It’s not going to be an easy job bathing a newborn. These few simple steps can make your new borns bath a much more pleasant experience for both you and your newborn.
How often should a newborn be bathed
To keep your newborn clean, a bath every 2-3 day should be adequate. However, if your newborn is a fan of bathing then this can be done everyday, but watch out this doesn’t dry your newborns skin.
Where to give your newborn a bath
This is a question which a lot of mother’s struggle with however a newborn can have many places to bath. This could be in a small plastic bath or even in the kitchen sink. Bath your newborn in a room which is both clean safe and warm. If wanting to build connection with your newborn, don’t be afraid to shower with your baby if you make sure to keep your baby’s face away from water pouring and make sure to use warm and not hot water.
Within the first week or so, it’s best to bath your newborn with a sponge bath, using a warm, washcloth, better if damp. Wash your newborns face and hands at a frequent rate and clean your newborns genital area thoroughly post diaper change.TIPS ON SETTING UP
- Make sure not to be distracted when bathing your baby, what we suggest is you turn off your phone and really try connecting with your baby.
- Have everything ready, this includes towel, washcloth, lotion, clean clothes and clean nappy. You would hate to have to stop the process and go find your clean nappy.
- Bath your newborn in a place of stability and optimum height where you can comfortably bathe and hold your newborn.
- Fill 5cm of water for babies up to six months old.
- Importantly make sure to wash your hands and remove watches and jewellery.
- Keep the temperature of the water at 36°C. Use wrist and elbow to test temperature, as it should be comfortably warm.
- Before bathing your newborn, if using the sink run briefly the cold water, once finished filling the sink.
- Don’t add extra water while your newborn is within the bath.
Bathing your newborn
5 Easy steps, that’s all it takes:
- Wipe your newborns eyelids (from inside to outside) with cotton wool dipped in lukewater. Make sure to not reuse the cotton for both eyes and use new cotton wool with each eye. Then proceed to wash the babies whole face. Do not place anything in the newborns ears or eyes
- Undress your newborn and remove nappy last.
- With one arm, cradle your newborns head, providing support for their neck and head with the other arm. Lower your newborn into the bath feet first, keeping them close always
- While supporting their head, lay down the baby in the bath so the back of their head is submerged. Splash water gently onto your newborns head.
- Wash your baby’s genitals and bottom last, using water only. Also clean from the babies body bits of poo of vomit.
To dry your baby, wrap them in a soft towel and pat dry, paying attention to the skin creases. Also apply lotion or paw paw cream to baby’s skin if dry or suffering nappy rash.Once your baby is dry, feel free to dress them in their cute baby onesies and enjoy your cute little clean baby.