Bath time is the best time for connecting with your little one, but don’t allow the serenity of the moment to take away your mother caution.
You will need to take safety tips in your hand to ensure that your little one remains comfortable and healthy after bathing.
Before bathing your baby, you should pack all the required supplies in time. Towels, washcloths, diapers body wash and clothes are some of the essentials you will need in bathing. Gather these essentials and ensure they are at reach all times.
Here are some of the safety tips to take during bathing:
• Never leave your baby alone
Accidents in the bathtub are common and so the first rule in bathing your baby is being present all the time. Whether you are starting on or finishing bathing, always ensure to monitor your baby. Water can be dangerous for newborns and a few inches could predispose him to health issues. When leaving the room, always remember to take your baby with you.
You should also instruct your maid to never leave the bay in the tub alone regardless of whether you have water in the bathtub or not. Your baby can fall face-flat on the tub, which can injure him. Always remember to monitor your baby as shallow water in your bathtub could easily drown him.
• Keep your baby warm
Always bath your baby using warm water. Using warm water prevents your baby from chilling. Using hot water can burn your baby’s skin. Use your elbow to check the water temperature; alternatively, you can use a bath thermometer to measure the temperature. The temperature should be slightly above 100⁰F or 37⁰C.
• Hold your baby firmly
Hold your baby firmly when bathing him. Soapy bodies are slippery. Holding him firmly prevents accidental sliding. Falling in the bathroom is very dangerous for a newborn.
• Use an ordinary soap
A baby’s skin is very sensitive and using soaps with perfumes or dyes could irritate him. A washcloth and a mild baby wash will come in handy when bathing. Create a good lather into your washcloth before starting and gently cradle your baby’s head as you use the other to wash him.
Bathing your baby can be the worst nightmare when you fail to follow bathing safety tips. Bathroom accidents are common, and taking the right measures safeguards your baby from injuries.