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Until your baby is crawling and eating real food, he is unlikely to need a bath everyday.Two or three times a week is completely fine.
Before filling the tub and undressing your baby — soap that's ph neutral, hypo - allergenic and free of soaps and dyes, baby shampoo, a washcloth, a towel, a clean nappy and clothing.
Fill the tub with 5cm of warm water - no hotter than 37 °C.
Only use gentle cleansers or bubble bath formulated for babaies as others will dry out their skin.
You should only give your baby sponge baths for the first week or two.
Slowly place your baby into the tub, use a calm, reassuring voice to soothe your child, supporting their head with your hand.
Gently wash your baby's eyes, face, neck and behind the ears with a cotton pad dampened with clean, warm water.
Using a soft baby washcloth and a baby-safe wash , gently wash the baby's torso, arms, hands, legs and feet.
Wet the washcloth.
Apply a small amount of soap-free baby shampoo.
Add more water to the washcloth and use it to remove the shampoo from your's baby's head.
Massage softly over your baby's entire head.
Rinse the cloth well with warm water.
Wash the nappy area last.For a baby girl, cleanse the genital area washing from front to back.For an uncircumcised boy, gently wash the penis and genital area, also washing from front to back, and dry thoroughly. Avoid pulling back the foreskin.
Now let your baby take a few moments in the bath to enjoy the warm water
before carefully lifting them out and wrapping them in a fluffy, warm towel.
Timing and Frequency
There is no need to bathe newborn babies on a daily basis.Two to three times a week is recommended.
Topping and Tailing:
Should be done on a daily basis.
0-3 weeks old:
Sponge bath your baby until the umbilical stump has fallen off. If it gets wet, gently dry it afterwards.
4+ weeks old:
Once your baby is around three weeks old , you can slowly introduce them to bath time.
If your baby finds showering stimulating, then get them splashing first thing in the morning.
If your baby mellows out in the tub, this makes it a perfect choice before bedtime.
Choose a time when :
i. Your baby isn't too hungry or too tired, It makes bath time more enjoyble.
ii. You aren't in a hurry or unlikely to be interrupted.
iii. Your partner or another person is around to help out.
BABY BATHING KIT
TOPPING & TAILING
This is where you clean the face, neck, ears and hands of the baby.
This is where you clean around the baby's bottom.
1. Lay your baby on a changing mat.
2. Dip the cotton wool pads in the prepared water and wipe gently around your baby's eyes and do so from the nose outwards.
! Keep changing the cotton pads for each area of the baby's body.
3. Clean around your baby's ears, but not inside them.
4. Clean the rest of your baby's face, neck and hands, then dry them gently with a towel.
5. Take off nappy and wash your baby's bottom and genital areas with a fresh cloth and warm water.
6. Dry very carefully around the skin folds and put on a clean nappy.
! Keep talking to your baby - It helps them relax and they will eventually start to understand what you are saying.
1. Always have warm water ready in the tub (around 37°C).
! Test the water temprature with your elbow or the inside of your wrist - It should feel luke warm.
2. Clean your baby's face, being thorough around the eyes, ears , nose and chin.
3. Wash their hairs with water. You can use shampoo designed for babies if you wish.
! Rinse your baby's hair gently but thoroughly. Remember to support your baby's back and head while washing.
4. Lower your baby gently into the water and support their head and neck throughout.
5. Keep your baby's head out of the water and use one hand to gently swish the water over their body.
6. As soon as you have cleaned your baby, it is important to dry them as soon as possible, paying special attention to their creases and crevices.
! It is best if you lay your baby on towel on the floor, or on a changing mat, as both the baby and your hands can get slippery.
7. Wrap your baby- It is imporatnt to remember that babies lose body heat very quickly, so wrapping your baby up after bath time is imperative.
Talk and play with your baby as you go along, it will help relax your baby and make bath time fun.
Invest in a specially deigned baby tub.
Sharing baby moments makes a great time and strenghens the family bond.
Before and after washing.
As a baby's skin is very soft.
Babies can drown in as 3cm of water.
A baby can get third degree burns in less than a minute at 60°C
A baby's skin is very easily irritated.
While you are washing your baby.
As they may vomit
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