Your baby’s first bath is a real milestone. But when you give it, not to mention how and where, there are issues that every first-time parent has. Cleaning a slippery squirming child – and sometimes screaming – takes practice and little by little the Baby care routine will come naturally. So relax. It will get easier every time, and soon your baby will come to love falling into the water.
How often do you need to shower your baby?
For a newborn two or three times a week is probably enough as long as you keep the diaper area neatly clean and wash your hands and face several times a day. Unless they have spat or been soiled with poop, then you will need to give a Baby bath right away. For older babies, bathing can be every day, and it often becomes part of the bedtime routine. It can be a great way to help your baby relax and unwind for the night.
Baby bath to newborns
Before your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls (between 10 days and three weeks after birth), it is best to sponge it to prevent the cord stump from getting wet. See how:
Place your baby on a soft, flat surface (on a clean towel is good). Have a bowl of warm water and a sponge or cloth by hand. Check out details on how to sponge on a newborn.
Keeping your baby warm, expose one limb at a time and wash it carefully during Baby care.
Tap lightly to dry the area and move to the next limb.
If you accidentally wet the lanyard stump, simply use the towel to gently dry it with soft pat. (See our article on
The Great Baby Bath
Once the cord stump has fallen, your baby is ready for a real bath in the sink or in a baby tub. Whatever you use, pad on the bottom with a towel to make it softer. You may also want to have a partner nearby to help you hold your slippery little one. Gather everything you need beforehand, so you do not have to keep looking during the shower.
These first baths do not have to be long or complicated, but they need to be cleaned properly. Grasp the baby firmly and gently remove any dirt or loose skin that has accumulated. You will have to hold his head and back while washing it. When washing it, pay particular attention to the following:
- The genital and diaper areas.
- Hands and feet should always be clean. Check between the fingers and toes as well.
- The folds in the back of the knees, the neck and the thighs during Baby care.
- The face. If dirt has accumulated around the eyes, use a cotton ball to remove them.
- Armpits – sheets of linen can accumulate here.
- Behind the ears.
Care of the baby’s hair and crib
Not every baby is blessed with a full head of hair at birth, but if your baby was, wash with a soft baby shampoo if necessary. Just apply a little shampoo on the hair, massage it gently and leave it for a short time before rinsing it. Wash your baby’s hair last so he does not have to stay in this water with shampoo. More details.
Baby Bath Water Temperature
Your baby’s skin is more sensitive than yours. As a result, bath water that is comfortable for you will be very hot for it. Before placing your baby anywhere near the water, test it with the back of your wrist or elbow: These areas are more sensitive to heat than your hand. The water must be warm – not hot!
Finally, do not be surprised if your baby cries during their first baths. He’s just reacting to a strange feeling. Keep the room temperature warm, the Baby care bath water comfortable and calmly caressing and singing to him. He will soon learn to love bath time.