How To Give A Sponge Bath To Your Baby

By Subodh / February 18, 2015

Bringing a new life into the world is an experience that you will never forget and one that will change your life forever. The whole process can be scary at times and if you’re a new parent, you’ll definitely find yourself freaking out about the simplest of things. But don’t fret too much! All you need to do is spend some time researching the basics of parenting or ask experienced parents for advice and you’ll be able to handle just about anything.

One of the most basic tasks is giving your baby a bath. Now, what you need to remember is that your newborn baby shouldn’t be given a bath in a tub until his umbilical cord falls off. So, until then, you should stick to sponge baths.

Why Are Sponge Baths Preferable At The Early Stage?

When the climate is hot and humid, your baby will feel sweaty and sticky. So, it is probably best to give him a sponge bath every day. Sponge baths take a lot less time and hence, are preferable when it’s cold outside because babies have to be kept warm at all times.

Sponge Bath To Your Baby

What You Need To Keep Ready?

Most babies don’t like having a bath because they feel cold very easily. You must make sure the room is nice and warm (about 75 degrees Fahrenheit) before giving your baby a bath. Here’s what you need to make the process simpler:

  • A special mild baby soap
  • Mild baby shampoo like Johnson’s
  • An empty tub for him to sit in
  • A bucket of warm water- not hot
  • A hooded baby towel
  • 2-3 regular sized towels
  • A soft washcloth
  • Cotton swab dipped in alcohol
  • A fresh diaper and special diaper cream
  • A clean set of warm clothes

What Are The Steps That You Need To Follow?

  1. Keep All Supplies Ready: Ensure you keep whatever you require for the sponge bath ready and close at hand. Trust me, it won’t be a pretty picture if you have to leave midway to run upstairs and fetch something. Use the list that is provided in this article if you are unsure about what you require.
  2. Spread The Towel: If you’re not using a portable tub, spread the towels (not the baby one) across the counter near the sink where you’re giving your baby a bath. This will create a nice and soft absorbent surface.
  3. Pour The Warm Water Into The Tub Or Bucket: Keep adding water to the tub until it reaches a temperature that you are satisfied with. It should be just right- not too hot and not too cold.
  4. Undress The Little One: Undress your little bundle of joy right down to his little diaper. Place him gently on the two towels that you had laid down earlier. Cover him with the hooded baby towel and start wiping slowly, part by part. Make sure that you cover the parts of his body which you aren’t currently wiping.
  5. Wet The Washcloth And Start Wiping The Baby’s Face Gently: Wring the washcloth till it’s just damp. Start with your baby’s face. Start with the corner of the eyes and the nose. Wipe the mouth carefully and make sure you pay special attention to the area behind the ears.
  6. Clean Your Baby’s Body: Wet the washcloth again and wring it till it’s just damp. Start wiping the body gently from the top till the bottom- skipping the diaper area.
  7. Take Off The Diaper And Wash That Area: Peel off the diaper carefully and with a clean wash cloth, scrub the diaper area gently. Make sure you wipe all the crevices and folds carefully.
  8. Get Your Baby Dry And Apply Cream: Wipe your baby with a soft clean towel and apply diaper cream before placing a fresh diaper on him.
  9. Clean The Stump: Don’t forget to clean the stump of your baby’s umbilical cord with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
  10. Dress Up: Dress your baby as soon as possible because you don’t want him to get cold and start making a fuss.

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You should put your baby to sleep straight after a bath as this is the time when he starts to feel cozy and warm. A bath is a natural sleep inducer!

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