When your little baby starts growing up, you need to give him or her gentle bath at least twice a week. But most of the times, parents get it done in a wrong manner due to lack of proper utility and knowledge.
Bathing a newborn baby becomes a nightmare for many parents. Even bathing a toddler is quite troublesome. Whether to use a bucket or a bath tub, what should be the temperature of the water, how to hold the baby during bathing- many such anxieties come into the head. And more to that, there are some babies who like bathing and some don’t. Depending on the toddler, you can surely consider using a baby bath tub to give your baby a comfortable bathing experience. I will try to explain how to use a baby bathtub properly. Because, learning how to bathe your baby properly will help keep them clean, save time, and make bath-time worry-free.
Before jumping into the main part, let’s talk a little about the background. Bathing can be done anywhere in the home, where you have the advantage. Just be aware that the child is safe and the bathtub is not filled up with water. Make sure, there is a good drainage system. While bathing, do not go anywhere keeping the baby alone. Keep in mind the following steps.
Before bathing, be careful that the temperature of the house or bathroom is slightly warm. Close the windows of the house doors. Turn off the fan. Wash your hands well. Keep In addition, keep extra clothes or towels and wear clothes to hold the wet baby.
Having warm water ready before bathing:
Get some water in the bath tub which should not be too hot. Block the drainage hole with the cap so that water doesn’t flow down. Carefully dip your elbows with the temperate water and see whether the temperature of the water is tolerable. For this, you can use thermometers (37-38 degree celsius) too.
Holding the baby properly:
Keep the neck and head upright while bathing the baby. Hold the baby in one hand and use the other hand to clean. If you use soap, use anything made with totally pH balanced formula and free of base. But it’s better to use any good branded baby wash liquid as the soap can dry the soft skin with alkali. So, if it is always the best idea to use a soap-free body wash.
Bathing in the tub, in details:
First clean the face and eyes of the child with cotton. Remove dirt from the face, cheeks, eyes, ears, throat with cotton. Children’s body is very soft. So, do not rub very loudly. Gently touch the baby as much as possible. Then take the baby in the lap and take his head on the bath tub. Soak her head two to three times with water in your palate. Then immediately dry the head with tissue or soft towel.
Then remove any clothes or towel from the baby’s body. Hold a little with both hands so that the head and throat are above the water. In this way, slowly move the baby to water. It is best not to keep the child in water more than 40-50 seconds.
After finishing the bath, slowly raise the baby from the water and wrap the body with towel. After bathing do not delay to remove the wet towel from your baby’s body, otherwise the child will catch cold. At the end of bathing, you have to be very cautious when taking the baby out of the bathtub. If you have soap or shampoo in your hand, it can accidentally cause the child to fall back to the tub. Put the child into a clean diaper as soon as possible.
You don’t need to wash the baby’s hair always. Just pouring some water all over the body during the bath is enough to keep the baby warm. You should not forget one thing. Try to clean the skin folds, because tough dirt is hidden there. Moreover, it keeps the baby germ-free and as a result, disease-free.
Wash your baby carefully and gently taking enough time and attention. Whatever, using a cup instead of your hand is an alternative to pour water perfectly, avoiding water to enter the baby’s eyes.
Wash your baby’s diaper area last.
Actually the entire process of bathing requires uninterrupted attention. Many babies cry during bath time. So you need to bring the baby very slowly to the water. Then gradually the child will adapt to water.
Baby massage after bathing:
After bathing, you can gently massage the neck and back of the newborn. Most of the children get a lot of comfort by it.
After taking your baby out of the tub, dry your baby first. Then clean the tub also very carefully. It is equally important to take care of the baby’s bath tub. Because, athough you clean your baby in the tub, the tub itself may get soap residue stuck with it. Other substances can also make the tub dirty which may cause health issues to your baby. Try to clean the baby bath tub after every bath in order to keep it clean and safe for your baby.
The best way to clean it properly is to wash it with soap and water. But using any harsh detergent or rough cleaner should definitely be avoided, as most of the bath tubs are made of non-toxic and soft materials. Avoiding to use any harsh cleaning chemicals will not only protect the bath tub but also keep its surface smooth. It will increase the longevity too. Whatever, the most important thing to notice always is to remove any remaining part after cleaning your baby.
Extra tips to consider:
Before reaching to any expert’s advice, it is always a better idea to read the user manual carefully after buying a baby bath tub. Reading the manufacturer’s instructions gives specific instruction according to a specific product. Because, many baby bath tubs are different in materials from others.
So, my suggestion to new parents is to get everything ready and in place before starting to use a baby bath tub. There are some other accessories also to help make bath time more amazing for babies. You can buy some waterproof toys and keep in touch with the baby while giving them a bath. You can also purchase knee pads for protection.
Because, it is very obvious that sometimes the baby may jump down into the water and most bath tubs are not so soft at the bottom. It helps bigger babies to enjoy their bath time.
So, in brief, the whole process of using a baby bath tub is:
- Get ready with a washcloth, a cup to rinse your baby, soft towels to dry the baby off after bath, clean clothes and diaper to change immediately after the bath.
- Fill the bath tub with slightly warm water.
- Gently lower baby into the tub and support his or her head and neck with the arm. Don’t put your baby in the water too quickly as it can shock them.
- Clean the face and wipe the baby gently.
- Apply lotion once the baby’s body is dry as the skin of babies is very sensitive and delicate.
More things to keep in mind while using a baby bath tub:
- Don’t keep your baby alone even for a second as babies can drown in just a few inches of water.
- If possible, get someone else to hold some toys above the bath tub. In this way, the baby looks up and s/he will not get soap in the eyes.
- Instead of pouring water on baby’s head directly, rinse the soap off with your wet hands.
- Bathe your baby only two or three times a week. Too frequent bathing is sometimes harmful to the soft and sensitive skin of the little babies.
- For grown up babies, purchase a plastic basin or inflatable bath tub to use inside a larger bathtub.
- After using, put the bath tub in a safe and clean place away from harmful bugs and mice.
- Every time before using bath tub, make sure the tub will firmly stay at the place during the bath and not slip.
- Be careful when holding the baby with arms so that the little angel doesn’t get hurt. Try to place one hand under the baby’s bottom and the other hand under the baby’s head. In this way, you will be able to support both the head and the neck.
- Never put one handoff from the baby to hold firmly so that the baby doesn’t fall accidentally.
Make sure the water temperature is just right for your baby. Do not leave your baby alone no matter how busy you are, or even if your phone is ringing for long. Avoid harsh soap and use baby soap or mild shampoo.