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A Bath for your New Born

Welcoming a new baby is one of the most amazing things a couple will ever experience. From there you need to think of how best to care for your baby so that they grow healthy. A lot of planning goes into the grand welcome of the baby but when it comes to the details of the day to day care of the baby after the birth, a few go that far.

Your baby needs to be bathed from time to time, this is a crucial time for the mother or the father as they get to bond. When it comes to the bath time you need to be sure that you are doing it the right way so that your baby will always have a good experience. Most parents are reserved when it comes to the use of bath tubs in bathing their babies but the truth is that there is nothing wrong. Your baby’s umbilical cord area needs to be handled with care until it heals and the bath contributes to the healing.

During a baby bath you will be supporting the baby’s head and the last thing they want is the discomfort of you twisting their neck as you try to reach for the bath supplies, start by gathering them on the tabletop where the bath is going to take place. Changing tables applies to many parents but any surface can work so long as it’s comfortable enough. The human hands pass a lot of bacteria around as well as pick them, wash your hands well before you begin giving your baby a bath. You need to observe the highest level of cleanliness in the bathing area as well.

The next step will be to prepare your baby for the bath , you begin by undressing them but it’s advisable to leave the diaper on just in case they want to have bathroom moment right there. After undressing them you will then lay a towel on the surface of the table and lay the baby on the clean towel. Once you have your wash cloth with you get some water and dampen it and bath the baby gently. The water for the bath needs to be warm and not hot, it’s important to get the temperature right because the skin of a baby tends to be very sensitive. When bathing the baby , start behind ears as you work your way down. The navel stump needs to be approached with care so that no infection develops.

In the crotch area you can now take the diaper off so that you wash the genitals, here you need to be gentle, for baby girls wipe from the front to back and for the circumcised boys be gentle with them but don’t touch the head of the private part until they are fully healed. The scalp of the baby is last, let the water be fresh, you can use shampoo or just water but be gentle. Tilt the baby’s head so that water does not get into the eyes. When the baby is done with the bath, have a second towel and dry them in a touch to dry way and dress them in fresh clothes that are comfortable.

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