Bathing an infant should be a fun time for both the parent and the baby. For new parents though the experience can be quite difficult. When it comes to bathing an infant, there are many things that a parent should pay attention to.
Tips for bathing your infant safely
Prepare everything beforehand
The first thing that you need to do is to prepare all the things that you will need beforehand. Sometimes accidents happen due to lack of preparation. To properly bathe an infant, you will need a cotton towel, baby soap and shampoo, a bath tub and a clean diaper. You need to make sure that all of the products that you will be using are safe for infants. You must keep in mind that a baby’s skin is very sensitive. Choose products that are hypoallergenic so as to avoid allergies. Place everything that you will need inside the bathroom or wherever you will bathe your baby.
The right temperature
Babies are also sensitive to temperature. You should make sure that the temperature of the room is not too cold or hot for the baby. It should be between 22-25 degrees Celsius. The water that you will be using should also be neither top hot or too cold. Lukewarm is best for babies, somewhere around 36 degrees Celsius. After checking the temperature of both the room and the water, you can now start giving your baby a bath.
You will need to provide extra care very step of the bathing process. You should be very gentle when taking your baby’s clothes off. Before you put your baby in the bathtub, make sure that the diaper area is clean. Just give the area a good wiping before putting your baby in the tub. When your baby is in the bathtub already, you should not leave him or her standing up. This is a very dangerous position for the baby. The best way to bathe a baby is to wrap your one of your arms around him or her while you gently wash him or her with your other hand.
Do it with love
One of the best tips for bathing your infant safely is to do it with great love. Focus your attention on your baby. Always be mindful of what is happening. But you should not feel stressed out or afraid. Just enjoy the moment. Sometimes, untoward things happen because we are too tense or scared.