Updated on 20 December 2023
A newborn’s skin is extremely delicate and needs to be handled with utmost care. Slowly and gradually, new parents learn how to take care of the baby’s extra-sensitive skin in a gentle way. Taking care of your baby’s skin during bath time is extremely important.
Ideally, you should bathe your newborn baby 2-3 times a week. However, if your baby is fond of bathing then you can do baby bath time once a day. Bathing your little one too often can make their skin dry and is not recommended. In between the baby bath days, you can clean your baby’s face, neck, armpits and genitals with warm water and cotton cloth. You should also clean your baby’s bottom with baby wipes after every diaper change.
Here is a step-by-step guide to bathing your baby-
The best time to bathe your baby is when the child is neither hungry nor sleepy. If you bathe the baby at either of these times, you might end up having a cranky baby. Try and bathe your baby at the same time each day. This helps to set the baby’s routine.
The water used to bathe the baby should neither be too cold nor too hot. Bathing the baby with cold water can make the baby catch cold and hot water can make the baby’s skin dry. Use lukewarm water to bathe your baby.
Resist the urge to bathe the baby too frequently since this can make your baby’s skin dry and vulnerable. You need only a pea-sized amount of body wash to bathe your baby. You can use coconut-oil-based cleansers to clean the baby’s delicate skin since they soothe the baby’s skin without causing any harmful effects.
Do not shampoo the baby’s hair every day. When it comes to newborn skincare, “Less is more”. Only a pea-sized amount of no tears shampoo is enough to rinse the baby’s scalp. A shampoo with organic ingredients is more suitable since you definitely don’t want to take any chances with your newborn’s skin.
The best time to moisturize the baby’s body is right after a bath because this is the time when the skin is able to absorb moisture easily. So, make it a point to apply a mild body lotion on the baby’s skin after giving him/her a bath. One of the best options is to apply a body lotion that has the right ingredients such as organic shea butter, cocoa butter and organic jojoba oil to hydrate and nourish your baby’s delicate skin.
Baby skin is prone to rashes due to sweat so, keep your baby’s skin sweat-free by applying a talc-free powder after baby bath time. Nowadays most powders contain talc and fragrances which can be harmful to the baby but some powders are prepared with cornstarch and help to absorb the extra moisture within the folds of your child’s skin. Their organic ingredients help to soothe your baby’s delicate skin.
After bathing your baby, dress them in clean and washed clothes. The new clothes that you bought, might have been sitting on a clothes rack for a long time, have accumulated dirt and would have been touched by many others. Always wash your baby’s clothes with a mild detergent and an antiseptic before making him/her wear them. This helps to get rid of all the dirt and germs.
We hope you and your baby have a fun and enjoyable baby bath time!
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