Baby S First Bath

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HollyW - June 24

I am nervous thinkng about giving my baby it's first bath. Do they show you how to do it in the hospital? I know about the whole baby bath tub thing, but I read that you shouldn't actually put baby in water until the umbilical cord falls off-is that true? I also read that you shouldn't actually use soap on the baby's face when it is first born-just wipe with wet washcloth and when washing head just wipe head with shampooed washcloth and wipe with clean one to rinse? I just don't want to do anything to give the baby a rash or infection.

 

AprilMum - June 24

True, about the umbilical cord and submerging in water. I am almost positive, that if you ask, they'll show you how in the hospital - but yeah, with my daughter, we did basically just what you described with the washcloth. Basically, you're keeping flaky skin at bay - because it's not like they just came in from mowing the lawn, they really aren't dirty!

 

AprilMum - June 24

Oh, also - with a new baby, sometimes you don't think about all the little folds - be sure to get under the neck - all of it, because there's about ten hidden fold there I swear! I missed one once, and when I found it there was what looked like a green slug, from formula running down her chin into her neck. Disgusting, but something to consider!

 

bean - June 24

Yup, the first bath will only be with a damp washcloth. Don't let the cord get wet! After that you only bathe a baby once or twice a week and I would recommend unscented, sensitive skin baby wash like Aveno or Burt's Bees.

 

Bonnie - June 24

LOL Aprilmum, I have a big boy so I know what you mean about the chin. It is a royal pain to get up under there, lol............. Holly, there are a lot of suggestions out there for bathing babies. Like the other's said, spongebath only at first. I had a plastic babytub (the kind you see everywhere) and as a new mom I HATED it!! I was not comfortable holding him, worrying baout his head, and trying to wash him. Someone suggested a bth pillow and I LOVE it. The only downside is that it is used in the big tub and it hurts your back bending over. The kitchen sink is probably the most comfortbale place for mommy as it is up higher. But if you are nervous like I was do a search on Babies R Us for "Safer Bather". I have used it since his stump fell off. Here is a pic of Mason in it....http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/BCreevy/b-7.jpg (the only dash is between b-7)

 

AprilMum - June 24

Bonnie, he is a little Buddha!! That's the first time I've ever seen a picture of him - though I've heard you talk about him quite a bit. Too cute!

 

Bonnie - June 24

Thanks! He's a monster isn't he? lol I have a video of him here if you are bored. http://media.putfile.com/Movie-22-94 (keep dashes between movie-22-94)

 

HollyW - June 25

Thanks moms for your advice :) It's so nice to have other moms to talk to instead of the doctor lol.

 

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