If you’re a new mom, bath time may be a stressful time for you and your baby. However, once you get into a routine, it can be soothing and a perfect time for bonding! Babies usually don’t get too dirty, so as long as you clean their face, neck, hands and diaper area daily with a gentle baby wipe, they should only need a bath 2-3 times a week. Bathing your baby too often can strip them of the natural layer of oil on their skin, leaving it dry and cracked.
Here are some tips for an easier bath time for both you and your baby:
- Pick a time when your baby is well-rested and not hungry, so they will be less fussy. Usually an hour after feeding, either in the morning or before bedtime is a good time for a bath.
- Collect everything you’ll need and keep it in arm’s reach. This includes soap, washcloth, towel and changing clothes. This is so important, so that you can keep one hand on your baby at all times while they are in the bath. Open all the soap bottles before you place your baby in the tub, so you don’t have to struggle with caps later on.
- Have a helper there for the first couple of baths. Even if you are fully prepared, having someone there to distract your baby when they get fussy is extremely helpful! If you need to step away for a moment, never leave your baby unattended in the bath tub.
- Place a non-skid mat under the tub. This way, the tub won’t slide around when you are cleaning your baby. You can also use a spout cover, so your baby doesn’t hit their head on the faucet.
- Use only an inch or two of water. Your baby does not need much water, and this amount will keep them from getting too cold in the tub. The temperature should be about 90 degrees or below. Check the temperature with a baby bath thermometer, or test it by dipping your elbow in the water before putting your baby in the tub.
- Use a gentle cleansing soap, so it won’t irritate your baby’s skin. Choose one that is tear-free, like our baby shampoo and body wash. Our hypoallergenic formula helps strengthen skin, encourage elasticity and improve moisture retention!
- Keep bath time short and dry them off quickly. This way, they won’t lose much body heat. You should also keep checking the water temperature during the bath to make sure it doesn’t get too cold. If their skin is dry, use a gentle moisturizing balm after each bath to maintain soft skin.