Baby is the best gift from the almighty to the parents. When you have a newborn baby as a Dad or Mom you have so many new things to learn & cope up with. How often you should bathe a newborn baby is one of the most important things to do. There are so many controversial things go around you regarding this. But you should learn & find out the right one. It’s a million dollar question that how often you should bathe a newborn.
According to the research it’s not a wise decision to bathe a newborn instantly.
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There is many years of practice to bathe a newborn right after the birth but now a days the things have been changed. You may be surprised to read that if you bathe your newborn at least 12 hours after the birth it can add some extra advantages.
A research in 2019 said that if you bathe your newborn after 12 hours then it can assist breastfeeding significantly. One another research said that bathing a newborn after 48 hours can be very very helpful to maintain the temperature & the skin development of a newborn.
It also reduce the possibility of hypothermia and hypoglycemia. After coming back home from the hospital with your cute newborn you should bathe him/her twice in a week. In the meantime you can wash their body with warm clothes or with a baby towel.
First 3 Months
After the first month when the baby have no umbilical stump you can start giving him/her bathe traditionally. For this you can buy a nice baby bathtub & fill it with some warm comfortable water to make the baby play with the water when he/she getting the bathe.
You can use a baby soap to wash his/her body with a softy cloth or your softy hand. After that you can wrap up the newborn with a nice comfortable cloth or a towel which will absorb the extra water from the body of the newborn.
On the other hand you can take newborn to take a shower with you but you have to be more conscious about this because the fall of water from the shower can make some complication to breathe for the newborn & don’t forget to grab him/her with extra care. So the best idea is to use a nice colorful bathtub for your lovely newborn.
Next 3 Months
When your little champ is growing up gradually you should change the daily routine of his/her bath.But it’s still enough to bath him/her twice in a week. If you notice that your little one is enjoying to take the bath a lot you can bathe him/her more frequently. But remember you should not use the soap more frequently it should be one or two in a week. You can use some lotion or moisturizing cream after getting him/her bath.
Next 6 Months
I think it’s the best time to be more familiar with your little one. It’s the time when he/she starts to know you starts to eat the solid food & start to travel with you. In this time you can change some small things. You can change the duration of the bath time & you can bathe them more often than before.
But it’s not wise to bathe them regular as adults. Because they don’t sweat & travel a lot than the adults. So unless & until it’s required you should bathe him/her three or mostly four times in a week. Using a dye-free soap is one of the wise decision to take I think.
Some important tips to bathe your newborn:
- You can choose a warm & flat place to bathe your newborn
- Soft blanket & diaper can be very handy
- Uses of baby shampoo would be an ideal one
- You should start washing from the top of the body of your newborn. You should wash the face & the soft hair carefully.
- You can use the sink instead of using bathtub at the very beginning to avoid accident
- You should always follow the skin condition of your newborn
- It’s not so wise to use a baby shampoo or soap more often
- Check the temperature of the water & make sure it is comfortable enough for your baby
- Tray to make the bathe more enjoyable for your baby
- If any complication happen don’t waste time to consult with a Specialist Baby Doctor
Most of the time we miss out some important but simple things to do. Sometimes we ignore it or overlook it. Bathing a newborn is one of that in this category. We often take it as a silly thing but it’s so important for your newborn to grow up without any complication & it’s help your cute & lovely one to have a good health from the beginning of his/her life. So always make sure that you aren’t missing some important things like this regarding the best gift you have got from the Almighty.