Baby bathing features

Baby bathing facilities

Baby bathing features

Bathing for the newborn is a very important process, which is not only necessary for hygiene.

It develops the skeleton and muscles, strengthens nerve cells and immunity, soothes and relaxes, and improves the baby's sleep and appetite. They stabilize the blood supply and pressure, coordinate and orient the baby in space.

To ensure that bathing and swimming in the bathroom are safe and beneficial, it is important to follow a set of rules and guidelines. Parents are concerned about how to organise this procedure and how often to bathe their newborn child. Let's take a closer look at these questions.

The baby doesn't need to bathe every day unless it's necessary. It's enough to do it every two or three days. For the rest of the time, wipe the crumb with wet wipes or a damp towel. Too frequent bathing can have a negative effect on the immunity, body temperature and the protective layer of the skin, which are only formed in the first month of life.

The baby should not be washed with regular soap. In the first weeks of your life, it's enough just to wash it with warm boiled water. After a month, you can use liquid soap for children without perfumes, flavors and other chemicals.

Children's shampoo “without tears” is used after 2-3 months. It is necessary to wash your baby up to six months with the use of cosmetics not more often than once every 7-10 days, then you can carry out bathing procedures with soap and shampoo once every 5-7 days.

Importantly, that cosmetics were natural and hypoallergenic, including wet wipes. For the little ones, choose cosmetics for the newborns. Carefully examine the composition and shelf life of each product, checking that the product is age-appropriate. When washing, take a soft sponge or napkin that will not scratch or damage the delicate skin of the baby.

The first bath is carried out at a temperature of 36.6-37 degrees Celsius, starting with five to seven minutes. Then the time in the water is gradually increased and the temperature is reduced. The air temperature should be about 25 degrees Celsius. Then the baby won't overcool and won't freeze after bathing or, on the contrary, won't overheat.

Before each bathing the bath is washed with safe detergents. This is done with soap, soda, neutral liquid soap, gel for children or vinegar.

More information on how to clean the bath before bathing a newborn baby, read here. And then we'll look at the basic bathing rules.

We'll learn how to bathe your baby correctly and how often you should bathe your baby depending on your age.

Neonatal bathing rules

  • The first bath is performed for five minutes in the evening in boiled water with a temperature of 36.6-37 degrees;
  • Then the water temperature is gradually reduced by one degree in 5-7 days, and the bathing time, on the contrary, is increased. The baby can bathe for half an hour already;
  • Temperature of air in the bathroom should be about 25 degrees;
  • Wipe the newborn baby with wet wipes or wet towels several times a day, bathe in a baby bath with boiled water if necessary
  • It is recommended to bathe the child more often in the heat, with strong sweating and diaper spots, skin irritations;
  • When the umbilical cord wound heals, at 3-4 weeks the child can begin to bathe in a regular adult bath with running water;
  • Wash the child with soap and shampoo is not recommended more than once a week. And the shampoo is only used after two or three months. Before that, the baby's head is washed with baby soap;
  • Use only hypoallergenic cosmetics and detergents with natural compositions that are suitable for the baby by age;
  • After two to three months, they include swimming exercises;
  • The herbal supplements in the form of a sequence, chamomile or marigold can be used after 3-4 months, coniferous-salt baths are made for children over six months of age. But be careful, the components can cause allergies in the child!;
  • Before bathing, be sure to wash the bath with soda, laundry soap or other safe products.

Bathing a newborn baby in the first month

In the first weeks of life, the baby needs special care and attention, because the baby's body only adapts to the new conditions. The baby should not bathe in normal running water or in an adult bath until the umbilical cord wound heals. It's usually for the second or third week. During this period, the baby is bathed in a special children's bath or simply wiped with wet wipes.

In the first days of life it is enough to wipe the crumb with wet hypoallergenic napkins or a soft towel soaked in boiled water. Then the baby can begin to bathe in a baby bath. In this case too, only boiled water with a temperature of about 37 degrees above zero is used. The first bath should not exceed five minutes.

For bathing, rinse and prepare the bath. Fill up the boiled water and wait for it to cool down to the desired temperature. Then undress the crumb, hold it on the handles and press it against you. It's important that he calms down and knows you're here. Immerse your baby in the water gradually and carefully.

An advance prepare a table where you will wipe your baby after bathing. Put a diaper or sheet on, wrap a bathing crumb in a warm terry towel. Do not rub the child's skin, but soak the moisture slightly.

Don't forget to treat the umbilical cord wound. To do this, soak your stomach with a towel or dry cloth. If the navel still has a clothespin, carefully remove it.

Dip a cotton swab into hydrogen peroxide 3%, carefully remove the crust and then carefully treat each skin area with peroxide.

The clothespin is also treated with peroxide and wiped dry with a cotton pad. After it can be treated with 70% alcohol to increase protection against infections and bacteria. Then the crumbs can be lubricated with lotion or baby oil to moisturise and soften the skin. After that, put on a diaper and clothes or wrap the baby in a diaper.

Remember, it is not recommended to put a diaper on under the diaper!

Bathing baby after a month

When your baby turns 3-4 weeks old, you can start bathing in a regular adult bath. However, it needs to be handled more carefully! But many parents even after a month prefer to use a baby bath. It's not surprising, because it's very comfortable. It is also more hygienic.

If you bathe a crumb in an adult bath, you can use a children's slide or hammock. This will simplify the procedure, because mom or dad, who washes the baby, will not have to lean too low to the child. Besides, the baby, being in a hammock or on a hill, will not slide on a bath.

After month water does not necessarily boil any more. The water temperature is reduced by one degree every week and the bathing time is gradually increased to 15-20 minutes. The suitable water temperature for a child is 36 degrees per month, up to 32 degrees per month.

For children over two to three months it is already possible to practice special swimming exercises. This will further strengthen muscle and immunity. The baby won't be afraid of water and will learn to swim faster. With a long evening bath, the baby eats well before going to bed, falls asleep quickly and sleeps quietly overnight.

Bathing the baby can already be done every day, and soap and other products – about once a week. It's important to rinse every wrinkle of the baby. It's better to water a child with a bucket. If the crumb is afraid of water and capricious, use a variety of toys. They'll help you relax and distract yourself because bathing a newborn baby can be a stressful experience.

Bathing a child after six months

Kid six months or older can already be safely bathed in an adult bath using children's detergent, exercise in swimming and perform many exercises. The baby can swim after 1-2 days, using soap and shampoo – once every 5-7 days. A suitable water temperature for a half-year-old crumb is considered to be about 30 degrees Celsius, and for a child per year it is already 25.

In this age, they begin to use additives in the bath. Especially useful for children coniferous baths. It's a safe and effective way of strengthening immunity. In addition, needles help to improve sleep and soothe, improve skin condition, eliminate rashes and diaper, and are useful for the treatment of respiratory and nervous diseases.

Baths for children with valerian or motherwort addition effectively help with nervous disorders, severe stress and insomnia.

In case of severe spasms and colic, a bath with fennel is made, and in case of severe diaper and irritations on the skin – with marigold, sequel or chamomile.

For more information on how to make coniferous and herbal baths for a baby, see


How to bathe a newborn?

Bathing features of a newborn baby

How to bathe a newborn?

The baby is fragile and helpless for the first few days of its life. How do you get your hands on such a baby? How to change? How do you know how to calm him down if he's crying? How to bathe a newborn? Young parents will have to master all the subtleties of life with a young child. This will require a sea of love, patience and a little practical knowledge.

Bathing the baby from the first days of the house will be a nightly ritual. The first time a baby takes a bath is an exciting procedure for parents. How to wash a newborn baby for the first time? How to prepare for this event to make it comfortable for the child and easy for mom and dad.

When to start swimming?

The very first bath is a crucial moment for the whole family. The first time a newborn baby's bath will be taken, it will determine the future mood of the baby and his parents, who will have to bathe the baby every day.

When the baby comes into the house, there should also be a baby bath. This is an object that can be easily transferred to the warmest place for bathing your baby. The bath tub is easy to wash and prepare for water procedures. Read about how to choose a newborn bath>>>>

The first days after the birth of the baby are washed under a stream of water, wiping wrinkles. The umbilical cord wound heals in a few days, the clothespin pressing the umbilical cord, disappears. The first days of home are the moment when you can already bathe a newborn after the hospital. Read the important information in the article How to bathe a newborn baby for the first time at home>>>>

Bathing uses

Water treatments are important not only for hygiene, but also for the immunity and emotional pleasure of the crumbs. Water at the right temperature is:

  1. Purifying and caring for the newborn;
  2. Soothing, soothing effect;
  3. Hardening and training of the body's thermoregulatory functions;
  4. is one of the ways in which the baby learns about the world around him;
  5. is a pleasant emotion for the baby and for parents.

Emportant! The first months of life, when the child's skin is particularly sensitive, bathing is carried out with a frequency of once a day. After six months, you can bathe your baby every two days.

Bathing time

This is the best time to plan for the evening. Water procedures have a soothing effect, help to cope with colic. (All ways to help with colic and abdominal pain in the baby, see the online course “Soft Tummy” >>>)

Bathing will help relax the newborn and will be a great preparation procedure for a sweet night's sleep.

By so that bathing does not calm the child, but rather cheers him up. In such a special case, bathing a newborn baby is recommended in the morning. The most important thing is to choose the best time to make the bathing experience as beneficial and enjoyable as possible for the baby, as well as easy and pleasant for the parents.

You should follow an individual daily routine that is comfortable for you and your baby. The daily routine will help you to get used to the new conditions of life with a young child in the house and to establish a healthy development of the growing up organism.

Attention! If you bathe your child in the evening, try to create conditions for the bathing procedure to take place in the most relaxed atmosphere. Maintaining emotional balance will help to keep your baby sleeping at night.

Preparation for bathing

To make bathing a pleasant experience for the baby and parents, the following nuances should be taken into account:

  • The best way to bathe a newborn baby in a bath. The bath should be washed thoroughly and given boiling water for disinfection;
  • For the first baths, until the umbilical cord wound healed completely, it is recommended to use boiled chilled water to the required temperature. Learn more about bathing water for your newborn baby>>>
  • The temperature of the water in the tub is measured with a water thermometer. It is also possible to use the “elbow method” to measure the conformity of water to the safe bathing of the baby. The optimal temperature for bathing is the closest to the temperature of the mother's amniotic waters – 37-38 degrees Celsius;
  • If necessary, prepare broths of herbs, they will help in the care of the delicate skin of the newborn. Choose soothing herbs, or antiseptic potions, to combat allergies, or tonic herbs;
  • Children's hygiene products. It is not recommended to wash a newborn with soap more than once a week. You don't need to use the shampoo, just wash the hair with clean water;
  • Children's sponges. In order to wash a newborn baby, you can use special baby sponges. They are usually made of natural soft fabrics that do not harm the baby's skin;

And these products are designed in the style of toys for children. They attract the attention of crumbs, are pleasant to the touch, cause positive emotions. Later, bright sponges and other bathing toys will be a bright positive moment in the process of bathing and water games. And while the baby only a few days, it can be washed with any soft cloth, a small cotton swab or just a hand.

  • For the rinsing of the rinsed baby it is necessary to prepare a bucket of clean water;
  • Prepare a clean, dry diaper and a baby soft towel to dry and wrap the baby after the bath. Very convenient for this purpose are usual adult towels, without corners with a hood. They are warm, absorb moisture well and protect your baby's wet head comfortably;
  • Prepare all skin care products for your baby after bathing. Cotton swabs and sticks, clean diaper, nappy care products and umbilical cord wounds;
  • A set of clean clothes must be ready to wear washed crumbs.

Bathing and feeding

For a comfortable, positive bathing experience, the baby should be well-fed.

Know! If the baby is breastfed, there is no need for breaks between feeding and bathing. The newborn can be fed before bathing and right after. Mother's milk, unlike mixtures, is absorbed very quickly.

The baby can be fed an hour after feeding.

Bathing in herbs

Grasses are often used to bathe a small child with delicate, vulnerable skin:

  • The queue and the calendar will help with redness and rashes on the skin;
  • The rumor will help with colic;
  • The motherwort will relax and calm the baby.

To prepare herbal decoctions for bathing:

  1. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs with cold water;
  2. Bring them to the boil and leave them to stand for 20 minutes under the lid;
  3. Before you add them to the bathing water, strain them through gauze or a fine sieve.

Bathing. The sequence of the procedure

It's time to bathe your newborn baby, everything you need is ready:

  • The bathing tub must be high enough to keep your back straight. This will help you to stay awake, not tired of the responsible and exciting bathing procedure of the baby;
  • Lift one end of the tub, placing a thick book under its edge. A slight tilt of the bath is necessary to prevent the newborn's head from sinking into the water;

By a note! You can also buy the so-called anatomical bathing bath for the newborn. It already has an inclined plane, for the convenient placement of a small child.

  • Fill the bath with boiling water and dilute the water to 37 degrees. For even temperature, mix the water, then measure the temperature with a baby water thermometer and/or elbow;
  • Produce herbal decoctions if necessary, strain them and add them to the water where you will bathe the baby;
  • Place a container of hot water conveniently located away from you. When the water cools down, you will add a little hot water from the far end of the bathtub so as not to harm the baby;
  • Thick diaper roll up in a pillow and put in the bathtub in the place where the baby's head will be placed;
  • After a short air bath, wrap the naked baby in a thin diaper;
  • Guardly immerse the baby in water so that the body and shoulders are in water and the head on a pillow. Hold your warm hand on the baby's tummy;
  • Small ladle and start watering your baby with water. Let the water flow to your baby on your arm, so you will control its temperature;
  • If the water cools down, let a small jet of hot water on the edge of the tub and stir the water. The bathtub should be long enough to make the hot water comfortable for the baby.

Attention! The length of the newborn bath should be at least 65 centimetres.

  • Wash the baby's hands and feet, releasing them from the thin diaper wrapped in the newborn. Then cover your baby again with a diaper so that he doesn't get cold;
  • To use baby soap or not for the first bath, it's up to mommy to decide. Some moms don't use soap the first time they bathe. If the baby washed with baby soap, it should be rinsed with clean water, which should be prepared in advance
  • Washed baby wrap in a warm diaper that absorbs moisture well. Wrap your baby over the diaper with a warm bath towel.

How to wash a newborn. The rules

You've immersed your baby in water and poured warm water on him. He is warm, comfortable and you also feel comfortable that the baby enjoys water procedures. How to properly wash the baby's head and body:

  1. The baby's head is on a towel or diaper pad. My head is moving from forehead to back of my head. By rinsing your baby's head, you can protect the baby's face by placing your hand against the baby's forehead;
  2. The body of a newborn baby with my hand, baby sponge or cotton swab, with or without soap. Rinse the neck folds, armpits, toe and toe spaces;

By the way! By the way, you'll find out if your baby prefers warmer or cooler water over time.

  1. The folds on the handles, legs, groin folds are washed with a cotton swab, if soap was used, rinsed thoroughly. If there are redness, it is useful to rinse the folds with broth of herbs and treat with appropriate means (from oprelosti, sweating or irritation);
  2. Sex organs carefully washed outside. While bathing, while the baby is in the water, the genitals are cleaned of contact with water. After bathing, rinse with clean water;
  3. Wipe the journals with clean cotton swabs from the outer edge of the eye to the nose;
  4. Ear sinks are gently wiped with a cotton swab soaked in clean water. We pay special attention to cleaning the behind-the-ear folds.

Attention! If the baby in the bath is cold, you will notice that his nose and sponges turn blue. If it's too hot for the baby, his face will turn red. In addition, any discomfort will be reported by the baby with a loud cry.

Watch a useful swimming lesson for the newborn:

Age bathing

If the baby's frequent bathing brings a lot of hassle and anxiety, this procedure becomes easier over time. How the bathing process changes as the baby grows and develops:

  • From birth to 1.5 months. Bathing takes place daily. In order to protect the infant's immature body from the temperature difference between water and air, we bathe it wrapped in a thin diaper. Interesting information about the temperature that a newborn baby should have in the room>>>>
  • C 1.5 to 3 months. The baby bathes in a lying position in a children's bath in a small amount of water;
  • From 3 months to six months. The baby becomes mobile, shows interest in the world around him. It can still be bathed in a baby bath, or it can bathe in a large bath with your mother;
  • Since six months. At this age, the baby's already sitting there. Now he's gonna be interested in splashing, playing with water. You can swim in a basin or in the same baby bath with the use of a special high chair for bathing. The Velcro chair is attached to the bottom of the tub. The child sits on the highchair, plays with water and washes at the same time.

    How long does it take to bathe?

    1. If the crumbs are bathed daily at a certain time, how long does it take to bathe a newborn? The procedure usually takes 5-7 minutes if the baby likes it in the bath, it can be extended as long as it is possible to maintain an optimal water temperature.

      After 1.5 – 2 months of life, bathing can last up to a quarter of an hour;

    2. After half a year, when the baby is seated and playing with water, the bathing procedure can last 30-40 minutes.

    After bathing

    Bought baby is cozily wrapped in a warm bath towel. In order for him to be satisfied and soon fall asleep sweetly:

    • Pump and feed your baby;
    • Place your baby on the back, dry the skin folds with diaper;
    • Treat the folds with appropriate hygiene products;
    • Wear a diaper;

    • Wear a cap so that the baby's ears are securely protected after the bath;
    • Dress the baby in clean clothes;
    • Now you can sleep.

    Follow all the recommendations and bathing will be a favorite procedure for both you and the baby!

    Detailed video about baby bathing and newborn care, see the course “Happy motherhood: soft care methodology”>>>>


    How to bathe a newborn baby for the first time

    Bathing features of a newborn baby

    on ” Young mother

    1123 (26 per week) / 13.10.16 09:00

    When a tiny baby comes into the house, young mothers have to learn to take care of their newborns step by step. When the baby turns a few days old, the moment will come for his first bath. This procedure is only remotely similar to that required by an adult, so it needs to be prepared carefully and in advance.

    What does a baby need to bathe for?

    Bathing a newborn is not an adult whim, but an important matter with its own objective reasons:

    • the baby is calmed down by warm water;
    • they have their first experience of hardening the body;
    • the baby's skin is cleaned;
    • staying in the water environment makes it easier for the baby to adapt to the environment.

    The most suitable time for swimming

    It is well known how positively the availability of a daily routine affects our lives. This is why children should also be taught a stable schedule from childhood that promotes a healthy lifestyle. This is also true for procedures that are carried out with newborns.

    Very often young mothers are interested in which day after discharge from the hospital the baby can be bathed. This depends primarily on the condition of the navel and the healing process of the newborn.

    Until recently, it was thought that the baby could be redeemed for the first time after the navel healed completely, which happens in the second week after the birth of the baby. Before that, in order to remove food remains and perspiration from the baby's body, it was allowed to use a napkin or towel soaked in boiled water.

    Now the first bath is allowed on the fifth day after delivery. In order to get an accurate answer, the mother should show the baby to the paediatrician, who will examine him and give a specific recommendation.

    Most often parents bathe their newborns in the evening, and this is the right thing to do as the warm water has a relaxing effect on the babies and they sleep harder on the night after bathing.

    This is why the first bath should also be timed to coincide with the evening. However, when the child grows up a little and will be happy to play and play in the water, it will start to over-excite, so that the time interval between bathing and sleeping should be increased.

    What do I need to swim?

    Of course, no one bathes in the big bath for all the members of the newborn's family, and there are different reasons for that:

    • insufficient cleanliness of the bath;
    • too large size;
    • staying cold too slippery side walls;

    • uncomfortable position for mom during bathing.

    Therefore, care should be taken to buy a small plastic bathtub in which the baby can swim much more comfortably

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