Now that your umbilical cord fell off we get to bathe! The doctor says that until that happens babies are only allowed to be sponge bathed. She also told us that most babies don't like being put in tubs but you seem to love it. Although the tub we were using seemed a bit large so I decided to transfer bath time to the little sink in the guest bathroom. We found this great turtle shaped sponge at Babies R Us for only $6 and it transformed the sink into a great tub alternative! Daddy thinks the sink is too small so I guess we'll have to try the master bathroom sink next time.
Here are my bathing tips for new Mommies:
- You don't need to bathe your baby more than 2 or 3 times a week but it's recommended that you sponge them daily. I usually take a wet cloth in the morning and clean Junebug's face, etc.
- The best bath products are Burt's Bees or California Baby. People talk a lot about the Mustela products but I personally think the scent is too strong for an infant.
- Use a hair dryer to dry them after a bath (on low!) The white noise soothes the baby and it gets into those little folds and between the fingers and toes where moisture can get trapped (you don't want fungus to grow in there, do you?) Be sure to cover their eyes and of course don't store the dryer anywhere near the bath water.
- If you are using an infant bath tub, bring the baby into the tub in a seated position, not a horizontal position which scares them.
- Always test the water to make sure it's not too hot. There is this great rubber ducky that has a temperature gauge on its bottom which I recommend. You can also test the water with your elbow which is the best way to make sure it's not hot. Never use your hand to test water as hands have a higher tolerance for heat than the rest of the body.