Jan 102014
 

There are so many new things to learn when you first arrive home with your baby. One of the experiences that many new parents are very overwhelmed or intimated by is giving their baby a bath. You have to remember that newborn babies are rather flexible and that crying is their only means of communication.

 

Some babies LOVE water and others, not so much.

 

Either way you still need to clean them, so try to stay calm, take a deep breath and tell yourself “I CAN do this”. Here is a video that we found from BabyCenter.ca to help you out.

 

 

 

It is important to be as prepared as possible for your baby’s bath!

 

Have the following items ready and on hand:

  • bath tub filled with warm (but not too warm) water
  • 2-3 wash cloths (you never know when you might need more than one!)
  • your favourite baby wash
  • a container to pour water over baby (can be an empty yogurt container)
  • 2 towels (again, you never know when baby might decide that AFTER bath is a good time to have a poop explosion!)
  • a comb or soft brush to stimulate baby’s scalp

TIPS:

  • New Moms may have sore and/or weak abdominal muscles, so try to find a high space (like a kitchen counter or table) to bath your baby to minimize the amount of bending and strain on your back and tummy.
  • You may find using a water proof pad underneath the bath tub might help.
  • If your bathtub is sliding around, try using a small piece of rug hug (the product you place under your throw carpets to prevent them from slipping around) or a rubber placemat from the dollar store underneath the tub.
  • If you don’t have a baby bath tub, a clean kitchen sink works really well for small babies!
  • Right after the bath is not the best time for baby snuggles!  Bath time is often the time that babies decide to pee and poop!  Get that diaper on as soon as they are dried properly and dress them to get them warm and then enjoy lots of baby snuggles!
  • If you can, use two adults to bathe your baby for the first while, an extra pair of hands can always come in handy!

 

The top of a baby’s head smells SO good, doesn’t it?

 

Enjoy your baby.

 

  • Amy Lovell

    Great tips thanks for sharinbg

  • Judy Cowan

    Great tips for first time parents, going to share this with a few friends who are expecting!

  • loriag

    Bathing your newborn can be scary at first for new parents, so this is great, thanks for sharing.

  • Ana

    This is such a great post! I remember when I had my C-Section I was on so many drugs my husband was the one who got the bathing instructions. Although I did have my mom to help when we got home tips like these are still very helpful. Especially with Mommy Brain!!!

    🙂

  • kathy downey

    wow awesome tips,thanks for sharing

  • md kennedy

    Great tips! I don’t have a baby of my own, but my niece is starting to babysit and she can use all the advice she can get.

  • Laurie B

    My sister is due Feb 9th. I am going to share this with her as she is a new mom. Thank you. Excited to bath my new baby nephew when he arrives 🙂