Washing a Newborn Baby – How 2

I know I don’t remember my first bath!
If someone asked me, “when was your first bath?” I would have thought of the first time I could properly wash myself! 
You were bathed clean by a nurse or doctor for the first time and thereon your parents or caregiver had to perform such a duty.

All talking aside, the job gets done!!!
I know I don’t remember my first bath!
If someone asked me, “when was your first bath?” I would have thought of the first time I could properly wash myself! 
You were bathed clean by a nurse or doctor for the first time and thereon your parents or caregiver had to perform such a duty.

All talking aside, the job gets done!!!

 


Frugal Bathing!

Some have said that there’s no need to bathe your newborn everyday. So what does washing a newborn baby entail? Here it all is really.
-They also say that three times a week is probably enough. A newborn’s skin can in fact dry out from too much bathing. You have to pay attention to clean their face and neck and diaper area.
You also hear before a baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off it’s best to sponge-bathe them which will make sure the stump stays dry!
…The World Health Organization advises that one waits until at least 24 hours after the birth of a baby before washing them for the first time. Some other folks like to advise that you hike the wait up until 48 hours or more!!!
I hope you are all paying attention!
On birth one needs a towel to wipe the newborn clean. They are born and have on them amniotic fluid, blood and meconium. 
  • Amniotic fluid is a clear liquid surrounding a fetus in a womb…
The mother’s plasma forms this liquid from the fluid part of her blood cells. It’s a process alright!
Did you know???
For 25 weeks babies drink and swim in their own urine! Maybe we are from monkeys! Although we should probably stay on the fence on this one.
  • Meconium comes from a baby when they ingest intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, water, bile, amniotic fluid and mucus! It is the earliest stool of a mammalian infant. Now you know.

Warm Water

You should use warm water to bathe your little one.Luke warm water might not be ideal.
The room you’re in should be warm too… 
Try having your baby in an area free of drafts (currents of cold air).
Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing time! 
You need to check the water to feel whether or not the water temperature has decreased to an uncomfortable level for your newborn.
He/she should have no redness during after bathing. It is too easy to scald or burn a baby’s skin! More sensitive than an adult’s is a baby’s skin…

How 2

Use sponge-bathing for the first three weeks! You need a flat surface to begin with! Even a blanket on the floor will do.
A soft towel (or changing pad)  is also to be used. The next important requirement is a shallow plastic basin or a sink…
Then a washcloth, baby soap and a clean diaper. Further you could keep things like baby wipes and cotton balls.
Once you are setup you can begin.
This is one method you can employ:
  • Please place one hand on your baby at all times. Newborns cannot control their bodies properly. Do this to stop them from squirming too much which can result in harm.
  • Wrap your naked baby in a towel placing your newborn baby on it’s back. Rest him/her next on a blanket or towel.
  • Now begin with your baby’s face. Wring (twist or squeeze) out a wet towel… 
No soap should be used as you must not get soap into your baby’s eyes. Wipe your baby’s face gently. Clean your baby’s eyelids of crust and residue, wiping them from the inside near the nose towards the outside of the eyes.
  • A baby-safe moisturising soap is useful to clean a dirty baby or if he/she is smelling by now. Otherwise plain water can be used for the rest of his/her body. Do not miss cleaning the creases under the arms also inside the ears and behind them aswell. Then between the fingers and toes.
  • Your baby must be kept inside the towel and only the part that you are busy washing should be exposed! This will ensure your baby is nice and warm.
There we go, how 2.

Later on in Life

A newborn will eventually lose the umbilical stump. It will fall off. At this stage enjoy bathing them in a tub or sink. It must be a safe one chosen especially for your baby…
  1. Line a bathtub with a rubber mat or buy a plastic tub.
  2. Fill the tub with only 5-7cm of warm water or 2-3 inches.
  3. One hand will hold your young one while your free hand will do the washing.
  4. Shift your baby slowly forwards in order to clean the buttocks and the back. Once forward enough, you should rest him/her on your arm.

In Detail

  1. Use a soap-free and damp cloth for the eyes once again.
  2. When finished with eyes you should remove baby’s diaper and if their is feces in the diaper clean the genitals and bottom before placing him/her in the tub of warm water.
  3. Always place the feet first when lowering them into the water.
  4. Your hand, a sponge or a damp cloth will be best at this stage.
  5. Use baby-safe soap. For dry skin try a moisturising cleanser.
  6. Pouring water over him/her will keep them warm.
  7. You don’t need to clean their hair. If their hair seems dirty you should be okay to use shampoo. Gently apply and simply lather.
  8. Start rinsing their scalp with a cloth or under a faucet for the same purpose. Always cup your hand over the forehead so that soap doesn’t run into the eyes.
  9. When you’re done with washing, take baby out and have him/her wrapped up snugly in a towel then gently dry ’em and place your baby in clean clothes.

What More..

Now your baby seems squeaky-clean and has you proud and even overjoyed!
-This home life ritual is either exhausting or energising… 
I believe their are many mistakes in the way parents raise their children and therefore nurture their babies- 
I can only hope they have read a good amount of literature on how to proceed in taking care of their newborns. It is a tragedy to see things go wrong.
“How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”- Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Well done for reading this article, Mums!
You have me convinced too, that you are fit to help your young one/s…

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