24 Apr 2023 | 5 min Read
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When it comes to making precious memories with your little one, bathtime is considered the ideal moment. While seeing your munchkin splash and squeal in the tub can be a particularly entertaining event, bathing them can offer a quiet and peaceful bonding moment, both for you and your baby. Additionally, bathing your baby initiates more skin-to-skin contact and aids in boosting physical and emotional development, and a smoother breastfeeding experience.
But before you go on to rinse your little one, check out these five tips for bathing your baby, and how to make bathtime extra safe and special for your little one.
You can start by giving your little one a sponge bath first, and then transition to a normal bath once their umbilical cord area heals / Image credit: Pexels
It’s crucial to determine the right age to start bathing your little one. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, you must wait at least 24 hours after your baby’s birth to give them their first bath.
You should also avoid bathing your little one in a bathtub until their umbilical cord stump has fallen off and completely healed. So if you want to give your baby a rinse before that, sponge baths should be your go-to cleaning method. Just dip a washcloth or a sponge in warm water and wipe your baby’s face, arms, and legs carefully. Avoid being harsh, as that can irritate your baby’s skin and cause irritation and rashes.
While there are no definitive studies that dictate how often should you bathe your baby, erring to the side of less is considered the best by doctors. You can start off with infrequent bathing, roughly once or twice a week, while giving sponge baths on the rest, and then increasing the frequency of baths as your munchkin grows older.
Use only sensitivity-tested and baby-specific products on your little one’s skin. Go for natural products like BabyChakra’s moisturising creamy bathing bar, which is enriched with organic actives like pentavitin, strawberry oil, and oatmeal extracts that offer long-lasting moisturisatin and reduce irritation in your little one’s skin.
The bathing bar also contains almond oil, which is a rich source of natural vitamin E, a potent antioxidant ingredient that keeps your little one’s skin nourished and supple.
For your baby’s hair and scalp, you can use BabyChakra’s natural foaming wash, which is blended with organic coconut oil that gently cleans your baby’s scalp and conditions their hair. The shampoo is also enriched with essential vitamins that help retain moisture and improve your baby’s hair growth and strength.
Be very careful while placing your baby in the bathtub and taking them out / Image credit: Freepik
Bathing your little one can be dangerous if not done carefully. Your best bet? Have your partner or any other family member stand nearby to hand you your baby and pick them up again when you are ready to get out of the bath. If there’s no one around you to help, then make sure that you can safely move your baby in and out of the tub by yourself.
Also, before you start bathing your little one, make sure that all the bath essentials are placed within your arm’s reach. Lay out everything you need, including baby soap, shampoo, towels, and clothes, and prevent leaving your little one alone in the bathtub to grab essentials placed someplace else.
Complete your little one’s bath by moisturising their skin after wiping them dry. Moisturisation is crucial as it helps prevent water loss from your little one’s skin and keeps dry skin conditions like eczema at bay. For their body, you can opt for BabyChakra’s natural baby lotion, which is formulated with plant-based actives like colloidal oatmeal, almond, and strawberry extracts that preserve your baby’s skin microbiome and soothe eczema and rashes.
You can use BabyChakra’s natural baby face cream, which is enriched with nourishing body butters, pentavitin, and colloidal oatmeal that offer deep nourishment and moisturisation and balance out the pH level to prevent dryness and itching.
Bathing your baby can seem a little tricky at first, but don’t worry, with time and practice you will become a pro at this. Make sure to follow the tips we discussed above to make bathtime more joyful for your munchkin, and only use plant-based products to offer gentle nourishment to their skin and hair.
Additionally, keep the water temperature in check, and if you need help, ask your partner or family member to guide you for the first few days while you bathe your little one.
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