Infants need sponge baths until their umbilical cords tumble off. Here’s the way to shower a newborn, with tips on keeping the routine safe. Here’s everything you need to know about bathing your infants.
Newborn Sponge Bath Supplies
To be safe, gather all your supplies before you start. You should never take your hands off your little one while you’re bathing them. This is what you need for a newborn a sponge bath:
- Infant body wash (often can double as shampoo)
- Two washcloths
- A towel
- A bowl of lukewarm water (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Several cotton balls
- A diaper
- An outfit change
How to Give a Newborn a Bath
When you have all of the supplies, you’re ready to go. When you have all of the supplies, you’re ready to go. Keep in mind that your little one will probably not be cheerful about her first bath, and they may express their disturbance rather loudly. Here’s how to sponge bathe a baby.
Wash your baby’s face
Wash your little one’s face before you remove any of their clothing because some infants freak out when they’re naked and cold. Dampen a cotton towel or a washcloth, and wipe babies eyelids from the inside corner out. With another washcloth, clean around their nose. You don’t need to use soap on babies faces. Always keep one hand on baby while having a bath.
Clean their ears
To clean outside of the baby’s ears, use a soft cotton cloth or washcloth. Don’t clean the inner surface of the ears using a swab puncture.
Wash their hair
To shampoo, support the little one’s spine and hold their head back slightly. Sprinkle their head with lukewarm water and squeeze on a drop or two of soap. Lather, scrub gently and rinse with a wet Babylove premium cotton towel. Wrap up by drying your little one’s head with a towel. Make sure to clean between the folds of babies skin. Try not to wash the umbilical stump, and try to keep it dry.
Dry off and apply lotion.
Infants get cold quickly. Try to dry and cover with a premium cotton towel the areas you just washed to keep your baby as warm as possible. You may also apply lotion or moisturizer after the bath.
Your little one doesn’t need a bath every day, three times each week is fine as long as you clean their face, neck, hands, and diaper area every day.