At our Baby Basics: Bathing Sponsored by Walmart event, we had a chance to talk all about the best practices for bathing babies. It was fun to sample some great products and learn what others are doing to make bath time an enjoyable experience for our babies, rather than an unpleasant chore. Everyone was excited to share their ideas and these are some tips that we found to be the most helpful:
1. Bathing baby as the first step of your bedtime routine can be a great way to transition from daytime activities, to going to bed for the night. You don’t have to worry if your baby gets excited and worked up at bath time. It is ok for bath time to be a fun playtime and won’t interfere with going to sleep.
2. Feeding baby before the bath will ensure your baby is happy during bath time and not anxiously awaiting the last feed of the night
3. Have all of your bath products ready before you put baby in the bath such as shampoo, soap, hooded towel, washcloth and diaper. You don’t want to have to turn your back for even a second when baby is in the bath. If you must leave the room you can wrap baby in the towel and bring him/her with you
4. Make sure the water is the right temperature. If the water is too cold your baby will be uncomfortable and it will be difficult to keep him/her calm. If the water is too hot you may scald your baby. 37 degrees C is a perfect temperature (98.6 F). If you are unsure you can get a bath thermometer like the one below that will double as a bath toy for your baby.
5. After bath, keep baby wrapped in the towel for about 5 minutes. This will keep baby warm while he/she dries and will make getting dressed much easier.