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Bathing your new Baby

Many first time parents are scared about bathing their newborn babies for the first time.

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The thought of handling a soapy and slippery newborn is enough to make many ask an elder or maid to bathe the baby instead. But if you give it a try, you’ll see that after just a few baths you’ll feel much more confident. Before you know it, you’ll become an expert and will look forward to bathtime as a wonderful way to bond with your baby.

 

Sponge bathe a newborn

For the first week or so it’s best to give your infant sponge baths with a warm, damp washcloth. Wash his face and hands frequently, and thoroughly clean his genital area after each diaper change.

Bathing a baby in a bathtub

bathing baby
bathing baby

After the umbilical cord stump dries up, falls off, and the area heals, you can start giving your newborn a tub bath every few days. It’s easiest to use the kitchen sink or a small plastic baby tub filled with warm water instead of a standard tub.

Although some parents bathe their babies every day, until a baby is crawling around and getting into messes, a bath isn’t really necessary more than three times a week during the first year. Bathing your baby too often can dry out her skin.

Some babies find the warm water very soothing. If this is the case with your baby, it’s fine to let her linger. Others cry through the whole bath – that’s when you’ll want to get her in and out. Baths don’t need to take up a lot of time: Five minutes is long enough to get your baby clean before the water cools down too much.

When you do bathe your newborn, you may find it a little scary at first. Handling a wiggling, wet, and soapy little creature takes practice and confidence, so stay calm and maintain a good grip on her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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