What you need for bathing a newborn

The procedure of bathing pleasure for both him and his parents need to prepare for it in advance and purchase the necessary fixtures and tools:

- a baby bath for bathing;

- thermometer for measuring water temperature;

- disinfectant (solution of manganese and soda for baths);

- herbs (series, chamomile, etc.);

- baby soap (pharmacies offer liquid form for convenience);


- 3% hydrogen peroxide and disinfectant for treatment of the navel;

- a large soft towel;

clothes after bathing (pants and vest).

When you can bathe a newborn for the first time

Many parents are worried about when the first time you can bathe the baby immediately upon return from the hospital or to wait for complete healing of the umbilical cord. If there are no contraindications, it is better to bathe the baby after the arrival.

For the first bathing of the newborn better water to boil. For disinfection use a weak solution of potassium permanganate or brewed herbs. You should pay attention to the temperature regime of the room where the procedure will be. It should not be below 24°C. the water Temperature for bathing should not exceed 36°C. usually bathing relaxes the baby, so it is best to carry out the procedure in the evening and certainly daily.

How to bathe baby

Newborn seems so fragile that many parents are afraid to take him in her arms. Do not be afraid. The main thing – to put his head on his hand and the other hand to support baby's butt. The water itself will keep it. Holding the head and upper body, you can gently pour water with his free hand.

Lathered the baby's head, should be thoroughly washed off. After that, start washing the groin area, armpits. Correctly bathing a newborn is a snap, if you have a helper. But alone the mother could cope. Many people are worried that water may get into the ears and nose of the baby. It's not terrible. She only washed and free from unnecessary germs.

During bathing the baby, you can turn on the tummy. After the whole procedure you should rinse the child's previously prepared with water from another tank. It should be a little cooler to the one in which it was bathing. Enough 34-35 °C for rinsing baby. It is better to put on your arm tummy down.

For the first time for bathing is about 5 minutes, and then gradually you can increase the time to 15 minutes. Importantly, during this period, the water gets cold.

The baby was not nervous, while swimming you need to talk or to sing a song. He needs to feel that mom is near and he doesn't need to be afraid of unfamiliar environment.

You need to start to bathe the newborn in a small amount of water, gradually increasing its volume, if the baby is frightened and crying. In extreme cases, can wipe with baby wipes. Soap when bathing it is enough to use only once a week.

Not dangerous bathing a newborn

A high probability that many parents pay so much attention to a simple, seemingly simple procedure because of the fear that while bathing a child can swallow the water or even drown. This is a false alarm. The body of a newborn baby is perfectly adapted to such conditions: if liquid gets in the airway occurs reflex spasm, breath holding. So to drown the baby can not in principle.

Modern education and training school of young parents are specially trained to dip babies in the bath with the head, so that a child no longer lost such a useful skill. The fact is that if the newborn when bathing doesn't dive reflex fades around the age of two months.

Some useful tips

What else to consider when bathing the baby to have the procedure was a pleasant occupation:

1. When bathing it is not recommended to close the door in the room. In this case, the temperature should be the same as in the bathroom and in the room where the baby will wear, to be put to sleep.

2. To prevent drafts in the apartment.

3. Starting from the second month of life the baby gradually reduce the water temperature to 32°C for hardening.

4. While bathing a newborn is possible and even necessary to use special circles for swimming and slides. This will create convenience for parents and comfort for baby.

Do not be afraid of this rather easy procedure. Baby will enjoy the process and soon he will be willing to flounder in the adult bath.