Sounds elementary doesn’t it? Bathing a baby should be a piece of cake. Put the little darling in a little baby tub and bath them. Well, there are things you should know about babies and bathing. Some babies hate baths. They will scream the minute you put them in the tub. If that’s the case, you will find yourself quickly bathing them and probably missing spots. To make it more soothing, sing to your baby and make sure you are very gentle. By 4 months of age they should accept the bath easy enough but it does take some babies that long to finally go in without crying. As a foster mom I realize that my babies that have been cocaine exposed have very sensitive skin and the feel of the water will be very uncomfortable but babies not drug exposed may still react to a bath. Sometimes there is very little you can do but to soothe them into the bath time ritual but once again, not to worry, they will eventually come around. While Johnson and Johnson boast of a Lavender Soothing Bath Soap and I did use it for my screaming babies, I think the wonderful aroma helped soothe me more than the baby!
Bathing Baby and Beyond:
Fill the baby tub up with barely warm water. Keep your hands on him to make sure he feels secure and doesn’t slide to the side. New babies will slip around.
Use a baby soft sponge and put baby soap on it. Go over baby’s body very carefully. Most overlooked areas that sometimes are never cleaned are the armpits, behind baby’s ears and under the chin. You might be surprised at all the little goodies from the milk that gets stored under babies chin.
When washing his hair, use just a dab of soap, just enough to cleanse it because if you use to much you will have to pour more water over his head to rinse and some babies get very upset with water hitting their face. I typically do not wash my baby’s hair during bath time but separately. Instead, I wash baby’s hair over the sink and talk to her while rinsing her hair. One particular foster baby I had had a ton of hair and it took quite a lot of water to rinse out.
Most babies get Cradle Cap. This can be very bothersome to that baby as their scalp builds up with crust and flakes all into their hair becoming itchy and also rather unsightly.
There are many products on the market for Cradle Cap and Kroger even sells a brand called Gentle Naturals that is wonderful. However, I had one little baby that I could not get rid of her cradle cap. Her scalp also became irritated. For my daughter, Annah, I use Carol’s Daughter products and while they are hair products for African American Hair, I found that when I applied the Tui Smoothie to this Caucasian baby’s hair and left in to hydrate it that the entire scalp was soft and much better within 48 hours. In between using the Smoothie I used the Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner on her hair and when I rinsed it out her hair was so very shiny and healthy and flake free!
Rinse baby off with clean warm running water. Wrap a soft towel around baby and proceed to the changing table. This is where you will want to check baby’s skin carefully for dry patches. Some dry patches will occur on the elbows and behind the ears and over the eyes. For this type of combination skin you can use Aquaphor ointment on troubled areas. If you see scaly skin, it might be eczema and your doctor should be alerted. He may prescribe a special ointment for it. Be careful what you put onto your babies skin as lotions do absorb into the skin. While it doesn’t smell as baby fresh, I like to keep Pure Coconut Oil on hand for my baby’s skin. It’s very emollient and keeps baby purely soft.
Don’t forget to clip baby’s nails since most babies take their hands to their face and this results in scratches. Be careful to not clip the skin. Babies tend to be jerky and this can result in a skin clip or, wait till baby is sound asleep to clip.
Put a diaper on baby, dress, hug and kiss and rock to sleep!