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infant

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Your baby's first bath

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The baby's first bath seems to many parents an undertaking comparable to activating the CERN Large Hadron Collider :) They couldn’t be more wrong. Most newborns enjoy taking a bath and warm water relaxes and soothes them. More importantly, neither the first nor the succeeding baths of the baby require any special skills from the parents.

If you still think that the baby’s first bath is not that easy, start the preparation before the baby is born. Make a list of all necessary things, so as to have enough time to buy them all. The selection of baby bathtubs is huge, from simple plastic to profiled tubs on a rack and baby buckets.

Organise the bathing place so that you do not strain your tired back too much, which can happen if the bathtub is too low. Remember the changing table and pockets or containers for all the necessary bathing accessories. Choose the right baby care cosmetics: a soap, an emulsion, an oil, a rectified spirit to clean the umbilical stump (70%), a bottom care cream.

You will also need cotton pads to clean the baby’s face, sterile gauze to clean the umbilical stump and a bowl for boiled water. If you are still worried that the first bath will be too difficult, ask your partner for help. A strong man’s hand will be an invaluable support for you and the baby will be safer and build a stronger bond with dad. After preparing all this you are doomed to success.

So just do it.
Choose the right time for a bath. Because of the relaxing qualities of a bath, it is best to do it in the late afternoon or early evening, but it all depends on the individual rhythm of your baby’s day. Make sure you bathe your baby more or less at the same time of day, possibly between meals. Prepare the room where you will bathe and dress your baby. The ambient temperature should be at least 23 degrees Celsius.

Make sure you have all the necessary bathing accessories at hand. Prepare towels, cosmetics and clothes. Fill the bathtub with water - the water temperature should be 36-37 degrees Celsius. Not many mothers agree that the traditional temperature check with an elbow is reliable. For your own and your baby’s safety use a bath thermometer. Place an anti-slip mat or a cotton diaper cloth at the bottom of the bathtub. If you want, play some gentle music to which you can hum while bathing your baby.

Undress the baby on the changing table. Cover the baby with a cotton diaper cloth so that it doesn’t get cold. Wash its face and eyes (from the inside towards the outside, using a clean cotton pad each time). Don’t forget about bodily creases where milk residues can accumulate. Now transfer your baby to the bathtub. Put one hand under the baby’s back - with your left hand hold your baby under the left armpit so that its head rests on your forearm. With the other hand wash your baby, beginning from its head and washing off the soap at the same time. Make sure you don’t wet the umbilical stump until it’s fully healed.

Take your baby out of the bathtub, wrap it in a towel and gently dry it on the changing table. You can apply oil to the baby’s skin, and remember the bottom care cream, as the baby's bottom is prone to chafing. Clean the navel with spirit. Dress and hug your baby - you’ve been very brave.

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