Learning how to give your baby a bath can sometimes seem like a daunting baby routine, especially for first-time parents. We at Baby Pibu™ hope to help you learn how to give your baby a bath by providing you with our tips. These bathtime tips are provided in collaboration with Moms On Call™, respected parenting consultants. Check out Dr. Amy’s Daily 4 video on Splash to learn more.
Set your bathtime routine as part of the nighttime routine!
We recommend following a nighttime routine to prepare both you and your baby for bedtime. By incorporating the bath into the nighttime routine, your baby will come to associate bathtime with bedtime. This comes in handy when you start traveling with your baby and crossing time zones. The nightly bathtime routine can serve as a reset point when needed to remind your baby that bathtime equals bedtime.
Here is how to get you and your baby ready for bath.
Learning how to give your baby a bath involves you being prepared for bathtime. One of the first steps in giving your baby a bath is getting the bath water ready. Despite all of the gadgets out there to check water temperature, our tip is for you to check the water temperature out yourself! We advise using warm water and keeping the bath to less than five minutes for babies ages newborn to six months old and less than ten minutes for babies older than 6 months old. Water actually dries out the skin so keeping water exposure time to a minimum is important.
As part of learning how to give your baby a bath, pick the right hypoallergenic products for your baby’s skin. We advise not using soap all over your baby’s skin since soap can further strip your baby of his/her normal oils. Areas that need soap include the hair, hands, feet, armpits, neckfolds, and groin. Two-in-one hair and body cleansers like Baby Pibu’s Bathtime Wash make bathtime easier. Using a bottle also makes the bath time easier when you are doing it by yourself and need to perform it one-handed. When looking for a wash, look for the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA) as well. The NEA recognizes products that have been clinically tested to be hypoallergenic and irritant-free.
Cradle cap is a common skin condition that occurs on a baby’s scalp as well as the eyebrows, nose, and around the ears. It is caused by overgrowth of yeast-like Malassezia. Buildup of excess oils allows for the overgrowth. To prevent cradle cap, lather up a soft bristle brush with Baby Pibu’s Bathtime Wash and gently massage the baby’s scalp in a circular motion. With a warm, wet washcloth, gently wipe around the eyebrows, nose and behind the ears. Using the soft bristle brush and washcloth helps to remove the buildup of excess oil and ultimately helps to prevent cradle cap formation.
Hydrate and protect your baby’s skin with moisturizer.
After every bath, it’s best to apply a moisturizer to lock in moisture and hydrate your baby’s skin. We advise using either a cream or an ointment since lotions are made up mostly of water and don’t seal in the moisture. Ointments are better than creams, and creams are better than lotions at locking in baby’s natural skin moisture and hydration. We recommend Baby Pibu’s Baby Butter for everyday use or Hydrating Ointment for the drier times. For the bottom, applying Hydrating Ointment or a diaper rash cream such as Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm will help prevent unwanted diaper rash from forming overnight.
Never leave your baby or toddler alone in the bath, even for a brief moment. You may face the time when the phone rings during bathtime, and you will consider going to get it since it will only be a few seconds. But, don’t ever leave your baby or toddler in the bath by themselves even for a single second. Drowning accidents can happen in the bath tub even with a couple inches of water.
By learning a few bathtime tips, we hope you can give you’re a baby a bath with ease. Enjoy these precious moments with your baby!