How often should I bathe my baby?

How often should I bathe my baby?
August 10 07:45 2016

Bathing baby is an enjoyable activity to nursing mother in particular, although may be nervous at first, they’ll soon grow confident and competent as they learn what works best for them and their baby.


In this article:
• How often should I bathe my baby?
• Where should I bathe my baby?
• When should I bath my baby?
• What’s the best way to give my baby a bath?

How often should I bathe my baby?

A daily bath is not necessary, until a baby starts crawling on the floor. A bath of two or three times a week in the pre-crawling months is enough to keep a baby smell nice, presentable and healthy.

As long as adequate cleansing is done regularly during diaper changes and after feedings. And dirty and sweating part of the baby’s body should be washed properly.
It is ideal to bathe babies regularly when they start crawling and get their body dirty. But as a new born baby, two to three times bathing a week is enough for the first year.

Bear in mind that if you live in a hard water area, too much tap water may dry out and damage your baby’s skin.

Between baths:

• Wash your baby’s face regularly
• Clean your baby’s genitals and bottom after each nappy change
• Wipe any dirt off his skin

Despite most babies doesn’t like bathing, using of warm water will ease the situation. While doing this, we don’t need to allow the baby to stay to long in the water before the water gets cold, this can lead to the baby crying or inconveniences.

Where should I bathe my baby?

Some parents prefer using plastic tubs. Others prefer plastic basins. While others prefer the kitchen or bathroom sink with a towel or rubber mat lining. Parents need to remember that safety is the most paramount thing to consider and not necessarily the type of tub. So, you can decide to choose any of the above mentioned places to bath your baby.

Put together all the materials you want to use for a sponge bath so that you can keep one hand on the baby at all times. Never leave your baby alone in the water.

According to the recommendation of American Academy of Pediatrics, sponge bathing is necessary until the umbilical cord stump falls away. This can take a period of three weeks. And the following are need for sponge bathe:

• Warm environment which could be kitchen counter or bathroom
• Clean towel, soft blanket and a changing pad
• A plastic basin for water holding
• Bathing shampoo for baby
• Clean diaper
• Moisturizing soap suitable for baby

You can bathe your newborn in a small plastic tub or even in the kitchen sink (but watch out for the hot tap). You might find this easier in the first few weeks.

A plastic baby bath is probably the best option once your baby gets bigger. You can bath her in any room that’s warm, safe and clean – it doesn’t have to be a bathroom.


When should I bath my baby?

It is good to bath baby before bedtime, this will helps create a more relaxed conducive sleeping moment. It is best to avoid baths just after or just before a meal, this could result to spitting up, and the baby with empty stomach will find it difficult to cooperate during bathing.


What’s the best way to give my baby a bath?

A sponge bath is recommended until the umbilical cord has fallen off (a couple of weeks, more or less). A baby should not be submerged in water because it increases the time for the umbilical cord to fall off. Instead, use a washcloth or sponge to keep the baby clean.
A baby is ready for a tub bath (or in a portable tub or sink) as soon as the umbilical cord stump has dried up and fallen off. If the circumcision was done with a ring (plastibell) allow for the ring to fall off, too, before tub baths. A circumcision will heal during the week following the procedure and generally before the umbilical cord has fallen off. Sponge bathing during the healing process is not an issue.


Bath Preparation

Bathing supplies may include these items.
• Two to three clean washcloths
• Mild baby cleanser
• Baby shampoo
• Soft towel, preferably with a hood
• Diapers
• Clean clothes
• Ointment for diaper rash,
• Warm water


Your baby safety

Parents should avoid bathing babies immediately before or after the baby’s meal. It may either lead to throw-up when is fed or crying when hungry.
Parents are advice to prepare the baby’s bathing material before commencing baby’s bathing. The following should be put in place:

• Use warm water
• Support the baby while washing his/her face
• Clean the messes around her body
• Learn to put your baby gently inside the tub
• Uses a clean water free from cleansing
• Do not allow your baby’s head immersed inside water
• Take proper look at your baby.
• It is recommended that parents massage their baby during bathing

Top and tail bathing refer to an act of using cotton and warm water to clean baby’s face and a clean cloth to clean the baby’s body. This also involve focusing on parts of the body that need cleaning attention.



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