Have you ever heard that expression used by real estate agents, location, location, location? Well if you are looking for the proper way to bathe your newborn baby, this will become your new mantra.
First of all, you need to pick a room warm enough (location… location…) the right temperatures should be between 68° and 75°F) like the bathroom, the living room, the kitchen or the bedroom, make sure there is an easy access to water. A good thing to remember is that if you are a new mother you are going through several hormones changes which makes your back susceptible to injury, especially for the first three months after childbirth, so, you can go around carrying heavy objects like a baby bath full of water, you will need to enlist the help of your partner or a relative for that.
Have you ever wonder if there is a right time to bathe your baby? Well, the answer is no, however, doctors do recommend certain times, for example, one hour before feeding, so you can put your baby down for a nap afterward. Between feedings is also another great recommendation. But never, never, bathe your baby when it is hungry, or it will scream and cry in protest and if you bathe the baby right after a feeding, it may end up throwing up on you. Do not bathe if you or the baby are really tired, as it is very likely you both will become irritable and miserable that could lead you to lose your concentration and doing something that could be dangerous for your baby. As your baby grows and you start creating a nighttime routine for it, you should consider bathing your baby in the evenings, probably by now, you have come quite the expert bather.
Next up, is the water’s temperature, this is extremely important, and it always has to be around 96°F a good tip right about now, is that if you are filling the bath directly from the faucet, make sure you run the cold water first and then the hot water until you feel the temperature is just right, not so cold or hot, right in between. It is a good rule of thumb to talk to your baby while you are bathing it, this will help them make the whole experience more enjoyable for the both of you.
Ok, now, let’s take a look at the steps you should follow to become an expert baby bather.