5 safety tips for baby’s bath
Having kids is such a wonderful experience. It is an opportunity to grow and a chance to share common values with kids. As a new parent, everything is intimidating. You would think giving a bath to the newborn baby would be pretty straightforward, but it can be tricky. New parents sometimes feel apprehensive about bathing their tiny new babies. Here are some helpful tips for giving your baby a safe and proper bath.
1) Start with sponge bath
If newborn baby still has the umbilical cord stump, give simple sponge baths for a few days so it stays dry and clean. Baby’s skin needs time to adapt to the outside world and certain fabrics and perfumed creams can cause skin irritations. Most babies don’t get very dirty, except in their diaper area, and under their chins where spit-up tends to trickle, so be careful about those parts.
2) Create a routine
Baths are warm and relaxing, which is a perfect way to calm anyone down so you should bathe your baby when your baby is well-rested and not hungry. If your baby does not like bath time, you should try different games and activities and see which ones bring a smile on your little one’s face.
3) Check the water temperature
Baby’s skin is soft and delicate, so make sure that bath water is not hot but is comfortably warm before putting your baby in. check the water with your elbow or inside of your wrist. Never put your bay in the bath when the water is still running because the water temperature can change quickly. Babies lose heat faster so keep the temperature of the room comfortably warm before you give the bath. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature of the bath water and it should be around 38 degree C (100 degree F).
4) Gather your supplies
Most important thing you never, ever leave a baby unattended in the water. The most common reason parents leave their children in the tub is to get the baby’s bath products. Before you start the bath, collect everything you need and place within arm’s length of the baby bath. Make sure that bottles are open and ready to pour, and rip the safety seal off a bottle of baby wash while you support your newborn with one arm.
5) Take help
First few months you should take someone to help out during baby’s bath time. When you leave your baby unattended in any amount of water, a helper will take care of the baby. Also, if you are uncertain about what your baby’s reaction will be to the bath, presence of another person can be useful for ideas on how to soothe a wet and wailing baby.
Bathing is necessary for good hygiene but it is also a special time to build a special bond between you and your baby. So make it special….