Bringing home your new baby is so exciting! But when it comes time to give your new baby a bath, it’s not uncommon to feel a little bit nervous. Those first few baths can feel like you have no idea what you’re doing and leave you wondering if you’re doing it right. But the first thing you need to remember is that you’re doing great and that if you have questions, there are resources to help you find answers. Today we’re going to talk about how to bathe your baby from newborn to toddler.
How do you bathe an infant?
When you start out with a sweet, tiny newborn, it’s common to just start with a simple sponge bath during those first few weeks. Not only is this easier on your new baby, but as a new parent, you’ll also probably be a little overwhelmed and be better mentally prepared to bathe the baby a few weeks in when you’re starting to feel a little more confident. Since newborns don’t tend to get too messy other than dirty diapers and spit-up, they don’t need to be given a full bath immediately.
How to sponge bathe a newborn
To sponge bathe your baby those first few weeks, you can simply use a sponge or soft washcloth. Dip the sponge in warm water then slowly and gently wipe your baby down. Since babies aren’t too dirty at this age, you don’t have to do this daily. If it’s chilly, you can keep your baby partially clothed or covered with a blanket while you give them their sponge bath. As far as their hair goes, you can do this during the sponge bath as well. Water is just fine, but a couple of drops of baby shampoo once in a while with some warm water is more than enough to thoroughly clean them. You can use a warm washcloth or sponge dipped in water to rinse their hair. Once you’re done, use a soft towel to dry them by dabbing, then wrap them up and give them a warm snuggle.
How to bathe a baby in a baby bathtub
Once your baby is a bit bigger and you feel more comfortable, both of you can graduate to using a baby bathtub. The important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that your baby is fully supported and won’t slip down into the water. Most baby bathtubs are situated in a way that fully supports the baby at a very slight incline so that their head stays well above water.
At this age, you can put a little bit of water in the baby bathtub to keep them warm and get them accustomed to the feeling of sitting in water. From here you can bathe them similarly to when you were giving them a sponge bath. Use a washcloth dipped in some warm water and add just the tiniest amount of baby shampoo or wash and gently scrub your baby. Make this experience a peaceful, gentle, bonding experience so your baby is more likely to enjoy the experience.
Towards the end of the bath is when you can wash your baby’s hair and face. It’s best to do this at the end just so that they don’t feel too cold with wet hair throughout the bath. Once your little one is washed, you can use clean water and a cup or a washcloth with clean water to rinse any soap off your baby. Of course, when you’re done you can wrap them in a towel for some warm and cozy post-bath snuggles.
When is it time to bathe my baby in a bathtub?
When your baby is sitting up well on their own and is starting to seem like their baby bathtub is too small, it might be time to transition to a home bathtub. The transition is usually pretty easy because once a baby is used to bathing in a tub, they’re more active and playful so they’re happy to have a little more water and room to play.
Always start your older baby or toddler out with just a few inches of water in the tub until you feel like they’re able to handle more. And as always, stay in the bathroom so that you can keep an eye on them just in case they slip or fall over.
Bathing your baby from when they’re a tiny newborn, up until they’re a toddler, can be a fun and loving bonding experience. Most of all make sure that you’re doing what works best for you and your baby.
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