Tips and Tricks for Newborn Baby’s First Bath

This is your first child and you and your significant other will start bathing your infant because they have lost their umbilical cord in the end. When it comes to giving their newborn their first wash, parents are always very anxious. We fear that the baby becomes too fragile and we threaten the baby by putting them in water outside the womb for the first time. The first time babies are bathed they cry and it’s very normal. They can’t really concentrate yet and now they are scared they feel these hands rubbing them and the water on their bodies. It is more difficult for parents than for your child. Kids are resilient and gradually know that they’ll enjoy their bath and look forward to it as they grow and learn that you’re their safety zone.

Baby's first bath

You can be difficult the first time you give your newborn a bath, but eventually, you have this and soon both of you will be a whiz when you bathe your boy. In all truth, a baby just needs a bath a few times a week until they start crawling around and getting dirty on their feet or all over their body from food in their hair or dirt. When they smell funny, they need to have a bath, because milk and food can get trapped in their neck creases. Thanks to their umbilical cord, you just need to give them a sponge bath when they come home first. Normally this takes a couple of weeks to recover, then you can give your baby a bath in a baby tub. If your baby is able to sit up then they can sit in the normal tub and bathe closely. Babies love splashing in water when they get older and many parents take some of their baby’s images into the pool for future memories.

Benefits of Baby Bath

After a while, for both you and your child a baby’s bath will be their happy time of day. Bonding and playing is a good time and laughing and giggling. I know that you love them, and you care for them. Hug them, kiss them and tell them that you love them. You should play with their toes and tickle them and sing to them during the bath. This is when your child listens to your soft voice, looks at your eyes, and knows what it means to you as a child.

Bath time is a learning experience for both of you because it is their first water experience and you can show them how to play with their bath toys or shift their feet and brush their hands on them. Just make sure they don’t worry about the water, never force a frightened child. They should talk about their body parts to them so they know where their hands, feet, tummy, etc. are like they wash any part that has a name. They’ll talk to you pretty soon and tell you the name of their body parts.

Baby's first bath

Soothing for Tired Babies

Everybody knows that after a long day of tension a nice warm bath is superb. This also refers to your baby plus you should massage them while bathing them. If they don’t like the treatment, just rub their arms and backs softly and let their parents know what they like, sooner or later. Until bedtime, bath time too is a great thing to do. The feeling of warm water, warm space and the feeling of love, protection, and comfortable feeling help make the baby ready for the night to go to sleep.

Do not give your baby a bath while your baby still has its umbilical cord, or if you had your son circumcised and he hasn’t healed yet. You can give them a baby washcloth sponge bath and use warm water, and avoid the area of the belly button or the circumcised area until they are all healed. When the time comes for the first baby’s bath, start with a flat surface, like a large enough bathroom or kitchen counter area. You can even use the floor to place a soft towel under the baby and start to wash them gently until you know that they are used to cleaning up this feeling. Then continue using first the baby tub and your household bath after they can sit up without help.

Baby's first bath

Bath Routines

Once you start bathing your child daily, it’s a good time to start a bath time routine. The baby will know after a while that it’s bath time to go through a regular routine and will also know that either mom or dad will bathe them tonight. We also know it’s close to bedtime, and by using soft lighting, calming down the house, and keeping the atmosphere quiet after bath time is over, you can help them along.

If your baby is grouchy, sick or thirsty, do not currently give them a bath. Anyone concerned will just be irritated and realize that even though bathing your child is soothing for them, if a different time of the day works better on this particular day, just wash them up and put them to bed after you soothe them.

Bathing Supplies

When it’s baby bath time, make sure you’ve got everything you need around you before you start. You can’t leave your kid in the tub alone because you’ve forgotten something. Hold soap, shampoo, a couple of soft baby washcloths, pillow, a nice warm towel, and your baby’s warm water-filled bathtub. If your significant other is helping you or a family member, make sure that if this is their first bath, you have a camera for one to take pictures. You’ll need a clean diaper, clean bedtime clothes, ointment, and there are some great soothing lavender skin lotions to keep the baby’s skin from getting dry after a bath. You should put your child’s lotion on before you dress them up. This can be very soothing and calming and the baby gets sleepy quickly.

Baby's first bath

Keep Room Warm

When they are newborns, the baby loses their body heat really easily because they don’t really weigh so keep the room warm if it’s cold outside. They’ll warm up easily after their bath once they’re wrapped, or even in a towel. Until their bath, the temperature should be about 75 to 80 degrees and you can turn the temp or even turn on the shower to steam the bathroom until you start. If you choose to use the sink or a baby tub, simply fill in the water to cover the baby’s bottom. Don’t put your baby in a bath or shower while the water runs. Make sure your baby’s water is warm and comfortable, and never too hot or too cold. Make sure your elbow or even the inside of your wrist is checked with water. These spots are more sensitive than your fingers because some people are working hard with their hands and the tips get rugged and don’t feel as intense as the sensitive spots.

Hold Baby Firmly

It is best to slip a baby into the tub feet first, then hold them tightly by using one of your arms under their head, then move their underarm firmly and gently away from you so that your other hand can catch their bottom comfortably. Baby’s can be very slippery and that’s going to make parents nervous but you’re both going to quickly become pros. Don’t let you babysit in the tub for too long because they might get cold or because the water will irritate the skin.

Don’t use Lot of soap

Only a mild soap on their hands and diaper area is needed for the baby. You can use water-primarily only unless it happens that they are particularly dirty. Start with your face and use a soft cloth or cotton ball with warm water and clean your eyes gently from the inside to the outer corners. Use a clean cotton ball on the other eye, or another part of the washcloth. After the eyes, you can get the washcloth wet and wash the face, and make sure you get around their mouth and particularly under the chin area where the milk and baby drool get caught in their skin creases. You can use the washcloth around their ears but still don’t use q-tips on a baby. Mild soap can be used on their hands. First, watch their body and be careful around the button on the belly if any crust is left. Parents can wash the genital area and use a clean washcloth, and if you have a girl clean between the folds of her private areas and a circumcised boy, make sure that his genitals are clean and leave any foreskin alone unless you decide to circumcise your child. Always wipe your little bottoms from front to back and save them to last.

Cradle Cap

Use your baby’s tear-free shampoo and you can wash their heads with a washcloth. Lather the scalp and use your fingertips to rub the head and look out for the fontanels or head soft spots. Be very careful and if you find that your child has a very common cradle cap, call your pediatrician who might advise you to try to apply some mineral oil on their scalp and wipe it off with a washcloth. Make sure you use a good washcloth to wash and bathe hair and be careful with your heads.

Rinsing

Once bathing your baby is over, it’s time to make sure you clean their body off the soap. Keep your baby with one hand and take a cup of warm water over their mouth. Remember not to get any in their eyes and may not like the process of rinsing off at first but they need the soap off their hands. Please remember to hold your child over your basin with their hands. Make sure you don’t rub their skin with the towel, make sure you use a nice warm and comfortable towel to pat their skin dry and dry any part of their body.

In the beginning, all babies will not like baths so don’t force them to take a bath. You can go back a while to the sponge baths, then attempt to bathe them again. Your baby will eventually be ready for the bath and will love it after some time. Never leave your baby alone in the tub and always hold one hand firmly on them, because they are strong and can slip out of your hand very easily.

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