The Two Kinds of Baths for Babies
Sponge Baths – Live in Nanny don’t need to be in hurry for a sponge bath for our babies! Nanny have to make sure that the umbilical cord has already fallen off and the navel is already healed, that is usually 1-4 weeks after the baby was born. Also, parents have to make sure that the circumcision of the baby boy is already healed, that is a week or two after the circumcision.
Procedures of a Sponge Bath:
Prepare a flat, safe surface (such as a changing table, floor, or counter) in a warm room.
Prepare a bowl nearby and fill it with a warm water. Make sure it’s not too hot!
Carefully, undress the infant and wrap him or her in a soft cloth or towel.
Clean the baby’s eyes with a washcloth or a clean cotton ball. Dampen the cloth with water only, then wipe the baby’s eyes, starting from one eye and wiping from the inner corner to the outer corner. Use another clean washcloth for cleaning the other eye.
Clean the baby’s nose and ears with another damp washcloth.
Wet the cloth again and use a little of a mild soap to clean the face of the baby. Pat the face of the baby or gently wipe it with the damp cloth.
Choose a special shampoo for the baby. Before washing the rest of the body, create a lather and wipe the baby’s head. Give special attention to the creases under the arms, behind the ears, around the neck, and in the genital area. Dry these parts before clothing the baby.
Tub Baths – Make his or her tub baths brief and gentle. Long contact with water may sometimes cause health problems for the baby. When the baby reached a month or two, he or she can be ready for the tub baths.
Procedures of a Tub Bath:
An infant tub must have 2 to 3 inches of warm water. To test the temperature of the water, feel the water in the tub with the inside of your elbow or wrist. An infant tub can be a plastic tub that can fit in the bathtub. Bathing the infant with small bath tubs are easier to manage.
Do the tub baths in warm room to prevent chills for the infant.
After undressing the baby, immediately place him or her in the water.
Make sure the water is still and not running in the tub.
Support the child’s head with your hand and use your other hand to guide the baby in feet-first.
Use a washcloth to wash his or her face and hair. The massage of the scalp should be gentle and use the pads of your fingers or a soft hairbrush.
When rinsing the shampoo from the head of your baby, cup your hand on your baby’s forehead so soap doesn’t get on his eyes.
Regularly pour water on the baby so he doesn’t get cold.
After the bath, wrap the baby with the towel immediately, including his feet and head.
While bathing the baby, make sure not to leave him or her alone.
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