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Baby Bath Planning and Safety

Date Added: September 02, 2011 07:00:21 PM
Author: Narelle
Category: Shopping: Kids

Baby is home and the time has come for a baby bath. Practically every mom I know says that they were scared to death before they bathed their baby for the first time. Unless you are a professional juggler, the idea of hanging on to a slippery baby while supporting their wobbly little heads can be unnerving to say the least. The good news is that even the jitteriest parents say that giving their babies a bath quickly becomes second nature.

For the person who has never experienced the joys and the challenges associated with bathing a baby, we have a few tips that will make the process go smoother while keeping safety in mind. Planning for bath time is very important. Make a commitment not to take a phone call or answer the door when you are bathing baby. Let your friends and relatives know when the baby bath is scheduled so they will have no cause for alarm when their calls and visits are not acknowledged. As your reward, you can use bath time as an excuse not to answer phone calls from your boss or mother-in-law.

Have your location ready ahead of time that is warm and without chilly drafts. Make the decision as to whether you are more comfortable bathing your newborn in your bathtub, the kitchen sink or a special tub designed especially for infants. Regardless of which you prefer, have a bath towel or tub liner on hand to place on the bottom to eliminate hard, slippery surfaces.

Gather all your baby bath products and have them within easy reach. Some moms keep all the essentials in a kit that organizes the items in the order that they become necessary in the process. The baby soap and shampoo should be at the front of the kit with the q-tips, cotton balls and washcloth next and the baby skincare products, hooded bath towels and clothing last in line. Keep your baby bath kit well stocked and stored near where you will be bathing the baby.

Fill the baby's tub or the sink with warm water taking care to check the temperature with a baby bath temperature gauge or with the sensitive area of your own wrist. The bath water should be comfortably warm; not too hot or too cool. Everything is in place, the water is perfect and the products are within reach. You are now as ready as you will ever be to bathe a baby!

After removing the baby's clothes, carefully place her in the water and begin to wash her body starting with her chest. Wash first with some baby wash or soap on a soft washcloth, rinse the cloth or pick up a clean cloth to rinse the soap from her skin.

You will them proceed to gently wash your baby's scalp and hair with a small amount of baby shampoo. It only takes a tiny amount, so go easy and do your best to keep shampoo out of her eyes. Rinse out all of the shampoo and get ready to remove your little one from her baby bath. Dry her off with a soft, warm towel. Hooded bath towels are an excellent investment because they do such a good job of keeping baby's head warm as well as drying her off, but a large baby towel is fine.

Every parent will develop their own style and routine for the daily baby bath, but there are some elements of the process that should not change or be neglected for any reason. For instance, under no circumstances should you ever leave your baby alone. Not for one second should you ever think that it would be alright just to duck into the next room to get a towel or a favorite bath toy. If you must have an item that is out of reach; baby has to go with you to get it. This is not an option and another excellent reason to plan ahead. It is much better to follow the procedures for organization laid out earlier in this article to avoid this situation, because a wet, slippery infant can be difficult to manage.

Bathing a baby takes some time and getting used to, but once the steps become routine you may find that the time flies because the two of you are having so much fun. Plus, newborns will not need a trip to the tub every day. The diaper area should be cleaned with each diaper change and a daily touch up to clean her neck, face and hands should be all that's necessary. You should have several days between baths to look forward to the next one.

The combination of Jan Bay's love of interior decorating and child rearing motivated the building of her site, BABY NURSERY IDEAS which features numerous articles on nursery design, reviews of modern baby gear and the creation of modern nurseries for babies.

Use of this article requires an active link to BABY NURSERY IDEAS.

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