It’s normal for parents to feel overwhelmed by almost everything related to taking care of their new baby. Bathing your new baby is one of these concerns. Newborn babies are tiny, fragile and need careful care at all times, especially when in water.
For this reason, it is important that mothers and fathers always understand how to properly bathe their children. This will ensure the safety of the baby and give peace of mind that parents are doing everything to keep the baby safe. And if the maid is in charge of bathing the baby, make sure you share this information with them as well.
Go back to the first shower
Pediatric experts recommend waiting until your baby’s umbilical muscles fall off (about two weeks) before giving your baby the first bath. This is because the area around the base needs to be kept clean and dry at all times to prevent infection, and bathing your infant in water can have consequences for this. Also, the baby’s body isn’t really dirty, so until the baby’s umbilical cord falls off, gently wipe the baby with a soft washcloth and mild soap – that’s enough. According to WebMD, you will just need to gently wipe around the navel with a damp cotton cloth to effectively clean, remember to pat the skin later to help your baby’s skin dry faster.
Never leave your baby alone in the bath
Remember: leaving your baby in sight while bathing is not enough to prevent drowning – it only takes a few seconds for your baby to fall and become submerged, and it can have disastrous consequences. Always stay with your baby and support him with one hand. To avoid having to leave your baby for towels, soap or other baths, put everything you need in one place before bathing your baby. If you forget something, ask a maid, husband or someone else to take it for you. If no one else is at home, take your child with you while you pick up the item.
Use a baby bath until your baby is able to sit alone
Things can get easier when you bathe your baby in the sink or even with you in the big tub. But the expert recommendation is that until your baby is able to sit up by himself, the safest place to bathe your baby is in a baby bath with a non-slippery pad underneath. You only need a little warm water and a drop or two of soap to clean your baby. As soon as your baby is able to sit alone, you can move him to the adult bath if you want.
Your baby should be kept warm and moisturized
As soon as the shower is finished, take the baby outside and wrap it in a warm, soft towel to avoid losing body heat. Make sure your baby is dry before dressing, paying attention to skin folds. Don’t forget to gently hold out your hand (babies often clasp their hands in the palms of your fingers) and dry their palms. Use a bit of moisturizer if you want to keep your baby’s skin soft before dressing.
Prevent baby from straying into bathtubs and bathrooms
The bathroom is probably the most important room in the home to combat children, after the kitchen. To prevent tub-related injuries, always place a non-slip mat at the bottom of the tub. Make sure to clean it after each shower, as mold and dirt can especially build up around the suction pad on the underside. As your child grows up and moves into a full-sized tub, make sure you put your water heater below 48 degrees Celsius to avoid injury, according to the Mayo Clinic. Use only age appropriate and specially designed bath toys in the tub.
Immediately drain the bath
As your baby gets more active, make sure to empty the tub as soon as the bath time is over to avoid the drowning accident. A baby can drown in just a few inches of water and it only takes a while to let your active baby wander into the bathroom, or a full bath – where possible Endanger your baby’s life.
Training for all baby bathers in CPR and initial support for infants and children
Anyone who bathes your baby (including yourself) needs training in basic CPR and other forms of emergency, should an emergency arise.
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