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How to Take a Bath With Your Baby

Updated on April 28, 2017
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NurseFlood is a self-proclaimed birth nerd with three babies and 8+ years of nursing experience, most of which is in women's health.

Bonding time

Taking a bath with your baby is a great time for bonding and promoting skin to skin contact. It minimizes any fear and crying outbursts from your newborn. The bonus? Breastfeeding in warm water is a relaxing and loving experience. This article tells you how to take a bath with your newborn baby.

Take a Bath with your Baby

Take a bath with your baby, no extra equipment necessary.
Take a bath with your baby, no extra equipment necessary. | Source

Steps to Take a Bath with Your Baby

1. Set the Stage: You don't want to forget anything and haul a naked baby around the house while you search for hygeine products or linens! Before you take a bath, grab a large plastic cup and all hygeine products. Set up the baby wash, shampoo, baby washcloths, fuzzy towels for both you and baby, and gentle lotion.

2. Slip in Solo: Get into the tub first, then grab baby. If my husband is home, I have him help me. If I am by myself, I put baby in her bouncy chair by the tub and fasten the buckle. I make sure baby is within reach and climb in the tub alone. I then reach out to grab her. Stepping in the tub with baby is dangerous if you accidentally slipped and fell.

3. Seize the Day: Make sure that the surface you are stepping and sitting on will be safe for you and your baby. Purchase a nonslip mat. Always make sure your hands are reasonably dry. Place baby in both hands, and snuggle tightly.

4. Stay Snug: Use a wet towel that is partially in the water to cover baby so that baby stays dry while staying slightly above the water on your chest. Use the aforementioned cup to drizzle water on baby to make sure that baby's temperature stays warm.

5. Stay Safe: After baby is done with her bath, place baby in the chair and fasten her in. Grab a towel and wrap it tightly around her. Carefully step out and finish drying baby. Be cautious to ensure that baby does not get face covered by towel.

Safety Recommendations

  • Make sure your baby's umbilical cord has fallen off and the resulting wound has healed.
  • Ensure the temperature is around body temperature (98.6 degrees) by testing on yourself first. If you're not sure, you can use a thermometer.
  • Make sure the water does not come up over your baby's face, and that they an easily breathe.
  • Never leave your baby alone in the tub, not even for a second.

Create Memorable Moments with Your Bundle of Joy

As soon as her belly button was healed, we were excited to use our new baby bath tub. In the early days, my baby would fuss and panic when I put her in the tub. I knew there had to be a better way.

Once we began taking a bath together, it was my favorite time of day. I liked it best when my husband was home. I would run a warm bath, and he would bring her to me. I fill the top until it nearly touches the bottom of my breasts. I use "laid back" breastfeeding, where you breastfeedin in the reclining position. Baby's body has warm water on it, and baby is able to nurse and breathe clearly.

I would breast feed her and then wash her. Despite breastfeeding troubles, the warm bath encouraged my milk letdown. She was more relaxed, and it seemed easier.

Once my husband got her out of tub and ready for bed, I had a few peaceful moments to soak. We both got to bond with our snugly, happy girl!

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