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A Complete bathing guide for your new born baby

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Your baby’s extra sensitive skin and lack of head control can make the bathing process little difficult for you in the beginning. However, with some practice, both you and your baby can be at ease and bathing time becomes very enjoyable.

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Handle Your Baby With Care. Babies are very delicate and need to be handled with a lot of care while bathing. You need to understand that it may get slippery in water; therefore you must be extra vigilant while bathing the baby to prevent accidents.

Make Proper Bath Arrangements. Prepare and arrange for all the things required for bathing your baby beforehand. The supplies you may need while bathing the baby are washcloth or sponge, baby soap, baby shampoo, cotton ball, towel, diaper, skin emollient and fresh clothes.

Give Sponge Bath Initially. The skin of newborn babies is highly sensitive to water, because of which they cry. However, gradually the baby gets used to water and starts enjoying her bath. You can give your newborn baby a sponge bath for the first few days until the umbilical stump sheds out and her navel heals completely. After that you can switch to tub bath.

Giving Your Baby a Sponge Bath. For a sponge bath, choose a surface that is at an appropriate standing level for you. Keep all the supplies handy. Do not uncover the baby completely. Undress her top half first and clean it up. Then undress the lower half and clean it up while keeping the top half covered with a towel. Use cooled boiled water to give sponge bath to your baby. You may also use lukewarm water.

Here is a very simple, step-by-step procedure you can follow while giving a sponge bath to your baby.

Clean the top half of the baby’s body first

Take a clean washcloth, moist it in water and squeeze out excess water. Then wipe the baby’s face gently with it

Wipe her eyes, ears and neck thoroughly

Wipe the baby’s fists, fingers, arms and under the arms

Wipe the baby’s tummy

If you want to clean her hair wash it gently with a mild shampoo. Wipe her head with a dry towel and keep it covered for sometime

Remove her diaper and clean the bottom of the baby from front to back, and top to bottom

Moisten the washcloth and wipe her toes and legs

Raise the baby’s legs and wipe clean the bottom

Turn the baby on your lap and wipe clean the back of the baby

Lay the baby on a towel and pat her dry

Dress up the baby. If you are using a skin emollient for the baby, you need to apply it when the baby’s skin is still moist

Topping and Tailing The Baby. You can use this practice before giving your baby a bath and even on days when you do not plan to give your baby a bath. For topping and tailing you require cooled boiled water, cotton wool and towel. Follow these simple steps for topping and tailing:

Moisten a cotton wool in cooled boiled water and gently wipe your baby’s face

Wipe the eyes, from inside to outside, very gently

Clean the outer part of ears and behind the ears

Use a fresh moistened cotton wool to wipe around the neck gently

Use a fresh moistened cotton wool to wipe the palm

Open the fists and wipe them. Wipe through, and between the fingers

Wipe the arms and elbow creases

Wipe the toes and ankles up to the knee bend

Wipe the knee and thigh creases

Use a fresh towel to wipe dry the baby thoroughly

Wipe dry the creases properly, so that they don’t remain wet

Giving Your Baby a Tub Bath. Once the umbilical cord has shed out and your baby’s wound has completely healed up, you can start giving her tub bath. By now the baby has become familiar with water and is likely to enjoy her tub bath. Follow these simple steps to give your baby a tub bath:

Fill the tub with water up to 2-3 inches only initially

Perform topping and tailing

Wash the baby’s head first. Use a mild baby shampoo and rinse her hair thoroughly. Be careful to prevent it from running down her forehead

Wash the baby’s arms, legs and bottom thoroughly before putting her in the tub

Gently seat the baby in the tub to wash the rest of her body

Use a mild soap

Wash all the creases carefully

Rinse thoroughly with clean water

Take the baby out of the tub and lay her on a towel

Wrap her gently in the towel and pat her dry

Apply skin emollient and dress up the baby

Too Much Bathing Can Make Your Baby’s Skin Dry. Initially, you may not need to bathe your baby every day, twice or thrice a week is just fine. This is because of vernix on the skin of newborn babies. Vernix is a natural protective layer of dead cells and mucous that renders softness to the baby’s skin. Too much bathing causes shedding vernix out of  much before it naturally does and makes your baby’s skin dry.

Clean Dirty and Sweaty Areas. You need to clean those body parts of your baby that get dirty and sweaty easily, like bottoms, neck, skin creases, arms and fists, toes and face, on a daily basis. The rest of the body doesn’t get dirty much and can be cleaned while bathing.

Keep a Fixed Day for Head Bath. Your baby’s hair does not need to be washed daily even at a later stage. Washing the hair with mild shampoo once a week is just fine for your baby. However, it is recommended to use shampoo only after 6 weeks of age.

Most babies tend to get hungry and sleepy after the bath. Feed the baby and put her to bed.

Precautions While Giving Tub Bath to Your Baby.

You must exercise the following precautions while giving tub bath to your baby:

 

Choose an appropriate sized tub for bathing your baby

Be careful while placing the baby in the tub. Cover the sides of the tub with a thick moist towel. Cover the tub with a non-slippery mesh to make the baby sit on it. This prevents her from slipping in the tub

Check the water temperature before placing your baby in the tub. It must be lukewarm not hot

Never leave your baby unattended while she is in the tub

Never place the tub on the edges of a counter or table

Never add water (hot or cold) to the tub while your baby is in the tub

Do not take too much time to bathe your baby or else she may catch cold

Thoroughly dry the baby’s bottom before diapering the baby

Bath Time is Bonding Time.

Bathing your new born can be a very invigorating experience for you as well as the baby as the skin to skin contact during bathing enables her to bond with you. Babies feel refreshed and relaxed after bathing and appear to be happier. Simple steps and some precautions on your part can make bathing a very enjoyable and fun-filled experience.

Your baby’s extra sensitive skin and lack of head control can make the bathing process little difficult for you in the beginning. However, with some practice, both you and your baby can be at ease and bathing time becomes very enjoyable.

Handle Your Baby With Care. Babies are very delicate and need to be handled with a lot of care while bathing. You need to understand that it may get slippery in water; therefore you must be extra vigilant while bathing the baby to prevent accidents.

Make Proper Bath Arrangements. Prepare and arrange for all the things required for bathing your baby beforehand. The supplies you may need while bathing the baby are washcloth or sponge, baby soap, baby shampoo, cotton ball, towel, diaper, skin emollient and fresh clothes.

Give Sponge Bath Initially. The skin of newborn babies is highly sensitive to water, because of which they cry. However, gradually the baby gets used to water and starts enjoying her bath. You can give your newborn baby a sponge bath for the first few days until the umbilical stump sheds out and her navel heals completely. After that you can switch to tub bath.

Giving Your Baby a Sponge Bath. For a sponge bath, choose a surface that is at an appropriate standing level for you. Keep all the supplies handy. Do not uncover the baby completely. Undress her top half first and clean it up. Then undress the lower half and clean it up while keeping the top half covered with a towel. Use cooled boiled water to give sponge bath to your baby. You may also use lukewarm water.

Here is a very simple, step-by-step procedure you can follow while giving a sponge bath to your baby.

Clean the top half of the baby’s body first

Take a clean washcloth, moist it in water and squeeze out excess water. Then wipe the baby’s face gently with it

Wipe her eyes, ears and neck thoroughly

Wipe the baby’s fists, fingers, arms and under the arms

Wipe the baby’s tummy

If you want to clean her hair wash it gently with a mild shampoo. Wipe her head with a dry towel and keep it covered for sometime

Remove her diaper and clean the bottom of the baby from front to back, and top to bottom

Moisten the washcloth and wipe her toes and legs

Raise the baby’s legs and wipe clean the bottom

Turn the baby on your lap and wipe clean the back of the baby

Lay the baby on a towel and pat her dry

Dress up the baby. If you are using a skin emollient for the baby, you need to apply it when the baby’s skin is still moist

Topping and Tailing The Baby. You can use this practice before giving your baby a bath and even on days when you do not plan to give your baby a bath. For topping and tailing you require cooled boiled water, cotton wool and towel. Follow these simple steps for topping and tailing:

Moisten a cotton wool in cooled boiled water and gently wipe your baby’s face

Wipe the eyes, from inside to outside, very gently

Clean the outer part of ears and behind the ears

Use a fresh moistened cotton wool to wipe around the neck gently

Use a fresh moistened cotton wool to wipe the palm

Open the fists and wipe them. Wipe through, and between the fingers

Wipe the arms and elbow creases

Wipe the toes and ankles up to the knee bend

Wipe the knee and thigh creases

Use a fresh towel to wipe dry the baby thoroughly

Wipe dry the creases properly, so that they don’t remain wet

Giving Your Baby a Tub Bath. Once the umbilical cord has shed out and your baby’s wound has completely healed up, you can start giving her tub bath. By now the baby has become familiar with water and is likely to enjoy her tub bath. Follow these simple steps to give your baby a tub bath:

Fill the tub with water up to 2-3 inches only initially

Perform topping and tailing

Wash the baby’s head first. Use a mild baby shampoo and rinse her hair thoroughly. Be careful to prevent it from running down her forehead

Wash the baby’s arms, legs and bottom thoroughly before putting her in the tub

Gently seat the baby in the tub to wash the rest of her body

Use a mild soap

Wash all the creases carefully

Rinse thoroughly with clean water

Take the baby out of the tub and lay her on a towel

Wrap her gently in the towel and pat her dry

Apply skin emollient and dress up the baby

Too Much Bathing Can Make Your Baby’s Skin Dry. Initially, you may not need to bathe your baby every day, twice or thrice a week is just fine. This is because of vernix on the skin of newborn babies. Vernix is a natural protective layer of dead cells and mucous that renders softness to the baby’s skin. Too much bathing causes shedding vernix out of  much before it naturally does and makes your baby’s skin dry.

Clean Dirty and Sweaty Areas. You need to clean those body parts of your baby that get dirty and sweaty easily, like bottoms, neck, skin creases, arms and fists, toes and face, on a daily basis. The rest of the body doesn’t get dirty much and can be cleaned while bathing.

Keep a Fixed Day for Head Bath. Your baby’s hair does not need to be washed daily even at a later stage. Washing the hair with mild shampoo once a week is just fine for your baby. However, it is recommended to use shampoo only after 6 weeks of age.

Most babies tend to get hungry and sleepy after the bath. Feed the baby and put her to bed.

 

 

Precautions While Giving Tub Bath to Your Baby.

You must exercise the following precautions while giving tub bath to your baby:

Choose an appropriate sized tub for bathing your baby

Be careful while placing the baby in the tub. Cover the sides of the tub with a thick moist towel. Cover the tub with a non-slippery mesh to make the baby sit on it. This prevents her from slipping in the tub

Check the water temperature before placing your baby in the tub. It must be lukewarm not hot

Never leave your baby unattended while she is in the tub

Never place the tub on the edges of a counter or table

Never add water (hot or cold) to the tub while your baby is in the tub

Do not take too much time to bathe your baby or else she may catch cold

Thoroughly dry the baby’s bottom before diapering the baby

Bath Time is Bonding Time.

Bathing your new born can be a very invigorating experience for you as well as the baby as the skin to skin contact during bathing enables her to bond with you. Babies feel refreshed and relaxed after bathing and appear to be happier. Simple steps and some precautions on your part can make bathing a very enjoyable and fun-filled experience.

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