Bath Time Tips For New Moms

July 18, 2019 2 min read

Bath Time Tips For New Moms-b.bear

Want a stress-free and mess-free bath time? It’s 100% possible!

While it might sound like an overwhelming concept, bathing a baby can be easy. If you’re a new mom, rest assured that you can bathe your infant—without the help of your partner—in 10 minutes or less!

Just follow these 5 simple steps.

Step 1 - Plan Ahead

You already know you can’t leave your wet baby unattended while you run to grab the bath wash or a towel. So, it’s smart to have all your bath and grooming items set up, within arm’s reach, ahead of time—before you even start giving your baby a bath.

Some essential items to have out are:

  • Hooded towel
  • Baby wash
  • Wash cloth
  • Baby lotion
  • Comb
  • Outfit
  • Diaper
  • Wipes (impromptu accidents happen)
  • Infant Tub

Step 2 - Fill The Tub

Your baby cannot tolerate very warm water, so be sure to make the bath lukewarm.

Friendly Advice: Many moms make the water soapy, so they have one less step when they are holding their baby. A tiny splash of baby wash in the tub is all you need. Some pediatricians even prefer if you don’t use soap at all the first couple weeks—especially if your baby’s skin is very sensitive.

Step 3 - Find The Right Place

Many veteran moms put their infant tub on their bed, on their counter, or dining room table. It’s easy for them to spread out all the bath time items and it’s a big space to work on. Other moms prefer to put their infant tub inside their actual bathtub—it’s totally up to you!

Friendly Advice: When using your infant tub, keep in mind that it comes with inserts, which should be used initially to provide the utmost support. You can eventually remove these supports once your baby starts to grow and can sit up on their own.

Step 4 - Get Them Clean

Because your infant won’t be fully submerged in the water, it’s smart to work fast so they don’t get too cold and uncomfortable. Some moms like to keep a warm washcloth over top of their baby’s body, while they use a second a washcloth to do the cleaning.

Friendly Advice: When washing, start cleaning your baby’s face first. Then mop their hair, neck, and work your way down. Your baby’s private parts should always be washed last, and the washcloth should not be reused.

Step 5 - Bundle Them Up

Don’t worry about cleaning up right away when your baby is done with their bath. You should be primarily concerned with getting your baby nice and warm!

  1. Wrap them up in a hooded towel, gently blotting their skin.
  2. With their towel on, rub some lotion on them.
  3. Get a diaper on quickly—to avoid accidents!
  4. Finally, dress them in something soft and comfy.

Giving an infant a bath is a snap, so don't sweat it! While you don’t need to bathe them daily, when you do, use it as bonding experience. Make eye contact, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes, and give them lots of hugs and kisses to make the process extra enjoyable.

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