How to bathe a newborn
Are you a first-time mom or dad?
And wondering how to bath your newborn for the first time?
Then stick around till the end of this post. Because I will be sharing helpful information about newborn bathing tips and 20 mistakes you should avoid.
One of the main fears that we face with the newborn is when bath time comes, especially the first days.
Understanding a newborn takes time. There are many needs that it demands, but there are no impossible ones.
And with a little skill and care, we can succeed until we become ‘super parents proof of everything’.
It is normal to make some mistakes at first, especially among first-time parents.
Newborn Bathing Tips
It is very important for you and your baby, at bath time:
Enjoy the opportunity you have with your baby, in each touch, each caress, and each word.
Here are simple newborn bathing tips:
1- Make a routine
Try to make a schedule so you will create a routine and this process will be easier for you.
2- Provide comfort
Providing comfort and well-being during and after the bath, this will help your baby to be relaxed, sleep better, and adapt to the environment.
3- Carry out handwashing
Carry out hand washing before bathing the baby.
Avoid hypothermia by being careful.
4- Use cotton towels
Using cotton towels to dry his/her body, another one is usually used for the face and head.
5- Special oils
As the weeks and months pass, you can add special oils to the water.
Giving a massage after the shower or bath will promote their well-being and is an excellent way to communicate with your children, making them feel safe and loved.
6- Cherish those magical moments
Do not forget to cherish those magical moments, take advantage of taking a photo for your newborn’s first bath. 🙂
7- Provide a calm environment
The most important thing is to create an atmosphere of calm environment for your baby. Taking advantage of contact with the newborn to smile and talk to the baby.
This way you will be calmer and will provide security. When your baby grows, the bath will become one of the funniest moments.
20 Newborn Bathing Mistakes You Should Avoid
When bath time comes, sometimes doubt invades us (perhaps because we are first-timers).
We don’t want to make mistakes, and our nerves invade us.
But with love, tenderness, caution, and patience we dispel those fears.
We must follow a series of steps to avoid problems in this routine and thus achieve no mistakes.
Baby bath time should be a time for relaxation and sharing with the baby. Here are the main newborn bathing mistakes you should avoid:
1- Leave the baby alone.
The newborn should never be neglected for a second, both in bed and in the bathtub, because he/she could have an accident. It is a matter of a second.
2- Do not control the temperature of the water.
Do not forget to measure the temperature of the water, since it could be either very cold or very hot.
We must remember that baby’s skin is much more sensitive to changes in temperature.
MayoClinic stated that “Warm water is the best. To prevent scalding, set the thermostat on your water heater to below 120 F (49 C). Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Aim for bath water around 100 F (38 C). Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too. A wet baby can be easily chilled.”
3- Too many chemicals.
Use of hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, talc, cologne, creams, since they can produce allergies or alter the pH of the skin, irritating your little one. Remember to use only neutral soap.
Leaving the windows open or allowing drafts to cool the baby is a very common mistake that you can avoid with a little caution.
5- Not having things at hand.
Not having available the items that we are going to use including (clothes, towels, diapers, etc …) at the time of the bath.
6- Do not dry the baby completely.
Another big mistake is to incompletely dry the baby’s body, we must make sure that there is no moisture between the folds.
7- Bathing the baby immediately as soon as they are home.
Healthychildren.org recommends to “Only give your newborn sponge baths until the stump of the umbilical cord falls off, which usually happens by about one or two weeks of age.
It is not necessary to give your newborn a full bath as soon as they arrived home. You may have to wait about a week or until the umbilical cord falls off.
See the baby’s doctor if the cord has not dried up and fallen off by the time the baby is two months old. – Healthychildren.org
8- Forgetting to wash the bathtub.
We must wash it before and after bathing the baby.
9- Do not use the bathtub.
Bathing the child out of the bathtub, on a surface where the baby is not in the water, is another basic mistake. The newborn cools easily, it could cause a cold.
10- Bathing the baby too long.
Baths at first should be very fast. There is no set rule, but if you give the newborn a long time bath, the water could get cold.
11- Bathe him in the bathtub with the dirty ‘bottom’.
The diaper area should be cleaned before putting the baby in the water.
12- Do not hold him/her firmly while bathing.
You must hold the baby firmly, otherwise, they can slip easily. In addition, this way you provide security.
13- Not following a logical order.
Do not forget to follow an order when bathing: wash the head, face, body, and last genitals.
14- Rubbing the navel.
Remember that you should not rub the navel while bathing. You could hurt the newborn.
15- Let yourself be overwhelmed by the baby’s crying.
Never, ever, lose your patience. If your baby cries, try to calm him down. If you do not succeed, end the bath as soon as possible.
16- Placing the baby in the wrong positions
Placing the baby in the wrong positions in the bath, causing him to slip, is another of the most common mistakes.
You should also avoid getting soap in his eyes. You should always watch his neck and head.
17- Excessive rubbing of the skin
This could cause skin damage, let’s not forget that the newborn’s skin is very sensitive.
18- Getting water in the ears.
It’s best to avoid getting the ears super wet. Use a dry towel or cotton ball to clean your baby’s ears.
Never stick the washcloth or cotton ball inside your baby’s ear. This can cause damage to the ear canal.
19- Use swabs with the ears.
Swabs should not be used to clean or dry the ears.
Healthline.com, explains how to properly clean the baby’s ears:
- Wet the washcloth or cotton ball with warm water.
- Ring out the washcloth well, if using.
- Gently wipe behind baby’s ears and around the outside of each ear.
20- Soap on the face.
You should not apply soap to the baby’s face or eyes which can cause eye irritation to your baby.
Final Thoughts About Newborn Bathing Tips
Newborn bathing for first-time parents can be both exciting and can be a bit tricky. However, if you implement these newborn bathing tips, you’ll soon be a pro!
Enjoy each moment with a little dose of tender loving care.
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