When it comes to any task involving a newborn, parents can find themselves confused, worried, and stressed that they may be doing something wrong. One of these tasks certainly includes giving your baby a bath. Like most things, there’s nothing to worry about, but rather just a few specific steps to keep in mind. Here are some tips to bathing a newborn:
Using a sponge will help to keep things gentle for your newborn. Babies don’t get very dirty at this stage, with the exception of their diaper area, and under their chins. Pay careful attention to those parts, and stick to simply using warm water for now.
The number of baths you give to a newborn should certainly be less than you shower yourself. Only a few baths each week should be enough; more than this could be too drying on your baby’s soft skin. It will also help to develop a schedule for these baths when baby is well rested and not hungry!
Babies don’t need a lot of soap for their tiny bodies, but when it’s necessary make sure you buy tear-free and very gentle products. The most trustworthy purchase would be to find all-natural, organic brands to make sure there are absolutely zero chemicals or harmful ingredients.
4. Shampoo Last
If you decide this bath that you will be using shampoo or soap for your little one, make sure to save it for very last. This will save your newborn from sitting in sudsy water for too long, which will dry them out. Plus, wet hair and head will make baby feel cold.
5. Gear Up
Before the bath even begins, make sure all your supplies are within arms-length of where you will be positioned. Also, open all caps and tops so your bottles are open and ready to be used. The last thing parents will want to do is take their attention away from their newborn.
6. Helping Hand
If you’re extra stressed or worried about the first few baths with your new baby, try to have a helper with you. Whether it’s your significant other or an older child, this will give you the reassurance that nothing will go wrong and you can focus on the bathing.
7. Bath Mat
Since you’ll likely only need an inch or two of water in the bath, you’ll be able to use a bath mat underneath your little one. This will help keep your baby from sliding or moving at all, which will save you time and hassle.
Written by Leslie Presant, Owner of Bathtime Baby & Kids
Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby is a luxurious, eco-friendly baby safe bath time products for kids and babies that is gentle and formulated with all plant-based ingredients, skin nourishing vitamins, and antioxidants that protect and care for children’s delicate skin.
When the Bathtime Baby& Kids co-founder was expecting, she found natural/organic baby products completely greenwashed due to a corrupt industry that allows products to market themselves as natural but still contain ingredients with harsh chemicals and endocrine disruptors. She was motivated to create a better, safer skin care line of vegan bath products for kids. The result became a collection of natural and organic baby products that are paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, phthalate-free, petroleum-distilates-free and hypoallergenic.
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