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- Three towels (one for bottom of sink, one for drying baby, one for dressing baby on).
- One hand towel for drying head.
- Two wash clothes, one for body, one for head.
- Any products you will be using, such as lotions, q-tips, cotton balls.
- Diaper, undershirt (onesie) and clothing
- Make sure baby is not tired and not hungry before bathing.
- Never wake a baby up to give a bath. Imagine being woken from your sleep, stripped and flung into water! Doesn't sound too pleasant, does it!
- Babies, especially newborns, don't like to be completely naked. Keep them covered, never strip them completely naked and leave them that way.
- Place baby on a warm towel right out of the dryer and place another warm towel over them.
- Open the towel a bit, wash one part, rinse, dry and cover again.
- Clean your sink well, rinse it good.
- Place a soft towel in bottom of sink, fill with warm water and keep water running to keep bath warm. Keep faucet in the corner of the sink away from baby, in a trickle of warm water.
- Place your arm under the baby's neck and hold it by it's upper arm. Place your other arm under the baby's butt and hold it by it's thigh. You should be holding the arm and thigh on the same side of the baby's body.
- Place baby into warm water gently.
- Keep baby's entire body covered in warm water, only the head out. Their head will be resting on your forearm and you will have a sturdy grip on their upper arm. They won't slip.
- I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS NONSENSE OF PUTTING AN INCH OF WATER IN A USELESS BATHTUB WHICH IS COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. You have a sink and a bathtub in the house. The baby FREEZES in those tubs with no water. It's money-making - no one needs a bathtub. It makes more cleanup and you need to store more unnecessary stuff.
- The baby will be calm, quiet, relaxed and WARM in the sink filled with warm water. If the water is getting too high, simply drain a little bit.
- Once baby is in bath, use the arm that was holding the butt to wash baby.
- Start with the face, no soap, wash each eye from inner corner to outer, using different parts of the cloth, Then wash face.
- Never pour cold soap onto baby's head or body. Pour onto washcloth and wet cloth a bit to warm the soap.
- Start from the neck down. Be sure to wash under the neck well and get in all the folds.
- Wash the chest, under arms, arms, hands and be sure to get in between fingers.
- Then do the belly, legs, getting in all the folds, feet and between the toes.
- Sit baby up in water and wash the back.
- Wash the private parts in the front, then wash the butt, being sure to clean inside as well. I've seen so many people not do that in videos. Once done, PUT CLOTH DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- I cannot believe how many people I've watched in videos wash the butt then use the same cloth and continue washing the baby. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- Last thing to do is wash head with warm water and soap and dry it with small towel.
- Be sure to wash behind the ears when you wash the head and also clean the inner ears, don't go into he canal, just clean inside the ear and get in all the folds.
Have a warm towel right next to you on the counter. Wrap baby immediately and cover the head to keep body temperature stable.
I would set everything else up on kitchen table. Bring baby to table to finish.
- Dry well and then discard wet towel, don't keep baby laying on it. I've watched so many people in videos dress babies on wet towels? Do you get dressed laying on the wet towel you just dried yourself with??????????? Dress baby on the second towel.
- Be sure to thoroughly dry in all creases especially under neck and in folds in arms and legs or baby will get chapped or an infection.
- Use cream for moisturizer on entire body.
- Diaper and dress baby and brush hair then cuddle.
Once they are able to be held sitting up, move to the bathtub and/or shower. I sometimes took the baby into the shower with me.
NEVER have I witnessed babies screaming, sobbing, shivering whenever I've seen a baby in my family getting a bath from when I was little or whenever I gave my own babies their baths. I am shocked at the videos I watch of these poor babies FREEZING, and so hysterical crying and the adults just keep on going. They don't calm them, offer a pacifier, nothing.
Imagine stripping in the middle of the house and soaking yourself. You will FREEZE. That's what's happening to these poor babies. In some videos you see the baby shivering and in every video, the minute the baby is wrapped they stop crying.
Why make your baby take their bath unpleasantly? It makes no sense. Submerge the baby in WARM water up to their neck. They will be happy, calm, cooing, splashing and the experience will be pleasant for them and you.
Since when did water harm babies? What is this new trend from the "experts" of filling a bath with an inch of water? Why?
Don't waste money on baby baths. You don't need one. Do it my way and everyone will be happier, trust me.
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