I still remember the day I gave the first bath to my sons under the kitchen tap. It was a nerve-wracking experience to say the least especially since I had to do it twice at a time.
Here are some basics that are well corroborated by other experts.
1. Till the umbilical cord falls off – a sponge bath is recommended.
2. Giving bath to your baby every day may not be such a great idea, especially if the babies are born in winter. Spending most of the day in air conditioned atmosphere is drying enough, the bath may rob their skin of additional moisture and make it worse. Most paediatricians recommend giving baths 2-3 times a week, slowly increasing the frequency as the baby gets older.
3. What time to bathe your baby – Even when you start giving bath on a daily basis you could opt for morning or evening for the bath. It is better to remain consistent as babies like routine. In my case I used to bathe the babies in the night before their sleep and it constitute a ritual that really helped the babies sleep better.
Here is what you need for a sponge bath
- Baby bath or tub, filled with water at a comfortable temperature
- A large, soft towel – I really liked the ones with the built in hood.
- A soft wash cloth
- Cotton Squares or rounds
When you progress to a bath you may add
- Mild moisturising soap
- Mild baby shampoo
- Cotton balls etc