Bathing a newborn is a challenge for every parent. Don’t fret. A few slips here and there are bound to happen. Remember, it’s a learning process for you too.
SPONGE BATH: This refers to cleaning your baby with a wet wash cloth.
- Lay the baby face up on a ?at surface of convenient height
- Squeeze out excess water from the wash cloth and wipe the face and body. Pay extra care to folds of the neck, diaper area, behind the ears, and under the arms.
TUB BATH This refers to giving bath to your baby in small circular tubs.
- Fill the tub with not more than 2 to 3 inches of lukewarm water. Support the baby’s head and back on your arm while holding him/her under the armpit.
- Soap and wash from head-to-toe. To clean the back, lean the baby face down on your arm.
- To wash the hair, shampoo and rinse off without letting the water ?ow down the face.
TRADITIONAL METHOD Babies can also be given a bath by placing them on your outstretched legs.
- Seat yourself on a low stool with your legs outstretched.
- To wash the baby’s front, lay him/her facing up with the head on your ankles.
- To wash the back, bend your knees a bit and lay him/her facing down, with the head pointing towards your knees.