Bathing your baby can be scary for both you and the baby, especially if you are a first-time parent. Here, are some tips to help you your baby’s bath-time safe.
Be Prepared: It’s important to be prepared for your baby’s bath, even if that means reading up on the internet to find out what to look out for and what to do. Planning your baby’s bath will save you time and also ensure that you won’t have to leave your baby alone at all.
Test the water, literally: You won’t know if your baby likes warm or cold water on their skin. It is something you will have to test first. A good thumb of rule is to test the water with your wrist or elbow. The water should generally be comfortably warm, not hot. However, your baby might be sensitive to even comfortably warm water, so it might be good to wet their hands or arms with a little water and see what the reaction is.
Choose the right tub: You don’t want your baby to slip in the water and go under, or be uncomfortable in a small tub. Choose the right size tub for you baby and make sure the surface is covered with rubber. If it’s not, you can always buy a bathmat to place in the tub to prevent slipping.
Keep objects away: Only prepare the objects and toiletries you will need while bathing your baby. Small toys like rubber ducks are fine too. Having too much to work around and look after might make bathing your child a bit difficult.
If you use the abovementioned tips, bath time is sure to be safe and fun for you and the baby. All you need to do is look at some instructions, and you’re almost ready to give your baby a safe bath.
1. The first thing to do would be to prepare the bath. Make sure the water is the right temperature, all the toiletries you need is in reach of where you’ll be standing, a towel to lay your baby on is already laid out and you have a non-slip surface in the tub.
2. Now, gently remove your baby’s clothes. Sprinkle a little water on their arm to test if they like it, but remember to first test the water on your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot or too cold. Place your baby in the water and remember to support their necks if they are not strong enough to support it themselves yet.
3. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe all over your baby’s body – behind the ears, in the neck, between their toes and fingers. If you need to wash their hair, ensure you use only baby-safe products. You don’t need harsh soap; a little baby wash is fine.
4. When you are done bathing your baby, gently lift them out of the tub and place them on the prepared towel. Gently pat on their bodies to dry them – you don’t want to be too harsh – remember, their skin is still sensitive. Gently pat with the towel to remove the water.
5. Now would also be the right time to clean their ears if needed. Their ears are wet inside, and to prevent any infections or colds developing, you need to clean the water out by gently keeping their heads still while cleaning their ears with cotton swab sticks.
6. When you are done drying your baby, you should cover their bodies with baby cream to keep their skin moisturized and soft, and to prevent any rash. Again, try to use baby-safe products.
7. Now, it’s time to put the nappy one. Hopefully you know how to do this part of the process.
8. After putting the nappy on, you’ll either want to dress your baby, or prepare them for bedtime.
Bathing your baby is a great opportunity for parent and child bonding. Ask your partner to help and share in the special moment with you. It might be a frightening thing in the beginning, but you’ll be a pro soon.