​Baby Bath Time Basics

Bathing a baby for the first time can be intimidating and scary. Babies are so tiny, I feel awkward and clumsy, what if I do something wrong.

Relax, bathing a baby is a wonderful time to spend one on one time with your baby. Sharing the experience with your partner can offer you both special time with just you and your new baby.

So here are a few Baby Bath Time Basics which may help put you at ease:-

Babies do not need to take a bath on a schedule. Newborn babies do not need a bath more than once or twice a week. As your baby grows, you will need to bathe them more often. But it is up to you to make the judgment based on how dirty they get.

Bathing a Newborn Baby

There are two ways that you can give a newborn a bath.Baby Bath Time

  1. Bathing with an adult.
  2. Bathe your baby in a separate bathtub or sink.

Bathing your newborn can be very beneficial for a mother who is nursing as warm water and closeness of your baby can encourage letdown. Bathing together is a beautiful way to get some important bonding time.

Some important things to remember:

  • Do not submerge the baby until her umbilical cord falls off.
  • Stay away from a bubble bath; babies can get slippery when covered in suds.
  • Keep your baby warm by putting water on them often, to avoid getting chilly.
  • Gather all needed accessories before sitting in the bath.
  • Keep safe – place non-slip items on bottom of tub, invest in a seat to place baby on in the tub.

Bathing a Toddler

Bathing a toddler can be more challenging because they have begun to move around and sometimes do not even want to have a bath. They like to stand up and explore.

You can find several different products on the market that are designed to help bathe a toddler. However, parental supervision and baby safety are two of the most important things
when it comes to bathing.

Some important things to remember:

  • Have a non-slip surface on the bottom of the tub.
  • Never leave your toddler unsupervised in the bath.
  • Encourage you toddler to sit down at all times
  • Provide plenty of bath toys to play with
  • Make sure you test the water temperature
  • Put a water temperature control on the hot tap, so the hot water is never scolding.
  • Start from the top of the baby and work your way down, leaving washing of hair until the end.
  • Washing your toddlers hair only needs to be done once or twice a week.

Baby Bath Time Fun

Baby BathingIt is important that you find the best bathing products to suit your babies skin. Look for natural cleansing products or just water for newborns for your precious babies, products such as “ILuvBaby” Natural Shampoo.

Having fun with your baby in the tub is one of the best ways to bond. If your baby is enjoying her time in the bath it will also be fun for you.

Empty bottles, bath crayons, coloring the water are some fun options for toys. You can also offer sensory items like a wet washcloth, a bath sponge, or face washers.

What baby does not like bubbles? Bubbles of any kind are sure to bring a giggle to your little ones face.

Make bath time fun for the whole family, but always remember safety comes first.