Login | Register
Share |

Calling all Moms-to-be ! Get FREE Babycare Product Samples - Click here

You are here: HomeArticles

Bath time for baby

Babies love water! After all, they were swimming in a sea of amniotic fluid for 9 months before being born. Here’s how to enjoy a splashing good time with baby!

Many new mums find bath time daunting because baby’s umbilical cord is still attached and it is difficult to handle baby, especially when he is all wet and slippery.

However, with some practice, most mums will start looking forward to bath time as it not only keeps baby clean and smelling fresh, but also provides mother and baby a perfect time to bond.

Before you get started, here are three golden rules for a splashing good time:

  • Get everything ready. Be sure to have a towel, baby’s fresh clothes, baby-care products, nappy or diaper. Turn off the air-conditioner or fan and have everything within reach when baby has had his bath.
  • Never, ever leave baby alone in the bath. Do not leave your baby’s side, even for a few seconds. Babies can drown in just 15 centimetres of water. If the phone rings or you need to attend to something urgently in the kitchen, wrap him up and take him with you.
  • Relax and enjoy the experience. It stresses baby if you try to do too many things at the same time such as putting a pot on the stove, talking on the phone, lowering the volume on the television, removing laundry from the washing machine, etc. Let everything else wait.

Many babycare books provide a step-by-step description on how you should bathe your baby; usually starting by washing his face and hair before dipping his body into the bath tub. There are no real hard and fast rules, as you will find out from experience.

What really matters is knowing the basics:

Keep the water warm.
Even on a really hot day, your baby needs to be bathed in warm water as his little body can get cold very quickly. Test the water temperature with your hands before putting baby into the tub.

Use baby soap.
Soap is not really necessary although it does keep baby sweet-smelling for a longer time afterwards. Use hypo-allergenic baby soap and be careful not to splash any soap into baby’s eyes.

Hold baby properly.
The right way to hold baby during bath time is to have him slung over one arm, leaving the other hand free to splash water, rub baby soap and reach for the dry towel when you are done. It takes some practice but will be a breeze once you get used to it.

Keep bath time short.
Much as your baby seems to be enjoying himself kicking and laughing, five to eight minutes is sufficient fun for the day before the bath water gets cold. You’ll know the water has cooled down when baby starts sneezing!

Dry well before dressing.
Ensure you pat baby dry especially behind the ears, between fingers, under arms, chin and in the groin area, before dressing him up to prevent rashes from forming.

Give baby a massage.
After putting on baby’s nappy, do find the time to give baby a short massage session before getting him into his clothes. It does not have to take long, just rubbing lotion or baby oil all over his legs or body.

Once, twice or more?
Some parents insist baby needs one bath a day, followed by sponging in the evening to avoid catching a cold. Others just go with the flow of giving baby two baths a day, more on scorching hot days when baby is sticky and sweaty. It’s best to play it by ear – after all, no one knows baby better than you do.

Related links:
Share |

Back to the main page



How to Deal with Mommy Shaming
Folic Acid - You Don’t Know What You’re Missing!
When To Call For Help
I’m Gaining Too Little Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can I Do?
Managing Your Emotions During Pregnancy
Diarrhea During Pregnancy
Nosebleeds During Pregnancy
How to Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy
Leg Cramps in Pregnancy
How to Alleviate Constipation During Pregnancy
Getting Pregnant in Later Years
Breastfeeding - A Father’s or Partner’s Involvement
Lifestyle Habits May Impact Fertility
Thyroid Problems and Pregnancy
Understanding Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy
Trying to Conceive - The DOs and DON’Ts
Contraception After Having a Baby
Do I Have Postnatal Depression?
The Top 7 Pregnancy Myths
What You Can Do During Pregnancy To Make Birth Easier
How to Emotionally Prepare for Pregnancy
Why And When Should I Do Pelvic Floor Exercises?
Returning To Work After Maternity Leave?
Am I Pregnant?
The Pregnant Couple
Dental Care and Pregnancy
I’m Gaining Too Much Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can I Do?
How to Get Your Husband to Help out Around the House
Predicting The Sex Of Your Baby
Quit It—How Smoking Harms Your Fertility And Your Chances Of Having The Healthy Baby Of Your Dreams
Rest & Recover
Pregnant and Beautiful
Antenatal care
Managing your pregnancy
Keep fit
Eat well
Discomforts and common concerns of pregnancy
Here comes Baby!
Cyber-smart Mums

Motherhood & newborn

Hygiene for New Babies
What Your Child May Be Missing By Being In the Classroom
How Can I Protect My Child From Flu
How to Discipline a Stubborn Child
Bike Safety Tips
Pedestrian Safety
Helping Your Child Build Character
Being a Good Disciplinarian
How to Be a Good Parent - Loving Your Child
Fireworks Safety Tips
Carpooling to School Has Benefits
3 Ways to Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrum
How to Keep Your Kids Occupied
Protecting Babies from Mosquito Bites
How to Raise No TV Children
How to Raise an Only Child
How to Solve Parenting Differences
4 Fun Ways to Use Photographs to Teach Your Child the ABCs
Parenting Tips for ADHD: Dos and Don’ts
Internet Addiction - How Much Is Too Much Time On The Internet For Kids?
How to Encourage Your Child to Love Learning
Helping Your Baby Sleep Safely In A Crib
Keeping Children Safe In Hot Weather
How to Be Patient With Kids
Feeding your child (1 year and over)
Managing your Child’s Behaviour
Caring for your child’s teeth: 1 to 2 years
How to Teach Your Child to Read
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Children
Swimming Safety for Little Kids
How To Trim An Infant’s Fingernails
Teaching Kids About Gratitude
Diaper Care
Caring for Your Premature Baby
When does my child need antibiotics?
Burns and Scalds
How to Practice Conscious Parenting
How Safe are the Ingredients in your Baby Diaper Rash Products?
Help Prevent Child Abuse
How to Select a Child Care Giver
Prevent Diaper Rash At Every Change With Bepanthen
How to Deal with a Clingy Child
Keeping Your Baby Safe From Germs
Baby and Child Sickness – Danger Signs
Helping Your Child Learn To Speak
Baby sleep and settling
How to Unspoil a Child
Vitamin D and Your Baby
Does My Behaviour Affect My Child?
Nutrition For Young Children (1 year and over)
Ensure Food Given To Your Baby Is Safe
Food-related choking in young children
Fussy Eating
Is Babywearing Safe?
Preventing Diaper Rash
How to Create a Pregnancy Memory Album
Is Baby Safe In Your Bed?
Understanding Your Baby’s Skin
How to Answer Where Do Babies Come From
How to Help Your Child Cope With a Bully
How to Determine if Your Child Is Being Bullied
Munch into Veg and Fruit Everyday
Keeping Baby Safe Outside Your Home
Active Play for Children
Active Play for Babies
How to Travel With Children on Long Trips
Keeping Kids Happy During School Holidays
Tips To Help Your Preschooler Stop Thumb Sucking
Is Preschool Really Beneficial?
Colic in Babies
Returning To Work After Maternity Leave?
How Attached Is Your Toddler To Your Smart Phone Or Tablet?
How to Prevent Infant Flat Head
How to Teach Your Baby to Self Settle to Sleep
Tips for a Working Mom
How to Teach Manners to a Toddler
Keep Kids Safe Around Medicine
How To Breastfeed
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby
How to Develop Social Skills in Children
How to Teach Kids About Money
How to Prepare a Child for the First Day of School or Kindergarten
Fun Places For Kids In Malaysia
Children Safety On The Web
Children’s Dental Health
Preschooler development
Toddlers In Their Second Year
Adoption: Getting on the Same Page With Your Partner
Fathers and Their Impact on Children’s Well-Being
How to Be a SUPERMOM
Reading to Baby: When to Start and How to Do It Well
Preparing For A Second Child
How do you choose diapers?
Why My Baby Does Not Sleep Much?
Why Is My Baby Crying?
The Scoop On Newborns Poop
Newborn Pee Habits


Copyright 2010 Mamababyworld Sdn Bhd. All Rights Reserved. Email admin@mamababyworld.com