1. Clean the baby with a damp cloth
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents only wipe the baby's body with a damp cloth until the umbilical cord falls off or heals the cut foreskin area, possibly a week or two after birth.
To carry out wiping for the baby, parents place the baby on his or her back on a pillow or bed. Wet a small, soft towel, wring out the water, then wipe your baby's face. Gently wipe each side of the eyelid with a cotton ball (or a corner of a towel) from the inside out. The area around the mouth and under the chin where the baby's saliva and milk is flowing should also be cleaned. Usually it is not necessary to use soap for babies at this early stage.
2. Pay attention to lines in the skin
To clean the baby's body, parents can use plain water or a mild baby soap. Special attention in how to bathe a newborn is the skin under the arms, behind the ears, the lines around the neck and in the diaper area. Besides, do not forget to clean the place between the fingers and toes of the baby, especially for chubby children because there are often a lot of braces on the skin. If the weather is cold, only undress or undress where the baby needs a bath to keep warm.
3. Wash the baby's hair
Shampoo should be done on babies with thick hair. Parents should use their bare hands, gently rub a drop of baby shampoo on their child's scalp. Wash off the shampoo with a cup of water or a wet washcloth. Don't forget to cover your baby's forehead with one hand to prevent the soap bubbles from dripping or splashing into the baby's eyes.
When it has passed the stage of wiping the baby with a towel, parents can wash the baby's hair directly under the tap. First, you need to use the elbow or the inside of the wrist to check the water temperature accordingly. Then use the arm to support the baby's back and hold the baby's head firmly with the hand, gently massage the baby's hair with the other hand.
4. Bathe the infant in a tub / basin
Bathe the infant in a tub / tub
When the baby's body is ready for a normal bath, parents can use a plastic tub / sink or sink to put the baby in. Before use, wash through the sink or tub and lined with a clean cloth.
Make sure all the necessary supplies for an infant's bath, including towels, scoop / scoop, and baby shower gel, should be available. Gathering these things in advance at the bathing position will be convenient for parents to always have one hand to hold the baby while bathing, avoid leaving the child alone in the water and pick up items.
A limp baby enjoys the first shower after birth
5. Check the water temperature
Parents should always check the temperature of the water with the elbow or the inside of the wrist before bathing an infant. The ideal temperature for bathing water is about 38 degrees Celsius. To avoid burns, it is necessary to adjust the temperature on the water heater that is always lower than 49 degrees Celsius. roof, avoid being drafted because babies who are wet are very susceptible to cold.
Experts recommend that you should pour about 5cm warm water in the bath first, then continue to slowly pour warm water over the baby's body during the bath to avoid cold. According to some studies, the water level in the pot just above the shoulder of the baby will have the effect of keeping warm and providing maximum comfort. Safety, however, must always come first with any amount of water.
6. Always keep the baby safe
Being kept safe and firmly in the arms of the parents will help the baby feel more comfortable when soaking in the bath tub
Being kept safe and firmly in the arms of the parents will help the baby feel more comfortable when soaking in the bath tub. Use your non-dominant arm to support the baby's head and neck, while the other hand holds and cleans the baby's body, starting with the feet. Flexible to support the baby's head and back when needed, parents can put their hands behind the baby's back and hold the baby's arm during the bath time.
7. Bathe baby's back
To clean the baby's back and buttocks, parents hold the baby's armpit, at the same time let the baby lie on the arm and carefully lean the baby forward.
8. Clean sensitive areas
Use a soft and clean cloth, add a little mild soap and soak in warm water to clean your baby's genitals. For girls, gently wipe from front to back and especially between skin folds. For boys who have been circumcised, parents should use a towel to gently wipe the penis. As for boys who are not circumcised, they do not need to pull out the foreskin, parents only need to use a little baby shower gel to carefully clean the baby's genitals.
9. Bathe your baby at set times
Whether it's just wiping your body with a towel or bathing your baby in a basin of water, parents should choose a fixed time to establish a routine for your baby. It is common to bathe in the evening before going to bed, as studies show that bathing can help the body relax more comfortably and make it easier to fall asleep. After taking a bath, turn off the lights, reduce noise and other activities to make your baby realize it's time to sleep.