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Updated on July 25, 2009

Baby Bathing Tips

When cleaning or bathing your baby, remember that her skin is thinner and more fragile than an adult’s. only when your baby grows will her skin become thicker and protect against water loss, infections, absorption of toxins and other traumas to the skin.

babies do not require much bathing the first year of life. Unless your baby is crawling around and getting into things a lot, bathing her two to three times a week is all that is necessary. Pediatrician recommended that your baby be given a sponge until her/his umbilical cord falls off and heals or his circumcision heals. After that, your baby can have a tub bath.

Baby bathing tips:

  • Instead of using a standard bath, which requires you to kneel or lean awkwardly over your baby and gives you less control over his movements, it makes sense to use the kitchen sink or a small plastic baby bath.
  • Always use water that is comfortably warm for your baby’s bath. Babies lose heat faster that adults or older children. Always test the water first with your wrist or elbow; the ideal water temperature is 38C (100.4F)
  • Make sure you have everything you need for the bath. You can keep baby soap or cleanser, cotton balls and a clean diaper in a shoebox. Or other container. Then you can bring the box in with the towel and washcloth to the room where you bathe your baby.
  • When everything is ready, get your baby. If you forget an item, you will have to carry your baby with you. This is hard and dangerous to do when the baby is wet and slippery.
  • Pick a place for bathing that is warm and not drafty.
  • Place your baby on a towel of foam lining on a flat stable surface, making sure to wash and dry them after each use to prevent bacterial growth. Remember: if you place baby on an area above the floor to keep one hand on baby at all times.
  • While bathing, keep baby wrapped in a towel exposing only the area you are bathing to avoid heat loss.
  • Wash your baby’s hair and scalp very gently with a gently baby shampoo. Do this only once or twice a week. Rinse with a damp cloth. Make sure that soapsuds don’t get into her eyes.
  • Wash her body, starting with the chest. After washing with a soapy washcloth, rinse the washcloth and rinse her off.
  • Pat your baby dry with a bath towel.
  • Always keep her covered and warm when she is wet.
  • Never leave our baby alone in water! Children can drown in less than an inch of water and in less than 60 secons.

Note that your baby’s skin is very delicate.

Choose a baby bath that gently cleanses your baby’s skin and protects it from irritating factors that can lead to infection.


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