How to Bathe a Newborn Baby Safely and Comfortably
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Introduction
• Newborn First Bath
• How Often to Bathe a Baby?
• Some Important Baby Bath Procedure Tips:
• Bath Supplies for Baby Bath
• Benefits of Bathing
• KEY TAKEAWAYS
• FAQs:
• MESSAGE FROM SUPERBOTTOMS

During the first few months of life, babies primarily inhabit a world of mulmul Jhablas, swaddles, cosy blankets, cribs, and the warm embrace of their caregivers. Because of this, they generally remain clean and may not require a daily extensive bathing routine. However, maintaining their hygiene is essential, initially through gentle sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump naturally detaches, and later transitioning to soothing baths accompanied by tender massages.

For parents navigating the intricacies of bathing a newborn, it's common to feel overwhelmed with questions and concerns about ensuring the process is both safe and stress-free for their little one. Here's a SuperBottoms guide covering everything you need to know about how to bath a newborn baby!

Newborn First Bath

The first newborn baby bath can be tricky. WHO recommends not giving babies a bath for at least the first 24 hours after their birth. This will help them get used to the outside temperature and regulate their body temperature with the new surroundings.

Even after 24 hours, it is not advised to give a newborn first bath with soap or anything other than water. It is good to go for a proper massage and bath only once the umbilical cord stump has fallen off. A newborn first bath helps avoid infections in the baby.

How Often to Bathe a Baby?

A newborn baby bath can be relaxing, but too much bathing can lead to dry and stretchy skin. Bathing kids 2 – 3 times a week is enough to clean their bodies. But if your baby enjoys bath time, you can bathe them daily. A 5 – 10 minute bath is enough for younger kids, as they have sensitive and delicate skin, and elaborate baths can wash their natural oils off their bodies, irritating the skin.

Some Important Baby Bath Procedure Tips:

1. Keep everything you might need during the baby bath procedure at your arm's reach so that you do not have to get up or leave your baby unattended even for a second.

2. Check the temperature of the water before bathing the baby. The baby bath procedure temperature should be around 37 – 37 degrees Celsius. The best way of checking this is by touching the water with your elbow. It is the perfect temperature if the water feels neither hot nor cold.

3. Take any jewellery or watch you might be wearing in your hands so that there are no chances of anything hurting the baby during the baby bath procedure.

4. Before you start bathing your baby, prepare the cloth diaper, towel, clothes, socks, etc.

5. Support your baby's head while bathing until they learn to support and hold their neck.

6. Please avoid using any soaps, shampoos, or cleansers with fragrances and strong chemicals.

7. Washing the genitals of babies does not need any soaps or cleansers. Instead, gently wash them with water and wipe them carefully with a soft muslin cloth.

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Bath Supplies for Baby Bath:

You do not need many things when it comes to how to bathe a newborn. But a few essentials will make this experience easier and more comfortable.

Here's a table summarising the essentials for aware of how to bathe a newborn:

No.

Item

Description

1

Baby Bathtub

Choose a bathtub with no sharp edges, a non-slip surface, and an appropriate size. Never leave a baby unattended in the tub.

2

Soft Towel

After the bath, wrap your baby in a soft muslin towel or a SuperBottoms multipurpose 100% organic mulmul swaddle. These gentle materials provide comfort as you carry your baby from the bathroom to the bed or changing table and wipe their body.

3

Ultra-Soft Washcloth

Opt for soft cotton or mulmul cloth to gently wash the baby's body.

4

Gentle Cleansing Gel

Ensure your baby's bath is toxin-free. Select a mild cleansing gel or soap that is fragrance-free and suitable for newborns. This choice will give you confidence in your baby's health and safety.

5

Gentle Shampoo

If your baby has hair, choose a toxin-free shampoo appropriate for their delicate scalp.

6

Cup

Use a cup to pour water gently over the baby during bath time.

7

Safe and Hygienic Diapers

Dress them up in CPSIA-certified SuperBottoms UNO Diapers to keep them comfortable, happy, and away from toxins, phthalates, and plastic!

These essentials will help make the bathing experience easier and more enjoyable for you and your baby, fostering a strong bond through this nurturing activity. This will ease your steps towards how to bathe a newborn.

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Benefits of Bathing:

A baby bath routine has a lot of physical and emotional benefits for the baby and the caregiver.

1. Learn about your baby: Every baby is different. They respond to other things and want to be held and touched differently. You can learn a lot about your little one while bathing them with your touch and interactions.

2. Soothes fussy babies: Even as adults, we feel calm and relaxed after a nice bath, right? If your little bundle of joy is also going through the colic phase and is uncomfortable or fussy, a nice relaxing bath and a few cuddles will help them feel better and relaxed.

3. Helps them sleep better: Many parents swear that massaging and bathing their babies before bedtime helps them feel relaxed and sleep faster and better.

4. Better parent-baby bond: Above all, a baby bath routine helps the caregivers – parents, grandparents, caretakers, etc.- form a bond with the child. Looking into the eyes, gentle touch, and, at times, even talking to the child can all help the caregiver bond better with the baby.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

1. It is essential to keep the baby clean, first with a sponge wash and then with a calming newborn baby bath and massage.

2. A baby bath routine provides physical and emotional advantages to the infant and the caregiver.

3. Many parents say massaging and bathing their babies before bedtime helps them feel relaxed and sleep faster and better.

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FAQs:

Q1: When should I start bathing my newborn?

Ans. You can start bathing your newborn once their umbilical cord stump falls off, usually within the first few weeks after birth. Until then, sponge baths are recommended to keep the area clean and dry.

Q2: How often should I bathe my newborn?

Ans. For most newborns, bathing 2-3 times a week is sufficient. However, you can bathe them more frequently if they enjoy it or if they get especially dirty.

Q3: Should I use soap and shampoo every time I bathe my newborn?

Ans. No, you don't need to use soap and shampoo every time. In fact, using them too frequently can dry out your baby's delicate skin. Stick to plain water for most baths and use soap and shampoo only as needed, typically a couple of times a week.

MESSAGE FROM SUPERBOTTOMS

Hola, New Moms and Dads! We at SuperBottoms ensure you have the best and safest products for your babies, no matter what corner of India or the world you are in. SuperBottoms is appropriate for your baby's sensitive skin throughout their Cloth Diapers journey, in any season, and also offers Padded Underwear for kids. If you reside in Canada, Kuwait, the United States, Qatar, Hawaii, Bahrain, Armenia, the United Arab Emirates, or the Philippines, SuperBottoms is an essential product for you and your child.

Reference Links

1. https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/how-to-bathe-newborn
2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/healthy-baby/art-20044438

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