Steps on Bathing your Newborn Babies: Sponge and Water Bathing

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Steps on Bathing your Newborn Babies: Sponge and Water Bathing

Baby actually doesn’t need to take a bath as frequent as adults. The baby doesn’t need frequent bathing in case you to wash the baby thoroughly as you change his diaper.


If you bath your baby for three times each week in his first year that would be enough. More frequent in bathing may cause your baby skin getting drier especially if the soaps make the some moisture evaporate from the skin. You can just pat the baby using some fragrance free and hypoallergenic moisturizing lotion right after bathing will reduce the dry skin and prevent the baby to get the eczema.

You need to be cautious that until the umbilical cord of your babies are falling; you can’t put the baby on the water directly. You can use a sponge bath as an alternative. Choose a place that is flat and comfortable for the baby to lie down that could be in a changing table, bed, floor or the counter next to the sink don’t forget to get a blanket or soft towel under the baby. You also need safety straps or keep hands on the baby all the time if you put your baby above the floor to make the baby doesn’t fall.

The steps of having a sponge bathing begins with the preparation. You need to prepare water, a double-rinsed washcloth, baby mild soap, and a damp. You need to keep your baby covered by towel and only expose the parts that you want to wash. First of all, use the damp clothes with water to wash the baby face; don’t use soap first because it may into the eyes or mouth. Another basin of soap needs to be prepared, after washing her face, dip the damp on this basin and gently pat on the skin. You need to do it from the face, body and at the end in the diaper area. Put especially attention on the creases, especially under arms, around the neck, behind ears and in the genital area for baby girl.

Then, the next is if your baby is already lost its umbilical cord, you may put your baby in water bathing. At the first, the baby may protest, so you need to do it in brief and gentle. If the baby seems doesn’t want to do the water bathing, you need to back on sponge bathing for a while, about one or two weeks, the baby will show you if he is ready to get a water bathing.

Commonly parents love to bath a newborn baby in a sink or plastic tub with a clean towel. You need to fill the basin with 5,08 cm warm water to the inside of the elbow. As you fill the basin, you need to turn the cold water first and then the hot water and close the cold water in the end. Make sure the temperature of the hot water is not exceeding 120 degree Fahrenheit to make sure that baby doesn’t get burn. You need to adjust the temperature based on the baby.

The steps in the baby bathing in the water are somehow more complex. In the preparation stage, make sure you already prepare everything and everything is in a reachable area. You need supplies from sponge bathing and added by a cup of rinsing with clear water and shampoo if your baby already has hair. The first and the most important thing are to keep a dry towel with you in case you need to leave to answer the phone. Please don’t ever leave the baby alone in the bathroom even just for a second.

If you want you can give the baby some toys, containers and even waterproof books to distract the baby as you do a cleansing. Don’t force the baby to play, and if the baby shows some desperate feeling, you may end the bathing as long as you done with cleansing some important parts. Baby towel with hoods would be good to keep the baby head warm. As a bathing is a wet job, mother needs to be prepared with a towel or a kind of apron to keep the mother dry. The bathing should be a relaxing time to prepare the baby to sleep.

After we have done with the details from the preparation of the baby in bathing with water, now let’s see how the steps in bathing the baby. Once you undress the baby, you need to place the baby in the water. It will not make the baby chills from the airs. You can guide the baby and support the baby using one hand, make sure you put the feet first. Use some encouraging words for your baby and gently put the baby on the tub. Most of the baby body and face needs to be lifted for safety. Warm water needs to be poured to keep the baby warm.

If, in sponge bathing, you need damp clothes to wash the face first, you can use a soft cloth to wash the face ad hair. The shampoo can be given twice a week for the baby. The entire scalp needs to be a massage including the fontanelles. As you rinse the soap or shampoo on the head, you need to prevent the substances coming to eye. If then, the soap or shampoo got into the baby eyes and the baby is crying, you can use a soft, clean towel and wipe the eyes with plain, warm water until the soaps are gone. When the baby opens her eyes again, you may think that the remaining soaps are cleaned.

The rest process is similar with sponge bathing. You need to clean the upper part of the body first as you are in the water directly; you can use water to splash and use damp cloths to gently wash the baby body. After you are done with the upper body, you can move to the lower part like diapers are and wash thoroughly.

Source: Healtychildren

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