This might be a little surprising for new parents out there, but babies do not really get dirty and can go almost a week without washing. But they obviously cannot be left like that and need to be bathed, and bath time can be a great way to signal the end of the day for your child.
Your infant just needs a bath two to three times each week to be clean. However, if your child genuinely enjoys taking showers, they can do it every day. More frequent bathing might cause your baby’s skin to become dry. Using cotton wool and warm water will help you maintain your baby’s genital area clean in between bathing. It takes 5 to 10 minutes to bathe a baby. This is especially crucial if your child has sensitive or dry skin.
But first, there are a few things you should know about bathing and grooming your newborn.
To get you acquainted with the process below is the ultimate guide to help you bathe or groom your baby-
- Setting up a Bathing Station-
The last thing you want to do is get your baby into the bath only to realize you forgot a towel or lotion. Before you begin, make sure you have the following items nearby or next to your baby’s bath including an organic cotton towel, a washcloth, pajama, non-toxic cream, and diapers.
- Ensure a Warm Temperature for the Water
Babies lose heat quickly, so the water should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re not sure, use a water thermometer.
- Be There the Whole Time
NEVER, EVER LEAVE YOUR BABY ALONE IN THE BATH, EVER.
Hop in the bath with them!
Babies enjoy having company in the bath. Feel free to join us whenever you can for some extra skin-on-skin time. Breastfeeding can even be done in the bath, which many babies (and their mothers) find relaxing.
- Head to Toe
First, use a warm, wet washcloth to clean your baby’s face. (If necessary, use a little soap, but avoid the eyes and nostrils.) Then, using a small amount of gentle baby body wash, wash the rest of their body, making sure to get into all of their nooks and crannies (using too much can irritate your tot’s skin and leave it dry).
- Say no to Shampoo
Unless your baby has a lot of hair, you don’t really need to shampoo it. If your baby’s hair needs to be washed, use a small amount of gentle baby shampoo (free of nasties and sulfates) and massage it all over the head, paying special attention to the soft spot in the middle known as the Fontenelle.
- Some Items to Avoid
Your baby’s skin is so soft, delicate, and delicate. Choose products with natural, organic ingredients that are free of nasties like synthetic fragrances and alcohol to protect them. This is especially important when shopping for babies because their skin is thinner to allow for faster growth. This means that chemicals are absorbed much more easily into their bloodstream.
Some ingredients you must avoid in all personal care products include paraben, fragrance or perfume, Polyethylene glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol, SLS & SLES.
Tell us how old your baby is and the tips you would like to share for his/her grooming, in the comments section below.