How to safely and properly bathe your baby?

Bathing babies who have or have not relinquished their umbilical cord is an important task for the new mothers. Let’s look into the detailed instructions below so that you can bathe your baby directly during the first days.

For first time mothers, bathing a newborn baby can be challenging. How to bathe your baby safety and joyfully? Once you have experience, you will find bathing is a relaxing time for both mother and baby. For newborn baby you can bathe them in a bath tub. When your baby is a little bit older and have gotten used to be bathed, you can bathe them under the shower or even join them. After a long day of activity, your baby will love to be bathed and play in the warm water.

Why do you have to bathe your newborn?

  • After a clean bath, the baby will feel comfortable therefore they will sleep better. For infants, bathing time is almost the most awake time since they spend most of their time sleeping. With slightly older babies, bathing helps keep them clean and comfortable, so it’s easy to go to sleep and sleep deeper.

Notes on bathing newborn baby

  • Avoid wetting the umbilical cord. Usually the umbilical cord will fall out 1 to 3 weeks after birth. During this time, the mother will need to clean the umbilical cord safely to avoid infection.
  • When bathing, mother should sit comfortably on a small chair, about 40 cm high, hold the baby on the left or right arm, their head resting in mother’s palm, their back on mother’s arm, and butt on mother’s lap.
  • Use cotton swabs or sterile swabs to wipe the belly button and only use each once.
  • After bathing, use a dry and soft towel to wrap the baby before wearing diapers and clothing.
  • Moms only need to bathe the baby 1-3 times a week.

Steps for safely bathing

Step 1: Preparation

Bathroom: The bathroom must be airtight, the temperature in the room about 27oC (Turn on the heater if you have)

Preparing tools:

  • Towel: 1 small towel and 1 large towel (small one for bathing and large towel for drying)
  • Bath tubs: 2 (one for bathing and one for after bath)
  • Shower gel (for infants only)
  • Sterile swabs and cotton
  • Clothes, diapers, gloves, socks
  • Warm water about 37oC (use thermometer or hand to test)

Step 2: Bathing

  • Put the baby down on the towel
  • Gentlely undress diaper, clothes, hat, gloves
  • Clean the genitals and anus before bathing
  • Wrap the baby in a towel
  • Wash your hands (baby shower)
  • Slowly place the baby in the tub. Keep your baby upright at about 30 degrees above the foot, with their back resting on your arm
  • Use cotton to clean eyes, nose, ears, face. Each piece of cotton is used only once, do not reuse. If you do not use gauze, use a cotton cloth which do not have cloth to dust to avoid leaving cotton dust on the body.
  • Wash, rinse, dry head. Use a soft towel to wash your baby’s head, avoid using your hands because the nail can hurt the baby.
  • Use baby shower gel to gently massage the head and down to the baby’s body, avoid the baby’s eyes
  • Avoid water around the umbilical cord and clean it safely to avoid infection.
  • Rinse the head and body thoroughly, then wipe the entire body to dry baby, pay attention to clean the genitals, wipe from front to back and then put on diaper and clothes for the baby.

Step 3: Taking care of baby’s umbilical cord

  • Use Nacl 9 ‰ to clean umbilical cord
  • If the umbilical cord has not fallen, wash the navel from the navel base with a cotton swab.
  • Leave the umbilical cord airy and do not cover it. If the umbilical cord has not fallen, should wear diaper under the belly button.

Collection / Editing: SIHospital

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