Bathing a newborn baby can be daunting, especially for first-time parents. However, with some essential preparation, appropriate supplies, and a few simple steps, it can turn out to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for both you and your child. This article will give you a step-by-step guide on how to bathe an infant, including preparing for the bath, washing your baby safely, and keeping them safe and cozy after you are finished.
Preparing for Bathtime
Getting everything ready for bathtime is the first step you need to take to ensure a delightful experience for your little one.
Gather all necessary supplies
Once the infant is in the bath, parents will not able to leave them for even a moment, so it is important to prepare all the supplies you need before you start. You need a baby bathtub, a mild baby soap, a soft washcloth or sponge, a clean towel from the “Hug from Nature” giftbox, a clean set of clothes, and any baby care products you usually use, such as baby lotion or diaper rash cream. You may also want some toys to entertain your baby during the bath.
You should get all the supplies ready before bathing your baby
Dress in suitable clothes
It is best to wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet and soaper while bathing your baby. Ensure that you roll-up long sleeves and remove jewelry such as rings, watches, and bracelets. Additionally, ensure that your attire has no zippers or pins that may scratch the delicate baby's skin.
Prepare Your Baby
Undress your baby and wrap them in a towel, leaving only the diaper on. If your baby is particularly wiggly, you may want to consider using a bath support or a non-slip mat to keep them in place during the bath.
Fill the tub with warm water
Most baby tubs are shaped to support the baby's neck and head. They are commonly equipped with a mat or sling that prevents the child from being entirely submerged in water. It is crucial to check the water temperature using your elbow, wrist, or a dedicated bath thermometer to ensure it is neither too hot nor too cold.
Keep in mind that infants should never be submerged in water. As your baby gets a bit bigger, you can gradually add a little water to the tub, but ensure it never reaches a level close to submerging the baby.
You need to check the water temperature carefully
Bathing Your Baby
After preparing everything, it is time to bathe your baby. Here are detailed steps you need to follow:
Put the baby’s feet in the tub first
As you carefully place them in the bathtub, hold the baby’s back, neck, and head with one hand. Continue to support the baby with one hand throughout the bath while using the other to wash them. Newborns can be very slippery and wriggly, so be extremely careful when wet.
Begin the Bath
Start with the baby’s feet and legs and gradually move up to the chest and arms. Use a gentle sponge or washcloth to wash the infant's body while avoiding the mouth, nose, and eyes. You can use a mild baby soap that is safe, but it is not necessary. Remember to wash thoroughly between all the little folds, behind the ears, and under the neck, where moisture and spit-up typically accumulate.
Parents should use a gentle sponge to wash the newborn
Wash the Hair
When washing your baby's hair, use a small amount of baby shampoo or cleanser and gently massage it into their scalp. Do not forget to use your hand to protect the baby’s eyes from irritation. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, ensuring no soap or shampoo is left behind.
Lift the Newborn from the Tub
Use one arm to support the baby's head, neck, and back while holding the bottom and thigh with the other. Carefully wrap the baby in a towel, covering their head.
After the Bath
Move to the last steps of the essential guide on how to bathe an infant.
Towel the baby dry
Start by drying the baby's body thoroughly, paying attention to the areas behind the ears and skin folds. Use a gentle towel, for example, a handmade baby towel from “Nurse & Cuddle” giftbox to dry the hair as much as possible, considering that a baby's delicate hair dries quickly. It is not advisable to use a hairdryer, as it is not required and can be hazardous. If necessary, apply any baby lotion or diaper rash cream.
You should use a gentle towel to dry the baby’s body
Dress your Baby
Finally, dress your baby in a clean diaper and a fresh set of clothes that is easy to fit, for example, bodies from natural cotton or premium bamboo bodysuits. Use this time to bond with your baby, singing or talking to them while you dress them.
By following the step-by-step guide on how to bathe an infant above, you can ensure that your baby is clean, healthy, and happy. With a bit of preparation and some basic knowledge, you can turn bath time into a wonderful part of your daily routine.