I don't think I thought too much about bathing my newborn until I actually had his delicate, beautiful little body in my arms...
And suddenly I thought how do I do this?
I knew I had the bath at home and towels to dry my newborn but suddenly he felt more fragile than I had imagined, and I was doubting my ability.
The first of many doubts as a new mum.
I did not want to burn him with hot water or drop him - I have learned that newborns are surprisingly very slippery in the bath.
Fortunately, at the hospital a lovely midwife was there to teach me the basics of bathing our little baby!
See our post for 8 Tips for bathing your newborn that I learned from my midwife!
Bathing Your Baby!
Get yourself a bath on a stand or have a spot you can place the bath so that you can stand.
After you have your baby, your body will be aching and your back will be sore.
You have been carrying around a heavy weight that suddenly goes, and your body needs time to adjust and heal.
Having a bath at the right height for you will be important!
Alternatively, if you have a large sink, you can use that instead!
Personally, I would also make sure that your bath has a plug hole and hose to empty the water.
Otherwise, you are going to have to carry that bath to empty it!
I have found having a Rinser is great!
A Rinser helps to keep your baby warm as their little tummies often float above the water.
Newborns love the sensation of warm water being poured onto their bodies.
You can also use it to wash/wet their hair. Avoid getting water in their eyes by creating a barrier with your hand. This is where an extra person can come in handy.
You will want much more than one towel just in case your little newborn does a wee or poo during bathtime!
Having spare towels will be very handy!
You can purchase plain rectangular baby towels or hooded towels.
I have found having both options to be helpful.
Wrapping your baby up quickly after their bath will help to stop them from crying and feeling cold.
Hooded towels help to cover your baby's head - preventing their head from getting cold while you dry their body.
4. BATH THERMOMETER
Having a Bath Thermometer is perfect for ensuring that you do not have the water too hot or too cold!
While some parents just use their elbow, we found having a bath thermometer super helpful in the first few weeks of having our son
It ensured the water was not too hot or too cold.
Raising Children Network state:
"A safe bath temperature for babies and children is between 37°C and 38°C. ... Check the bath temperature using a thermometer. You could also test the temperature by putting your arm in. If your skin goes red, the water is too hot for your child."
5. FACE WASHER
Face washers are good for so many reasons!
During bath time some ways you will use face washers are:
6. COTTON BALL
Cotton balls are perfect for cleaning your little one's eyes.
This helps to protect their eyes from any bacteria in the water, as well as, prevent the spread of conjunctivitis from one eye to the other.
Wet the cotton ball with clean warm water, squeeze so it is damp, place the cotton ball between their nose and eyelid, and then wipe across so that their eyelid closes.
7. SOAP, BODY WASH AND SHAMPOO
You do not need to use soap and shampoo on your newborn.
In fact, I did not use any for my first son until he was over one year (or was particularly dirty).
I recommend finding the most natural and eco-friendly products for your baby's skin!
There are so many unhealthy chemicals in supermarket bought baby products!
Ecostore has a Baby Body Wash that is a pure, gentle, natural and certified organic baby product!
It aims to cleanse and moisturise your baby’s delicate skin.
It’s less drying and less irritating to your baby's skin than soap – making it the perfect alternative to soap!
Ecostore have also created a Baby Shampoo that is a natural cleaning shampoo that gently cleanses your baby's hair and delicate scalp.
Some baby's skin becomes dry from the bath and using a moistuiser can help to condition their skin.
Choosing a natural, non-toxic moisturiser is important to ensure your newborn is not receiving any nasties on their delicate skin.
Ecostore's moisturiser can be used daily to soften and condition the skin as well as protect your baby's skin from dryness and irritation.
I use moisturiser when I notice my child's skin is dry after their bath or as a body massage for my babies.
Massage is a great way for your baby to make connections with their brain to their body parts.
As you massage each part of their body, it helps your newborn to recognise that it is a part of them!
9. CHANGING STATION
You will want to have a changing station within reach or very close to where you are bathing your baby.
Set up your changing station with a change mat, towel, nappies, change of clothes, moisturiser, nappy cream, and wipes.
Bathing your newborn for the first time will be precious and memorable!
Having all these items ready before your baby arrives will help make your baby's bathing experience enjoyable and calming!
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