All You Need To Know About Bathing A 3 Week Old Baby
Babies can be quite frustrating to care for if you are a new parent. They are so delicate that they require so much care, especially when you are caring for a 3-week old baby. One thing that can be nerve-wracking is giving your baby her first bath.There is just so many things to consider when giving a baby a bath.
You’d have to think of how often, where, and most importantly how you are going to give your baby a bath.
If you have no clue whatsoever about baby care, you have come to the right place. We are here to provide you with all the stuff you need to know how to properly care for your baby.
For this article, we will be sharing with you a complete guide about how to properly bathe a 3-week old baby. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have gained enough knowledge to confidently wash your baby all on your own. Read on to find out more!
How Often Should You Bathe Your Baby
Babies have sensitive skin that can easily become irritated when constantly subjected to substances that contain certain chemicals including soaps, lotions, and shampoos. Because of so, a baby’s bathing routine does not have to be frequent.
A baby’s bathing routine should not exceed three or four times a week, unless your baby has gotten into certain messes that would require you to thoroughly clean her through a bath. If your baby is often kept clean, you will do fine with a couple of wipes her face, skin folds, and genital area after every diaper change.
When it comes to your baby’s bath time, make sure to choose a time where you won’t be interrupted because once you start, you can never leave your baby unattended.
The best time to bathe infants that are only a couple weeks old is during the day. However, as time passes, you may include your baby’s bathing schedule sometime before her bedtime.
Tips For Bathing A Baby
To ensure the overall effectiveness and safety of your baby during her bath time, try to consider these following tips:
Create A Routine
Baby baths are often held before bedtime to condition baby’s into thinking they need to sleep soon. Try to establish a bath routine sometime before your baby’s bedtime to reinforce your baby’s body clock.
When setting the bathing routine for your baby, you should also consider setting the entire mood of the whole bathing experience to make it an effective transitional stage that would lead to your baby’s bedtime.
After bathing your baby, try to dim the lights or play soft music that will soothe your baby enough to make her get ready to fall asleep.However, if your baby is currently seeking for other needs such as food, you should tend to her needs first and postpone the bath.
Do Not Use Too Much Soap
A baby’s skin is very sensitive. Any type of product that contains chemicals can easily irritate it. Even if you are using mild cleansers or organic baby products, you should refrain from using ample amounts on your baby’s skin to avoid drying it out or irritating it.
Keep Everything Within Reach
Babies are very delicate creatures that require constant monitoring if you do not want anything to go wrong. A baby bath is one simple task that can easily turn bad if you don’t focus on your baby 100%.
To avoid giving your baby divided attention during bath time, make sure that everything you need including towels, water, clothes, cleansers, your phone, etc. will be within your reach. Doing so will ensure that your focus and line of sight will be on your baby at all times, therefore reducing the risks of any unfavorable accidents.
How You Should Bathe A 3 Week Old Baby
Now that you are well aware of how often your baby should be bathed, you should now familiarize yourself with the proper precautions you need to take and the materials you need to use when giving your baby a bath.
What You’ll Need
Before you go and start bathing your baby, the first thing you should do is prepare all the things you need to ensure that once you start, all your focus will be on your baby. Try and prepare these following materials beforehand to practice efficiency and safety:
#Clean Warm Water
You will need a bowl of clean warm water for washing your baby’s face. Make sure that the water you will use will not exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Your baby’s skin is very delicate, which is why it is important to use a warm clean liquid that would give your baby chills or burns.
#Cotton Wool Cloths
Try to prepare a piece or two of soft cotton wool clothes before you bathe your baby. This will be used to gently wipe your baby’s face, skin folds, and genitals. Make sure that the cloth you are using is free of any dust or contaminants that may scratch your baby’s skin.
A Baby Tub
If you don’t have a baby tub yet, try to purchase one that comes with a nice head rest and non-slip feet. Also, make sure that the product you will purchase has been approved by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
#A Baby Sponge
You will need a baby sponge to pour water over your baby’s head gently. You can get a bathing sponge at your local supermarket or baby store. When getting a bathing sponge, make sure all of its parts are fully intact to avoid getting stray sponge pieces into your baby’s eyes or mouth.
Do not attempt to use adult soaps, shampoos, or other cleansers on your baby. Doing so may leave your baby with irritated skin or may even trigger allergies. Try to use mild baby cleansers or bath emollients to ensure the overall protection of your baby’s skin. You can easily buy such products online or from any baby store.
You can use any clean towel you want to dry your baby as long as its soft on the skin. If you have any, or if you are planning on purchasing baby towels, try to go with hooded ones because those are great for completely wrapping up your baby from head to toe.
#Clean Baby Clothes
You will need a set of clean baby clothes to dress your baby with after her bath. Unless you are dressing your baby with a onesie, try to choose comfortable napping clothes that will cover your baby’s whole body. If your baby’s outfit doesn’t cover her feet, do not forget to cover her feet with baby socks.
#Clean Baby Blanket
A bath can be quite chilling for a baby even after drying. To avoid giving your baby the chills, do prepare a clean blanket that you can use to swaddle your baby. Make sure that the blanket you are using is completely clean and free of any contaminants that may irritate your baby’s skin.
What You Should Do
Now that you are well aware of the things you need to prepare before giving your baby a bath, here are the following steps that you should do to safely and effectively bathe your 3-week old baby:
Step 1: Prepare All The Materials
Make sure that everything you need is within reach. Try to place everything you need to bathe your baby right in front of you. Avoid placing the things you need in places that would require you to turn away from your baby. Doing so will ensure the overall protection of your child.
Step 2: Prepare The Bathing Area
Make sure that the room you will be bathing your baby in is completely warm. Try to close all the windows, turn off the air conditioning, or turn up your house’s thermostat. Also, make sure that your baby’s bathing area is completely clean and free of dust or anything that can irritate your baby’s skin.
Step 3: Fill The Tub
A newborn baby at 3-weeks old does not require much water for bathing. Simply will your baby tub with approximately 3-inches of clean warm water that’s approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature. To make sure that the water’s temperature will be alright for your baby, test it on the inside of your wrist and see if it’s warm enough.
Step 4: Prepare Your Baby
Now that everything’s set up in your bathing area, it’s now time to get your baby ready. Carefully undress your baby by removing pieces of her clothing one at a time. When doing so, it is best to lay your baby down on a soft and clean piece of cloth (can be a blanket) for added safety.
Step 5: Place Your Baby In The Tub
Once your baby is all set to take her bath, the first thing you should do is put her feet first in the tub. To do so, use one of your hands to support her head and neck. While holding your baby horizontally, gradually slip her inside the baby tub starting with her feet until she’s completely lying on the bottom surface of the tub.
Step 6: Bathing Your Baby
Once your baby is all settled inside the tub, next thing you should do is constantly pour water over her using a bath sponge. Doing so will keep your baby warm during the whole bathing process.The next thing you should do is gently wash your baby’s skin with your free hand using your mild baby cleanser and your clean cotton wool washcloth.Start washing your baby’s scalp by gently going over it with a soapy washcloth and then rinse it by going over it again with a wet washcloth. Apply the same process to your baby’s face, skin folds, and genitals.
Step 7: Rinse Your Baby
After thoroughly washing your baby’s skin, the next thing you should do is rinse your baby with the clean water. You can do so by pouring water over your baby with a bath sponge or just your free hand. Make sure that there are no soapy areas left, especially in her skin folds and genitals.
Step 8: Dry Your Baby
Carefully take out your baby from the tub, and immediately dry her out with a clean soft towel to avoid giving her chills. Gently dab the towel cloth onto her skin until there are no moist or wet areas left in her body.
Step 9: Clothing Your Baby
Once your baby has been completely dried, the next thing you should do is put her clothes on. You can easily do so by placing your baby on her back on a clean and soft piece of cloth or a blanket and then put on her clothes piece by piece.
If your baby has a rash, you may want to put some lotion or powder on her before you clothe her to avoid irritating the skin.
A Quick Recap
Caring for newborns can be quite nerve-wracking especially if you are a new parent. One thing that you may find frustrating is giving your baby a bath. But hopefully, with the help of this guide, you will now have enough confidence and knowledge to properly bath any baby that’s only a few weeks old.
Just remember to keep everything within your reach and to keep all your focus on your baby once you start bathing her for complete safety.
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