Bath time is an important part of your daily routine with your small baby. Once the umbilical cord stump falls off you can start bathing your baby in a tub, but handling a wet, wriggly and crying baby in the water is quite tasking unless you have the experience and basic bath time essentials.
Before you prepare the basic bath time essentials, such as bathtub, wash cloth, mild soap, etc, it is good to decide on how often you will bathe your baby and what time you will do it. Babies do not need to be washed everyday but you should always clean the face and nappy area even if you are not bathing them. Here are some points to get you started on the journey and make bathing time easy.
- Always keep the things you need closer to you before you start bathing
- Keep the room warm as a wet baby can easily get chilled
- Pour the cold water in the bathtub first then add the hot water to control the warmth
- If you have just fed the baby give a few minutes for the tummy to settle
- Start with the face and go down
- Avoid using a lot of soap as their skin can get dry
- Splash a cup of water repeatedly to keep them warm
- Pat to dry rather than rubbing
NEVER leave your baby unattended. Whether you have them in a bath seat or they are old enough to sit.
Do not overfill the bath. The water should cover the shoulders but not more than that. Babies can drown in a small amount of water in a short period of time.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 346 children under age 5 years old drown in bathtubs.
It might be a very scary thing to at first but it will become a ritual you will master as you do it often.