How to Give a Newborn a Bath
A newborn baby’s skin is fragile and delicate, andrequires gentle care and proper bathing. Fortunately, bathing a newborn is relatively easy. Here are some tips on how to give a newborn a bath:
Before you Begin
- Gather all the supplies: Before beginning, make sure you have everything you need. You’ll need a mild baby cleanser, a soft washcloth and a soft towel to dry off the baby afterwards. Don’t forget to fill a sink or a small (clean) tub with lukewarm water.
- Warm the room: Make sure the room you’re in is warm, since newborns are sensitive to cold temperatures. Ensure that the room is well-ventilated, too.
- Undress the baby: Take off all of the baby’s clothes and diaper.
- Position your baby: Now it’s time to put the baby in the water. Place one hand behind your baby’s neck and his or her head close against your forearm. Support the baby’s back with your other hand.
- Gently wet the baby: Keep the baby in your arms and carefully use the wet washcloth to carefully soap up your baby’s body. Don’t apply pressure to the baby’s sides or head; your baby’s skull is still very fragile. Gently move the cloth around the face and arms, too.
- Rinse the baby: Use fresh, clean water and the washcloth to rinse off all the soap.
- Dry the baby: Once the baby is dry, wrap him or her in a soft towel.
After the Bath
- Swaddle the baby: After drying the baby off, swaddle him or her immediately in a warm blanket.
- Add some lotion: Use baby lotion over the baby’s body to keep his or her skin soft.
- Check for diaper rash: Make sure to check for diaper rash, too. If there is any redness or irritation, use a diaper rash cream.
Bathing a newborn baby can hectic and overwhelming at first. However, with the right preparations and supplies, you can give your baby a comfortable and safe bath.