Bathing is one of foremost aspects of newborn baby care. Baby bath might turn out to be very distressing for parents as newborns scream louder at this time, because they don’t like it at all.
Don’t expect that you will be able to give the baby a bath correctly and comfortably from day one. Comfort will come gradually, with practice and patience. One can perform the activity correctly taking into account some baby bath tips, basics and important factors.
Types of Newborn Baby Bath
1. Sponge Bath
- Sponge bathing in lukewarm water with the help of moistened washcloth is recommended during first two to three weeks, until baby's umbilical cord regions heal.
- Tub of water is not necessarily needed for sponge bath. You only need a warm place with a flat surface, or a soft changing pad, or a blanket. However, ascertain that it is completely safe for the baby.
- Usage of mild soap or baby shampoo is not necessarily needed. These must be used if body is dirty or smelly.
- Wipe under arms, skin behind ears, neck and genital area with extra care.
- Ensure only that part of body is exposed that needs to be washed.
2. Tub Bath
- Tub bath should be done after umbilical cord of newborn baby dries up and the region is entirely healed.
- A small plastic baby tub should be used instead of a standard tub.
Newborn Baby Bathing Tips
- Parents must realise that newborn babies don’t need to be bathed daily. Washing newborns twice a week is more than sufficient.
- It is essential to maintain a firm grip of newborn babies while washing them.
- Based on his response to sensitivity with water, you can time babies’ bath. If he finds warm water soothing, let him linger in the water for a while.
- Bath safety is another important aspect of newborn baby bathing. Therefore, ascertain that you are monitoring the baby for every single minute.
- Essential bath supplies like water, towel, clean diaper and clothes should be kept around the washing area for easy access.
- Ensure that water is not hot, which might affect sensitive skin of newborn.
- Undressing baby should depend on his comfort. Leave the diaper on at first for baby’s comfort in the water.
- During bath, pour water over newborn baby so that he doesn't pick up cold.
- Use mild soap or baby shampoo with a washcloth from top to bottom, front and back.
- Scalp should be washed with a wet, soapy cloth. However, ensure that no soap is used to clean eyes and face.
- Towards the end, use a clean washcloth before drying the baby with towel.
- Pat baby dry, wrapping him in a hooded towel.
- Thereafter, apply a mild baby lotion, diaper baby and dress him up.