Written by Moms on Call || Photography courtesy of Kayla Hunter
There are a lot of firsts after bringing home a baby. Some more nerve-wracking than others. Here are some of Moms on Call’s tips for bath time to ease these new moments and really cherish them.
So, wash away those nerves and jump right in! (Figuratively of course! This bathwater is only a few inches deep.)
Bath time is one of our favorite times of the day with our baby. Let’s talk about preparation, safety and success.
What you do before the bath sets you up for success.
- Have a basket of bath time essentials within arms reach.
- Towels (Our favorite! Soft and fluffy which is incidentally how I am occasionally described! –Jen)
- Extra wash cloths (One is going cover the baby’s tummy to keep them warm)
- Mild baby shampoo and wash (Lavender still brings back memories of a freshly washed baby.)
- Baby hairbrush with soft gentle bristles (Can anyone say scalp massage?!)
- The bouncy seat is prepped with a cozy towel as a “docking station” right outside the bath for a quick and easy transfer in and out of the bathtub.
Safety is key.
- Moms on Call takes out the guesswork! Watch exactly how a pediatric nurse would do it.
- Support the baby’s head and neck with one hand, and wash with the other.
- Do not try to stand up with a wet, slippery baby in your hands. Transfer them to the bouncy seat (see above) so you can stand up and then pick the baby up from the bouncy seat safely.
Enjoy the moment! Making the baby comfortable and enjoying one-on-one time is what it’s all about!
- Use this time to talk to your baby
- A big key to a happy baby in the bath is keeping them warm. The warm washcloth on their belly helps us achieve this.
- Supporting the baby’s head and neck keeps them secure. Feeling your touch as you wash them will provide comfort and connection.
- Crying is not failure! Some babies have extra energy to burn off in the evening and may do so at bath time. The acoustics of that small space can amplify those cries and turn a 10 minute bath time into a “quick dip”. Either will do!
- Worried about their skin getting dry? At Moms on Call, we head to “tender time” after that bath. Once the diaper is on that clean, fresh smelling angel then we put a little baby lotion on their arms and legs and speak to them with love. It is the sweetest time ever.
Bath time is a time set apart. It can be a time of giggles and relaxation and, occasionally, it can be a cry-fest. The success is in the consistency of being together.
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