Baby's first Bath
The Steps to Your first Baby Bath
The Steps to Your first Baby Bath, in fact, your newborn baby will only really need a bath two or three times a week. at first a sponge bath, until his umbilical cord stump heal (about one to four weeks after birth), then a baby tub bath, and eventually a tub bath, when baby can sit up on his own and outgrows the infant tub.
Sponge Bathing Your Newborn Baby
Before your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off (between 10 days and three weeks after birth), it’s best to sponge-bathe her to avoid getting the cord stump wet. Here’s how:
- Lay your baby on a soft, flat surface (on top of a clean towel works well). Have a basin of warm water and a sponge or washcloth handy.
- Keeping your baby warmly wrapped, expose one limb at a time and gently wash it.
- Pat the area dry and start on the next limb.
- If you accidentally get the cord stump wet, simply use the towel to gently pat it dry
The Big Bath
Once the cord stump has fallen off, your baby is ready for a real bath in a baby bathtub. use pad the bottom with a towel to make it softer. You also might want to have a partner nearby to help you hold on to your little angel. Assemble everything you’ll need beforehand so you won’t have to scramble during the bath. Here’s a sample list:
- A large, hooded towel
- A soft washcloth or sponge
- Cotton balls
- Soap or bath wash made especially for babies
- A baby brush or comb
You’ll only need about 2 inches of warm water to give your baby an effective bath. Try placing a warm washcloth over his belly to keep him from getting chilled.
These early baby baths don’t need to last long, but they do need to get the job done. Hold your baby firmly and gently wash away any debris or loose skin that’s accumulated. You’ll have to cradle your newborn’s head and back as you wash him. As you wash, pay particular attention to:
- The genital and diaper areas.
- The hands and feet. Check between the fingers and toes as well.
- The folds at the backs of the knees, the neck, and the thighs.
- Armpits — fuzz from sleepers can accumulate here.
- The face. If debris has accumulated around his eyes, use a cotton ball to swab it away, using a gentle outward motion.
- Behind the ears.