby strengthen baby mother bonding. You can sponge bath a bath 1 to 2 times a week since at this period babies don’t get that dirty.
Tips for Sponge Bathing
- Make sure you have all the necessary baby bath products you need within reach. The common baby bath products for sponge bathing are soft dumpy cloth or a sponge, Warm water as well as a hooded towel. The baby soap is not necessary at this stage.
- Choose the flat surface like the changing table then put the baby bath products on the table. Also, put a basin with warm water near the table.
- Undress your baby, place him or her into the soft towel. Keep one hand on the baby to support his or her head and neck.
- Expose only the parts or the areas that you are cleaning. Use the baby bath sponge or soft dampy cloth to clean one area at a time. Be very careful to avoid baby slippery.
- Start with the head and moving down the toes. Gently wipe the baby’s face with a sponge or wash cloth. Then clean the eyes using a cotton ball. Wipe the inside corner to the outside edge.
- Clean baby ears. It is recommended that you use moist cotton ball to clean baby’s ears. An attempt to use a sponge or piece of stick will damage baby’s ears.
- Then move to the baby’s neck. Clean the greases around baby’s neck using a baby bath sponge or a clean dumpy cloth. Clean the arms, knees, fingers and toes.
- Don’t forget the genital areas as well. Use the sponge or bath cloth to wipe gently the greases between the scrotum, groin and penis. Also, for a girl use moist cotton ball to clean the skin that flaps between legs.
- Pat the baby dry using the dry hooded towel. Now the sponge bathing time is over. Remember to keep a room warm.
The Real or Tub Bath
This is Ideal when the baby’s umbilical cord has fallen and the wound has healed. At the beginning bath your baby 2-3 times a week. This is due to the fact that new born are not that dirty. As your baby grows you will bathe him or her once per day. This will be part of bed time routine.
Tips For Real or Tub Bathing
- Make sure you all the necessary requirements for bathing within your reach. The common baby bath requirements here include a hooded bath towel, clean wash cloth, warm water, baby soap , shampoo as well as clean diapers.
- Use the baby bath tub that is right size for your baby. It is recommended to use bath tub designed to hold a newborn in a semi-reclining position. Don’t use bucket, bath ring or bath seats. If you ignore this you will be endangering the life of your baby. Bath seats and rings are ideal for the older babies who can sit up on their own.
- Fill the tub with 2-3 inches of warm water. It is recommended to use warm water rather than hot or cold water. Use your non-dominant hand to support baby’s head then lower a baby. Never leave a baby in the water alone.
- Use the wash cloth to clean your baby from the head to the toes. Use very small amount of soap.
- Wash the baby face and face. Use a baby shampoo to wash his or hair. Only 1 or 2 drops of baby shampoo are enough.
- After bath place your baby on a dry hooded bath towel. Careful pat your baby dry by using the sides of the towel.
- Apply a clean diaper as well as diaper ointment.
Make the bath time more fan. Sing the beautiful songs to your baby. This will make your baby happy. As the time goes on a baby will continue to enjoy and love the bath time. Also, this will help to strengthen the bond between mother and baby. Thank you very much for reading this article. If you ever have any comments, feel free to leave them below. I will be more than happy to help you out.