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Learn how to prepare your baby's bath

Learn how to prepare your baby's bath

Many mothers are insecure at the moment of bathing the baby. Feeling this fear is normal, especially when the first child is born. After all, it gives a damn fear that the baby will slip, start to cry, get water in the ear or just do not like the experience. The head creates a lot of hindrance and looks like it will not work.

According to pediatrician Benjamin Roitman, director of the Pediatric Society of Rio Grande do Sul, bathing is very important for the routine of the child. because the contact with the warm water resembles the mother's uterus. "I recommend bathing every day, because it is a very pleasant time for the baby to relax," he says.

If you are not sure whether to bathe the baby alone, no problem, you can ask for help. It could be your mother, your husband or a friend who has more experience. Sometimes it is even better for the father to bathe in the first few days, as it is a way of sharing the tasks.

When it is time to bathe the baby, it is important to know some things to make the experience easier. For example, the most indicated time, according to Roitman is in the evening. Preferably at a time when you have the time to devote yourself to the little one. In addition, taking a shower at night is also a way for the baby to relax and sleep more peacefully after breastfeeding.

Following is a better explanation of how to prepare your baby's bath:

Organization of the environment

Prepare the bath location helps prevent any important items from being overlooked. Preparing everything before it will be possible to keep 100% of your focus on the baby. And believe concentration will make all the difference. Also, you can not leave the baby alone in the tub.

First pick up all the necessary items: neutral soap, glycerin shampoo, cotton swab, diapers, towels, talcum powder, cotton rinse ointment, and the baby clothes you will use after bathing. Leave the hygiene items within reach.

This is the time to prepare the bath. Make sure the tub is in good condition, with no cracks, loose parts or tips that can hurt. If it is dirty or dusty, clean the area with mild soap and water.

Preparing the bath

When everything is clean, it is time to fill the bath with the bath water. Put water in the bathtub so that when the baby is seated the water level does not exceed the navel region. Ideally, the water temperature should be between 35ºC and 36ºC. You can use a bath thermometer or the back of your arm to sense the temperature of the water.

The tub should be comfortable for both you and your child. Angela de Carvalho, a nurse at the São Paulo Hospital, recommends that she stay at about waist height. "Also make sure it's securely attached to the sideboard," he adds. Another important tip is to lining your interior with a towel if the bathtub does not have an anti-slip that prevents the baby from slipping. The pediatrician Lúcia Diehl of the Society of Pediatrics of Rio Grande do Sul recommends the use of a protective net to prevent the baby from getting a baby.

Preparing the baby for the bath

It may happen that the baby is with faeces or urine before bathing. So it is important to check that it is clean so as not to foul the water. If it is dirty, wipe cotton with water in the area. Next, remove all clothing and wrap it in a cloth or blanket so it does not feel cold.

How to bathe the baby

Hold him in one of his arms. If possible, try to protect the ears with your fingers so that no water gets in. With your other hand, start washing your head. Position the hand that will bathe it in the shape of a shell and throw a small amount of water on your head or pour water with a cumbuca. Then, take a small amount of shampoo and apply it on the baby's scalp.

According to Roitman, the ideal is to start the bath by the head because the water is completely clean. Then it's time to wash the baby's face. Wet a cloth in the water and gently pass over the baby's face. It is also possible to wet a cotton cloth and pass it over the child's little eyes. Make delicate movements to sanitize the skin of the baby's face.

Once this is done, you can place the baby in the bath to bathe the body. Make sure the bath water is at a pleasant temperature. Take the cloth that is wrapping the baby and place it in the water. It is important that with one of your arms you support it so that it does not fall, so place your arm around the child so that the back and head are secure. With your other hand, carefully rub the belly. Next, wash your arms, legs and genitals.

Now it's time to wash the back. To make it easier, turn the baby on his stomach and lean his body on his arm. Roitman warns that it is very important to take care that the baby's face is away from the water to prevent his child from accidentally gagging on the water. With the baby turned, do the same procedure rinse your back and butt with water and neutral soap. It is important that the skin of the child does not have direct contact with the soap. So, spend a little bit in your hand and then apply it.

Unforeseen at bath time

It is important to say that your child may feel like doing poop or pee in the middle of the shower. If this happens, stop the bath, sanitize the baby as usual, change the water and clean the tub. This kind of situation does not usually happen in movies, but in real life poop and pee are always present. So be prepared for this moment.

The baby may cry during bathing. Does that mean he does not like bathing, that there's something wrong or that you have no way? Of course not. In fact, what may be happening is a situation called the Moro reflex. This condition is a normal reflex in every newborn baby. It usually happens when the child brusquely rests his or her back on a surface. With this, due to the abduction and abrupt extension of the arms, the baby usually presents a strong cry. If he cries, try to untangle his back a bit from the tub. This should help.

How to dry your baby

"The baby should have an exclusive soft cotton towel similar to those we use in diapers," says nurse Angela de Carvalho. Once the bath is finished, wrap the child in this towel, first drying his head and then his body. Do not forget to take the moisture out of the dowels and between your fingers. To dry the ear, use cotton balls instead of cotton swabs as the cotton swab is quite dangerous and can cause infections. If possible, do both the drying and the exchange in the same place of the bath, so that the baby is not exposed to drafts.

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