Tips for Bathing Your New Baby

One of the most wonderful things about newborn babies is.

Cherylyn Feierabend
4-minute read
Episode #14

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Tips for Bathing Your New Baby

One of the most wonderful things about newborn babies is the way they smell. They always seem to have that fresh new-baby scent. While it would be nice to think they will always stay that fresh and clean, that just isn’t the case. Eventually, you will need to give your baby a bath. When I was a new mom, giving my daughter a bath for the first time was one of my biggest fears. She was so tiny. I kept thinking about how slippery and wiggly she would be once she was covered in soapy water. I was very thankful for all of the advice I received on how to accomplish this very scary task. It turned out that it was not so scary after all. I’m going to share with you some tips to help you feel more comfortable when giving your baby a bath.

Whether your baby is a newborn or toddler, the first rule of bath-time is to never leave your baby’s side. A child can drown in less than one inch of water. During bath-time, you should plan on ignoring the telephone and the doorbell. If you absolutely must answer a caller, please wrap your baby in a towel and take him with you.

When preparing for the bath you should gather your bathing supplies and have them within arms' reach of the chosen bathing location. If your baby is a newborn, you will need a soft sponge or washcloth, some small towels, and baby wash. I think extra towels are very helpful. You can use the extras as kneepads if you are on the floor or as a place for the baby to lie down before and after the bath. It’s also a good idea to have a thermometer handy if you aren’t sure about the water temperature. You’ll want to keep the water temperature between about 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It may seem cool to you, but it will be comfortable for your baby.


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