How to Bathe Your Little Star : Without Any Fear!

Bathing your baby for the first few times can be challenging. Building your confidence takes continuous practice.

I remember when I had my first baby. Bathing my baby was one of my biggest fears. Additionally, I have met some of my clients who actually had me come in to teach them how to give their baby the first bath. Mamas I know the little uncertainty you may be feeling. I will do my best to to teach you how to do it with out any fear.

Some doctors advise waiting until an infant is a few days old before giving them their first bath. Since your baby is coated with vernix, a waxy coating on the skin that protects your baby from bacteria  after birth. This website contains affiliate links, we try our best to help our readers by providing valuable products accessed to make your shopping easier. I earn a small commission  from products and services you purchase through my links at no extra cause to you. Thank you for your consideration.

Bathing a baby can be a daunting task. It’s possible that your kid would dislike it as well. With a little preparation, though,  both of you will  feel more at ease in the bathtub. Begin by studying the fundamentals of baby bathing. I will help you to feel at ease in bathing your little star.

There is no need to fear: You can only love your baby during a bath!

Mama there is no need for you to fear. The fact that you love your baby is one of the best attributes you can have to get the ball rolling.

If you have a hospital birth, the amniotic fluid and blood will be cleaned up by hospital nurses or employees until your baby is born. However, you will most likely have the luxury of telling them to leave any excess vernix if you so like.

You should give your baby a sponge bath after you get them home. You have access to their head, body, and diaper area to clean them. Until your baby’s umbilical cord breaks, this is the best way to bathe them. You will begin bathing your baby by submerging their body in a shallow bath until the cord has come off on its own. A bath is fine every 2-3 days for about 5 -10 minutes. Too much bathing can actually dry out your baby’s skin.

1. Begin with a sponge bath

Sponge baths are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics before the umbilical cord stump falls off, which may take a week or two. You’ll need the following items to give your baby a sponge bath:

A  warm, smooth surface in a warm environment. A counter in the bathroom or kitchen, a change table, or a solid bed would suffice. It’s fine to put a blanket or towel on the floor. Use a pad or towel to protect rough surfaces.

For the first few weeks of life, the newborn should be bathed in a sponge bath. Before the umbilical cord comes off, this is the easiest way to clean your son.( Promotional link).

Although the circumcision site recovers, sponge baths are the perfect place to bathe circumcised babies.

2. Gather all your supplies which include:

  • mild baby soap
  • clean diaper
  • baby towel
  • padding for hard surfaces, such as a blanket or towel
  • bowl of warm, not hot, water
  • washcloth
  • Baby oil or lotion

Lets begin our sponge bath:

  • Wrap the baby in a towel after undressing him or her.
  • Choose a warm room, around 75°F (23.8°C) for the bath, remove your baby’s clothes and diaper, and wrap them in a towel.
  • In the prepared location, place your baby on his or her back.
  • Just show the areas of your baby’s body you’re washing to keep him warm.
  • From the inside to the outside corner of each eyelid, wipe it clean.
  • Wipe the baby’s face with the wet washcloth, wringing out the hot sweat.
  • Using plain water, a soft, moisturizing soap or a gentle wash to clean your baby’s body. Not too much to dry out baby’s skin.
  1. Dry your baby off, including drying between skin folds. Put on a clean diaper. You can use a towel with a built-in hood to keep their head warm while they dry off, too.

If you have a newborn boy who was circumcised, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully for keeping the area clean or dry until it has healed. This usually takes about 7 days to heal. (Promotional link).

Easy step -by -step bathing of your little star

Preparation is necessary to avoid leaving baby unattended
  1. Always have clean washed hands before bathing your baby.
  2. Have all of your supplies readily available.
  3. Undress your baby, taking the nappy off last, and wrap in a towel. Put about 3-4 inches of warm water into the tub and test it with your elbow to ensure that it is not too hot.
  4. Gently but firmly hold your baby putting feet first into the water wipe the eyelids (from inner eye to outer eye) with cotton wool dipped in lukewarm water. Squeeze out extra water. Use a new piece of cotton wool for each wipe. Then wash the whole face. Be careful not to put anything into your baby’s ears or nose.
  5. Cradle your baby’s head and shoulders with one arm and support their body with your other arm. Gently lower your baby into the bath, feet first, keeping a close hold at all times.
  6. Supporting your baby’s head, lay your baby down in the bath so the back of their head is in the water. Gently splash some water and a little baby wash or shampoo onto their head and
  7. Gently wash your baby’s front from neck to feet. Then gently turn baby over and wash from top to bottom. Also clean out any bits of poo, vomit or milk from your baby’s body creases.
  8. During this time mama , you can talk , sing, and pray with your baby. This is a great time for bonding or really checking your baby out as he/she also observe you. You both are learning each other. (Allow dad to bath baby sometimes to encourage father support and bonding).
  9. Little girls should be washed from front to back. If there’s a little vaginal discharge, don’t worry — and don’t try to wipe it all away. If a little boy is uncircumcised, leave the foreskin alone. If circumcised, don’t wash the head of the penis until it’s healed. You can use a sponge bath instead.
  10. Gently pat baby dry. Rubbing the skin will irritate it.

Your baby is now ready for clothing, feeding or more cuddling.

There are benefits to bathing your baby

Bath time becomes a highlight of the day for both of you for a reason: it’s time spent together, just the two of you.
  1. It makes you sleepy. There’s even more reason to enjoy bathing your baby, particularly if you incorporate it into his or her bedtime routine. Warm water, a warm bed, and the warm feeling of being protected, comfortable, and loved all work together to put your baby to sleep.
  2. It calms down fussy kids. Nothing is more relaxing and comforting than a soak in a tub after a long day, as you probably already know from your own bath time experience. After that, try your hand at baby massage to add to the relaxation. Although most babies enjoy it, if yours does not (he fusses or turns his head), don’t worry about it; simply cuddle instead. You’ll find out what’s going on soon enough.
  3. Boosts parent baby hormones-Bath time becomes a highlight of the day for both of you for a reason: it’s time spent together, just the two of you. Taking care of your child shows him that you are concerned about him. Look him in the eyes, kiss that delicious baby belly, count those tiny fingers, coo sweet nothings, and sing silly songs. Hearing your voice (no matter what you say or sing) and feeling your gentle touch will enable your your baby to bond with you.
  4.  Its a learning event for you and your baby: Believe it or not, there’s plenty to learn in the tub. Tickle your little one’s senses by trickling water gently onto his tummy — he’ll probably giggle with pleasure. Pour a little water near him (his wide-eyed gaze will let you know he’s captivated), or teach him a lesson in cause-and-effect by showing him how to kick the water and create a splash. Just always watch to be sure he’s happy and enjoying what you’re doing.

Apply a thick barrier cream or zinc paste to the nappy region if your baby has nappy rash.
Dress your baby first, putting on their nappy.

Put your baby in a secure place, such as a cot or bassinette.(Promotional link).
Fill the tub with water and drain it.

Bottom line

Mama bathing your baby is truly an awesome experience. Make the time and see it as a quality investment. I know bathing him /her for the first time can be scary but the more you do it the more confidence you get. As we have learned, bathing has many good benefits for you and baby. Mama there is really no need to fear bathing your baby because you can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength. Remember to keep your little star safe both during and after the bath. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you gained some insight on bathing your baby. Please like , comment, or ask a question. Do come again. Check out our facebook page @https://maternaltreasuresparentcarecenter, linkedIn- MarilynSmith @ linkedIn, Instagram -marilynsmith_3291, Pinterest- https://www.breastifriend.

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How to Cut Your Baby’s Nails Without Any Fear:10 Easy Steps!

Clipping your baby’s tiny nails may be a terrible worry, but it’s one you’ll have to do sooner rather than later. Find out the simplest way to do it!

Hello Mamas and dads to be! How are you doing today? I hope you are all really doing just wonderful. When I had my first baby, I was so afraid of cutting her nails that I prolonged it. But that did not help the situation, it only made it worse. As I ignored it she started to scratch her face and other parts of her body which meant I had to do something about it now. I will share with you what really worked for me personally. It might also work for you. My favorite way of cutting my baby’s nails is step #7. I hope it works for you. (Promotional link).

This site contains affiliate links. As an affiliate I will earn a small commission if you make any purchase through my link. Thank you for your consideration. So how do you feel about cutting your little star’s nails for the first time? Here some awesome tips to help you along:

1. Your baby’s nails naturally grow very fast, cut them when needed

Clipping your baby’s tiny nails may be a terrible worry, but it’s one you’ll have to do sooner rather than later.

Your baby’s nails have been developing even before he/she was conceived, so she could be ready for a manicure in the first week -and every two to three days for the next three weeks before the nails harden and stop growing so quickly! Do not let what happened to me happen to you, where baby begins to scratch her face or you.

2. What type of tools do I need?

The funny thing is that you can softly peel the ends off with your fingertips while your baby is very young. However, as your child ages, you’ll need to switch to baby nail clippers, tiny round-ended safety scissors, or a fine emery board. Since carving, some parents prefer to use emery boards to smooth out the sharp edges.

3.Here is an easy way to do it if baby is awake or asleep!

  • Keep the baby’s finger and press the fingertip pad down and away from the nail while cutting.
    Snip along the normal curve of the fingernail, being careful not to nip  fast by cutting  too short.
    Split her toes’ nails straight through while caring for them.
  • Keep in mind that toenails develop more slowly than fingernails and therefore require less upkeep. (Promotional link).
  • Keep their nails straight, don’t cut them too short, and stop trimming along their finger’s curve.
  • Do not cut down the side of their toenail, as this can lead to ingrown nails, and avoid scratching into the ends of their nails, which can lead to infection.
  • Have a tight grip on their hand and press the finger pad away from the nail. If you trim your baby’s finger too short, the tip can bleed, which may lead to infection.
  • Since newborn babies’ toenails are so delicate, they curl around the end of their toes, it’s difficult to tell which part of the nail  is  connected  to the  skin, so proceed with caution.
  • Use mittens or socks to avoid baby scratching you or herself.

4. Get some help if you really need some support

Not everyone is cometent enough to do it for the first time on their own. Having someone there for support can be powerful in giving you confidence as you do it.

5. Practice, practice, practice!

This is what worked for me. After the first try I was more confident after each try. Like they say, practice makes improvement. Try not to get into the habit of letting others do it for you do it yourself and continue to practice.(Promotional link).

6. Always ask God for His help

Remember God is with you when you go through each challenge. So always reach out to Him .

7. Wait for them to fall asleep is what I did and it worked!

Waiting for my baby to go asleep was my #1 time to trim her nails

Mamas this just might work for you . I waited until the little angel fell asleep.! This was so easy and it was helpful in building my confidence.

8.Cut one -two weeks intervals

Cutting your baby’s nails regularly is a good routine. You can determine this by how fast it grows. Each baby’s growing span is different. You might could wait every 2 weeks.

9.Accidents can happen: Relax

Don’t panic if you nick your skin by mistake. Apply a small amount of pressure to the wound with a piece of wet, moist cotton wool to avoid the bleeding. However, don’t use a plaster because your kid could choke if it comes loose.

10. Never try to bite your little star’s nails!

If you want to keep the baby’s nails short, don’t bite them. You can end up biting off too much Germs from your mouth may enter some small wounds on your baby’s fingertips and cause an infection. You won’t be able to know what you’re doing, because your baby’s fingernail will be very tiny in comparison to your teeth.

Bottom line

Go ahead Mamas! Practice, practice, practice until you get your confidence. You just have to start and that is the beginning of releasing your fear and anxiety about cutting you little star’s nails. But for real try the sleeping technique. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you found this post interesting and helpful. Please like, comment and share. You can visit my social media platforms @https:linkedIn- MarilynSmith @ linkedIn, Instagram -marilynsmith_3291, Pinterest- https://www.breastifriend.

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