Bathing a baby can sometimes become a hectic job to do. You have to take absolute care when he is in a bathroom. However with some precautions taken, you can make this time your favourite baby time.
Select a Bathing Baby Area Try the kitchen or bathroom counter next to the sink. The room should be warm and draft-free. Take the phone off the hook so that you will not be tempted to leave your bathing baby unattended “just for a moment.”
Have your bathing baby kit ready in the bathing area before you start. You will need:
• A Sponge Bath.
While some babies like to be bare, most don’t, so remove all clothing except the diaper and swaddle baby in a towel. Hold baby on your lap while sitting in a chair with your bath kit on an adjacent table, or stand up at the counter with baby lying on a pad of thick towel.
Hold your bathing baby in the clutch hold. Squeeze a bit of warm water on top of your bathing baby’s head, apply a dab of baby shampoo, and gently massage the entire scalp. Use no special caution over the soft spot. It’s really tough underneath. (If a bathing baby’s scalp is flaky or crusty, see cradle cap. Rinse over sink with running water. Blot dry with a towel hood. Meanwhile, your bathing baby is still swaddled in a towel, with only his head and face exposed, not getting cold. As you proceed with the rest of the body, cover the head with a towel hood.
Unwrap your swaddling baby, remove his diaper, and wash the rest of his body. Extend the arms and legs to wash the groin, knee, and elbow creases, where there are like to be oily collections. Clean around the base of the cord with a cotton-tipped applicator dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Turn your baby over on his tummy and clean the crevice just above his buttocks and around the diaper area. Or you can lift both feet up and clean the lower back and buttocks while your baby is lying on his back. To keep him from getting cold and upset, cover the rest of his body while cleaning the diaper area.
• Clean the Genitalia
Hold your baby’s legs outward like a frog. For girls, spread the labia and using a moistened cotton ball, gently wipe between the labia. When cleaning around the vagina always wipe from front to back. This area requires the most cleansing. For boys, clean the creases beneath the scrotum the skin of the groin and buttock, and around the base of the penis. Clean the circumcision area, if necessary. Do not retract the foreskin if uncircumcised. Quickly diaper your baby and dress in clean clothes before he has a chance to get cold and upset.
• Tub Bathing Baby
After the sponge-bathing baby stage, the real fun begins. First, choose the right tub that’s safe and easy to use. There are many types of bathing baby tubs on the market, or you can simply use the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is easy to use because it is the right height. If using the kitchen sink, observe the following safety tips: Purchase an insert-type plastic or rubber tub that fits into your sink, or line the bottom of the sink with a folded towel or sponge mat to keep your bathing baby from slipping. There are even inflatable bathing baby bathtubs. If you have a movable faucet, be sure to turn it away from your bathing baby.
Before the splash begins, make sure the water is comfortably warm, but not too hot. Tie a towel around your neck (like a bib) to keep yourself dry during the bath and in case your bathing baby needs to be picked up quickly and cuddled. Most newborns do not eagerly await their bath. Singing a few songs, making eye-to-eye contact, and gently massaging your bathing baby during the bath often relaxes the reluctant bather.
• Additional Bathing Baby Tips
As you move from one area of the body to another, change the parts of the washcloth in order to keep clean cloth on cleaner parts of the body.
Pat the skin with a washcloth and blot dry with a towel rather than vigorously scrubbing, which may irritate your bathing baby’s sensitive skin.
Spot-cleaning works best for babies who do not like either a total sponge bath or an immersion bath. Clean the areas that get the most oily, sweaty, or dirty.
Clean the eyes on an as-needed basis rather than during the regular bath. Bathing babies often protest eye cleaning, which may set off a protest for the entire bath. Using cotton balls and warm tap water (always squeeze a few drops of the water from the cotton ball on the inside of your wrist to make sure it is not too hot), wash accumulated discharge out of the corners of your bathing baby’s eyes.
Cotton-tipped applicators are handy when cleaning little crevices in and behind the outer ear, but never try to clean inside the ear canal, as you may damage the canal or eardrum.