How Often Should I Bathe My Baby?
Some parents bathe their babies every day, but once or twice a week is fine. It's a different story when your little one starts crawling around and getting dirty. Always make sure you keep your baby's face wiped, and clean their genital area after each diaper change.
Step-by-Step Guide To Bathing Your Baby
It's a bit daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, bath time will be fun for both of you:
Get all the things you need together - a towel, diaper, change of clothes, baby soap and maybe a little bath toy. Fill a baby bath with about 5 cm of water that feels warm, but not hot - about 32°C. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress him completely. Gradually slip your baby into the bath, using one hand to support his neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over your baby regularly during the bath so he doesn't get too cold. Use soap sparingly as it can dry your baby's skin. Wash your baby with your hand or a soft washcloth. As your baby gets soapy, he'll be slippery - so get a good grip. Wash your little one's scalp gently with the washcloth. Use a moistened cotton ball to clean around the eyes and face. Rinse your baby thoroughly with a clean washcloth. Wrap your baby in a towel and gently pat dry. You might want to apply a mild lotion after the bath to keep your baby's skin soft.
Remember to take care and follow these essential safety tips:
Never ever leave your baby unattended in the bath. Babies and children can drown in less than 2.5 cm of water, and in less than 60 seconds. Never put your baby into a bath when the water is still running as the water temperature or depth could change. Put cold water in the bath first, then hot. This will reduce the risk of scalding your baby. If you're using the family bath, put a rubber mat on the bottom to stop your baby from slipping.