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Have safe baby bathing time with these baby bathing safety tips

Splish, Splash in a Safe Baby Bath

Every parent has questions about making a safe baby bath—you’re not alone. Here are the most common questions nurses receive—and our best advice. Suds up!

How Often Should I Bathe My Baby?

Bath time is really more about fun as babies usually don’t get very dirty. Daily bathing isn’t recommended as it can dry delicate skin; research shows 2-3 times a week is best. Once your baby starts crawling, playing outside and feeding herself, more frequent baths will likely be needed.

Pick a time of day that works best for you both. Some babies are energized by bath time, others become relaxed and sleepy.

Checklist for a Safe Baby Bath

What’s the Best Way to Bathe my Newborn?

The first step in baby’s bath routine is always to get everything ready for the bath–use our handy checklist to ensure you have everything you need at your fingertips. Once these are set in place, you’re ready to begin baby’s bath.

For a sponge bath, use a clean washcloth rinsed in a basin of warm water, exposing and washing one body area at a time while keeping everything else covered.

For a tub bath, go ahead and immerse baby from birth into a tub filled with warm water just deep enough to cover their shoulders and follow these safe baby bath tips:

What Kind of Cleansers Should I Use?

Prevent irritation by using a mild preservative- and fragrance-free cleanser with a neutral pH designed specifically for baby’s delicate skin.

For your baby’s face, water alone is enough. You don’t have to clean her eyes at every bath; when necessary, gently wipe from the inside to the outside, using a clean part of the washcloth for each eye.

Post-Bath Pointers

You’ll become more comfortable and confident with each bath you give. Go ahead, grab that rubber ducky and get splashing!

What About the Umbilical Cord?

Previously, parents were advised to avoid tub baths until the umbilical stump had fallen off to avoid an increased risk of infection. However, the latest research shows the risk of infection is actually no higher, and there’s no need to keep the cord dry or add ointment as it prepares to fall away. Ask your nurse if you have any questions about cord care.

Baby Bath Safety Tips

 

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