How Do I Make a Baby Bubble Bath?
Young parents have many questions about how to properly care for the baby. All parents are nervous before the first bathing their baby because he/she is still so small and it seems that even a careless movement can hurt him/her. In addition, the kids are quite mobile, so the child must be kept firmly and at the same time gently. Today we will learn how to bathe your baby correctly.
Useful tips for bathing a child
- You need to bathe the child in a warm room, not necessarily in the bathroom. Make sure that there are no drafts;
- Sponge and towels should be used only for bathing your baby, they must be kept clean, no one should use them;
- Choose a regular time for bathing your baby, do not bathe him/her when he/she is hungry or immediately after eating;
- If you are working parents, then bathing in the evening will become a good tradition to spend more time with your child together – this will make the bathing process for the child more pleasant and interesting;
- Before you bathe the baby, put all the accessories that you need, side by side – so that everything is at hand at the right moment.
How to make a baby bubble bath?
To bathe your baby, you will need:
- baby bath (or large bath, if the child is older);
- baby foam. Look at the label: it indicates for what age it is. It should not contain fragrances and dyes;
- baby shampoo;
- baby oil (if the head is covered with crusts, grease them with oil when they soften, comb them with a baby hairbrush);
- baby soap (makes sense in radical cases where dirt is visible);
- soft mitten or natural sponge;
- bathroom toys so that the child is not bored;
- jug or rinse cup;
- water thermometer;
- children’s bathing foam and shampoo (preferably “without tears”);
- bath towel of a large size with a hood or bathrobe with a hood (for older kids).
- clean linen (vest, romper, socks, cap);
- pure cotton diaper;
- cotton swabs, discs, balls;
- children’s cream under the diaper;
- baby cream or baby oil;
For older children:
- clean panties, T-shirt, pajamas;
- baby cream or milk, hairbrush.
- The optimum air temperature in a bathroom is about 24-26° C, but not lower than 21° C. Before you start, measure the temperature of the water with a thermometer. It should be around 37° C. However, experience shows that a comfortable temperature for different babies may differ. We advise you to choose the temperature so that your hand is comfortable;
- Add means for swimming, allowed to apply from the first days of baby’s life. Soft liquid products are perfect for daily use. Be careful about using traditional solid soap while bathing your baby. Experts have long been convinced that the usual solid soap can adversely affect the soft baby skin;
- Apply a small amount of shampoo to your hand, make foam and start washing;
- You need to wash your baby consistently: neck, chest, abdomen, arms and legs, back, and only then head. Rinse the folds of the neck, armpits, groin, elbows and knees. Do not forget to open and clean the clenched jaws;
- The baby’s head must be washed daily as babies usually sweat heavily (shampoo is used 1-2 times a week);
- When you finish the procedure, wrap the baby in a towel and put it on a clean diaper;
- Blot (but do not wipe) the head, and then the child’s body. All skin folds should be thoroughly dried;
- Treat all wrinkles on the baby’s body with a baby cream or oil;
- Put on the diaper and dress the baby. Do not forget about the cap.
How to hold a baby?
The most important thing is the baby is not afraid. If you feel insecure, you’d better postpone the procedure. The head and shoulders should lie on your forearm, and your hand — under the child’s arm (unless you use accessories to support the child in the bath).
- Never leave small children in the bath without supervision, even when they have learned to sit, stand or walk;
- If the child is lying on the changing table, do not turn away and do not move away from him/her;
- Make sure that there are no drafts;
- Try not to pour water on your child’s face (children do not like it).
At first, your baby may not like bathing but once you get used to bathing your child, it will become a pleasant daily routine for both you and your baby!