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Top Tips for Bathing Your Newborn Baby

Picture the scene... You've got your newborn baby settled at home, you're starting to adjust to an incredibly different life and then they need a bath - yet another new experience for all of you and you have no idea where to start!

Bathing a newborn can be a daunting task, especially for first-time parents.

Here are some tips to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your baby:

  1. Gather all the necessary supplies before you start, including a baby bathtub or seat (if you're using one), a soft washcloth, a muslin cloth (gamechanger!), a clean towel, and clean clothes.

  2. Fill the baby bathtub with warm water (about 2 inches deep) and test the temperature with your elbow or wrist to make sure it's not too hot or too cold. If you have a thermometer, it needs to be between 37 and 38 degrees.

  3. Undress your baby and gently place them in the tub, supporting their head and neck at all times.

  4. Wet the muslin and gently cover your baby's body, arms and legs. This helps them to feel secure and keeps their body warm - just remember to keep adding warm water to the muslin. As your baby becomes more settled in the bath, you can reduce the amount of the body that is covered by the muslin - this could take minutes, weeks or even months.

  5. Use a soft washcloth to gently clean your baby's face, body, and nappy area. Avoid using harsh soaps or scrubbing too hard.

  6. Rinse your baby thoroughly with clean water and pat them dry with a clean towel. Be sure to dry all the folds and creases in their skin to prevent irritation.

  7. Dress your baby in clean clothes and give them plenty of love and cuddles.

Remember, bathing your newborn doesn't have to be perfect, and it's okay to ask for help if you need it. With practice and patience, you'll become a pro in no time!

This is then the perfect time to introduce a baby massage into your routine.

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