Giving a bath to your baby can be a fun for you too, if you consider some precautions. The newly born baby is very tiny and tender that giving him a bath could be scary and interesting. If your baby has an aversion towards the bath, then it’s not required to go through the ordeal every day. You can give him a sponge bath regularly and a bath every other day to keep him clean. Once the baby becomes used to bath then he would enjoy splashing of water and playing with it.
There is some basic common sense which one should follow as the baby is very tender and fragile. In case you forgot something or the doorbell rings and you have to leave the room or bathroom, take along your baby with you. Never leave your baby unattended in the water. Babies can drown in less than one inch of water within a minute. Make sure that the requirements for a bath are handy. Never give them a bath after meals as it may result in spitting. The water should not be more than three inches in the tub. The temperature should be more apt towards warm and not more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Most of the babies cry through their initial bath until they begin enjoying it so do not panic and let them take their time. Immerse your baby slowly into the tub, feet first and then use your left hand to support his neck and head. Let him enjoy the water and its feel. Using your free hand you can splash water lightly over his body. Wet the sponge and use mild baby soap to wash his body. Don’t use soap on his face. You can wash his scalp and clean the corners of his eyes and nose with moistened cotton balls. Regarding genitals, you can wash it like you wash other part of the body. Once the bath is finished, you can lift them up from the bathtub.
Remember to take extra care while you are holding babies as they are slippery after the bath, wrap them in a towel and dry their hair and then the body. A mild lotion will make him feel soft and smell good, though it is not necessary to use powder or lotion on babies. Diaper and dress them. They too feel fresh and sleep better after a bath. Following are the queries which the parents could face.
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