Bathing your baby can be a lot of fun for you little one. It’s a great time for you two to bond together and continue to build a relationship with each other. However, it can also be tough to keep your baby safe while you try to get your child clean.
Learn how to make you’re your baby’s bath time a special experience by making it fun, safe, and stress fee with these safety tips.
Start the bath tub at the right time
You should give your newborn baby a sponge bath until it’s umbilical cord has fallen off or if your son has been fully healed from his circumcision. Make sure you choose a bath that has a contoured design or an internal sling that helps stop your baby from sliding in the tub. Avoid using a bath seat as these can tip over and could possible trap your little one underwater.
Choose the right temperature
Turn on the water on to lukewarm and fill the tub with a couple inches of it, you can put in some natural bath products to make your baby feel good. Dip your elbow in the water to test the temperature. Make sure it’s not too hot or cold. When the water gets too cold, it’s time to end the bath time.
How often you should bathe your child
It’s up to you to decide how often. Some children find the water stimulating in the morning and others mellow out by finding it relaxing right before bedtime. Your little one doesn’t need a bath every day. You can bathe them two or three times a week. Make sure you wash their face, neck, hands, and diaper areas daily if you wash your baby two or three times a week.
A couple safety tips to remember when bathing your little one
- When you’re done bathing make sure you wrap them up in a towel so they don’t lose so much heat. Dry them thoroughly before dressing them.
- Immediately empty the tub after each use.
- Learn infant CPR and never leave your baby alone in the bathtub or in the care of another young child.
- Close the bathroom door and toilet seat when leaving the bathroom.
- Place a spout cover so your child doesn’t hit their head on the faucet.
- A nonskid mat should be placed to prevent your child from possibly slipping in the bathtub.
- Consider changing your water heater to 120-degree F in case your baby accidently turns the fact on.