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Spending quality time with your baby is very important. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to find time within our busy schedules to focus exclusively on our little ones. Jobs, older children, friends, chores, and other commitments just always seem to get in the way. Don’t let this affect your baby. Giving your baby a bath can be the perfect solution to this: it provides you with the perfect opportunity to laugh, play, tickle, and coo with your baby, while performing the much-needed job of cleaning up your little angel. (Babies get smelly— it's a fact of life.)
Although bathing your baby seems like the perfect way you can bond with your little one and get the job done, it also presents the stress of how to safely clean your child. Here are some tips on how you can make bath time easy, fun, and most importantly—safe.
The most important thing to remember is to never, never, never leave your baby alone in the bathtub (or sink), even for a few seconds. Before bath time commences, make sure you have all the things you will need with you. Grab your soap, towel kimono, clean clothes, and clean diaper.
Next, make sure the temperature is good before you undress you baby and put him or her in the water. The room should be comfortably warm, and even if you feel that it’s a little stuffy, your baby will appreciate those extra degrees. Try to keep the temperature around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, make sure the water itself isn’t too hot or too cold before you place your child in it. Fill up the tub and then turn the water off when it reaches your desired height, so it doesn’t get too deep. For infants, there should be about 4 inches of water in the tub. Next, place your wrist in the water to test it. The skin on your wrist is thinner and more sensitive to the temperature, much like a baby’s skin. The more comfortable it is for your wrist, the more comfortable the water temperature will be for your baby.
Once your baby is in the water, make sure you use delicate soap that is made specifically for baby baths. Bubble bath and soaps meant for adults are too harsh for your baby’s delicate skin, and may create bad rashes. Use the towel treat washcloth to softly scrub down your baby from the top of their beautiful heads to the bottom of their cute little toes. Make sure to smile and let your baby know that you are in control and having fun. This will help your baby relax, and make the whole experience easier for both of you. The hooded blanket with applique can serve two uses—keep your baby warm after a nice bath, and dry him or her off before changing their clothes.
Once your baby is all squeaky clean, wrap them up tightly in a baby blanket. Once your baby is completely dry, dress him or her in soft clothes to protect their sensitive skin. Try using organic or cotton products, such as the cotton cable hat and bootie set.
Bath time doesn’t have to be just another chore. Make it a fun, bonding time with your child! Giving your baby attention is the thing a baby craves most, and it’ll make bath time easier for you too.
For more information on how to safely bathe your child, click here.