As a new parent, learning to bathe your baby for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience. With so much to think about, it’s no wonder that many new parents are filled with anxiety. But don’t worry! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how to keep your baby safe during bath time.
Preparing for Baby’s Bath
Before you start bathing your baby, make sure you have all your supplies ready. Gather up any necessary items like washcloths, towels, soap and shampoo, and a soft hooded towel or wrap for afterwards. Once you have everything ready, fill the tub with warm water (test the temperature before adding your baby) and place a rubber shower mat at the bottom of the bathtub.
Bathing Your Baby
Once the water is warm and the tub is prepared, it’s time to start bathing your little one. Start by washing their face and eyes first with a damp cloth or cotton balls. Then carefully lower them into the tub and begin washing their body with gentle motions using either a washcloth or mild soap (avoid using bubble baths as they can be too harsh on delicate skin). If you’re all alone, you can use one arm to support their body and the free hand to wash them. It’s nice for babies to have a warm washcloth over their body parts that are not submerged under water (for instance their little chest). Be sure to pay special attention to their neck folds and armpits as these areas tend to accumulate dirt throughout the day. When you’re done washing them up, rinse off any remaining soap suds from their body with warm water.
After Bath Care
Once you’ve finished bathing your baby, wrap them in a soft towel or hooded wrap and pat them dry (don’t rub!). Make sure that they are completely dry before getting dressed in order to avoid chills or discomfort due to cold weather. Baby lotion is also great for keeping your little one's skin feeling soft after bath time! Babies love gentle massage, it really helps calm them, especially after a nice bath. We covered baby massage in detail in a previous blog, make sure to check that out.
Baby baths should be an enjoyable experience that both parents and babies look forward to each day, and can be an amazing start to a bedtime routine! Taking small steps such as preparing ahead of time, using mild soaps and shampoos appropriate for baby skin types, testing out water temperatures before placing babies in tubs, drying babies thoroughly after baths, wrapping babies in warm towels/hooded wraps; these are all important considerations when it comes to ensuring proper safety during bath times for young infants and toddlers alike! With these simple tips in mind—bathing time should be fun instead of stressful!
Enjoy this precious bonding time with your little one!