Life is all about growing, moving on, and evolving. Giving baby a bath is not exempted to this. You usually give your newborn baby a sponge bath. Correct? But now that he is already too old for sponge baths, it is time to apply a new bathing style for him.
It is time for you to start bathing him in an infant tub. Yes, you read it right. Just when you became an expert in sponge baths, you are forced to deal with this new situation. Don’t worry. In this article, you will learn how to give your baby a bath with just eleven steps.
The big problem here is that you cannot experiment on giving babies a bath. It can be hazardous for your baby if you are not cautious enough. Relax. Don’t worry. This article has tips to help you.
Before starting, prepare all the things you need. You will need an infant tub, bath sling, soft washcloths and sponges, mild baby soap and shampoo, and a dry towel. Start as soon as you are ready.
- Bring together everything you need. Place the supplies where you can easily reach them. Put it near your baby’s bathing area.
- Check the room’s temperature. Make sure that it is about 75 degrees to keep your baby warm. Take note that your baby will be naked later so make sure that he or she is comfortable.
- Pour warm water to the infant tub. Make sure that it does not exceed 2 inches.
- Test the water temperature with a thermometer to check if the water is just warm and NOT HOT. You can use your elbow or wrist to test temperature too. Make sure that the water does not exceed 100 degrees. For your convenience, there are tubs that are built with thermometers for easier checking of temperature. You can buy this one.
- Take off your baby’s clothes. Gently place your baby in the tub. Keep him in the reclined position. It will be easier if you use a bath sling. This will help you properly position your baby in the tub.
- Hold your baby with one hand. Use your free hand to dampen the soft washcloth or sponge. Begin cleaning your baby. Do this gently to avoid irritating his skin. Clean the tidiest areas first. Attend to the diaper areas last.
- Lightly wipe and pat your baby’s body with the washcloth. DO NOT RUB. Babies have very sensitive skin so it is not safe to rub baby’s parts. Use a different part of the washcloth for every area that you cleaned. Be mindful of areas that are prone to accumulation of dirt. These areas are the folds of baby’s arms, legs, and neck. Thoroughly yet gently clean them.
- Wash baby’s back. Do this by turning him or her over. At this point, baby is already wet and slippery so be extra careful.
- Rinse your baby using another washcloth. Rinse off each body area after cleaning it. Thoroughly rinse baby’s body if you are using a mild soap.
- Use a mild baby shampoo to clean your baby’s scalp and hair. Do this about once or twice per week. Rinse well.
- Carefully remove baby from the tub. Wrap him or her in a dry towel and pat him dry. Put on baby’s clothes right away.
There’s no need to panic. Just put everything within reach and then start bathing baby. Remember to be extra careful too. If you need more information about baby care and products, you can go to sites that focus on them. Good luck and take care.