Baby Bath Time: The Clean Routine

/Baby Bath Time:  The Clean Routine
You're home with your tiny newborn and realize that it's time for your baby to have his or her first at-home bath. Nervous? Don't worry! While the first couple of baths can be a bit challenging, you'll soon be a pro at getting your baby fresh and clean.

Sponge baths
For the first week or so, until your baby's umbilical cord stump falls off and the area heals, it's best to stick to sponge baths with a lukewarm, moistened washcloth. Wash his face and hands frequently, and thoroughly clean his genital area after each diaper change.

Baby Bathing Checklist:
  • Pillow and towel - If you're giving a sponge bath, these are essential items! Since the most important rule of bathing is never to take your hands off your baby once you start the bath, a pillow covered with a towel provides a comfortable, convenient place for a sponge bath. Also, be sure the room you're in is draft-free to keep your baby warm.
  • Baby tub - If you're bathing an older baby, set up your tub first before bringing Baby in the bathroom. And if you're bathing your child in a sink, be sure to have a towel or sponge to put at the bottom of the basin for Baby to sit or recline on—this will keep her comfortable and safe.
  • Washcloth  - You'll need a washcloth, sponge, or terry gloves for a tub bath or a sponge bath. If you're washing a newborn, remember to wash your little one from the neck down; undress half of the body at a time to prevent your baby from becoming chilled.
  • Sanitized cotton balls - You'll need these for cleaning around your baby's eyes. To do this, go from the inside to the outside of the eye with the cotton ball (using a separate cotton ball for each eye).
  • Hooded towel - A soft and fluffy hooded towel is the perfect way to receive Baby after a bath. Remember to gently pat your baby dry; rubbing may damage a baby's gentle skin.
  • Clean diaper and wipes -  After her bath, Baby will need a fresh diaper before getting dressed.

Reference: Baby Center; Baby Talk First Months
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