Newborn babies are demanding in all aspects. Giving them a bath can turn out to be a nightmare if proper steps are not followed. Take care to keep your baby comfortable during a bath and make sure your baby enjoys the experience. Find out tips on infant bathing.
Infant bathing tips
Choose a bath time that works for both - you and baby. Be in a relaxed frame of mind when you are bathing the little one. Be prepared with all supplies within arms reach. NEVER leave the baby for even a minute. It can be dangerous. If you are interrupted during the bath, take the baby along with you. Be careful of the faucet - the infant might hit the head or even touch a scalding hot faucet. Empty the tub immediately after use. Keep the toilet seat down before you begin the baby bath.
An even surface: Any surface that is flat and even is fine to bathe a baby. It will be comfortable for the baby if the temperature in the bathing place is warm and tepid. Keep testing the water temperature as you go ahead. When the water gets too cool, its time to take the baby off.
Baby bathtub: A baby bathtub is just perfect for your baby. Ensure that the depth of the bathtub is adequate to hold enough amount of water for bathing. Rubber backing in the tub will act as an additional safety measure for the baby. You can use your kitchen sink itself until your baby is three months old, provided it is comfortable for your baby and you. Support your baby's neck and head throughout the bath.
Changing mattress: You can change the clothes, napkins of your baby on the changing mattress as well use it to massage your baby.
Towels: Use fresh and clean towels to dry and wrap your baby. Always keep an extra one; you might need it at times.
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