You know your baby is going to need to be bathed sooner or later. Baby hygiene is super important, and should be taken very seriously. Your baby’s immune system is still developing to take on the world’s germs.
Although you don’t want a completely sterile environment – immune system needs practice – but you still want to minimize the risks of dangerous pathogens and health issues associated with poor hygiene habits.
Prepare yourself mums. Find out the best ways to bathe your baby, the best products to use and some tips & tricks to handle a squirmy wet baby!
Before you start, make sure everything you need will be at arms length so you can keep close and make sure to keep one hand on your baby at all times. When you take your baby out of the bath immediately wrap them up in a baby towel so they do not lose too much body heat.
Also, it is a very good idea to set your water heater to 120 degrees F. That way your baby won’t get scalded if an accident happens (perhaps the heat faucet gets pressed by something falling, or your baby messing around – you never know)
When to start bathing baby?
No doubt your baby will create huge messes, all part of the game. Newborns are easier to handle, but as they grow a little older prepare yourself for a life of grim, baby puke, intense smelly diapers, strange & unidentified substances on the floor, and peanut butter that somehow got inside the DVD player (tot life). All this means is your baby will get dirty, and embrace the grim (cause they don’t care)
So, to start off you can start giving your baby a sponge bath at anytime until their umbilical cord has fallen off. And if little one has been circumcised, wait until that heals before giving them a full-on bath. Once that happens you’ll be ready for a baby bathtub.
Mind the Temperature!
Baby skin is delicate and soft, less tolerant of hot water temperatures like adults. Keep that in mind, and be super diligent about checking the temperature of the water making sure it is lukewarm before you put your baby in.
You also want to keep monitoring the temperature and be sure to remove your baby before it gets too cold. A good tool to have during bath time for this reason is a baby bath thermometer.
Keep the water level LOW
It is very scary when you realize there are many near-miss drownings that occur all the time, because of putting baby in too much water. Of course neglect is a major factor – never leave your baby alone in bath without constant supervision – a baby can drown in as little as 1 inch of water. If you need to leave the bathroom, to answer a phone call or something, always bring baby with you and just use one of these cool hooded baby towels to grab baby out of bath.
How often should you bathe?
Many parents find that a nice relaxing bath can soothe your baby and help them get to sleep better at night. However there is no need to fret if you miss a day.
All your baby really needs is two or three baths a week, but you want to make sure to clean their face, neck, hands,and poopy area daily.
Do you know the hardness of your water?
This is something that many parents overlook, because who ever thinks about the hardness of water?
Hard water can be rough on your baby’s delicate skin. So it is a good idea to check the hardness of your water and perhaps consider using a shower head filter for hard water.
Use soap & shampoo made for babies
Chemicals are a huge issue these days when it comes to babies. What might be okay to wash our grown selves with, might cause irritation and problems for baby. A lot of soap products contain perfume, dyes and other chemicals which may have adverse effects for a baby – the same is even more true for shampoos.
For this reason, only buy soap and shampoo products that have been made specifically for babies.