Until your baby’s umbilical cord stump drops off and her belly button heals (generally in the first week or two), sponge baths with a warm, clean washcloth is your best option. Make sure you concentrate on your baby’s genitals and face, using moistened cotton balls with no soap. Once your baby’s belly button is healed, you can graduate your baby into the bathtub, although many parents today prefer small plastic baby baths. These plastic baby bathes are smaller and use less water – and decrease the chances that your baby will accidentally inhale water. Some parents prefer to bathe their baby everyday, although experts advise bathing less frequently. “Until the baby is crawling around the house and finding messes to play in, bathing once or twice a week is sufficient,” says Jennifer Morris, a pediatrician in Los Angeles. “But it’s up to the parent – bathing more frequently isn’t a bad thing.”
Baby Bath Times
There is no best time to bathe your baby, but some parents find that a nightly bath ritual helps their babies to settle into sleep a little easier. Choose a time in the day when you are not likely to be interrupted.
How Often Should You Bathe A Newborn
- If your lucky, your baby will find the warm bath water soothing. Other babies find water a little scary, and tend to cry their way through their baths. If your little angel isn’t enjoying her bath time, check the room temperature – often a few more degrees of heat is all it takes to calm a frantic baby.
- Lets face it – those first few baths can be a little scary. Handling a wet, squirming, and soapy little baby takes practice, so try to keep a good grip on your little one and stay calm.
- Remember to never leave your baby in the tub unsupervised. If the phone rings and you just have to answer it, wrap your baby in a towel and take her with you.
- Always turn the water off before putting your baby in the water – handles can get bumped and change the temperature.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees. Not only will you save money, but you’ll reduce the chances of your baby being burned in too-hot water.
- Fill the tub to 2 to 3 inches of water – it should feel warm, not hot.
- Try pouring cupfuls of water over your baby during bathing to keep him warm.
- Too much soap can dry your baby’s skin – use it sparingly.
- Use moistened cotton balls on baby’s eyes and face – no soap.