Bathing a wet and slippery newborn baby for the first time can be an overwhelming and nerve-wracking experience for many new mothers. Despite this, it is also a truly beautiful bonding experience for every mother and her child. Until your baby's umbilical cord falls out, which can be up to around three weeks, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you sponge bathe your newborn. However, once you baby is ready for a tub bath, here are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind to make bath time as safe as it is adorably fun.
- Never leave your baby unattended: This may seem like an obvious tip, but it is an incredibly crucial one to remember. New babies can drown in less than an inch of water in only 60 seconds, so do not turn your back on them for a moment. To avoid this, be sure to bring along all the supplies you need, such as a towel, gentle cleanser, washcloth and more, and have it right beside you for easy reaching.
- Test the water first: Finding the perfect temperature for bath water so it's not too hot or too cold can be challenging, but not impossible. Many experts recommend bathing your baby in water that is around 100 degrees F and no higher to prevent burns. Too low heat can also cause your baby to become easily chilled. Use a thermostat along with testing the water with your elbow. If it's too hot for you, it's definitely too hot for your baby.
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