I remember the newborn days of both my boys too well…
The days when I would pace the floor with Lucas from 2 AM – 5 AM nightly because of his colic. The nights Colton would cry because he constantly wanted to be nursed. But most of all I remember the blood-curdling screams from both of them the minute their precious little skin hit the bath tub.
Tips to Make Newborn Baby Bathtime Easier
- 1. You and your partner are in this together. Sometimes it takes two, at least for the first few baths until you get used to bathing your baby.
- 2. Protect yourself and your baby. While your main concern is keeping your baby safe you also need to make sure you’re not going to hurt yourself. Bathe your baby somewhere you’re not going to have to do too much bending – the kitchen sink or a baby bathtub on top of a table both work very well. Babies are slippery once they get out and you want to make sure they don’t fall and you don’t pull any muscles.
- 3. Check the water temperature. 37 degrees Cesius is the ideal water temperature for your little baby’s skin. A simple check with your wrist will tell you whether or not it’s good but if you’d like to be more thorough there are thermometers specifically designed to check the temperature of a baby’s bath.
- 4. Plan ahead. Make sure you have everything you’re going to need for the bath within hands reach; this includes a face cloth, towel, Cetaphil Baby Wash and Shampoo – the 2-in-1 makes it easier to focus on baby without having to read the label and make sure you have the right product plus it gently cleanses and soothes your little ones skin without leaving it dry.
- 5. Swaddle, swaddle, swaddle… The air is cold after a bath! Learning the swaddling technique with baby towels and baby blankets can save your sanity – it mimics the coziness of the womb and tends to keep babies warm and comfortable.
- 6. Babies like massages too. Low lights, the soft sound of mama’s voice singing a song, your gentle touch and Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion that instantly absorbs to contain the moisture and protect baby’s skin from dryness. Cradle cap is very common in babies and can cause flaky, dry skin that looks a little like dandruff so don’t forget to massage your baby’s scalp with a “pea-size” amount of Cetaphil Baby Moisturizing Oil.
- 7. Skin-to-skin. Once all is done, relax and just enjoy the time you have with your newborn. After all they grow so quick and that newborn stage will be gone before you know it!
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What bathtime tip would you add to make bathing a newborn easier?