Sep 20 , 2021
A parent’s life takes a 360 turn once the baby arrives home. With more smiles, sleepless nights, and an overwhelming new feeling of seeing a foetus into a beautiful tiny human also comes a fresh set of lessons. However, of the many, there is one duty that many brand-new parents find nerve-wracking, and that is bathing a newborn. So many questions run through their minds about when and how to give their bundle of joy a bath that is safe and relaxing for them.
Therefore, today, we have for you a list of things you need to be mindful of to make this experience comfortable and pleasant for both you and your baby.
- The first shower
The fundamental question that many parents aren’t sure about is when to start bathing their babies. According to The World Health Organization, your baby doesn’t need a shower for at least 24 hours after birth. This is because the child’s body needs time to adjust to the temperature outside the womb. So, splashing water right after delivery risks the chances of them getting cold. Also, when they are born, the baby has a coat of vernix on their skin which shouldn’t be washed off intentionally, as it is a natural moisturizer and has anti-bacterial properties. So, wait for at least 24 to 48 hours or consult the doctor before you give your baby their first shower.
- Shower once home
Another vital point is that the baby doesn’t need a shower every day; it should preferably be 2-3 times a week. But if they enjoy water time, then once a day but don’t make it a long one, 5-10 minutes is fine. The kid can be given a bath at any time of the day but avoid when hungry or right after a feed. You can even test different timing and figure out a schedule that calms them to have a good sleep after.
- Where to bathe your newborn
Many parents get anxious about the thought of where to bathe the infant. A tub is too big, and the water from the hand shower can be too hard on their delicate skin. So, the solution, preferably buy a small bathing tub or give them a shower in the bathroom sink. Ensure the water is lukewarm and comfortable for them, not too hot and not too cold.
- Set the washroom for your angel’s shower before dashing water onto them. Keep everything from a towel, soap, diaper near reach. You can dress the baby back in your room but make sure there isn’t much difference in the room temperature.
- When in the tub, start by wiping the baby’s face with a wet washcloth or sponge. After that, progress to the rest of the body and apply a fragrance-free and sensitive baby soap.
- Lightly massage their scalp with a washcloth to keep the dead skin from building up. Be very careful with the soft spot on your baby’s head. If they fret, don’t worry, water and soap are new to the kid, and they’ll soon get adjusted and enjoy the water.
- Give good support to the baby’s head and keep it out of the water at all times.
So, follow these basics and build a bond with your baby while they are taking a shower. Happy bathing!