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Bathing baby checklist
Getting your little one ready for her first bath can be exciting and more than a little daunting! Here's a list of everything you need to makre sure baby's first bath goes as smoothly as possible:
Pillow and towel:
If you're giving a sponge bath, these are essential items! Since the most important rule of bathing is never to take your hands off your baby once you start the bath, a pillow covered with a towel provides a comfortable, convenient place for a sponge bath. Also, be sure the room you're in is draft-free to keep your baby warm.
If you're bathing an older tot, set up your tub first before bringing Baby in the bathroom. And if you're bathing your child in a sink, be sure to have a towel or sponge to put at the bottom of the basin for Baby to sit or recline on—this will keep her comfortable and safe.
You will need a washcloth or sponge for a tub bath or a sponge bath. If you're washing a newborn, remember to wash your little one from the neck down; undress half of the body at a time to prevent your baby from becoming chilled.
Sanitised cotton balls:
You'll need these for cleaning around your baby's eyes. To do this, go from the inside to the outside of the eye with the cotton ball. Make sure to use a separate cotton ball for each eye.
A soft and fluffy hooded towel is the perfect way to receive Baby after a bath. Remember to gently pat your baby dry; rubbing may damage a baby's gentle skin.
Clean diaper and wipes:
After her bath, Baby will need a a fresh nappy before getting dressed.
When bathing your newborn, this is essential for making sure the umbilical cord area stays clean until the cord has fallen off (only if your physician recommends it).
The use of lotions, powders, oils, and other products for your baby can be controversial. Some of these products can help your baby's skin but some can be harmful. In general, perfumed lotions are more likely to contain irritating chemicals than the simpler, unscented ones.
You will only need to use this once or twice a week. To shampoo your little one's head, place a little shampoo on the head and very gently rub the scalp.
Bathtime is a good time to trim your little one's nails. After a bath they will be extra soft and easy to cut.
Soft brush or comb:
To prevent or heal cradle cap, gently use a soft toothbrush or brush to clean the scalp daily, including during a bath.