Newborns do not need to be bathed as often as older babies or small children. Their skin can dry out too quickly, and a newborn with the umbilical stump still attached should not have anything more than a sponge bath.
1. Using a Sponge Bath
– Use a sponge bath for the first three weeks. The stump of a newborn’s umbilical cord stays attached for up to three weeks. During this time, you should stick to sponge baths.
– Gather your supplies. You will need to a variety of supplies ready in order to give your newborn a sponge bath. Make sure you have supplies laid out before you begin the bathing process.
2. Bathing a Newborn in a Tub
– Choose a tub: Once your newborn’s umbilical cord stump has fallen off, you can bathe her in a tub or sink. Make sure you choose a sink or tub that’s safe for the baby.
– Figure out how to hold your newborn in the tub: You want to make sure your baby is secure and safe in the tub. Figure out to hold him so he’s comfortable and does not move around too much.
– Wash the newborn: A newborn’s bath should take no longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
3. Learning Safety Precautions
– Check the water temperature: Water temperature is important to a newborn’s well being. Make sure you know the proper water temperature to keep your baby safe and comfortable.
– Find the right soaps and lotions: While soap is not always necessary when bathing a newborn, if you choose to use soap make sure it’s baby safe.
– Never leave a baby unattended in a bathtub: Even if you’re just leaving the room for a few seconds, it’s extremely dangerous to leave a newborn unattended in a bath.
Knowing how to bathe a baby is very important for parents. Although some parents bathe their babies every day, until a baby is crawling around and getting into messes, a bath isn’t really necessary more than three times a week during the first year. Bathing your baby too often can dry out your baby’s skin. When you’re bathing a newborn, you need to be extra careful to prevent accidents.