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    From Bath to Bedtime, 14 Tips That Will Guarantee You’re Going that 'Extra Mile' to Keep Your Baby Happy
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    13 December 2018

    From Bath to Bedtime, 14 Tips That Will Guarantee You’re Going that 'Extra Mile' to Keep Your Baby Happy

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    There are different things you can do to make sure that your baby's daily routines are contributing to his overall development. Here's how.


    Your baby’s arrival means that the days of your life are going to turn and stay topsy-turvy, at least for a while. You’ll need to be at the beck and call of your little one constantly, and it could be at any time of the day. True, it’s going to be a little too unpredictable and inconsistent in the beginning; but as time passes, you will learn to establish a routine that suits both you and your baby, and perform all your mommy- duties with much gusto!

    What Can You Do to Ensure That Your Baby’s Routine Makes Him Happy?

    Your baby’s daily activities consist mainly of eating, playing, having a bath, and sleeping (all of which he needs you for) and of course, looking incredibly cute, which he does quite well, all by himself. Tips for first-time mothers will come from all corners in plenty, and we’re sure you’re paying heed to all the nitty-gritties of your baby’s routine. Here are some additional baby care tips to ensure that your baby’s routines leave him feeling comfortable, happy, and loved, all day long.
    1. Bath-time for Babies

      A lot of babies adore bath time and they make it pretty evident with their sunny smiles and happy gurgles. It’s a routine that brings you closer to the baby and makes for an ideal activity to bond over. Keep these things in mind to make sure your little one continues to squeal with joy whenever it’s bath time.
      • Don’t Bathe Your Baby Daily, Especially in Winters.

        In his initial days, your baby’s sensitive skin could be prone to drying out faster and losing moisture if you bathe him everyday. Thrice a week is the ideal frequency for a bath, if you’re cleaning his bottom after a diaper change (unless there is a situation of a diaper blowout, of course!). The baby’s hair doesn’t need washing more than once or twice a week either. After the first 5 or 6 weeks, the baths can become a daily ritual.
        Note: In the Indian scenario, the elders prefer giving babies an oil massage and bath daily, right from day one. If such is the case, make sure that the bath doesn’t last for longer than 5 to 10 minutes because the baby’s body can lose heat fast (but make sure the bath is thorough).
      • Use the ‘Topping and Tailing’ Method.

        On the days when you’re not bathing your baby, you can try the ‘Topping and Tailing’ method. ‘Topping’ means washing the baby’s face, neck, and hands (for which you can use a damp cloth) and ‘tailing’ refers to washing the baby’s bottom (for which you can use gentle and moisturizing baby wipes like the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Care Wipes). Make sure that the temperature of the room and the water is quite warm, and that everything you need is right next to you. Once you’re done washing the baby, which shouldn’t really take more than 10 minutes, quickly dry him off and massage him with a moisturizing lotion like the Baby Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion.
      • Choose the Right Time to Bathe Your Baby.

        Morning, noon, night - which is the best time to bathe your baby? The right answer is, whenever both you and your baby are relaxed and comfortable! Identify a time of the day when your baby will be active and happy to have his bath, while at the same time, you’d be free to give him all your attention. If you’re free of distractions, you’ll be able to cheerfully bathe your little one without the worry of having to leave him unattended at any point. Once you’ve established ‘the right time’, stick to this on a daily basis, so that your baby learns to expect his bath at the same time everyday. Simply make sure that you’re not bathing the baby immediately after feeding him, as this can lead to digestive trouble for him. Instead, doing it the other way around can relax your baby and help him go to sleep.
        Make sure to also take weather conditions into account; it’s best to bathe your baby in the morning or afternoon during winter, as he would be less prone to catching colds then. But during hot or humid months, a night bath can actually help your baby feel cool and relaxed, making him comfortable enough to fall asleep.
      • Bath-time Safety is Essential.

        Fill the baby’s tub with only about 3 inches of water and make sure that the entire process (from prep to dressing up) doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes. Not only could the temperature of the water go down, causing your baby to catch a cold, but his skin could get all wrinkly and dry. Add hot water to cold water, and mix it well to get rid of any hot spots. Take extra care while choosing products for the baby too; his delicate skin requires non-toxic baby products. You can’t use the shampoos and soaps that you use for yourself on your baby, as they would be too harsh for his skin. In fact, instead of soap, try a moisturizing bar like the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Bar, which replaces the nutrients in the skin that get lost while bathing the baby. And if you’re worried that the bubbles will harm your baby’s delicate eyes - worry not! An opthamologist-tested product (with a no-tears formula), like the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Hair to Toe Wash can do the trick of keeping your little one happy in his little tub! Make sure to talk and sing to him all the while, and really use this short span of time to bond!

        Bath time for babies
    2. Play-time and Meal-time for Babies

      When it comes to babies, bath and bed time routines have a certain similarity, which is that it doesn’t call for too many drastic changes as the baby grows. Playing and feeding, however, change constantly to suit the needs of the growing baby; such as tummy-time or educational toys during play-time or the transition from breastmilk/formula to solid foods for his meals, and even the frequency of meals.
      • Play-time

        • Know When to Play With Your Baby.
          When it comes to a newborn, playing isn’t really a very physical activity; rather, it’s interacting with the baby or keeping him from feeling lonely. This doesn’t mean that you need to constantly entertain your baby; if you find him perfectly content with studying his surroundings for a while, let him be, because interrupting him at this time may cause him to lose focus on all the stimuli around him. Playtime should never be too close to bedtime, as your baby could be too stimulated to fall asleep.
        • Carry Your Baby Around.
          When your baby is carried around, he gets to see the world around him. Being held close to you gives him an experience similar to that of a massage, where his body moves in rhythm. If you can find a sling that provides him optimum support for his head and a decent view of everything around him, you can also go about your daily duties, hassle-free.
        • Give Him Plenty of Things to Look At.
          Make sure your baby has something new to look at every couple of days - simple things like the curtains blowing in the wind, the birds and trees outside, etc. count too! On that note, take a walk outside with your newborn once in a while too, as the fresh air will benefit you both. Just make to provide him with adequate protection from the sun, with proper clothing, and not stepping out between 10 am and 4 pm.
      • Meal-time

        While exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for babies up until 6 months of age, this depends on various factors. Whether your baby is being breastfed or formula-fed, a fixed routine is essential to keep things on track daily.

        • Watch Out for Cues.
          Your newborn’s unpredictable routine will have you feeling confused for the first couple of weeks. But once you start picking up certain cues, you’ll know how to time your baby’s feedings. These include him smacking his lips, sucking his hands or fingers, or exhibiting the ‘rooting reflex’, where he turns towards you as he expects food from you. Learning about these cues can help you establish a proper feeding routine.
        • Make Sure Your Baby is Full At the End of Each Feeding.
          To gather ample time between each feeding, like 3 to 4 hours, your baby needs to feel satiated. Make sure to burp him well after each feed and don’t let him doze off in the middle of the feed either.
        • Set Up a Designated Area for Feeding.
          Make a part of your house the ‘go-to area’ for feeding your baby. The familiarity of the surroundings and the atmosphere (eg: a song, dim lights, etc.) can help your baby associate the time and place with feeding, helping him to accept the routine.

          Meal time for babies
    3. Bed-time for Babies

      Sleep is as essential (if not more) as any of the above activities for your baby, mainly because it locks in all the benefits of his meals and play during the day. The number of hours your baby needs to sleep changes according to his age, of course, but the basic steps of a sleep routine can stay the same. 3 to 4 months of age is a good time to start sleep training your baby.
      • Mornings Are for Fun, Nights Are for Rest.

        Establishing a bedtime routine for the night could take a while as the baby doesn’t know how to differentiate between day and night. Feedings can interrupt his sleep schedule in the initial months too. In order to teach your baby the difference between morning and night, start off with reducing activities, sounds, and lights when it’s time to sleep. Keeping everything low and muted will help him associate night-time with rest only.
      • Engage in a Quick ‘Topping and Tailing’ Session.

        If you don’t bathe your baby at night, you can still quickly wash him up, which includes washing his hands, neck, and diaper area. By doing so, your baby feels relaxed and this also tends to induce sleep in him.
      • Give Your Baby a Massage.

        A night-time massage is another way to completely soothe your baby and relieve him from the effects of stimulation around him. Use a cream or lotion like Baby Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion to gently massage him from top to toe. Massaging your baby also promotes development of his bones, while the product used can help in leaving his skin feeling soft. After the massage, feed the baby one last time and swaddle him. You can sing him a lullaby, cuddle him, or talk in gentle positive tones, albeit softly! The best time to lay the baby down to sleep is when he’s awake, but slightly drowsy, as this also helps promote independent sleeping.
      • Time for Baby-daddy to Get Involved Too!

        Your husband can use this time to bond with the baby, right from the night-time wash-up to massage to even feeding the baby! Yes! Dr. Diana Julian, Child Sleep Consultant, has researched on how fathers can sometimes be the secret to their babies’ successful sleep, because of the various techniques they may have that mothers haven’t tried yet. Some mothers also spoke from their experience, wherein their baby went back to sleep sooner when rocked by their fathers, when they woke up in the middle of the night. A theory behind this is that the baby associates feeding with his mother and expects to be fed when he wakes in the middle of the night and sees her.
        Bed time for babies
    As your little one’s mom, no one will know what’s best for him like you will, and we’re sure you’re already doing your best in keeping your baby happy and healthy. Have patience when it comes to setting a routine, however - all good things will take time but will definitely be worth it!

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