Baby Bath: How to Wash and Clean Your Baby Safely
Giving your infant a bath can be a frightening as a new parent. Yet, with a little preparation and effort, it can be a lovely bonding experience for both you and your child. In this article, we’ll go through the fundamentals of safely washing and cleaning your infant.
When to Start Bathing Your Baby?
You can begin giving your kid a sponge wash as soon as they are born. You can start giving your infant regular baths once their umbilical cord stump has fallen off and the area has healed. This normally occurs two to three weeks after birth.
How Often to Bathe Your Baby
In a humid climate, we would recommend bathing your baby at least once a day with a mild and gentle plant-based cleanser. However, if you live in a dry climate, you can give a bath every two to three days.
In fact, too much bathing can dry out their delicate skin if you are using conventional cleansers with SLS/SLES. If your baby enjoys the water and it helps them relax before bed, you can give them a bath every night as part of their bedtime routine.
Preparing for Bath Time
Before you start, make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach. This includes:
- Clean towel
- Mild baby cleanser such as Precious Newborn Head To Toe Cleanser
- Soft washcloth
- Clean diaper and clothes
- Baby bathtub or clean sink
Preparation for A Baby Bath
Fill a tub or sink with a few inches of warm water, making sure the temperature is around 37°C. To ensure that the water is not excessively hot, test it with your elbow or the inside of your wrist. Never leave your baby in the tub or sink unattended, even for a few seconds.
How to Bathe Your Baby
If you’re a new parent, do refer to our step-by-step guide below on how to bathe your baby:
- Undress your infant and wrap them in a towel, exposing only the body part being washed.
- Wet the washcloth and lather it with a little baby soap.
- Wash your baby’s face gently, taking care not to get soap in their eyes or mouth. For each area of the face, use a different section of the washcloth.
- Clean your baby’s hair and scalp with the washcloth, supporting their head with one hand.
- Using a cup or your hand, rinse the soap from your baby’s hair and scalp.
- Wash your baby’s body gently, being sure to get into all the wrinkles and folds. Remember to clean between their fingers and toes.
- Don’t forget to clean the area surrounding the scrotum and penis if your child is a boy but be careful not to pull back the foreskin (if it hasn’t already done so). For girls, avoid pushing the labia apart and carefully clean around the region.
- Clean water should be used to rinse, either in a cup or, if you’re using the sink, by turning on the faucet.
- To dry off, lift your infant out of the sink or tub and wrap them in a fluffy towel.
After the Bath
It’s crucial to look after your baby’s skin after bath time. Here are some options for you:
- Use a clean towel to pat your child dry, making careful to get in all the folds and crevices.
- Apply a gentle and nourishing baby cream like Precious Newborn Cream to their skin to help keep it moisturised.
- Apply a nappy balm like Baby Bum Balm before putting on a diaper and fresh clothes.
- Clean up the bath area and put away all the items.
In conclusion, washing and cleaning your baby safely is an essential aspect of their overall health and well-being. As a parent, it’s important to take necessary precautions to prevent any harm or injury to your baby during bath time. Always ensure that you have all the necessary supplies, such as mild soap, washcloths, and towels before starting the process.
Make sure the water temperature is comfortable and safe for your baby, and never leave your baby unattended during bath time. It’s also important to pay attention to any potential hazards, such as slippery floors or sharp edges, and take steps to mitigate them.
Furthermore, be gentle when cleaning your baby, avoiding harsh scrubbing, or using products that may irritate their skin. Following these tips and guidelines will not only help ensure your baby is clean and healthy but also create a positive and enjoyable bonding experience between you and your little one. For more information, visit Buds Organics – Certified Organic Baby, Kids & Mother Skincare.
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