5 Things You Need to Bathe Your Newborn

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Bathing a newborn for the first time is nerve wrecking and scary if you don’t know what to do. Have no fear it’s easy and all you need are warm hands and patience. Best way to begin bathing your newborn is to be ready, here are a few things you will need and want to do to get prepared:

Extra Hand

The first several times you do this you will need help. Have your spouse or a friend help you bathe your newborn. It’s great to have an extra hand in case you forgot something or just need support. And once you are ok with bathing your baby alone remember to keep a hand on your baby at all times, never leave your baby alone in or near water.

Bathing Tub

There are many baby bathtubs on the market. Most parents prefer the freestanding tubs over anything else. Place the tub on a flat surface in a warm area.

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Also dim the lights above your newborns eyes. Then use warm water and fill the bathing tub 2-3 inches. Throughout the bathing process you can pour warm water on your baby’s tummy to keep them warm.

Sponge, Washcloth, Towel

It’s best to start out with sponge baths for your baby’s first bath. Find a soft and large baby bathing sponge and once you feel comfortable you can use a soft washcloth.

Have a towel set aside and ready. A towel with a built in hood is best, you want to get your baby wrapped up as soon as you finished bathing.

Mild baby shampoo and soap

There are many different kinds of baby shampoos and soaps; look for mild and tear free brands or handmade natural soap.

Your baby has very sensitive and new skin, you want to protect it. Ask relatives and friends for suggestions or brands that they personally trust.

Diaper and Clothes

As soon as you finish your newborns bath you want to wrap him/her in a towel. Make sure you have a diaper and clothes set up on a flat surface and close to your bathing station. Once the baby is dry, put them in their diaper and clothes.

Bathing your new baby is simple, just take your time and enjoy it. It is a great bonding experience for you and your child. Remember being prepared is key and to always keep one hand on your newborn.

If you share a home with a senior, you might want to check out a walk-in bath tub. They are great for getting in and out of the bath with ease. They also help you have a more relaxing bath. Here is a great guide to buying a walk-in bath tub.

Happy bathing!

5 Things You Need to Bathe Your Newborn

Jenny Ellis is a freelance writer, and a regular contributor for aupair jobs.