When it comes to bathing baby, it can be a scary experience for first time moms. Some little ones love the water and the experience is enjoyable for both while others need a little more love and attention when it comes to bathing. Our momstown Milton mamas shared their experiences for both these situations and were able to help answer some frequently asked questions when it comes to bathing. It was a great opportunity to have our moms trade tips and suggestions to help all our "rookie" moms!
How often should I bathe my baby?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this question. It really is the preference of mom and dad. Many hospitals will tell you that bathing baby every other day is enough to keep baby clean and not dry out their skin. Most of our mamas bathe their babies 3 – 4 times a week based on this advice. However we had one mama who used bath times as part of her bed time routine and bathed every night and has no issues with the skin drying out. Almost all our mamas said that they use lotion on their little ones as well after bath time to help avoid dry skin.
A great tip from the conversation was to use wipes on non-bath nights as an easy way to help keep baby clean and fresh especially on warmer days.
Should I add anything to the bath water?
Most agreed that nothing more then water was needed. We did have a few that stated they enjoyed using the Johnson & Johnson Baby Bedtime Bath with Lavendar. The aromatic smell of the lavendar is supposed to help calm and soothe baby and that they believed it was very helpful in getting baby to sleep. Be extra careful when adding emollients to the bath because baby will be much more slippery to handle.
Does Daddy help with bath time?
Many of our moms had their hubbies help with bath time during the first few months. It is a great way to feel comfortable bathing a newborn with an extra set of hands but also a great bonding time for dad and baby. Moms get lots of skin to skin time when nursing that daddies miss out on, so allowing them the opportunity to bathe baby on their own once they are older gives them quality time to grow their attachment.
What's the best way to give baby a bath?
A few of our mamas would wrap their newborn in a towel while they washed their hair and then unwrap to wash the rest of their body. Others would use a damp warm cloth to lay over baby's torso so that they were not restricted. Both are a great way to keep them relaxed and comfortable. All of our mamas agreed washing head to tail was the way to go. Start with washing face and hair first, move on to arms, belly and legs and then to the genitals. Having an extra face cloth on hand for babies who are teething so that you don't have to keep taking the wash cloth away from them is something to consider.
One mama suggested that if the room is a little cool to use a portable heater to help warm up the temperature while you're bathing baby so they are not cold and uncomfortable.. Another mama suggested using a heating blanket to lay baby on after bath time.Having them warm and cozy seems to put them right to sleep. Many mamas really liked this suggestion and a few admitted to wishing they had known this earlier when their babies were fussy!
What temperature should the bath water be?
Almost all our momstown Milton mamas knew the temperature should be a little over our body temperature which translates to 37 – 38 degrees Celsius. To test the water a few say they use a thermometer while others go by feel. They best way to go by touch is to use your elbow!
Our mamas of the older babies all said they introduced toys to the bath once baby could sit up on their own, so most were around the 6 month mark.
How do you bathe baby when travelling?
One mama said she will pack her baby tub with her while others said they will either shower or bathe with baby. One mama said she used a sink and found it so much better because it was a lot easier on her back! They were all super impressed to find out that there is now an inflatable tub option for travel. Compact and light weight with a back support, the Garanimals Inflatable Bathtub is something most of our moms would love to have on trips away from home.
It was so great seeing so many moms come out to bond and chat with each other. We had our expectant mama who learned a lot through moms who have seen it and lived it. You can read all the books you want but advice from moms going through it is very helpful. We had children as young as a month old to 11 months old so there was a wide range of experience to learn from. Each mom also got to complete an adorable ducky keepsake that they took home with them.
Special thanks to Walmart Canada for sponsoring our Baby Basics program and for the loot bags our mamas were thrilled to receive! Each received a travel sized bottle of Johnson & Johnson Baby Head to Toe Wash and Baby Lotion.
Four of our lucky mamas went home with a door prize as well:
Johnson & Johnson Baby Head to Toe Wash Gift set
Johnson and Johnson Baby Bedtime Bath Set
Fisher Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
Garanimals – Inflatable Safety Baby Bathtub
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