Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Bath

Having a baby is one of the greatest blessings from above. Congratulations on having one!, Taking care of the baby might be overwhelming at first. There are lots of conditions that you need to take into consideration how to change diapers, how to prepare his milk, or how to properly bathe him. Bathing a baby might be one of the most difficult things to do especially if you are a first-time parent but need not worry anymore! In this article, I will guide you step-by-step on how you are going to freshen up your little one without the fear that you might mess up. Once you know the process; you will love it for sure. 

Here are the things you need to do: 

  1. Prepare all the materials that you will be using. These include a baby bathtub, a clean-soft towel, a super-soft washcloth or baby bath sponge, a gentle-cleansing soap/gel, a gentle shampoo, a plastic cup, a clean diaper, and a clean pair of baby’s clothes. 

  2. Choose a place where you want to bathe your baby. Choose a stable and safe place to set up your bath supplies mentioned earlier.  

  3. Fill in the bathtub with water. Put at least 2-3 inches of water in the tub. Make sure that the temperature of the water might be the same as the human body temperature- 98.6° Fahrenheit. But a temperature between 90°F- 100° is also perfect for the water’s temperature. 

  4. Gently lie down the baby in the bathtub, his head on your palm. Let their toes feel the water at first. Do not let the head dive in first. Some experts are telling that you may use a towel at the bottom of the tub to make it soft for the baby and to prevent the baby from sliding.

  5. Wash your baby carefully. Since babies have soft and delicate skin, you need to be extra careful. That is why we are just using a gentle soap and shampoo for them so that their skin won’t get rashes because of strong chemicals. You can also use only your hands if you don’t have an available super-soft washcloth. Please take out any ring, bracelets, or watches that may hurt the baby.

  6. Start with your baby’s head and face. It is done so that the water you are using is not yet too soapy.

  7. After the head and the body, start washing your baby’s arms, legs, and body. It would be easier to wash since there is a less delicate area in these baby parts.

  8. Once you’re done with the body, pay an attention to those extra baby folds like the folds in the arm, in the neck, in the legs, and genital areas. There are a lot of baby folds that you might miss to wash. This is the common reason why babies have a sour smell sometimes.

  9. Rinse off the soap on your baby’s body by scooping a little clean water using a plastic cup. Make sure that you do it little-by-little to avoid the soap water getting into your baby’s eyes and nose.

  10. Use the clean towel to dry pat your baby’s body. Put on a clean diaper and a clean pair of clothes. Your baby is now feeling fresh again.

Congratulations mommy! You already know how to bathe your baby but here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in bathing a baby that you still need to know: 

Bathing is good for your baby but not necessarily you give bath them every day. Giving them at least 3-4 bath times a week is enough to keep them clean and fresh. The main reason why you are giving a bath to your baby is that it can freshen up your little one. You can also keep them away from rashes. Another benefit of bathing a baby is that it can give you and your baby a very pleasant mommy-baby bonding. Your touch while washing your baby is a great way of showing your love and care to your baby since he can’t fully understand the things you’re saying.

It can be fun for you and your baby. You can imagine yourself laughing and giggling with your baby while he is kicking and moving freely in the water. Some studies show that it is not only the bonding that bath time gives but also the engagement of the senses. Babies tend to pay attention to the bubbles, smell the soap, and play while taking a bath.

But as stated earlier, it is not necessarily that you bathe your baby every day because it can dry your baby’s skin especially when you are not using a gentle soap.

FAQ2: Best Time of the Day to Bathe a Baby?

Bathing a baby can be done either in the morning and in the evening. Which time is the best for bathing a baby? Well, the choice depends on the parents. Some parents consider giving baths to their baby in the morning so that their babies will be more alert and active while playing since bathing stimulates the energy of the babies. It is also considered if the parent is not rushing into work in the morning since the baby and the parent can enjoy the morning rituals while taking a bath.

On the other hand, some parents prefer to give baths in the evening since babies can have a more relaxing sleep. Whether you want to give your baby a morning bath or evening bath, you must consider your most preferred time. You must free from distractions since you can’t take away your eyes from your baby while he is taking a bath. It might be very dangerous for him. Another thing you have to take into consideration is that you can’t bathe your baby if he is hungry or if he is straight after a feed.

FAQ3: Can Baby Take a Bath at Night?

Some parents do not give their babies a night bath because they are afraid that their babies might get a cold or get sick but as we have stated earlier; babies can take a bath either in the morning or at night. It is the parent’s preference that should be considered. There are lots of benefits that a baby can get if he gets an evening bath. Here are the following: 

  1. The parents might have worked in the morning so an evening bath can work better for the baby so that he can still get a touch from his parents.
  2. A warm bath at night can give your baby a more relaxed sleep. 
  3. After an evening bath, it is time for feeding time. This time, it would be easier for the baby to fall asleep. 

 

There are some things you still need to consider as a parent. A study shows that a scented soap keeps a baby more relaxed than an unscented soap. But you need not use soap every time you bathe your baby. Sometimes, clean, warm water is enough to prevent the baby’s skin from drying. 

FAQ4: Is It Better to Bathe the Baby in the Morning or at Night?

The best thing to consider when choosing the time to bathe your baby is the time when the baby is relaxed and is not hungry. Another thing to consider is the time availability of the parent. If you are a morning parent who does jobs and chores in the morning, you should give evening baths for your baby. As I have said, your baby can benefit a lot from having a night bath and one of these is a relaxed sleep for your baby.

For night-parent who works at night, a morning bath is the best for the baby. Since there is no hassle in the morning; you can give a more enjoyable morning bath for your baby. These are the things that you might consider in choosing the best time to bathe your baby. Just keep in mind that whatever time it is, make sure that each bath time will be an enjoyable and memorable time for your baby.

FAQ2: Best Time of the Day to Bathe a Baby?

Bathing a baby can be done either in the morning and in the evening. Which time is the best for bathing a baby? Well, the choice depends on the parents. Some parents consider giving baths to their baby in the morning so that their babies will be more alert and active while playing since bathing stimulates the energy of the babies. It is also considered if the parent is not rushing into work in the morning since the baby and the parent can enjoy the morning rituals while taking a bath.

On the other hand, some parents prefer to give baths in the evening since babies can have a more relaxing sleep. Whether you want to give your baby a morning bath or evening bath, you must consider your most preferred time. You must free from distractions since you can’t take away your eyes from your baby while he is taking a bath. It might be very dangerous for him. Another thing you have to take into consideration is that you can’t bathe your baby if he is hungry or if he is straight after a feed.

FAQ5: Why Do Babies Cry in the Bath?

Bath time must be enjoyable for you and your baby, but it might not happen if your baby cries while taking a bath. Here are some common reasons why babies cry in the bathe: 

  1. Soap water runs in your baby’s eyes.We all know the feeling of having soap inside our eyes. Just imagine your baby’s feeling when having soap in their eyes. 
  2. Your baby has burns or rashes.Rashes for the baby might be very hurtful for baby especially when water runs into it. 
  3. The temperature of the bathwater is too warm or too cold.A 90° F- 100°F is the perfect temperature for your baby’s bathwater. If you do not have a thermometer at home; you can use your elbow. The temperature you feel on your elbow is also how the baby feels. 
  4. Your baby is hungry or tired during bath time.The best time to bath a baby is when they are relaxed. Being hungry or tired will make them uncomfortable while taking a bath. 
  5. The bathing area is not comfortable for your baby.The best bathing area must be safe and stable. A bathtub is one of the best materials to use to give your baby a relaxing bath time. 

Bathing a Baby Without a Bathtub

Bathing a baby in a bathtub is the most common way of bathing a baby but sometimes there are instances that a bathtub is not available in your house due to some reasons. 

If that is the case, I have listed here some things you can do or you can use while bathing your baby without a bathtub: 

  1. You can use your laundry sink or your kitchen top. It is where mommies without tub commonly bathe their baby. Since it is flat and sturdy, you will not feel unsafe except that your baby might fall. Just make sure that you keep your eyes from your baby while taking a bath not even a second. Since a kitchen top or laundry sink is high, it will cause damage to your baby once you forgot to keep an eye on him. 
  2. Make your baby used with a shower. You already have a shower in your house and your baby is not forever a baby. Time will come that they will not be enjoying taking a bath in a tub so a shower is what they will be needing. A gradual introduction of a shower to your baby is a very good idea. Because of this, they won’t be shocked when you want him to use a shower when taking a bath. 
  3. Shower together with your baby. Bath time is one of the best ways to bond with your little one. You can play with him while taking a shower. You can sing and dance with him. It will enhance your relationship with your baby as you cuddle with each other while taking a shower together. A parent-baby relationship will be more special. 
  4. Get an improvised bathtub like a large basin or a pail. For those who are in the rural area where bathtubs are not so popular, they are using a basin or a pail to give a bath to their babies. Just make sure to watch your baby closely while in these materials since these are not designed for giving baths to babies. 
  5. Use a pail and a small plastic cup. If you are have come across the Philippines, they are not using showers nor bathtubs. They are just using a pail of water and a cup. What you just need to do is to undress your baby. Hold him tight with one hand and the other one will get water on the pail using a plastic cup. Slowly, pour a small amount of water from your baby’s head up to his body. Repeat this process until no more soap is on your baby’s body. 

Bathing a Baby Without a Bathtub: Conclusion

There are lots of ways you can do or things you can use if you do not own a bathtub for your baby but it is still important if you have one since it is specially designed for your little one. It would be difficult for the parent to use other things like a basin or pail because its size is not suited for babies. Commonly, a pail or basin is recommended for toddlers, but you can still use it for babies but with extra precautionary measures to follow.

Using a bathtub is still the best thing you can use to secure the safety and enjoyment of your baby while taking a bath.

Heads up mommies, you might want to try a bathtub for your loved one. Keep updated with this page to know the best bathtubs that are available in the market and are suitable for your baby. Your little one is precious, make sure you give them precious moments.

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