What time is it? Well, it’s time to get the bubble bath out… so it must be bath time! Okay, maybe your little one isn’t at bubble bath level just yet. If you have a newborn, they’re more at tear-free, light suds baby soap level. No matter what, though, every baby needs a bath. It can be difficult to dive right in, though (pun intended) – especially when you’re about to bathe your baby for the very first time. Luckily, we are here to help. If you are nervous about bathing your little one or you just want to make sure you’re doing it correctly – look no further.
For the new newborn
For the first week or so, try to give your baby a sponge bath rather than soaking them in the water. Use a warm, damp washcloth to gently clean them. Also, make sure you’re washing their hands and face often – as well as their genital areas after each and every diaper change.
For the not so newborn (but still pretty new)
Soon after being born, your baby’s umbilical cord stump will dry up, fall off, and heal. Once this happens – it’s finally time to start the tub bath. You probably should wait on the tub though, a kitchen sink or a small baby tub will do just as well. Before we get to the process of bath time, let’s go over a few things to remember.
- You don’t need to give your newborn a bath every day. Until they start crawling around and getting real messy, you can get by with as few as three baths a week. In fact, bathing less often is better for your baby’s skin – bathing too often can dry out their skin.
- Babies lose their body heat quickly, so make sure the room you’re bathing them in is warm enough. The ideal temperature is 75 to 80 degrees. Also, make sure the water stays comfortably warm for your little one – test the temperature with your elbow or the inside of your wrist.
- Gather everything you need including soap, a washcloth, and a cup. Have a towel handy so your baby can go straight from the warmth of the water to the warmth of the towel.
- Fill with about three inches of warm water and gradually slip your baby into the water feet first. Use one hand to support their neck and head.
- Wash your baby using mild soap from top to bottom, front and back. Make sure to rinse often and thoroughly with cupfuls of water.
- Now it’s time to lift them out of the water using one hand supporting their head and the other supporting their bottom
And there you have it, a freshly cleaned baby! One with as much adorableness as ever. Remember, keep them warm and most importantly, never leave them unattended. If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be cleaning your newborn like a pro. Good luck bathing, folks!