When your baby is during those first months of life, they spend most of their time sleeping and feeding, an endless cycle and the reality is that they don’t get dirty enough, and the truth of the matter is, that at times it can be such a hustle to bathe them just because it is what everyone does, bathe at least once a day. But, you really don’t need to do that, there are ways to clean them without having to bathe them if they aren’t dirty enough to deserve a shower.
Everyone will recommend you to clean your baby once a day, which is quite obvious, especially after every diaper change, if it spits up a lot, then their hands, necks, hands, and ears can get easily encrusted. But, a daily bath is really quite unnecessary. Enters, the cleaning, talk to your baby during the whole process to keep it calm, especially during those first cleaning sessions as they are not used to the process.
- This is a list of all the equipment you’ll need to have on hand to perform your cleaning duties.
- Changing Mat.
- Cooled, warm boiled water to clean the eyes, ears, and mouth.
- Regular warm water from the faucet.
- Cotton balls to clean the eyes, ears, and mouth.
- Two different washcloths, one for the diaper area and one for the whole body.
- Lotion or Baby bath liquid.
- A clean diaper and barrier cream.
- A change of clothes, for the baby. (And for you, just in case).
You have to clean your baby’s face, hands, and bottom every single day. Remember that a daily bath is unnecessary, you can bathe your baby every two or three days, that should suffice. Make sure that whatever time you pick to bathe your baby is one where you won’t get interrupted because you can’t live your baby unattended while answering the door or the phone.
Now, let’s explore the necessary steps you need to learn in order to master the proper daily cleaning of your baby.
Step 1: Lay your baby on its back on the changing mat, from the inner corner outward wiped the eyelids using a cotton ball deep in cool boiled water. You can use one cotton ball for both eyes or a different one for each if you want to be extra careful.
Step 2: Use more clean cotton balls to clean up your baby’s ears and the folds of the necks. Wipe around your baby’s mouth with another cotton ball, and the nose area.
Step 3: Grab a washcloth deep it in water and thoroughly but with care, wash its hands, then grab a towel a dry your baby’s face, neck, and hands. Remove the undershirt and clean his armpits and put on a new undershirt.
Step 4: No need to remove the diaper, unless absolutely necessary. Wipe your baby’s feet with a different damp washcloth.
Step 5: If it is necessary take the diaper off and wipe clean the diaper area with a washcloth. Make sure to use baby lotion in this area and that you rinse the lotion off completely. Dry your baby using the towel, put on a new diaper, and new clothes. And you are done.
If you are wondering if there are ways to help you keep your baby clean for longer periods, yes there are, you can bathe your baby on a daily basis, which as you know can be a very troublesome moment, but you can also make sure to clean your baby properly, paying more attention to the hands, face, and bottom.