Make a Splash!
Water, soap suds and babies make for a great photo opportunity, both strengthening your bond and making them cleaner and calmer. On the stress meter, you both are probably going in opposite directions. Baby calmer, and Mommy more stressed!
- Routine - A bathing routine is wise. Choose a time when you are not too rushed. A morning bath routine makes baby alert while a nightly ritual calms baby.
- Preparation - Toys, shampoo, soap, washcloths, towels, diaper, diaper rash cream, clean clothes, and a blanket. Phew! Keep all items handy for a stress-free, easy to handle bath time.
- Products - It's a big no to artificial perfumes, dyes and fragrances. Choose products that are as close to nature as possible to help prevent baby’s skin allergies.
- Temperature - Not too hot, not too cold; just right! The easiest way to check the temperature of bath water is to dip a clean elbow in the water. Babies lose body heat very quickly, and it's important for the temperature to be right so they don't get cold.
- Supervision – Keep a close watch on your baby during bathing.
- Water Level - If you're holding baby in your hand, then a sponge bath is advised. If baby can sit in a tub, then let the water level reach his bottom. This way, he gets to play with water at a safe depth.
- The Privates - Go easy on them, of course. A soft washcloth, warm water and very gentle strokes are all you need.
- Body Fluids - If it’s urine don't worry as it's sterile. If its poop and it stays away from baby’s mouth, then you and baby are safe. But if baby does manage to eat his poop, don’t worry if it’s quickly followed by an upset stomach since it’s just the body getting rid of the toxins. Just change the bath water and finish washing baby.
- Duration - Just because your baby likes playing in the water, don't prolong bath time. A short duration is better as baby's skin is still tender. Dry baby immediately after bathing.
Make bath time a joy for you and baby!