A large part of taking care of your new baby day-to-day will be keeping them clean. Their skin is delicate and soft, and even their own bodily functions- sweating, urinating, and dribbling– will irritate it and make it sore after a time.
As your baby grows, their bathing needs change: they will be pushing food into hair, exploring the world with hands, helping you with nappy changes, and generally getting themselves grubby and smeared with food. So from a hygiene point of view, be vigilant about washing off urine, faeces and sweat as well as milk and food every day.
You don’t necessarily have to give your baby a daily bath; topping and tailing or sponge bathing is quite adequate to keep them clean if it suits your baby better. But in all likelihood your baby will quickly come to love being bathed, and it will become an important part of your daily routine together.
Equipments for Bathing and Washing: There are plenty of products available designed to make bath time easier for you, but you can keep costs down by just buying the things you genuinely need.
One area where you can’t economize is the toiletries you buy; adult shampoos, soaps, lotions and creams contain too many additives and chemicals to be safe for your baby’s delicate skin, so make sure you only buy toiletries intended for use on babies.
Baby Bath tub: Until your baby is ready to go into an adult bath, a proper baby bath will make bath time easy for you. A small bowl of boiled water and cotton wool is required to wash your baby’s eyes, ears and face during the first six months. Suctioned base rubber mat is a must to stop baby to slide on the bottom of the bath. The small size will also fit into a baby bath to give you more confidence.
Baby Toiletries: You need baby bath liquid, baby lotion is used for cleaning nappy area and particularly if the baby skin is very dry, baby oil which is a good moisturizer, baby powder will absorb dampness left on your baby’s skin, baby shampoo, baby soap, cotton wool buds are useful for cleaning between your baby’s fingers and toes.
Hair, Nails and Teeth: A hairbrush should have soft bristles and be small enough for your child to brush their own hair from about eighteen months. Choose a small comb with rounded teeth, and check there are no sharp points or edges.
Baby nail scissors have rounded ends and short blades so there’s no danger of accidentally jabbing your baby. Your child toothbrush should have small head so it can reach into the corners of their mouth, and soft, rounded bristles.
Tips for washing your young baby: Until your baby is six months old, always use cooled boiled water to wash his eyes, ears, mouth and face. Boiling kills off any bacteria in the water. Only clean the parts you can see- do not try to clean right inside your baby’s nose or ears, just wipe away any visible mucus or wax with damp cotton wool.
With a baby girl, never try to separate her vaginal lips to clean inside them. You will hinder natural flow of mucus that washes bacteria out. With a baby boy, never try to push back his foreskin to clean under it; you may hurt him or tear or damage the foreskin.
Always wipe from front to back when you are cleaning a baby girl’s nappy area. This prevents the germs spreading from the anus into the vagina and causing infection.