When you first enjoy the wonderful opportunity to bathe your newborn, you may get quite a surprise at how slippery your little one is! But, with some practice early on, you’ll quickly become an expert. Bathing will soon become a beautiful time to share with your newborn, a time to nurture and care for her in a most intimate way, and most likely, she’ll be kicking and splashing about before you know it! Here are some tips on how best to safely get your baby squeaky clean:
Hold on and don’t let go!
The first rule of thumb is never, ever let go! Without clothes, and dripping wet, your baby will become a slippery little thing. Using a specifically designed baby bath is advisable if it’s within your budget, as this will make bathing your little one dramatically easier in those first few months.
Make sure you collect all the items you’ll need for washing and drying your baby before you commence. This includes items such as a wash cloth, gentle baby soap, soft towel etc. Over the years, babies have drowned in water that’s been less than an inch deep, and so your children need full supervision in the bath at all times. If the phone or the doorbell rings, don’t be tempted to answer them immediately. Rather, take a minute and scoop your baby up in a towel and take her with you.
Create a relaxing bathing experience for your baby by making sure the room is warm and cozy. Babies feel temperature extremes more than adults, so your baby will get colder a lot more quickly than you will. Experts advise 75 degrees F is a pleasant room temperature for your little one.
The bath water needs to be warm enough to keep your baby feeling comfortable, but not so warm as to burn her. Test the water with the back of your wrist, as this is nice soft skin, similar to a baby’s.
Never, ever put your baby near running water, and turn off all taps before placing your little one into the water. Even taps that are no longer running can be hot to the touch, so make sure your baby’s skin doesn’t come into contact with the tap. If left running, the water temperature may get too hot, or the bath too deep, so have the bath prepared and turn off the tap before placing your baby into it.
Teach your baby not to stand up in the bath. This keeps your baby as low as possible and presents less chance of slipping. Bubble bath can be slippery; can cause irritation to your baby’s skin, as well as potentially causing a urinary tract infection. We suggest using a natural product to bathe your baby, and we have some gorgeous natural ones available on our website.
If using an adult bath, you may like to dam off some of the water from one end, either with a store bought product, or even just with some towels, to make a smaller and safer area. Place a non-slip mat on the bottom of the bath, to help provide a safer experience for your baby to lie on or sit in. A recommended water height is 2-4 inches.
For babies old enough to sit, you may wish to purchase a bath seat. These, however, can still be dangerous as they can tip forward, so this is a lesson to never take your hand off your baby, even when seated in an upright position.
Having read these tips above, we trust you’re now feeling empowered to bathe your baby in a safe and natural environment. We would also like to invite you to view the beautiful range of baby friendly bath products available for order on our website today.