Bathing your baby
A Helping Hand for Baby’s First Sponge and Tub Bath
Whether you’re sponge bathing or using a baby bath or a bowl to bathe your baby, bath time is important for the health and hygiene of your little one. It’s also a lot of fun.
Ready for bath time?
Babies take to bathing like rubber ducks to water. Get into a routine. Make the room a cosy temperature because babies lose heat from their bodies quickly and make sure have everything you need on hand.
Sponge bathing your baby
You’ll likely want to ‘sponge’ bathe your baby until the umbilical cord stump has healed. This usually takes one week to 10 days, but the umbilical cord stump may remain attached for up to eight weeks.
Body wash your baby by wrapping them in a towel to keep them warm and uncover an area at a time to sponge clean. Use a mild baby wash that is gentle on the skin and eyes.
- Wipe your baby’s entire face, paying attention to creases behind the ears and neck.
- Gently wipe eyes from the inside corner out, using a fresh piece of cotton wool for each eye.
- Carefully wipe just inside each nostril using a moistened cotton wool bud.
- Clean the genital area wiping from front to back to prevent bacteria spreading from the baby’s bottom.
Umbilical Cord Care
Pay special attention to your baby’s umbilical cord. Until it heals and drops off, keep it clean with soap and water, pat dry, then fold your baby’s nappy under the cord to help with drying.
Moving on to tub bathing or bucket bathing
You can tub or bucket bathe when your baby is about 2-8 weeks old. You need to keep a few things in mind.
- Fill up the bucket or the tub with just a couple of inches of water.
- Test the water temperature with your elbow, so it’s not too hot or too cold.
- Support your baby’s head, neck and shoulders with one hand until they can sit with a straight back.
- When lowering your baby into the tub, take care to keep the head clear of the water.
- Do not add any soaps or liquid cleaners to the bath-water.
- Once done, pat your baby dry. Make sure to dry the hair, the creases and hard to reach places, like behind the ear.
- After bathing disinfect the tub with Dettol Antiseptic Liquid to remove germs.
Bathing every couple of days is great for the health and hygiene of your baby and for lots of healthy laughter.
Please consult your doctor for your baby care. Tips provided here are of general nature related to routine hygiene only.