There is an array of things that you, as a mother, do for your baby which strengthens the bond between the two of you, but the joy and connection that you feel with your baby during his ‘bath time’ is simply ineffable. The sound of your baby’s giggles when he splashes water all around is the sweetest sound, isn’t it mommy? And when your baby looks at you with those innocent eyes while you clean his soft tummy, you know you will never love anyone or anything more.
Being a loving and caring mother, you do EVERYTHING possible to make sure that no harm comes to your baby. You babyproof the house, keep his crib safe, feed him on time, bathe him properly, and you take care of every trivial thing in order to keep your baby safe and healthy. But the shift from the womb to the outside environment can be a little harsh for your baby’s soft skin. However, remember that your little one trusts you and you are doing everything in your power to keep him safe, healthy, and happy. Furthermore, to help you keep bath time safe and fun, here are some tips that will go a long way in protecting, preserving and nourishing your little one’s skin, during and after a bath.
6 Tips for Bathing a Newborn Baby
Bathing a baby can be quite tricky for a first-time mom. You always have to be on ‘alert’ mode while bathing your wiggly and ever-curious baby, isn’t it? However, with the right tips and tricks, you can bathe him well and create memorable moments too!
Give him a sponge bathIt is advisable to give your baby a sponge bath until the umbilical cord stump falls off. The stump is still open and easily susceptible to infection caused by moisture. Babies generally don’t get dirty, well, except their diaper area. A sponge bath, using lukewarm water will be just fine for your tiny bunny. To clean your baby’s soft bottom, you can use hypoallergenic wipes like Baby Dove Rich Moisture Wipes, which are safe for newborns and moisturise a baby’s delicate skin instantly. Your baby’s bottoms will be squeaky clean and his skin will be soft and fresh. A few days after his umbilical cord falls off, you can give him his first bath in a bathtub.
Select a good timeTiming is very important when it comes to giving your baby a bath. Your baby may not be in the best mood right after waking up, so this time is best avoided for a bath. Post naps are perfect for cuddles, kisses and feeds, so go ahead and prioritise those over bath time. You can give him a bath when he is relaxed. Usually, a mid-morning bath is preferred by most parents as the baby is settled by then. An evening bath, i.e. an hour or two after feeding and before putting down to bed works well for babies as warm water makes the baby feel drowsy, making him sleep better. However, don’t bathe your baby frequently, as too much of bathing can dry his super-soft skin, especially in winters. If you still wish to bathe him daily, keep the bath time short to prevent his skin from drying.
Check the temperature of the waterYes, you already do this we’re sure but here’s a reminder of how to set up your baby’s bath water to the right temperature to preserve the softness of his skin. Fill the bathtub to a few inches with lukewarm water. Check the temperature of the water by dipping your elbow into it; the water should be warm and not too hot, as hot water tends to dry a baby’s sensitive skin. If you feel even a slight burning sensation on your elbow this means that it might be too hot for your baby. Once you are sure that the water is at the right temperature, place your baby gently in the tub and hold him upright using one arm to prevent him from slipping.
Rinse gently but thoroughlyUsing a washcloth wipe off any dirt on your baby’s skin. Rinse each part of your baby’s skin gently. Clean behind his ears, under his arms, and in the folds of his neck and thighs, as dirt settles in these parts quickly. If required, you can use a nourishing bathing bar to clean your little bundle of joy. Baby skin is more prone to dryness as it loses moisture faster than adult skin, but it can remain moisturised and healthy by using a gentle yet effective bar like Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar. Right from the first use, your baby’s skin will feel extra-soft and supple and will remain this way through the day.
Towel dryWhile bathing your baby always keep necessary bathing supplies within an arm’s reach. After bathing, use a soft towel to gently pat down his skin, making sure you get into the little folds and wipe every drop of water. Make sure that you don’t rub his skin dry as rubbing can be too abrasive for your little one at this stage.
Give your baby a post-bath massageGiving your baby a massage will not only strengthen your bond with your baby but will also keep his skin soft and supple. As baby skin tends to lose moisture quickly, massaging your baby with a hydrating lotion post bath will help in lock in the moisture. You can moisturise his skin using a nourishing moisturiser like Baby Dove’s Baby Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion, which soothes dry skin and keeps the skin moisturised through the day.
Your baby’s skin is still developing, which is why these tips will come in handy when trying to give him the gentlest cleansing and moisturising. Since winter is around the corner, It is best that your baby’s skin is prepared and well-hydrated to beat winter-related skin issues like dryness and eczema.
With a simple and consistent bath-routine, your baby’s skin will be protected enough to save you and him the discomfort of dry and irritable skin. No more worrying about skincare, you’ve got this covered, mommy! It’s time to cherish these precious bath-time moments with your little darling.