Bathing a newborn may seem challenging especially for new parents, moreover, taking care of your little one shouldn’t be a tedious task after all.
To bath a newborn, its recommended you use a sponge bath for the first three weeks until the umbilical cord stump on the abdomen falls off, and circumcised baby boys, until the penis is completely healed. Babies don’t need to be bathed often, they don’t usually get dirty, two to three times bath in a week is enough as long as the face, neck and the diaper area are regularly cleaned.
Steps to sponge bath your Newborn
- Set up a place for the bath: decide where you want to bath your baby, it can be anywhere in the house where the room temperature is warm and comfortable for your baby either inside the sink, bowl or baby’s bath-tub.
- Get all your supplies ready: Make sure you have all the supplies needed at arm’s length before you begin to bath your kid. To get started you will need a towel, washcloth, baby soap, shampoo, cotton buds, bathtub or basin to hold water and a dry towel or shawl to wrap the baby after the bath.
- Undress your baby: Gently place your baby in the bathtub and support her with one of your hands to avoid slipping.
- Dip the washcloth in warm water and gently start by wiping the baby’s body starting from the face down to the other part of the body is enough to get your baby cleaned, however, if your baby is dirty, you can use a mild baby moisturizing soap to wash.
To use the soap, you can clean either with a sponge or washcloth, gently clean the part of your baby you want to wash and avoid the soap entering your baby’s eyes.
Steps to bath your baby inside the bathtub
After your baby’s umbilical stump has fallen off and healed, then, you’re ready to give your baby a full tub bath, if you are unsure on how to get started you can ask for help from an experienced mother to guide you, giving your baby a tub bath for the first time may seem difficult especially for an inexperienced mother.
To get started, don’t forget to get all the supplies needed ready and keep them at arm’s length, Never let your baby out of sight or alone in the bathtub not even for a second.
1. Fill the bathtub with 2-3 inches of warm water, Gently place your baby inside the tub and use one hand to support your baby all times until she can sit on her own, you can lay a rubber mat or towel inside the tub to prevent your baby from slipping.
2. Check the water temperature should be between 90°F or less, use your hand or elbow to check the temperature of the water you can use a thermometer to check if you are unsure
3. Then start with the face, gently wipe your baby’s face and eyelids with a clean washcloth or cotton, the same way you would when giving the sponge bath. Clean only the outer part of the ears with a cotton bud if necessary, and avoid water from getting inside your baby’s ear.
You can now proceed to the other part of the body use a soft baby sponge or washcloth to clean the other parts of the body you can add soap if you want to but make sure it’s a mild baby soap.
Washing your baby’s hair
Washing the hair is not always necessary but if the hair seems dirty, sweaty or your baby has a cradle cap problem, to shampoo your baby’s hair there are two safe methods I’ll like to recommend.
Method 1: While your baby is sitting in the tub gently massage a little shampoo on your baby’s hair and take a clean washcloth dipped in water to wash off the soap.
Method 2: Take her out of the bath wrap her up in a towel gently carry her with one hand with her legs positioned under your arms and her face in an upward position
Lean her head towards the bath and gently massage some shampoo on her head, then rinse off with water.
This method is very efficient, as there is less risk of soap getting into your baby’s eye.
Removing dried mucus obstructing the baby’s nose during bath
Sometimes babies nose often gets stuffy in which dried mucus is collected inside the noses of babies which may obstruct their breathing.
To remove the mucus, if the nose is dry rub a little water around the edges of the nose to moisten it,
Then, use a wet washcloth to gently clean around the area
- Note: Avoid sticking objects inside your baby’s nose, babies action during the early weeks of birth are reflexive they can move their body anytime which may cause you to mistakenly dip the cotton bud or any other object you choose to use in the baby’s nose and which may cause breathing problems.
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