How can you make bath time fun for your baby?
We all know how important is a bath to maintain a healthy life. And your baby requires it. But it is not necessary to bathe your baby every day. Usually, it is recommended to bathe your baby 2-3 times every week. It ensures their cleanliness and combats diseases.
The skin of your baby is delicate and gentle and taking care of it is very essential. It is preferred not to use soaps initially, but in case you are planning to use soaps consult your pediatrician and use the ones specifically made for babies. They are mild and keep your baby’s skin moisturized.
In the first two weeks of your child’s birth, it is advisable to give her a sponge bath, until the umbilical stump falls off. After that, you can give her a tub bath. Giving Bath also prevents infections and rashes, which irritate your baby’s skin.
It helps form a routine, which is helpful in the future. Skin-to-skin contact with your baby is the best way to bond with your baby and bathing your baby is the best example of it. It makes you feel closer to your baby and strengthens your relationship with her.
Bathing your baby
While bathing your baby there are some steps, which are to be taken care of. The water in the tub should be lukewarm; you can dip your elbow and check the temperature, before placing your baby in it. While bathing your baby there are many things you’ll require and it is better to keep everything ready instead of rushing in between.
Towels, washcloth, mild liquid soap, diapers, moisturizer and a set of clothing are some of the pre and post requirements while bathing your baby. Use a mild liquid soap specifically made for babies and a soft washcloth to bathe your baby. Rinse your baby properly and wipe her with a washcloth.
Wrap your baby in a towel and pat dry your baby and moisturize her. And your baby is perfectly clean now! You can now change her into her diaper and then dress her in a clean set of clothing.
Make it fun
Not all babies like taking a bath! Some of them are scared of it too. And as a parent, you have to be patient and help her get rid of the fear. Make bathing a fun activity for your child, will keep her engaged and drive her fear away.
• You can sing songs to her and make funny noises, use rhyming words, anything that will grab her attention and make her smile. You can also play some soothing music to calm her down and release her from anxiety.
• Try and tickle her senses. This is one way of playing with her by tickling her and making her laugh. You can also stroke her to soothe her.
• The best way to strengthen your bond with your baby is through skin-to-skin contact. You can jump in with your baby to relieve her from fear. Being closer to you, cradled with your child makes your baby feels safe and warm. She’ll feel secure when she sees you doing the same thing as her.
• Another effective way of engaging your baby is by using different types of toys. The most common ones are rubber ducks, ships and blocks. It distracts your child from anxiety and proves to be a fun time for her. It also helps her to get a feel of different textures. But make sure there are no pointy objects, as it might hurt your child.
• You can blow out bubbles too and try and poke them with your nose and fingers. Your baby catches up soon and you can sit and enjoy watching her giggle, trying to pop the bubbles.
• You can use different toys and weave them into a short play or act. Telling her short stories using various figurines and trying out different types of voices, catches your baby’s attention. You can also try and talk to her and watch her trying to respond.
• You can also try splashing a little water. But make small splashes, so that your baby doesn’t get overwhelmed. Let her splash some water too, make her a part of it, in that way she’ll enjoy it more.
• You can also pour in different colors and make the watercolor. But be mindful of the chemicals used. Make sure it won’t stain your bathtub or your baby