The Dos and Don’ts of Bathing A Newborn.
Bathing your newborn for the very first time can be an intimidating experience. But don’t worry! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience bathing your little one. Here are the dos and don’ts of bathing newborns.
- Ensure the temperature is right: Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot, to prevent scalding. Test it out with your elbow or a thermometer to make sure it’s not hotter than 37°C.
- Keep the room warm: About 23°C is a good temperature for the room. Newborns can lose a lot of heat quickly, so you want to make sure the room has been heated up adequately before your baby’s bath.
- Support your baby: Place one hand firmly on your baby’s back and the other underneath the neck. Some parents like to use a sponge for lathering and rinsing, and it’s even better if you use one specially designed for babies.
- Don’t leave them alone: It’s important to stay with your baby at all times while they’re in the bath. It only takes a second for an accident to occur.
- Don’t use too much soap: Baby’s skin is delicate and can get dried out easily. A small drop of baby specific soap is all that is needed.
- Don’t put the baby in scalding hot water: This can cause serious burns. Remember to test the temperature of the water with your elbow or a thermometer and make sure it’s not hotter than 37°C.
Bathing your newborn for the first time might feel a bit daunting, but don’t worry, as long as you stay safe and careful, it’ll be an enjoyable experience! Follow these guidelines and have some fun with your little one!