Bathing a newborn raises lot of queries for new parents. They have many doubts while giving the first baby bath.
There are different practices followed in different countries. In my native mostly the grannies or elder people in the family will give baby bath for few months.
They have a different procedure like placing the baby upside down on their legs and give bath for baby.
But there are many new parents wants to bath the baby on their own. They use baby bath tubs and sink to give bath.
Here I give you few tips based on my experience and from other new parents.
When to bath my newborn?
For first few days or may be for a week,it is good to wipe your baby. Clean your baby twice a day by wiping with warm towel. It is important to clean baby diaper area to avoid infection.
Some parents will bath their baby after 3 weeks or one month. I suggest to bath after first week of baby born.There is no specific time to bath. It is better to bath before evening.
How often should I bath baby?
It is good to bath baby everyday. In the evening wipe baby with warm towel and change clothes. Complete the bath quickly. Make sure baby should not be in water more than 10 minutes.
During winter bathing can done twice or thrice a week. If the baby have cold it is better to avoid bathing.
Can I bath after feeding?
It is better not to bath immediately after feeding as this will cause digestion problem. It is also important to check baby is not hungry while bathing. If baby is hungry baby will cry and it will become a bad experience of bathing.
Sometimes baby cries when baby feel sleepy during the bath time. Some babies will sleep while bathing.
Can I bath baby before stump of umbilical cord falls?
The stump of the umbilical cord will fall after 3 weeks . Until then the surroundings of umbilical cord must be dry. Take care of that area so that it doesn't get wet during the bath of baby. After the stump falls apply medicine (prescribed by your doctor) on that area to avoid infection.
Be prepared with bath items
It is good be prepared with bath items before taking baby for bath. This will help to use the items easily after bath. Open the body wash bottle caps or seal to make it easier to open during the bath.