Baby Bathing Tips That'll Make Everyone Happy

Baby Bathing Tips That'll Make Everyone Happy


Bath time is one of the best moments for parents with newborns when it comes to creating memories. While watching your child splash and shriek in the tub can be much fun, bathing can also be an excellent way for parents and babies to spend some quality time together. Consider it a continuation (or expansion) of kangaroo care or the belief that skin-to-skin contact between parent and baby is good for the development of a newborn. While kangaroo care is most effective within the first two hours after birth, further direct contact after that time, such as bathing with Baby, can still be beneficial.

There are, of course, some limitations. First, your infant might not be ready to bathe—the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends waiting at least 24 hours after birth before giving your newborn their first bath. One Cleveland Clinic study found that this improves breastfeeding success. You should also wait until the umbilical cord area, and circumcision (if Baby had one) are entirely healed before immersing your newborn in water. Sponge baths should be your go-to cleaning method before that.

It's also worth noting that bathing your child might be very deadly if done incorrectly. Therefore, it's preferable if you have a partner or another adult hand Baby to you and then picks them up when you're ready to leave. If no other adults are available to assist, make sure you can securely manoeuvre your baby into and out of the tub—don't get up and walk out with Baby in your arms.

Baby Bath: Getting Ready

A sponge bath will be the first bath. Choose a warm and flat surface such as a bathroom or kitchen counter, a changing table, or a bed. Using a thick towel, cover the surface. Because babies are easily chilled, make sure the room temperature is at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Assemble all of the baby bath items you'll require:

  • A clean washed cloth or a baby bath sponge (double-rinsed)
  • A freshly laundered blanket or bath towel (a hooded one is nice)
  • A fresh diaper
  • Wearing clean clothes
  • Vaseline and a piece of gauze (if you have a circumcised boy)
  • Warm water (not hot)

Never let your baby alone in the bath, even if it's only for a few minutes. Take baby with you if you need to get to the phone, the stove, or whatever.

Baby Bath: Time for a Sponge Bath

Gentle sponge showers are ideal for the first few weeks until the umbilical cord falls out, the circumcision heals, and the navel heals fully. The fundamentals of bathing a baby are as follows:

  • Start by undressing the baby, cradling their head in one hand. Leave the diaper in place (wash that area last). Next, wrap the baby in a towel and only expose the parts you're cleaning.
  • Cleanse one region at a time with a baby bath sponge or washcloth. Begin behind the ears and work your way down to the neck, elbows, knees, and between the fingers and toes. Look for creases beneath the arms, behind the ears, and around the neck.
  • The hair comes in at the end of bath time to keep the infant warm. While babies don't have much hair, the tiny wisps that do exist can be sponged. To avoid getting your eyes moist, tilt your head back slightly. The shampoo isn't required; use water.
  • Remove the diaper and sponge from the baby's tummy, bottom, and genitals now.
  • Wash small girls from head to toe. Don't panic if there's some vaginal discharge — and don't try to clean it all away. Leave the foreskin alone if a young kid is not circumcised. If you've had your penis circumcised, don't wash it until it's healed.
  • Pat, the infant, dry gently. The skin will become irritated if you rubdown it.

Your clean baby is ready for a clean diaper and clothes now that bath time is over!

Baby Bath: Tub Time

It's time to try a tub bath once the umbilical cord has fallen off and the circumcision and navel have healed completely. If your infant becomes cranky during the transition, go back to sponge baths for a week or so, then try again. Bathing a baby is a process that requires both the baby and the parent to acclimatize. To get ready, do the following:

  • Find a sturdy plastic baby bathtub that is the proper size for your infant. A baby insert is perfect since it keeps the baby's head out of the water. In addition, the tub will not move at bath time if it has a slip-resistant backing.

Avoid using bath seats or bath rings. These are not for infants but rather for older babies who can sit up on their own.

Bathing a Baby: The First Tub Bath

Lather, Rinse and Moisturize: When it comes to how much soap to use and where to apply it, keep it simple. It's vital to remember that a baby's skin barrier is still developing, making them more vulnerable to irritants and drying out. Also, keep one arm cradling Baby's head while you bathe them with the other, and make sure you're solid in the tub.

Make the first tub baths as brief as possible. Fill the tub only 2 or 3 inches deep with warm, not hot, water. Support the baby's head with one hand, then slowly lower the other.

  • Wash the face and hair with a washcloth or a baby bath sponge. When rinsing, place your hand across your forehead to shield your eyes. Wash the remainder of the baby gently with water and a small quantity of soap.
  • Cleanse with water or a baby cleanser. Use gentle baby shampoo as your hair grows.
  • During the bath, cup your palm and pour handfuls of water over the baby's chest to keep him warm.

Again, don't get out of the tub with your tiny one in your arms after rinsing. If you're with a partner or another adult, give Baby to them first. If you're alone, double-check that you can securely remove your child from the tub without standing up and stepping out while holding them. Finally, dehydrate Baby and cover them in a towel to keep their body heat in, making sure all creases are clear of water before applying any lotion, diapering, or dressing.

When bath time is finished, wrap the baby in a towel as soon as possible, covering their head for warmth. Again, congratulations on a job well done!