Giving Bath to the new born baby One of the most routine things that the mother feels about her fear and anxiety about is that the baby is injured during the bath, and they start to have a lot of questions, should my baby be bathed daily? Am I holding my baby correctly? And what is the right time to bathe it?
But you don’t have to worry at all, bathing the baby is one of the easiest tasks that you have to do, but also the most fun. Bathing has a magical effect to relax your baby and give you a chance to relax and play with him.
Learn with us, through this article, all the basics and tips for baby showering
How often does your baby need to be bathed?
If the mother does not want to bathe her infant every day, there is no harm in that, but it is not necessary. Pediatricians indicate that it is sufficient to take care of his hygiene on a regular basis to avoid infection and rashes, and so that the child’s skin and hair strands do not dry out by washing with natural oils.
It is also preferable to reduce the bathing of the baby until the excess part of the umbilical cord falls off. Also, it is preferable not to bathe immediately after the polio vaccination, because the child’s body will have little immunity, as it is easy to catch a cold or viruses.
How to hold your baby while bathing
Hold him tightly to make him feel comfortable and secure in the bathtub. Place your arm behind the baby’s back and your hand behind his head with his face facing yours, and the other arm you can use to wash the baby’s body with the sponge and shampoo and rinse with water.
Baby bath guide – basics and tips
- Make sure that the temperature of the bathing water is appropriate before starting so that it is not too hot to burn the child’s skin or too cold to cause the child to catch a cold.
- Have baby shampoo, shower gel, a basin of warm water and a soft sponge on hand.
- Take off your baby’s clothes, and after making sure he is properly held, gently slide him into the water.
- Start washing your child’s body gradually. You can start with the feet, then the back, then the abdomen, chest, and neck of the child. After that, you must change the position of the child on your hand so that his stomach is down in the same position so that you can wash his back well.
- Do not forget to clean the folds at the neck, groin area and behind the ears well because it is difficult for water to reach them.
- Try not to wet the baby’s navel area or dry it well after bathing so that the baby does not get inflammation or “pus” in it until the extra navel part falls on its own.
- The last step is cleaning so that the baby does not get cold or start crying, and this is done by bending his head back so that soap and water do not get into his eyes.
How do you take care of your baby after bathing?
- After you have finished bathing the child, wrap him in a large towel and put him in a warm room to dress him.
- Start by rubbing your child’s body with oils free of fragrances and alcohol to keep your child’s skin hydrated and soft. You can also massage the child’s body until he feels relaxed.
- Then add baby powder so that the child does not get any skin infections on his back or places that need it.
- After that, add diaper cream to avoid a rash, and put the diaper and the rest of his clothes on him.
If you’re afraid to bathe your newborn, you can first bathe him in a warm room using a soft sponge and a special baby bathtub, to avoid exposing the umbilical cord remnants to the water.
When bathing, it is preferable to choose the time when he is awake and active, and it is not recommended to bathe immediately after breastfeeding. And don’t worry, it will become normal and routine with time, and bath time will help bring the relationship between you and your baby closer.