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Bath-Time: Tips for bathing your baby

Baby Grooming Tips

How should I prepare for bath time?
Gather all of the supplies you will need and place them within arms’ reach. You never want to take your hand away from the baby during bath time – not even for a second or two while you’re reaching for a toy or the baby soap.

How do I keep my baby comfortable during bath time?
Fill the infant tub with no more than 2-3 inches of warm water. Test the temperature of the water first and swirl in colder water if it’s too hot. Babies can get chilled easily, so make sure the room temperature is comfortable as well. Be sure to have a comfy towel or robe ready to pat them dry afterwards.

What’s the best way to wash my baby?
It’s best to start cleaning your baby with a soft washcloth or sponge. Wash the “cleanest” parts first, while the water is fresh. Start with the face. Move down under the neck, arms and legs; being sure to pay special attention to the folds in your baby’s skin. Save the diaper areas for last, turning your baby over on your arm to wash the backside. Be extra careful; a wet baby is a slippery baby.

Should I wash my baby’s hair?
Washing your baby’s hair – or scalp if he’s a baldy – should be limited to once or twice a week. Use only a mild baby shampoo and rinse thoroughly.

What’s the best way to dry my baby?
Remove your baby from the tub carefully with both hands and immediately wrap in a dry towel or terry cloth infant robe. Pat dry, don’t rub. Again, be sure to pay attention to the folds in your baby’s legs, arms, and neck to make sure they are dry. Unless otherwise recommended by your pediatrician, lotion is not necessary. Redress in comfortable clothes immediately.

When’s the best time of day to bathe my baby?
Most families like to make this part of the pre-bed ritual as they feel it gives the family a great opportunity for together time when and also helps relax their little one for sleeping time.

Whatever time of day is right for you, be sure to bathe your baby only when you can truly concentrate on the bath and not be distracted by ringing phones and other tasks. Remember, if you must leave the room, your baby comes with you!