Bath time for a newborn baby can be a challenging time especially for new parents.
During my pregnancy I recall hearing that newborns are like todpoles, which means they are small and slippery. Of course, I was very nervous about my upcoming delivery and bath time! Many thoughts went through my mind. “what if she fell from my arms?, what if I can’t manage her? How was I gonna bathe her? Matter of fact, Should I bathe her? Should I bathe her in warm water or normal tap water from the pipe? Should I use a bath pan or a specific container?” Needless to say there was no end to my thinking. Then there’s the matter of her skin! Should I use normal soap or was there a specific formula to use? Was it best to bath her in the morning, or would it be more ideal to bathe her at nights? How often should she be given a bath?
What You Will Need
A baby bath doesn’t necessarily need to be done in a tub of water. If you’d like to give your baby a sponge bath, you’ll need:
- A gentle baby specific cleanser to help cleanse effectively.
- Soft washcloths (use a different color or pattern than your diaper washcloths!)
- Thick towels or a sponge-type bath cushion
- Your doctor may suggest baby oil as a way of getting rid of cradle cap, make sure choose the chemical-free branded products
- Keep the room warm and close windows and doors if there is a draught.
- When you’re ready, check the water temperature. A baby’s tender skin cannot tolerate water temperature as warm as an adult. Bath temperature for babies and children is best between 37°C and 38°C. A best whole house tankless water heater provides hot water when it’s needed.
How to make bath time comfortable
To the above questions and many more that you may have, I discovered that there was no specific answer to them, matter of fact it was all based on each persons state. So the first thing I did was to observe what the nurses did with my newborn baby while sew were in the hospital. Did they bathe her? You bet they did! They had recommend specific products such as Cetaphil or Mustela brand of products since these were fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin especially newborn baby’s skin. I also noticed that she was given a bath first thing in the morning. This to me seemed to be more ideal especially since I was able to dress her up for her many visits thereafter . I also recognize a specially ergonised bath pan was used and so I immediately summoned my husband to pick up a similar one from the nearby baby store.
This particular bath pan provides for proper handling of the baby therefore no need to worry about the slipperiness of the baby and possible accident of her slipping from my hands. It also helped to prevent too much water getting to the baby since she was safely positioned in this bath pan. Wow!!! Talk about peace of mind.It is suggested that the baby be given a bath using warm water, to test the water, one would use their elbow to test it, and if the elbow couldn withstand it then so would the newborn baby’s skin.i choose to give her a bath daily, since I imagined the need to feel fresh and clean may just be the same feeling my newborn would like to experience.
Although I gave her a bath daily I would only wash her hair once or twice for the week.i also did some research on YouTube to get some answers to my unanswered questions. See video with a summary on everything bath time for your newborn.i would love to hear of your experience. Leave me a note of how you deal or dealt with bath time of your newborn.
Here’s a video from Howcast regarding bathing your newborn. Enjoy, and be sure to check out their YouTube channel.