Any baby’s first bath is a milestone in its life as well as the lives of the parents. A baby, given its first bath ever, is a moment that should be put in a baby book and photo albums. It is a tricky thing to figure out how and when to bathe your baby. However, you need not worry as there are a few simple things to know to sort your worries about this out. Here are a few things to keep in mind when giving your baby the first bath of its lifetime.
Your Baby’s First Sponge Bath:
Remember that toddlers do not do much and physically cannot do much to make themselves dirty. The most that a toddler can do to make itself dirty is spitting up or soiling itself. Hence, it is better to delay a “real” bath for a baby, which they may find uncomfortable until they need one. In place of this, you may give your toddler a sponge bath to keep it clean. Aside from this, another important reason why the first week and a half of your baby’s life should consist of sponge baths rather than real baths is to protect the umbilical cord stump from falling off. Lay your toddler down on a clean towel and use a sponge or wet towel with warm water to rub down your baby. Only sponge wash one part of the body at a time, keeping the other regions covered while doing so. This will help to prevent your baby from catching a cold or getting sick in any other way.
Your Baby’s First Bath With Water And Shampoo:
Your baby’s first bath with water and gentle baby soap must come only after the umbilical cord stump has naturally fallen off. Cradle its head while giving your baby its first proper bath. Use a level of water about 2 inches high to bathe your baby for the first time and keep its tummy covered to prevent it from catching a cold.
Make sure to clean all the parts of your baby’s small body thoroughly. This includes the areas which are prone to the accumulation of dirt – between fingers and toes, the face (especially around the eyes), armpits, behind the ears, behind the knees and elbows, and very importantly and carefully, the genital areas. You may use cotton swabs to clean some sensitive areas such as the baby’s face. Many babies are born without hair on their heads, but many are also born with full heads of hair. Depending on which of the two is your child, for your baby’s first bath, use some special baby shampoo to clean their scalps and heads gently. Make sure to shampoo the hair towards the end of the bath, to make sure that your baby is not lying in soapy water for most of its bath time.
Fixing The Temperature For Your Babys First Bath:
As mentioned before, about 2 inches of water for your baby’s first bath will do it. However, setting the temperature for the same is slightly tricky for some. What most of us don’t realize is that babies’ skin is much more sensitive than adult skin. Make sure the water for your baby’s first bath is only warm, and make sure to feel it with the back of your elbow, an extra-sensitive part of your body, to check the temperature to be warm (and not hot!). Ensure this so that your baby is not more uncomfortable than it would already be owing to a new sensation that it feels at its first bath.