How Do You Bathe Your Baby for the First Time?
Bathing your newborn for the first time may not be an easy task for you. You’re afraid they will slip and be hurt. There’s no need to worry so much; you can consult with experts or follow a few helpful tips and instructions.
Be Well-Prepared to Bathe Your Child
Get Things Ready
- When the umbilical cord falls, your child will be ready for a bath.
- That means the time has come to use these objects: a plastic bathtub, a big towel with a hood, a glove-shaped loofah,cotton balls, shampoo, children’s shower gel, a hairbrush, etc.
- If you’re nervous, ask your mother (or sister) to help you.
The Best Way to Bathe Your Child
- Fill the tub with up to five centimeters of warm water.
- Put your little one in the tub on top of a clean towel, lifting their head and holding it in the palm of your hand.
- Do not undress them completely, but uncover and wash them little by little.
- Focus on cleaning sensitive areas, their hands and feet, and between their fingers and toes. Make sure to clean the crooks of their knees, neck, and thighs well, too.
- If you notice dirt under their eyes, remove it with a piece of cotton.
- Don’t forget their armpits and behind their ears.
- If the umbilical cord gets wet, pat it dry with a soft towel. Dry their entire body in the same way.
Washing Their Hair
- Whether your newborn has thick hair or thin hair, wash it with gentle children’s shampoo. Put a little of it on their head, then massage it in gently.
- Wait a few seconds and then rinse it thoroughly with water.
- Before washing your baby’s body and hair, remember that their skin is more sensitive than yours; a water temperature that feels mild to you may be very hot to them. Always test the water on the back of your hand or elbow to find out if it’s the right temperature for them.
- It’s natural if your child cries during their first bath because it is a new experience for them. Don’t worry, but try to calm them with caresses and singing. This will help them learn to love baths.
Number of Baths
- If your child is a newborn, two to three baths a week at the most suffice, though you should clean their hands and face a few times a day.
- The number of times may be increased after a few months to make bathing a daily routine. Let them enjoy their baths in the evening because it will help them relax and sleep.