Make bath time a breeze with these simple steps.
When it comes to bathing your little one, the most important rule to remember is never ever leave your baby unattended, no matter how short a time it may be. Because all it takes for a baby to drown is just two inches of water, and that could happen in mere seconds. Additionally, be alert of hot pipes, taps and corners, especially when you are bathing him in your bathtub or shower area.
To begin, run about five centimetres of water into your baby’s bathtub. A good point to note would be to fill it first with cold water, followed by hot.
Try testing the temperature of the water with your elbow
before soaking your little one. The best temperature for your baby
would be around 37 degrees.
Another point to remember is to never leave the water running into the tub. As your newborn baby’s soft skin is far more sensitive than yours, he may feel any change in the water’s temperature. Drop a small amount of baby bath liquid into the bath water and mix it well. Getting an anti-slip mat or towel for the base of the tub is always a good idea as this could prevent any slips.
Time to Get Clean
Get your little one undressed. Before you wrap him in a towel, ensure his nappy area is cleaned and with moist cotton wool, gently clean his face, eyes and ears
With his head cradled in one hand, position his back along your forearm and tuck his legs under your elbow. Once you’re comfortable with the firm hold you have on him, lean over the bath and wash his hair. Make sure to rinse well and pat dry.
Next, gently slip your baby into the warm bath while supporting his shoulders with one hand, tucking your fingers under his armpit, and supporting his legs and bottom with the other.
It’s important to remember that his head and shoulders should be kept above the water at all times. So make sure to always keep one hand underneath his shoulders. With your other hand, gently splash water all over his body, paying attention to crevices on his neck, limbs, elbows and diaper area.
Next, turn him over and with one hand supporting his chest, wash his back, hips and buttocks.
When he’s all nice and clean, lift him onto the towel, while supporting his shoulders and buttocks. Make sure you have a gentle but firm grip on him when lifting him out from the tub, as he is now wet and slippery.
Before the cold gets to him, wrap him in a towel to keep him warm and dry him completely, not forgetting all the folds where moisture can hide.
Once you’re done, moisturise your baby’s skin with lotion or baby oil. Make time for a baby massage as well. Finally, put on a fresh diaper and dress in in clean clothes and you’re all done.
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