Bathing your baby for the very first time can be a scary experience for a first-time parent. Today, to celebrate National Bath Safety Month we aim to relieve some of your anxieties by providing safety tips that will hopefully make bath time a calm and relaxing experience for you both. Your baby will sense if you are stressed, so creating a calm environment is key. As they grow older, bath time will become more of a fun activity but is usually the last of the day before bed – the environment should remain calm, and safety is still high on the agenda, especially when they start sitting in the big tub by themselves! Read more below to discover some of our star splash-time products and advice, and once you're done, read our previous post on The Benefits of a Baby Massage for some post-bath pampering.
Whether you’re bathing a toddler or giving your baby a quick wipe-down, it’s important to prepare the room with all the tools you’ll need before you get them undressed. Ensure the space is warm and consider playing some soothing music for extra spa therapy points!
Babies and children don’t need to be bathed every day, but some parents will find that they love it so much they make it part of their daily routine, and why not if it helps you all relax! If you’re doing a bath before bed, try and do it before your little one is too tired. Small babies should be awake and content, not hungry, and not straight after a feed. Time can be difficult to keep with a newborn, so don’t stress too much about getting it right – just follow your instincts. Most newborns will only need to be bathed 2 or 3 times per week.
If your baby is still at the wipe-down stage, all you will need is: a baby bath or clean washing bowl filled with warm water, two towels, a clean nappy, clean clothes and cotton wool. You may want to use a thermometer to be extra safe about the water temperature (around 37°C is ideal).
If you’re bathing an older baby or toddler you will need: a bath tub (support system optional), towel, clean clothes/ pyjamas, cleanser/ soap. Optional extras include bubble bath and lots of toys!
Many parents will take the traditional route when bathing babies and do it in the sink. But, this is a hard surface so safety measures must be taken. Make sure you turn away the taps or purchase a spout cover and consider placing soft towels or a foam support on the bottom so they have a cosy surface on their delicate back. Spout covers are also useful for older babies in the bath tub and a bath mat can be used to help avoid slipping and sliding.
Wash only parts of your baby’s body that you can see. This means you should avoid putting anything in their ears or nose to try and clean them thoroughly – a wipe around the edges will suffice. Use a gentle cleanser to effectively remove fats and oils from your baby’s skin, but choose one that has been specially formulated for sensitive baby skin.
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