Friday, December 31, 2010

Giving Baby a Bath

Get Organized

Gather the things you need around you - a towel, baby shampoo, moisturizing soap, baby wipes, a clean diaper and a change of clothes. Depending on your routine, have things close by so that you do not have to walk a distance to retrieve things. Under no circumstances should you leave your baby unattended, not even for a second. Take the baby with you if you need to take a phone-call or look for a bottle of lotion.

Giving a Sponge Bath

Prepare an area for baby's bath. Ensure that whatever room you are in, it is warm enough and free of drafts. Make sure that the bathing area is safe, whether it is the counter next to the sink, the floor, or a table. If you use a table top, make sure that it is stable. Table top would be a good choice because you will be able to work at a comfortable height without hurting your back. Pad hard surfaces with a changing pad, blanket or towel.

Test for the right water temperature by immersing your elbow into it. Dip a washcloth into the water and wring it.

You must have one hand holding onto your baby armpit at all times. Clean the upper eyelids gently with the wash cloth. Wipe the face and the outer part of the ears. Wash the creases of the neck, arms, and legs. Squeeze clean water form a wet wash cloth on baby's hair. A baby bottom should be washed from front to back. This helps prevent infection. Dry, diaper, and dress your baby.

Bathing in a Tub

Once your baby has progressed form the sponge bath, you can use a bathtub specially designed for babies or plain plastic basin. As with sponge baths, exercise safety and precaution at all times especially when deciding where to place the tub and checking the water temperature. The tub should contain only a few inches of warm water.

When the water is ready, place baby in the tub. Keep one hand on the baby at all times. Lean baby forward on your arm, keeping a firm grasp on the armpit. With your free hand, wet a soft wash cloth. Begin by gently cleaning baby and rinsing with the water.

Wash the cleanest parts first and then move to the diaper areas. Support the baby's head, neck, and back when rinsing hair. Many soaps for baby can be used for their hair. Or you have the option of not using soap.

Fully dry your baby after every bath to prevent rash and protect sensitive skin.