Does my newborn need a bath ?
A newborn baby needs utmost care and pampering after her birth. Likewise, taking a bath, sponging whatever the doctor advises should be followed by you strictly and under supervision, to keep the baby clean and hygienic. Many doctors recommend giving bath to the new one after 15 days or immediately after birth. Sponging might be an option if the child is premature or has some problems.
But, in case of a healthy baby, you should follow a daily routine before and after the shower.
Materials required for a baby bath
- A water tub
- Baby towel
- Water slight warm
- Baby body wash/Soap (As directed by the paediatrician)
- Baby shampoo
- Baby diaper rash cream
- Baby body lotion
- Baby powder
Although it is important to keep your baby clean, bathing her daily is not required. Cleaning her neck, face, hands and bottoms daily and giving her a full bath 3 times a week is good enough.
- Place the water tub in a well-ventilated room.
- The tub should be wide with medium depth.
- Keep the room temperature a bit warmer, but not too hot and avoid cold air.
- Do not put air conditioner temperature below 29 degrees.
- In case of the winter season, can use a room heater, switch off before bathing your baby.
- Place your baby supported entirely in your hand. Fold your elbow, keep her head and upper trunk on your hand, while holding the baby’s thigh region with your palm.
- Remember to place your forearm in line with the spine of the baby.
- You can use your right hand to pour water, slightly rub your infant, applying body wash /soap.
- You can use oil for massaging the baby before bath.
- You can use a soft brush to remove cradle craps if present.
- Wash the face and neck area first, and then the rest of the body
- After the bath, cover her with the towel, like wrapping around completely, including the hands and legs.
- Wipe off the entire body.
- Apply powder and nappy rash cream at the genital area.
- Use clean water, every time for a bath.
- Use a soft towel for wiping.
- Use warm water
- Do not use powder in the chest area to avoid respiratory problems.
- Avoid putting soaps in the eyes.
- Do not keep the baby bare for long after bath.
- Do not bathe your baby right after feeding
- Avoid using a hair dryer, as the hot air might injure her skin and also the hair follicles. It is always safe to let them dry with natural air.