Eight Tips For Baby Bath Time

Eight Tips For Baby Bath Time

1. Learn when to start giving baby a bath. It is recommended to only give babies sponge baths until their umbilical cords have fallen off. After that, babies only need to be washed 2-3 times a week. Anymore than that can harm baby’s sensitive skin. Outside of bath time you can give small sponge baths to keep baby fresh and clean.
2. Never leave your baby unattended, even for just a moment. If bath time is interrupted, take baby out of the water until you can finish washing them later.
3. Make sure the bath water is at a warm, comfortable temperature around 37-38° C. If you aren’t sure if the bath temperature is correct, you can use a thermometer to test the warmth. Do not put baby in the water while it is still running because the temperature could change or the water could get too deep unexpectedly.
4. Fill the tub with only about 5 cm deep. Anything deeper can be put baby at risk.Teach your baby not to stand up in the tub as their mobility increases, because this could lead to a slip and fall.
5. Get a baby bathtub. Baby bathtubs fit right into your bathtubs and sinks. They help hold baby in a safe and comfortable position, prevent sliding, and makes washing baby easier for you. There are several models of baby bath tubs on the market and they are very affordable, so it is a worthwhile investment to keep bath time safe and easy.
6. Baby proof your bathtub. Make sure that you wrap your faucets with cushions to avoid painful head bumps. Keep any sliding doors propped out so they do not close on baby’s tiny fingers. Also, line your sink or bathtub with a rubber mat to prevent any slipping and sliding along the porcelain surface. Finally, keep any electrical devices unplugged and away from the bathing area.
7. Wash baby in clean water. If you need to use a soap, use a mild soap free of fragrances and dyes that is designed specifically for baby’s gentle skin. Regular soaps and shampoos can dry out baby’s skin or cause allergic reactions. Also avoid keeping baby in soapy water for too long because it can dry out their skin and cause chafing and chapping.
8. Make bath time fun! Once you have all the safety needs in place, try to make bathtub fun. Include toys like rubber duckies or animal shaped wash clothes, talk to baby, and even blow some bubbles. Bath time is precious and a great time to really teach and bond with your baby, so have some safe fun with it.
These basic tips will help you keep baby safe during bath time, so you guys can just relax and enjoy it!
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