8 Sep 2022 | 5 min Read
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One of the questions most new parents have are: when is the right time to give a baby’s first bath? When babies are born, they are covered with a substance called vernix caseosa on their skin that protects them in the womb and helps them slide out a bit more easily during birth. Therefore, it is advisable to wait for a few hours before bathing a newborn. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), you should wait for at least 6 hours before your baby’s first bath in the hospital.
Since infants have their natural skin oils, bathing them too much can dry out their skin. Therefore, it is advisable to keep bathtime short. You can choose a baby wash that has been formulated with certified organic ingredients that will cleanse and maintain the pH and natural moisture balance of your newborn’s delicate skin.
Read on to know everything about your baby’s first bath.
Follow the below-mentioned tips for your baby’s first bath at home:
For genitals, use a soft, clean cloth or baby wipes and lukewarm water to clean your baby’s face and genitals. If you have a baby girl, wash the area from front to back, and wipe gently between skin folds. If you have a baby boy, wipe his penis clean.
According to experts, it is advisable to give your baby a sponge bath until the umbilical cord stump falls away. A baby’s first bath after umbilical cord falls off might be scheduled by two weeks. Delaying baby’s first bath to few weeks might lead to infections on the skin. Instead, swaddle bath can also be considered.
Check the temperature of the water before bathing a newborn baby. The temperature of the water should be warm and not too hot. According to medical studies, the ideal temperature should be between 37 and 38 degrees Celsius. You can also use a bath thermometer to monitor the temperature or check the water with your wrist or elbow to confirm that it’s not hot.
You can plan for your baby’s first bath within a week after birth. It is recommended to avoid bathing your newborn right after a feeding as the food needs time to settle. Infants need to be bathed once a week as bathing them daily can cause skin irritation and dryness.
Now that you already know some of the tips for baby’s first bath, it is important to keep in mind that you should never leave your infant alone in or near the tub and keep at least one hand on her body at all times. If you’ve forgotten something, take your baby with you to get it or ask your partner to get it.
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