DealDash Gives the Baby a Bath
If you’re a new parent, or if you are a grandparent who hasn’t bathed a baby in the past 30 years you might wonder what the proper way is to bathe a baby. DealDash is here to help.
How often? What temperature? What shampoo? How long? What do I do? Are some of the questions that new parents might ask when they are faced with the challenge of bathing a baby. Most hospitals have the nurse give you a quick lesson before you leave the hospital, but let’s face it – you are still in shock from having this tiny new human in your life, along with some lingering pain, that you might not have paid as close attention as you should have. However, that’s okay. Here is a foolproof way to get your baby clean with a minimum of tears – from both of you.
The first thing that you are going to need is a vessel to bathe the baby. You can get special tubs for the baby, or an insert that fits into a large sink. However, you can also get creative and use a bucket or other large tub-like container. Personally, I got a baby bathtub and bathe my baby with the tub on the bathroom counter top between the two sinks. That way I can get fresh water from the sink tap if I need it, and the tub is up high enough that I don’t hurt my back bending over the bathtub if I had put it inside the regular tub.
Next, decide what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you are going to use. With my first two kids I used the standard yellow Johnson & Johnson baby wash/shampoo combination. However, my newest baby has extremely sensitive skin along with eczema all over him, and the regular baby shampoo just wasn’t working for him. After a trip to the dermatologist I am now using Aveeno baby bath products that have lavender and oatmeal in them. It’s up to you what kind of shampoo and baby wash that you would like to use, just keep in mind that a lot of babies have sensitive skin, so you might have to experiment a little to find one that works for them.
As to how often and what temperature…Most of these are up to you. I (and my pediatrician) suggest bathing your baby every-other day. This keeps your baby smelling fresh and clean, but won’t irritate their sensitive skin as much as bathing them every day. Of course, if they get extra dirty feel free to give them an extra bath, but try to keep it to every-other day, especially in the winter. Experts suggest that baby bath water should be between 90-100 degrees. I have a cute little octopus bath toy that has a thermometer built-in, you could also take the temperature using the regular digital thermometer. If you don’t have any of these products handy, you can just stick your wrist & inner arm under the faucet as you are running the bath. If it’s too hot or cold for your inner arm, it’s too hot or cold for the baby.
Lastly, if you have a little boy, I suggest sticking a wash cloth or a hand towel over him while you bathe him – otherwise you might get a shower, yourself!
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