Make Bathtime Fun and Safe for your Baby.
Watching your little girl splish and splash in the tub can be fun for both of you. Most babies love the combination of warm water, sudsy bubbles, and lots of giggles. But be sure to make it fun and safe by following these terrific tubby tips.
Tubby Time Tips:
- Keep it Clean. Babies need baths just like the rest of us. But unlike adults, babies and newborns usually don’t need to bathe as often. Most doctors recommend sponge baths for her first 6 weeks. When she’s a newborn, you can bathe her once every couple of days depending on the climate and temperature conditions in which you live. If the climate is hot and humid, she may need to be sponged down more often. When your daughter is 4-6 months and begins solid food, she will require more frequent bathing.
- Cord Cleansing. It’s important to sponge bathe your little girl until her umbilical cord falls off. Immersing her in a bath can cause irritation and redness around the cord area.
- Perfect Place. If you baby is a newborn, then you can give her a sponge bath in the sink. Use a portable bath that fits into the sink or one that rests on the countertop to ensure safety. When she’s 6 months old, and can sit up, your daughter is ready for the “big girl” tub.
- Mild Mannered. Avoid using bath gels and shampoo that are heavily scented and may burn her eyes. A bar of Johnson & Johnson mild baby soap should do the trick. Babies skin – especially newborns – is very sensitive, so avoid anything else on her skin unless you check with your doctor first.
- Prep Time & Safety. Before you put her in the tub, make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips. This includes things like a towel, shampoo, comb, clean diaper, and clothing. It’s imperative that you NEVER leave your baby alone in the tub – ever! If you forget something, take her out of the tub and go get it. Remember, it only takes a teaspoon of water for a baby to drown.
- Take the Temperature. Your daughter’s tub water should be equal to her body temperature. You can check it by using the underside of your wrist or purchase a “tubby duck” that takes the temperature automatically (available at many baby stores). Also make sure the room you are bathing her in is warm and draft-free.
- Giggly Games. Tubby time is a great opportunity for you to bond with your daughter. Sing songs, play peek-a-boo, and clap together. Get in the tub with her and splash around for even more fun!
- Lovely Locks. Shampoo her hair about once a week until she is around 6 months old. However, if she has lots of hair, shampoo as often as necessary. Use a mild, no tears shampoo and velcro visor or washcloth to keep the water out of her eyes.
- Precious Powder Puff. Dry your little bundle of joy off and dab non-talc baby powder on her bottom and tummy. Presto! You’ve got one clean cutie!