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Saturday, December 2, 2017

How To Give Baby A Bath

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I've seen a lot of videos lately of babies being given a bath.  I must say, today's method STINKS.  
These babies are screaming and the parents just let them scream.  They are FREEZING.  I have no idea why the "experts" are making a bath so difficult.  

There is absolutely no need to wash the hair separately.  


Supplies:
  • 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.
  • Soaps
  • Any products you will be using, such as lotions, q-tips, cotton balls.
  • Diaper, undershirt (onesie) and clothing 

For any new parents out there, this is how I was taught by my mom, who was taught by my grandmother (dad's mom).

  • 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. 
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If they had kept this poor baby covered and warm, he wouldn't be screaming like he is. He's FREEZING.  

Sponge Bath:
  • 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. 
My babies NEVER once cried for a sponge bath. 

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If you are giving a full a bath: 

  • 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.
 Once you are done washing, let baby kick and stretch and relax a bit in the warm water, it's good exercise for them and tires them out.


  • 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.  

If you do this at night, they will get tired and sleep well. Good luck. There will be no screaming baby, sobbing unable to catch its breath, trust me.  All of my grandmother's children were washed that way, all her grandchildren and all her great grandchildren.  We are all alive and well!

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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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Day

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Thanksgiving day was very nice.  The family was together and we had fun!  Of course, I couldn't eat anything that was on the table. (See Happy Thanksgiving - Allergies and All!)  

In order for me to be in my sister's house, the majority of the cooking has to be done elsewhere.  If anything is cooked that has gluten in it, I can't be in the house.  Just breathing it in the air causes serious issues.  Obviously, I also can't eat it.  I'm allergic to gluten, nuts, soy, eggs and corn.  Ugh  I also have a mystery illness.  (See Why Am I Not Posting Recipes? Because IT Has Started Again!)

They also can't use any chemicals such as bleach, etc.  That will be an immediate trip to the ER.  (See What About Restaurants, Parties, Invites And Public Places?)

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I made my own meal, much to one of my dogs' despair.  See the video above where she was terrified of the mixer.  My meal was chicken, with no seasonings, plain string beans, mashed potatoes (my version) and mashed sweet potatoes (my version).  


I mashed the white potatoes with  organic ricotta cheese and organic mozzarella cheese. 



I mashed the sweet potatoes with organic baby food bananas. My meal was good.  It certainly wasn't the delicious food everyone else ate, but at least I got to eat.  


Dessert was delicious too.  My mom made a cheesecake.  My niece made the pumpkin chiffon pies. (See Pumpkin Chiffon Pie For Thanksgiving) My mom also made an applesauce cake, I brought carvel flying saucers for everyone and guests brought assorted cookies.  



We use paper plates and plastic utensils and cups on the holidays.  We have a houseful and it's a much quicker and easier cleanup leaving us time for other things. Who wants to spend the entire holiday doing chores like we do daily.  Hell no.  We want to have time for FUN!  Fun games went on before and after dinner!  

We had a wonderful time.  Family, friends, food and fun!  Nothing beats it!  (See Family, Friends, Food And Fun!)

November is gluten free diet awareness month  (See Oh, I Know, You Have Celiac Disease. Umm, No, Not Exactly)

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