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Bathing Baby

David Boast Jun 01 ,2016 Read 3675 Times

Bathing baby can be a lovely experience for you and your baby.  It is best to bathe baby when they are awake and content and not hungry and tired.  It can also be beneficial in the evening before bed time which helps them sleep longer.  A warm bath can also sometimes help calm a colicky baby.

 

Babies need to be bathed two to three times a week, not every day but if they enjoy baths then you can give them one more often but take care as it can dry out their skin.

 

Although, you do not need to bathe baby every day, you should however top and tail them every day.  This is where you wash baby’s face, neck, hands and bottom.

 

To top and tail your baby, make sure you have everything you need with you.  This would be a bowl of warm water, a towel, cotton wool, a new nappy and if needed clean clothes.  To top and tail:

 

·Take baby’s clothes off apart from their nappy and vest and wrap them in a towel to keep them warm

·Dip the cotton wool in the bowl of warm water and squeeze out all excess water, making sure the cotton wool is damp

·Wipe gently around baby’s eyes from the inner corner outwards, making sure you use a new piece of cotton wool for each eye to prevent infection from spreading

·Dampen new pieces of cotton wool and wipe around the rest of their face, neck and ears.  Pay extra attention to the folds and creases and do not clean the inside of baby’s ears or nose with a cotton bud

·When washing baby’s hands and feet, look out for sharp nails and remove them with baby scissors as babies can scratch themselves

·Remove baby’s nappy and wash bottom and genital area with freshly dampened cotton wool.  Make sure to clean in the folds and creases and then put on a clean nappy

 

When you are more comfortable with bathing baby, you can put them in a baby bath tub.  This should be in a warm room and you should have everything you need at hand as you cannot leave baby in the bath whilst you fetch something.  To bathe baby:

 

·Fill the baby bath with about 8cm of water and test the temperature with your elbow or a thermometer. Remember to swirl the water around so there are no hot spots in the bath water

·Undress baby but keep nappy on and wrap baby in a towel whilst you clean their face

·Wash baby’s hair with water or shampoo specially designed for babies and then dry their hair gently

·Remove nappy and clean their bottom

·Lower baby into either their bath support so your hands are free to wash baby or lower them into the bath by using one hand to hold their outside arm and supporting their head and neck on your arm and placing your other hand under baby’s bottom.  Lower baby into the bath gently so they do not get scared and until their bottom is resting on the floor of the bath and then free your hand from under their bottom and start washing baby

·Make sure baby’s head stays above the water and when washing, gently move the water around over baby without splashing

·When finished, lift baby out of the bath the same way you put them in and wrap them in a towel and gently pat them dry, making sure to wipe in their skin folds

·You can massage baby with special oil or cream to help soothe and relax baby and help them sleep better

·Put a fresh nappy and clothes on baby

 

Safety tips

·Make sure baby is wrapped up warm in a baby towel before and after their bath

·Make sure the room is warm

·Check the temperature of the water with an elbow or thermometer and swirl water around to get rid of any hot spots in the water

·Do not put baby in the bath whilst the tub is filling up with water

·Never leave baby alone in the bath, not even for a second

·Do not fill bath tub with water, only 8cm is needed

 

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Emmay Care Grooming Kit

 

Last Update 2017-09-08 07:54:45
Published In Bathroom Safety

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