Tips for Baby’s First Bath
There are so many “firsts” to experience in the early weeks after you bring your new baby home from the hospital. One of those firsts that many of our bloggers remember being nervous about was baby’s first bath at home. Can you relate? Today our bloggers are sharing tips for making baby’s first bath go smoothly. Be sure to share your own ideas in the comments area below.
Tips for Baby’s First Bath
Media Mom: The very best tip I ever got on giving a baby a bath was from a nurse at the hospital when my first was born. Before putting baby in the tub, wrap him in a light towel. Then, lower him into the water WITH the towel still on. The front of the towel will fall away, but the back will stay between your arm and the baby’s back, making everything much less slippery. Needless to say, use a different towel to dry him off. Also, the first bath for your first baby is not a one person job, but it’s also not a six person job. Have at least one other person with you, and have all your stuff – towels, washcloths, shampoo and fresh clothes and diaper all in place before you even get baby in the water.
Amy: It’s hard to remember the first bath because there have been so many in between. But I do recall that, of all the new parenting tasks, bathing made me the most nervous. For the newborn stage, we stuck with sponge baths using the baby tub without water for support as we washed the baby with a wet cloth and a bit of baby soap. The best advice I have is to set up everything you need within arms reach and, if possible, coordinate it so you have a helping hand from your partner, relative, or friend.
Jessie: 1. Be prepared to get wet. 2. Be prepared for tears. 3. Keep a warm wash cloth on the baby to keep him/her warm – they get cold!
Mary Tag team! One of you wash while the other gets ready with the towel. Also, they’ll show you exactly how to do this at the hospital as long as you ask. Take advantage of this offering! They have some great strategies to share.
Heather: If they offer to bathe your baby with you at the hospital before you go home don’t say no! I was so glad to have a nurse with me the first time I bathed my daughter. I was still really nervous for our first bath at home, but we made it through. The best tip my mother gave me was to keep a washcloth on my daughter’s chest the whole time. I kept pouring the warm water on it and was able to keep her a little warmer than having her wet skin exposed to the cool air. And, don’t put the pressure on yourself to do the first bath alone. Have one other person on hand for moral support!
Lisa: Don’t hit your daughter’s head on the kitchen cabinet like I did! That first bath was in the kitchen sink, and while my hands were oh-so-delicate, apparently my transfer technique from sink to counter was not so gentle. I can laugh now, but I thought I was the worst mother in the world that day.
Allison: I was so nervous that I asked for my own mom’s help with this one. A lot of first-time mothers might have the same anxieties I had and it’s okay to ask for help! Plus, Grandma loved being able to take part. I used a plastic tub that I placed in the sink. I made sure the water was warm, and put her feet in first to get her used to the idea of being inside water. Once she was in she loved it! Not all babies are the same though. It might take a few tries for your baby to be comfortable with it.