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Giving your baby a bath: It's all in the routine

Giving your baby a bath: It's all in the routine

Late night cries, constant diaper changes, surprise vomit on your clothes... being a new parent can get overwhelming, to say the least, but it is comforting to know you are not alone. One of the best parts about being a new parent is the support you will undoubtedly find around you - even through online articles such as this one.

That being said, we are fully aware of the daunting experience of a baby's bath time... however, it does not have to be as daunting as it initially seems. It all comes down to routine - once you have established a set routine for your baby's bath time, you will find that the experience actually evolves into an enjoyable one, and it can even be relaxing for both you and your baby.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind:

Before your baby's bath, make sure you have prepared everything and anything you might need. This includes the small plastic tub (if you will use one rather than a sink), a set of clean dry towels, baby wipes, any soap you might use (make sure the soap you use is baby appropriate), baby lotion or oil, rash cream, a clean diaper, and of course a set of clean clothes.

Keep in mind that if your baby is a newborn, you don't actually have to bathe him/her initially - a quick sponge wash (without submerging in water) every few days in all you will need to do. Once your baby's umbilical cord has fallen off, you can start giving him/her a real bath - around twice a week should suffice (and once your baby starts crawling and exploring is when bath time can increase to almost every day). Just make sure you have prepared everything you need beforehand.

Also, having a helping hand goes a long way the first few bath times.

During Bath:
During bath time, make sure the water is lukewarm. It is absolutely essential that you keep your baby warm throughout the whole bath time process. It's best to test the water with your elbow rather than your hand... this will give you a more accurate measurement of temperature. Make sure you are cradling your baby's head well, and ease your baby into the water gently and gradually.

Whilst bathing your baby, try to make the experience as enjoyable as possible - maybe incorporate singing lullabies or telling stories... make sure you are communicating with your little one in a soothing voice. Also, if you will be shampooing your baby, keep in mind that it is best to leave that part last as you do not want your baby to stay in soap-filled water for long (it will dry out his/her skin faster).

Bath time generally does not have to take long at all, so long as you make sure you have gotten into those folds and creases.

Gently dry your baby before applying any baby lotion or oil. It is best to pat your baby dry in order to maintain his/her natural skin moisture. Follow this by applying baby powder, and don't forget the rash cream before applying the new diaper. Keep in mind that the timing of your baby's bath time is actually an important factor to key in. 

Most parents find that evening bath times are best... when your baby is a little exhausted and hasn't just eaten (so as not to make a mess during bath time). These two factors, in combination with the warm water, will leave your baby feeling soothed and drowsy... perfectly ready for bed.

All you have left to do now is to dress your baby in that new cute onesie you have been looking forward to using, and take pleasure in a job well done.

Your baby's bath time routine is actually a wonderful bonding experience between you and your little angel and once you get the hang of things, it can end up being a part of your day that you actually look forward to.

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