Monday, September 27, 2010

Bathing a Newborn - Baby Hsu's First Bath

Here is what I have learned on how to bathe a newborn (ok to bathe after umbilical cord has fallen off).  Photo was taken several weeks ago.
  1. Have all your items ready in place - washcloth, hair/body wash, hooded towel near tub; clothes, diaper, vaseline/ointment (if applicable), brush near changing area
  2. Fill tub with warm water and use elbow to check the temperature
  3. Undress and swaddle baby (remember to remove the diaper)
  4. Turn on warm water from sink faucet - hold baby and use washcloth to wash baby's face, then use hair/body wash to wash baby's hair and use washcloth to rinse
  5. Slowly place baby in tub and unwrap the swaddle, while using one hand to support baby's neck; with both sides of the swaddle wet, wrap each hand in the swaddle (pictured above)
  6. Squirt some hair/body wash onto baby's body and lather it all over his body and use washcloth to rinse
  7. Turn baby over and use an arm to support baby (your arm under both of baby's armpits)
  8. Use washcloth to rinse baby's back; then, squirt hair/body wash on top of baby's buttocks to wash and rinse
  9. Use hooded towel to dry baby's hair and body
  10. Clothe and diaper baby - voila, clean baby!
I found the tip to have the swaddle go into the tub with the baby to be awesome!  Not only does the swaddle prevent the baby from slipping and sliding, but it also gives them a sense of security and something to grab onto when they are nervous.  Baby Hsu rarely cries when it's bath time.  


Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

Awww...I remember those days, to precious!

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

Isn't that so much fun and so scary all at the same time? Hubs and I were so afraid when we bathed little bit in his tub for the first time. Your baby is beautiful!