How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

In some families, there are many fears and concerns caused by the question “How to bathe a newborn?”.

Moreover, concerns may arise practically before each stage of the procedure. To dispel all fears of the first swim, we will introduce you to the basic rules.

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When to start bathing a newborn

To accustom the baby to bathing in the bathroom should be no earlier than the moment he heals the umbilical wound, that is, an average of 10-14 days of life. Up to this point, it is enough to wipe it with a sponge dipped in warm water. It is possible to wash the baby's ass with ordinary running water from under the tap at a comfortable temperature of + 34-37 ° C. The only factor that can interfere with the bathing of the baby, it is made the day before the vaccination procedure. Otherwise, there are no contraindications. This is due to the fact that bathing is not only a hygienic procedure, but also very useful for an infant. Warm water soothes and relaxes the child, reduces muscle tone and eases colic.

During the first 6 months it is necessary to bathe the child every day and preferably at the same time. In order to give the child maximum attention, it is recommended to bathe the newborn in the evening hours, and the water "flushes" all the stress from the baby, helps to relax, soothes and significantly increases the appetite before evening feeding. By the way, this is a very important point - the bathing of the newborn should occur immediately before feeding.

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How long to bathe a newborn

Water procedures should be started from 2-3 minutes, gradually bringing the bathing time to 10-15 minutes. It is not recommended to continue water procedures longer if they take place in a baby bath, because the small amount of water that is in it will cool down during this time.

If water gets into the baby’s nose or mouth while swimming, there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather, on the contrary, if he coughs and keeps up, the baby will clear the nasopharyngeal mucosa from dust and dirt.

The temperature of the water for a newborn should be 36-37 degrees.If suddenly you do not have a thermometer at hand, then you can check the water with your hand: with your elbow or the inside of your wrist. At a temperature of 36 ° C, you will not feel any cold or heat.

While bathing, it is recommended to play with the baby and tell him tots.

Where to bathe a newborn

A lot of controversy arises when choosing a place for bathing a baby. Some lean towards a large bath, and some get a special little bath. In order that bathing benefits health, the crumb should not be constrained in movement. Freely move the arms and legs, roll over from the back to the tummy, or you can dive only in a large bath. But you need to bathe in a large bath only after careful treatment with detergents (soda and baby soap).

What to bathe a newborn

Here it is important to understand that it is not necessary to use chemical means at every bathing of a newborn. With soap, you can bathe your baby no more than 2-3 times a week. In this case, you should choose baby soap with a neutral pH. For the rest of the time, it is enough to wash with water

It is recommended to wash your hair with baby shampoo once a week after the child reaches four months of age.

It is more useful to use not a washcloth, but gauze, which can be easily washed and boiled.

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There is an opinion that it is recommended to add decoctions of herbs to the water for the baby. But, in no case do not abuse herbs, since many of them can cause allergic reactions. It is recommended to bathe a child with healthy skin in herbs no more than once a week. A win-win for this is the infusion series.

After bathing the newborn

After the baby was bought it is necessary to rinse it with water and wrap it in a diaper. Do not wipe it in any case, but gently blot it with a diaper. Next, treat all the folds of special baby oil.

And do not forget the ears. Insert a tightly twisted tampon into the ear canal, do not remove it until the head is completely dry (a cotton swab will absorb water that has fallen into the ears).

It is also important to remember that:

  • wash the newborn should be from top to bottom;
  • no need to bathe the baby if he is naughty, whimpering. He will have an association that the bathing process is not unpleasant. Calm him, tune in a positive way.

We hope that our article will help you to turn bathing a newborn into a pleasant and safe process.

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    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

    How to bathe a newborn: the basic rules

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