As a new mom, bathing your baby for the first time can be a challenge. You will get different pieces of advice on how to do it best. One thing you must put in mind is what the nurse taught you. It is good to follow up your motherly instincts too; no mother will harm their child. That apart, there are basic things you should do before, during and after bathing the baby. As a mother, you must trust yourself, do not let anyone make you feel like a bad mom. You are the best and i am sure you are doing the best to make your baby happy. This article will clearly outline this points. Please read on.
When times comes for the baby to take a bath, get all items needed ready. Before I list the items required, make sure to be consistent with the kids bathing routine. Why is this important? It helps the baby sleep. Most of the time, you will realize that the baby will sleep after a good shower. Now, be ready with a mild bathing baby soap, a washing cloth, a bathing basin, a towel, and water. The water should not be too hot or cold. The babies’ skin is very sensitive. Too hot water could burn them while cold water could give them pneumonia and other breathing sicknesses.
During a bathe
Undress your baby and gently place then in water. To make sure the baby is comfortable, support their head and back. Water levels should be slightly below the neck. With a soft bathing towel with soap, wash the baby’s body parts one by one. Concentrate on under the neck part, under arms and the diaper area.
Do not make bathing time too long. Remove the baby and place them on a dry towel. Dry up all water and transfer them to another dry towel. It is advisable to breastfeed the baby at this moment to make her warm again. After that oil them. A massage goes a long way making the baby comfortable and ready for a nap. If you realize the soap or oil is giving your little one rashes, please change as soon as possible. You can as well opt to wash them with no soap. After all babies are not that dirty. Seek the help of a paediatrician if things seem to get out of hand.