Bathing the baby is a fun and thrilling activity. Because, bathing the baby needs to be done carefully, considering the baby has very sensitive skin. If this is your first time bathing a baby, find out the best time to bathe it in this article.
The best time to bathe a baby
In general, you can bathe the baby at any time, as long as it doesn't collide with sleep or eating time.
Usually, the best time for baby bathing is in the morning. This is because after bathing, your baby can be immediately dried in the sun so that his body temperature returns to warm. Even so, even bathing your baby in the afternoon doesn't really matter. Most importantly, you must make sure the baby is not cold before and after bathing.
Then, how many times a day should your child be bathed?
Actually newborn babies who have not been able to crawl do not need to be bathed too often every day. Too often a shower will make your baby's skin dry quickly and can be irritated. Babies are also twice as likely to experience skin problems so you also have to be careful when caring for baby's skin.
Bathing your baby three to four times a week during the first year is enough. However, you can adjust yourself to your child's condition. Given that Indonesia is a tropical country where the temperature is quite high and humid, some parents may want to bathe their children every day. Again, this doesn't matter, as long as you are careful when bathing your little one.
Regardless of how many times a day the baby is bathed, one important thing is that you have to make sure that the baby's body is always clean at all times. This can be done by routinely changing the baby's diaper or wiping his face, hands, neck and genitals every day.
Which must be considered if you want to bathe the baby
There are a number of things you must prepare and pay attention to before bathing the baby, including:
- Avoid bathing the baby after breastfeeding or eating. It's better to wait a while until the stomach adjusts to the intake that just entered. This is done to keep the little one from being too full when bathed. If the full stomach is accidentally pressed when he is taking a shower, allow your baby to vomit.
- You should not bathe your baby for more than 10 minutes. Besides being able to make the baby cold, taking a shower too long can also make baby's skin wrinkled and dry.
- Newborns up to 3 months old cannot regulate their own body temperature, so they are very vulnerable to cold air. Therefore, bathe your baby with warm (lukewarm) water.
- The ideal water temperature for baby showers is 38 degrees Celsius. You can test the warmth of the water by dipping the tip of your elbow into a baby bathtub. Your elbow must be warm, not hot.
- There are exceptions for newborns and the umbilical cord has not been released. Babies whose umbilical cord has not been released should not be bathed, even if the water is warm. When the baby's umbilical cord is exposed to water, the chances of infection getting bigger. Instead, you can wipe his body using a washcloth or a soft cloth dampened in warm water.
- After you finish bathing, you can breastfeed your baby. Direct contact between you and your baby will make him feel warm and comfortable, causing him to fall asleep.
Usually if you are getting used to your sleeping and breastfeeding patterns, you can find the right time to bathe it. That is why, try to do all activities regularly. Babies love routines so they can learn to recognize what will happen next and get used to doing it. Well, this can make routines such as breastfeeding, bathing, and putting the baby to sleep easier.
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