I blogged about how we gave our son a bath when he was a newborn (before the cord fell off and a little after that) IN THIS BLOGPOST. Today, I will be sharing how we give him a bath nowadays. We began giving this kind of bath when we felt he was already big enough for him to be propped up on a bath chair, which was maybe when he turned 1 or 1.5 months old.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Cotton Balls/ Soft Towel
- Basin with Warm Water (to check warmth, use your elbow or thermometer)
- Basin with Baby Wash
- Mittens (2)
- Baby Bath Chair
- Baby Bath Foam (optional, but very helpful)
- Baby Wash (to find a baby wash acceptable to you, we recommend checking each and every ingredient HERE so you know what goes in your baby’s skin)
- Dipper (tabo)
- New set of clothes and diaper
- Thermometer (to check baby’s temperature – must be between 36.5-37.5 C, or you can use your elbow to gauge)
- Place baby on a bath chair. Using wet cotton balls or soft towel (no soap, just water), clean the eyes (inner canthus to outer canthus). Use the cotton ball only once (one per eye), then discard. If you use a soft towel, make sure you use different sides of the towel for each eye.
- Cover the ears with your thumb and middle finger. Using wet cotton balls (no soap, just water), clean the baby’s face. You can do circular motions or inner to outer strokes. You may clean the outer mouth, but do not clean the lips.
- Wet the baby’s head with baby wash diluted in water. Use a mitten and lather the baby wash in circular motion. Rinse.
- Wet the baby’s body with baby wash diluted in water. Use a mitten and lather the baby wash all over. We do it in this sequence: the neck, the body, the arms, the armpits, the legs, the groin, and then the feet. You can also use a different mitten for the groin area. Rinse.
- IMPORTANT: Rinse the hands (no baby wash needed), because your baby uses this part of the body a lot at this stage.
- Turn the baby on his/her stomach (hold in a Tiger in a Tree Position). Lather the baby wash all over the baby’s back and bottoms. Rinse.
- To clean his belly button, we use soft cotton buds and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol about once or twice a week. The rest of the time, we just use cotton buds and water.
- To clean his ears, we use cotton buds and Virgin Coconut Oil. Smells really yummy after!
- When he was a newborn, he didn’t really like baths. He would often cry unless he was in a Tiger In A Tree Position, but now, he really loves it! He cries the moment he is lifted from his bath chair. So if your newborn doesn’t really enjoy his baths yet, don’t lose hope!
- We don’t use toys to entertain him (not yet, at least). We just talk to him and explain each step that we do when we give him a bath. He really enjoys this kind of conversation.
- Our bath chair was a gift from my sister. I think she got it from Baby and Company. The bath foam is optional, but a really huge help! It keeps him in place and we are not paranoid about him slipping accidentally. We got it from Mothercare. Everyday, once the sun is out, we leave it under the sun to dry. This prevents molds and bacterias from forming, plus it’s not wet when we place our son in it.
- Photo below are the items we actually use. The green basin came from the hospital (part of their newborn care kit which you get to bring home!). The rest were bought.
- Someone asked me how we clean baby P’s folds in the neck. We just use mittens all over (see photo of him below), and when he’s on the tiger on a tree position, he usually looks up, which is the perfect opportunity for us to clean his neck.
- Because baby P’s way bigger now (hence, more FOLDS), we are more careful about rinsing him well. During the first days of giving him this kind of bath, I noticed white stuff on his folds, and realized it must have been soap residue that were not rinsed very well. Since then, we’ve been more careful in making sure all the soap is rinsed. Also, because he has more folds now, it can smell if not washed. So we do give him a daily bath – usually before he feeds and sleeps for the night (around 6:00 or 7:00 PM).
That’s it! Hope this blogpost helps you and your baby!