About KimberlyBook Kimberly
Kimberly in the Press
Mocha Manual Media & Consulting
Advertise With Us

Rub, A Dub Dub

rubdub.jpg Rub, A Dub Dub
How to Bathe Your Child Safely


Bathtime should be fun. And a great bonding experience with your baby. But according to the National Safety Council most accidents with babies happen in the bath. By following a few safety tips, you can keep bathtime accident-free and a splashing good time.
 

rubdublg.jpg

Rub, A Dub Dub
How to Bathe Your Child Safely

Bathtime should be fun. And a great bonding experience with your baby. But according to the National Safety Council most accidents with babies happen in the bath. By following a few safety tips, you can keep bathtime accident-free and a splashing good time.

 
 

When you bathe your baby, it’s the ultimate bonding time. It can be adventurous, exciting, and at times intimidating. I remember trying to figure out when it was safe to give my baby a “real bath.” I contacted my physician and she informed me to wait until my baby’s umbilical cord stump had fallen completely off. In the meantime, I hand washed my baby with a warm damp cloth. If the umbilical cord stump gets wet it can get infected. Most babies’ umbilical cord stumps fall off within 1-3 weeks after birth. When you’re bathing your baby it’s important to know that there’s a good possibility that your bundle of joy may not enjoy the experience—not one bit at all. The good news is, over time your baby will get accustomed to bath time and look forward to the one-on-one time spent with mommy and daddy.

You’re going to want to purchase a baby bath if you have not already received one as a gift. When bathing your baby you should get all the necessities ready and prepared for bath time. Put cold water in the tub first, and then hot water in order to reduce the risk of scalding your baby. If you are really worried about the temperature of the bath water, purchase a bath thermometer to help you regulate the temperature—90 degrees Fahrenheit is a good temperature. Use soaps, shampoos and bubble baths sparingly—overuse may cause the skin to become too dry; alternate baths with cleaners and water only baths. Also bring everything you need from baby wash to towels to the cordless phone into the bathroom so you never have to leave.

Lastly, and most important: never ever, ever, ever, leave your baby unattended in the bathtub: babies can drown in less than an inch of water and in less than sixty seconds. Even if you’re using one of the bath seats, studies show accidents still happen because parents think they are safe. Babies have been known to still slip out or tip over in bath seats, so don’t let your guard down.

Once you master all of the technicalities of bathing your baby, you can finally enjoy the experience and use it as definite bonding time. There is nothing like a good smelling, happy baby!

 

 

Leave A Comment