Bathing Babies (cont.)
Portable Tub or Sink Bath
- Select a safe, flat surface for the portable baby tub. It might be best to omit soap the first couple of times the baby gets a tub bath because soapy babies are slippery babies.
- Place any supplies within easy reach of the bathing area.
- Put 2-3 inches of water into the baby tub. Test the water temperature with the wrist or elbow to be sure it is comfortably warm. Never run the water with the baby in the tub because a water temperature change might occur. Don't add baby soap or bubble bath to the water, because these can be drying to the baby's skin.
- Undress the baby completely.
- Gently slip the baby into the tub or sink. Support the neck and head with one hand securely in a semi-reclining position. With a free hand, wash the baby working from the cleanest to the dirtiest areas. First, use a soft cloth moistened in warm water: clean the baby's eyes, wiping gently from the nose outward. No soap is needed. Wipe around the baby's mouth, nose, forehead, cheeks, and chin. Wipe around the outer ears but not inside. Cleanse the abundant folds of the neck. Dry all parts of the face and neck.
- Use soap on the hands and the diaper area daily. Use it every couple of days on arms, neck, legs, and abdomen as long as the baby's skin doesn't seem dry -- less often if it does. When the baby's front parts are clean, turn him or her over and wash the back and buttocks.
- Once or twice a week, wash the baby's scalp using mild baby soap or baby shampoo. Rinse very thoroughly and towel dry.
- Wrap the baby in a towel, pat dry.
- Get the baby fully dressed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2015
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