Parents are always overly cautious and worried about their newborn children. One of the more stressful moments is when it’s time to bathe your child for the very first time. Like most things, there’s nothing to worry about, but rather just a few specific steps to keep in mind. Here are some tips to bathing a newborn:
Babies don’t need a lot of soap for their tiny bodies, but when it’s necessary make sure you buy tear-free and very gentle products. The most trustworthy purchase would be to find all-natural, organic brands to make sure there are absolutely zero chemicals or harmful ingredients.
Using a sponge will help to keep things gentle for your newborn. Babies don’t get very dirty at this stage, with the exception of their diaper area, and under their chins. Pay careful attention to those parts, and stick to simply using warm water for now.
3. Shampoo Last
If you decide this bath that you will be using shampoo or soap for your little one, make sure to save it for very last. This will save your newborn from sitting in sudsy water for too long, which will dry them out. Plus, wet hair and head will make baby feel cold.
The number of baths you give to a newborn should certainly be less than you shower yourself. Only a few baths each week should be enough; more than this could be too drying on your baby’s soft skin. It will also help to develop a schedule for these baths when baby is well rested and not hungry!
5. Gear Up
Before the bath even begins, make sure all your supplies are within arms-length of where you will be positioned. Also, open all caps and tops so your bottles are open and ready to be used. The last thing parents will want to do is take their attention away from their newborn.
6. Helping Hand
If you’re extra stressed or worried about the first few baths with your new baby, try to have a helper with you. Whether it’s your significant other or an older child, this will give you the reassurance that nothing will go wrong and you can focus on the bathing.
7. Bath Mat
Since you’ll likely only need an inch or two of water in the bath, you’ll be able to use a bath mat underneath your little one. This will help keep your baby from sliding or moving at all, which will save you time and hassle.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 22 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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