Bathing your baby can be a wonderful, bonding experience, it can also be a source of stress for new parents. Is the water too hot? Too cold? What if I drop him? Those are thoughts that went through my head when I was first bathing my children. Even as a second time mom, I was still nervous at bath time for the first little while.
Kelly Bourne, a well known Canadian parenting educator, offers her tips to help with bath time.
Sponge bathe your newborn – Delay tub baths until his umbilical cord detaches. Soaking or excess moisture can promote bacteria growth. Instead, sponge bathe your baby.
Bath water temperature – The bath water should be 37 degrees Celsius. To be certain, use a bath thermometer. Eventually you’ll learn to gauge the water temperature with a quick test on the inside of your wrist to ensure it’s not too hot.
Cradle Cap – Babies often develop cradle cap. It’s a harmless condition and will eventually go away on its own. If it bothers you, using a natural oil followed by a gentle cleanse of your baby’s scalp helps to remove the scales.
Be prepared – A wet, slippery, wiggly infant is hard to hold onto. To keep your baby safe, lay out all essential bath items within reach ahead of time.
Use baby wash – It’s a misconception that you don’t need a cleanser while bathing your baby. There are many oil based irritants that can end up on your baby’s skin. Water alone may not remove them and using a washcloth with no cleanser can be harsh on the skin. Cetaphil Baby Ultra Moisturizing Wash contains 1/3 baby lotion and lets you cleanse delicate skin gently.
Keep baby warm – Place washcloths on your baby’s chest and arms as you pour water over her body. This provides a little more insulation and warmth during bath time.
Bathe every few days –It’s a popular misconception that babies need a bath every day. Bathing too frequently may dry the skin. Every few days is ideal. In between baths, cleanse with a sponge to keep baby fresh. After bathing, use Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion to help moisturize and protect the skin.
Proper form – There is a technique to move your baby in and out of the tub. One may be tempted to cradle the baby. It’s better to support her head and bottom with your hands rather than using a cradling position.
Bonding with Dad – Dads today are more involved with their children than ever. Bath time gives Dad a great opportunity to share in the bonding experience with baby.
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Now a bonus for Tales of Mommyhood readers - Cetaphil has offered up a Cetaphil prize pack including all 4 of the products in the new baby line!
To enter to win the Cetaphil Prize Pack up for grabs on Tales of Mommyhood, leave a comment on this blog post telling me either: how you felt the first time you bathed your child, or a funny bath time moment. Once you have commented, complete the giveaway tools form below. This is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) and will run until 11:59pm EST June 27th, 2016. Good luck!