The first baths of a newborn baby cause a lot of emotions in young parents. Lack of experience and fear of harming the baby are extremely stressful for them, and at the same time raise many questions. How often do you wash your baby? What cosmetics for children should you choose? What to consider when buying baby care accessories? We answer this other question in the guide below! Thanks to him, caring parents will gain practice in proper care of the newborn. And evening baths will become pure pleasure – for them and for the baby.
There is no doubt – bathing is a basic care procedure for a small child. During washing, not only the sensitive skin of the child is cleaned, but also the stimulated pressure of his blood. Contact with water also plays the role of a gentle massage that has a calming effect on the baby. Thanks to this, the child calms down before bedtime. In recent years, however, the attitude of specialists has changed as to how often parents should bathe their children. Supporters of daily baths emphasize that in addition to hygiene-related qualities, evening child washing is also a certain ritual, important for the whole family. Opponents, in turn, emphasize that too frequent baths excessively dry the baby’s sensitive skin and deprive it of a film that protects against moisture loss and contact with microorganisms. In their opinion, babies need less than three baths a week to complete their first year of life. Regardless of the parents’ views, they should remember about the special hygiene of all folds and corners of the child’s skin, including the armpits, groin, behind the ears or under the chin, where dirt accumulates especially.
Remember about the necessary bath accessories
Before we take a baby’s bath, let’s prepare all necessary accessories for his care and useful things after the evening ritual. It’s always good to have them on hand – not only for the convenience of the parent, but also for the safety of the baby. So that the child’s washing is carried out quickly and efficiently, in one place we collect bath essentials such as:
- clean diaper
- clean clothes
- sterile navel swabs,
- a bowl with warm, boiled water for washing the mouth,
- baby towel,
- a bathtub with hot water,
- pear with a wide tip,
- bath gel or baby soap,
- cream for spreading pupy,
- silicone bath sponge,
- olive or lotion after bathing,
- soft hairbrush.
It is also a good idea to buy a practical organizer for baby bath accessories.
A baby bath tub plays a key role in proper care of the newborn baby. Parents can find a wide range of bath tubs in baby accessories stores- small and large, classic and modern. The basic criterion when choosing a bath tub should be its size. Among the available models, small bath tubs with standard dimensions of 80 x 50 x 24 cm are especially popular, which will be perfect for the first 6 months of a child’s life. After this time, they will need to be replaced with larger ones. Much more versatile, but also less comfortable to use, are large tubs 100 cm long. We can easily bathe an infant in it until the first year of life. The problem of larger tubs, especially for beginner parents, can be to keep the baby in the right position. Special braces that stabilize the child’s position during the bath can be helpful in this case. An interesting suggestion are also bath tubs with a stand, which are a great convenience for mom or dad’s heavy backs. It is enough to adjust them to your own height to limit bending down during the baby’s bath. An alternative to classic bath tubs are those with modern ones, for example models built-in dressers or inflatable ones, which will work well during trips. Manufacturers also offer parents bucket baths in which the baby is immersed in the fetal position and bathtubs in the shape of animals, for example a fancy whale, which are to stimulate the baby’s imagination. The latter, however, are dedicated to infants from 6 months of age. for example, built-in or inflatable models that will work well during trips. Manufacturers also offer parents bucket baths in which the baby is immersed in the fetal position and bathtubs in the shape of animals, for example a fancy whale, which are to stimulate the baby’s imagination. The latter, however, are dedicated to infants from 6 months of age. for example, built-in or inflatable models that will work well during trips. Manufacturers also offer parents bucket baths in which the baby is immersed in the fetal position and bathtubs in the shape of animals, for example a fancy whale, which are to stimulate the baby’s imagination. The latter, however, are dedicated to infants from 6 months of age.
Camele’o Mineral Beaba
Prices of basic models of bath tubs start from a few dozen zlotys. Larger models, including bath tubs with a stand, cost between 150 and 300 PLN. Bathtubs in the form of a chest of drawers, with a changing table, can cost up to PLN 500. Regardless of the choice, remember to wash thoroughly with soap and rinse the bath tub before the first bath.
Baby bath towels
Although even here the parents have a lot to show off, towels made of terry cotton that are pleasant to the touch, which absorb water well, are especially recommended. Thanks to this, your toddler will not feel too much temperature difference after getting out of the water. The size of the bath towel for the newborn is not without significance – it is good to immediately decide on a larger one, measuring 100 x 100 cm, which will serve us for a long time. A great solution will also be buying a bathrobe for babies – a hood sewn to them, pleasantly hugs the baby and dries his wet head.
Towel with ears Lullalove Gray
A towel and a bathrobe for babies, which cannot be missing from the baby’s layette, should be washed before the first use. A model straight from the store or washed with the addition of fabric softener will not absorb water well.
Optimal ambient and water temperature
It is best if the water for a newborn baby is boiled and cooled down beforehand. Later, you can opt out of cooking, while still remembering the optimum water temperature. This should be 37 ° C. The level of its heat can be checked with the elbow, which is more sensitive than the palm of your hand or with a special thermometer. Tubs with a built-in thermometer are also available for sale. There should not be too much water alone – it is enough for it to reach 10 cm above the bottom of the bath tub, previously lined with a diaper diaper or a special rubber mat. The ambient temperature is also important, slightly higher than usual – it should reach around 24 ° C. The younger the baby, the faster it cools down. It is worth, therefore, that the whole bath of the newborn does not last too long.
The baby’s skin is very sensitive and delicate
Infant skin is extremely sensitive. If only because, they do not use adult soaps and lotions for its care. The fragrances and other pH they contain could irritate the baby’s delicate skin. The best choice will be special bath lotions or washing cubes, based on natural ingredients and free of irritating substances, including dyes, preservatives and silicones. Mild cosmetics for babies, especially emollients that are friendly to them, gently cleanse and moisturize the baby’s skin, while protecting it from moisture loss and adverse external factors.