If you just had a newborn baby, you are probably overwhelmed with emotions and excitement that you cannot even explain. You are also probably finding out that it is quite the responsibility and there are a lot of things that you are learning to do for the very first time. Of course, trying to do anything from scratch for the first time can be challenging and frustrating, but it is something that you have to do. Bathing, would be one of these tasks. Not only does it keep your baby smelling nice and clean, but also it is detrimental to their sensory development and daily hygiene needs.
Below, you will learn some tips, information, and tricks that will help you when it comes to bathing your newborn baby.
Exploring The Benefits Of Bathing Your Baby
As mentioned above, not only does bathing your baby keep him or clean, but also there is a wide range of other benefits that you can take away from the experience.
Increase Mother and Baby Bond– before you know it bath time will become the highlight of your day. This will be special time that you get to spend completely along with your son or daughter, only the two of you. Properly caring for and taking care of your child will let him or her know just how much you care for them, and throwing in the occasional kiss or belly rub doesn’t hurt either. Just hearing your soothing voice can go a long way in letting your child know that you care.
A Teaching Experience– you would be surprised at just how much you can teach your child in the water. You can pour water on your baby’s head or belly and watch him or her giggle in pleasure. You can watch him or her flap his little arms and splash the water everywhere. Do not forget about all the soap bubbles and fun games that you both can interact with.
Calms The Nerves And Eases Fussing– caring for a newborn is not all rainbows and unicorns. There are going to be times when the baby gets fussy and upset. You might be surprised to learn that a good warm bath can be extremely calming and pleasurable for your child. As soon as your child gets cranky take him or her to bath, give them a massage, and watch them calm right down.
Promoting Sleep Time– as a new parent, you will quickly discover that getting your child to fall asleep is one of the most difficult tasks you have on your plate. However, with a good warm bath, you will have you newborn baby basically falling asleep before he or she is done with bath time. This is especially true if you mix it in as a regular part of the routine. Give your child his or her daily bath right before bed every night and they will become accustomed to the routine.
What You Need To Do Before The Bath
Bathing your baby is not as simple as just running some water, throwing the baby in, and covering them in soap. The whole situation will require finesse and preparation. Below if a list of things that you need to do before you put your baby in the tub.
First Step– the first thing you want to do is gather everything that you are going to need like soap, shampoo, towel, clean clothes, and other hygiene products that you might be.
Second Step– once you have everything gathered you should be ready to run the water. Make sure that the water does not get over 37 degrees Celsius, as hotter temps than this can damage your baby’s sensitive skin.
Third Step– now, it is time to disrobe the baby and begin the bathing process. Simply scrub him or her gently with soap, shampoo, and watch it all away.
Important Steps To Take During The Bath
When you are bathing your child there are some key things that you need to be sure that you are doing. First off, you need to hold the baby so that one of your arms in under the neck and shoulders, while the other arm is under the butt area. This will make sure that your child feels covered and safe during the bathing process. If you have trouble with this process and feel that you can’t properly wash your child, you always have the option of soaping him or her on the changing table and them rinsing them off.
Also, one key thing to remember is to never leave your baby alone in the tub for one second. It doesn’t matter how old they are, how experienced they are in the water, or how deep the water is. You would be surprised at the number of children that drown in the smallest amounts of water each year.
Steps To Take After The Bath
You are pretty much doing with the bathing process. Once your child is nice and clean, simply remove him or her from the tub, and dry them off. Wrap the baby in a towel and gently pat them dry, rather than scrubbing or rubbing. You can also use baby-moisturizing products and massage the skin in areas where dry skin might appear like the thighs, neck, armpits, or feet.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before you are discharged from the hospital, the staff will show you how to bath your newborn. They will also provide you with baby shampoos and body washes to take home with you.