Baby Bath Time
Babies either love or hate bath time. We should all just hope that your baby is one of the babies that love bath time. From newborn to toddler, bath time is going to be a little bit different. Newborns will have a newborn bath tub, but by the time your baby grows into a toddler you may sit them right in the tub. Let’s look at some of the different ways you can bathe your baby through their various stages.
A newborn baby doesn’t need to bathe a lot. Too much washing can cause their sensitive skin to dry out. It is not common practice to not give babies their first bath until after 24 hours for bonding, and temperature purposes. The nurse will give your baby his first bath. It will usually involve a basin of warm water and soap. The nurse won’t actually put your baby in, but hold her while she wipes down the body. She will wash the body first and the head last so the head is not wet without covering for long. She will then bundle your baby back up and give her back.
Once you bring baby home, it’s important to keep the baby’s umbilical cord stump dry, so it’s recommended that you only sponge bath the cord until it falls off. You can do this by getting a cloth wet with warm water and soap and wipe down the body avoiding the bellybutton. Once the stump falls off you are free to submerge your baby. Using a newborn bath tub allows you to use less water and keep the baby safe from being completely submerged in water.
As your newborn grows into an infant, it may be better to just use a bath seat. This will allow your baby to be protected from falling while still using a bath tub. Some are made of a mesh material with a metal frame while others are completely plastic. Use the one that works best for you and your baby. Many of these will have some sort of anti-skid material on the bottom. This will help hold your baby in place while you bathe them the head should still go last since babies still need to keep their head warm to regulate temperature.
Your toddler may be ready to bathe without a seat. A lot of parents have become crafty and started using a laundry basket in the tub to keep the toddler contained to one area in the tub while still allowing them to sit on their own. This is always great for keeping the toddler’s toys nearby. By this time, your child will probably want to do a lot more playing in the tub. It’s okay to let them stay in and play now that they have the body fat necessary to keep them warm in the water.
Bath time can be a wonderful experience for both you and your child if you know how to do it right. Make sure to keep your baby warm and safe in the tub, and it can be an enjoyable and fun time.