Always wash your baby, no matter how cold it is
No matter how cold inside or outside of your home is, your baby should be bathed. Keeping your little one clean is one of the most important things a parent can do to help them grow into a healthy child. It also provides an unparalleled bonding experience between you and your baby. Don’t take this to mean that you should wash your baby everyday. There are many parents who cleanse their babies a little too often, probably because they enjoy that fresh baby scent.
Until your baby is able to move around, which means he will be sweating, sharing germs, and getting into all sorts of things, you can limit the number of times you actually wash your child to about three times a week. When your infant is ready for a daily bath routine, it should include:
- washing the hands with baby wash
- washing the feet with baby wash
- washing the face with tear-free baby wash, with care to clean the eyes and nostrils
What about the temperature of the water?
Babies have sensitive and new skin, which makes it very important for you to have the right temperature bath water. The ideal temperature is around 90 and 100 degrees, which is close to normal body temperature.
Methods for testing the temp:
- Purchase a cute bath thermometer to know exactly what the temperature is.
- Use the underside of your forearm to test the water temp. You want temp somewhere between tepid and warm.
Even though modern technology can keep bath water from reaching scalding temperatures, your bath water can still become much too hot for your baby. To prevent burns, take the following actions:
- Set the max temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees;
- Carefully monitor the temperature of the bath water as it fills the tub; and
- Check the temperature both at the surface and at the bottom of the tub.
Bath time can be a great bonding experience for both you and your baby, as long as the water is not too hot and not too cold.
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