There are many doubts and questions that parents have when they have to bathe their baby for the first time. Normally, they feel insecure and anxious and, with some fear, mainly when they are new parents, and they face baby's first bath. They wonder how they should hold it and what precautions they should take.
Many do not know what the ideal water temperature is or how they should put him in the water or what is the best way to get him out of the bathtub. But, quiet, are normal doubts, shared by many parents.
Hebaby bathIt is a great opportunity to transmit feelings of well-being to your child. Being immersed in warm water relaxes and pleases your baby and doing it every day at the same time, such as before dinner, provides the right environment to enjoy a good night's rest.
Take advantage of this moment to establish a special contact with him, which reinforces your emotional bond. It is important to have everything prepared. With a good organization, you will feel more secure. To achieve this, nothing better than gathering and having everything you need on hand: neutral soap and baby shampoo, cotton towels, comb or brush, clean clothes, diapers, a bath thermometer, a bathtub (mobile or fixed) and a sponge (optional).
As explained in 'Take care of me, a guide for mothers and fathers' of the Government of Aragon, it is important to choose the time of day that is calmer at home to take these first baths, as this way the baby will relax more. In addition, it can become a great game that is already beginning to establish good hygiene habits in children.
When you have all the material gathered, wash your hands and close the door and window of the room where you bathe your baby tightly.
1. Make surethat the room temperature in the bathroom is warm and ranges between 23 and 25 ºC. Next, check that the bathtub is clean and fill it with warm water. The water must be at body temperature, that is, between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius. You can use a bath thermometer or, if you prefer, use your elbow or the inside of your wrist to check that the temperature is appropriate.
2. Next, undress the baby, clean the area in contact with the diaper and wrap him in a towel, while you clean his face and ears with a slightly damp piece of cotton.
3. Next, hold the baby with your right arm so that the inside of the elbow supports his head and your hands touch his bottom. Lean it over the tub and, with your left hand, wash his head with a minimal amount of shampoo. Rinse well.
4. After the head is washed, support the baby's shoulders with one hand, inserting your fingers under the armpit, while supporting the legs or bottom with the other hand, so that your head is above the water, while using the other hand to wash it.
5. It is important not to stop smiling at him and talk to him while you bathe him.
6. With or without a sponge, wash, rinse, and dry from top to bottom. First the chest, the arms, the hands, and then the legs and feet.
7. Gently turn the baby to wash his back and buttocks.
8. Once it is completely clean and well rinsed, lift the baby gently and wrap him with a towel.
9. Dry it well, and wrap it up for warmth.
10. Start dressing him up and down so he doesn't lose heat. You can take the opportunity to give him a relaxing massage at this time or before the bath.
Newborn babies can also become familiar with bathing from the first days. In fact, they love the water, which reminds them of the environment in which they developed for 9 months in the womb.
Before undressing the baby and wrapping him in a towel, with a cotton ball slightly moistened with physiological saline, clean their eyes first. Afterwards, introduce it little by little in warm water and bathe it, gently cleaning it without rubbing. Gently pat him dry with the towel. Before dressing him, it is important that you check the umbilical cord and the navel area. Clean it at its base with 70ºC alcohol and wrap it in a clean gauze. If you notice that the belly buttonoozes or has a reddish color and a bad smell, you should tell your pediatrician.
There are some special cares that you should consider during your baby's bath:
1. You should never leave your baby alone during the bath.
2. The use of powders or colognes is not recommended, mainly in the first months. They can trigger allergies.
3. The height of the bathtub must be appropriate to the height of the person, which is bathing the baby, so that his back does not suffer.
4. Always wash the bathtub before and after of its use.
5. It is important to dry all the folds well of the baby's skin, especially those under the chin, behind the ears and in the diaper area.
6. Take advantage of bath time to check on the baby and thus rule out rashes, inflammations or other problems. Check for cradle cap on the head.
7. Avoid being discouraged if your baby cries a lot during his first baths. With your pampering and the right environmental conditions, he will get used to it and will come to enjoy this moment of pleasure. And their parents too.
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