Your baby has arrived, and it is now up to you to establish a routine for their everyday life. This includes bathing. However, when, how frequently, and how to wash your baby are not as clear as you would assume. Here's everything you need to know to keep your baby clean, healthy, and happy.
When Should You Bathe a Newborn?
While it has traditionally been recommended to wash the newborn immediately after birth, current evidence shows that postponing the first bath may be helpful.
According to a 2019 study including almost 1,000 newborns, waiting at least 12 hours after birth may encourage breastfeeding. Furthermore, another 2019 study including 73 infants found that bathing after 48 hours helps maintain newborns at a consistent temperature and promotes skin growth.
How Often Should You Bathe a Newborn?
When you go home, you should wash your infant once or twice a week until their umbilical cord comes out. Do not immerse their body in water until this occurs. Instead, take a warm towel and gently sponge bathe them.
How to give a bath to a Newborn?
Before the Umbilical Cord Falls Off
It would be best if you did not immerse your newborn in water during the first few weeks of their existence until their umbilical cord comes off. Instead, it is advised that you give your child a sponge bath or bathe them with a washcloth.
- Keep it simple, but make sure you have materials on your hands, such as a washcloth or baby sponge, a basin of water, and a towel.
- Wash your baby on a safe surface such as a changing table or bed.
- Don't get water in your baby's eyes, and don't sponge their healing umbilical cord stump.
- During this time, be sure to keep your infant warm. Consider wrapping your infant in a towel and only exposing different body parts when they are ready to be bathed.
After the Umbilical Cord Comes Off
You may start giving them more conventional baths after they no longer have their umbilical cord.
- Fill a baby bathtub halfway with warm water.
- Let them sit and splash as you bathe them all over with water and gentle baby soap.
- You may cover them with moist washcloths to warm them up throughout the bath.
- Begin with their face and head and work your way down.
How to Make Bath Time Easier?
I realize how significant it is for you and your little one, for the bonding experience as well as for their development. From toy playing to baby massaging to post-bath time snuggles, here are the best baby bath tips I wish I would have known as a new mom!
1. Choose Bath Time Wisely
Bathing your baby while she's feeling good is the key!!
Following are a few tips for the best time to give your baby a happy bath:
- It's a good idea to pick a time when you're relaxed, and you won't be intruded.
- It's better to evade bath time when your infant is ravenous.
- You can decide on morning baths when the baby is active or make baby baths part of a calming sleep time routine. Try to know your baby's "happy time" and crush in the bath time then!
- If you bathe your child after feeding, consider waiting for your infant's stomach to settle somewhat first.
2. Be Sure to Keep the Baby and Bathroom Warm
"A warm baby is generally a happy baby in the shower."
A warm, calming bath can relax the child, helping her remember her time in the womb. Probably the main reason that babies gripe while getting a bath is that they get cold! So, keep the room and water temperature warm enough.
3. Try Skin-To-Skin in The Bathtub!
Many new parents appreciate bathing with their babies. You can take a bath with your newborn, laying them skin-to-skin on your chest and covering their body with a baby washcloth or bath swaddle. Most infants quit struggling when putting skin-to-skin with Mom!
4. Rubadub— "Baby Spa"
Have you ever had a massage? The lights are low; soft music gently floats through the air, your contemplations drift as you sink onto a wantonly covered surface where you dig into relaxation and leave behind all of your daily stresses. . .
Wow – That was GREAT! Is there any good reason why we shouldn't offer similar comfort to our babies?
Taking time every day to massage your baby by tenderly squeezing, scouring, or kneading different parts of her body is a sweet way to invest energy with her. It's an ancient practice that many Asian cultures around the globe see as a significant part of their everyday baby bath time routine!
5. Use Alleviating Bath Products
You should use products that calm the infant. Bath wash, shampoos, and creams that are baby safe and delicate on sensitive skin are absolutely necessary.
Moms ought to likewise search for shampoos and body washes that contain lavender, chamomile, or aloe fragrances to calm down and creams that moisturize with no cruel synthetic substances to keep the child's delicate skin serenely moisturized.
Final Recommendations— "Turn Bath Time into Bonding Time"
Not every baby will fall in love with bath time right away, especially their first few baths. However, from the start, comforting the kid and empowering a peaceful and relaxing bath insight is the key to making the newborn perceive bath time as a good part of the day, not a bad one.
The essential thing is to make the experience as comfortable for both you and the baby as possible. Do you have a favorite song or melody that you usually sing to your child? Sing it right now! Talk to your baby, make eye contact with her, and sprinkle some water over her while giggling and talking to her.
Stick with the daily schedule for bath time, and before you know it, your little one will cherish, or at the very least, not fear, bath time!