For the first time, bathing your baby can be a daunting experience. But it hasn't got to be! With the bonus of warm cuddles and splashy giggles, bath time is the ideal time to build rituals that keep the tender tushie feeling good.
Since newborns are now encouraged to be sponge-bathed before the umbilical cord has dried and fallen off, it is a great way to build a baby washing station near a water source to keep your baby clean and smell oh-so-good! Babies need to be washed every day with their ears, hands, the base around their umbilical cord, and diaper field.
To ensure the vernix caseosa, the greasy whiteish protective coating babies are born with, remains intact, the World Health Organization recommends delaying the first bath for the first 24 hours. The vernix helps protect the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties that help avoid after-birth infections!
Although the bathing technique recommended for newborns is still appropriate, your baby may still enjoy bathing in a shallow baby bathtub or even in the sink by three months. And bath time will become a more regular requirement until the baby can sit unassisted and start eating solid food! Dry patches, especially in winter, are common.
Reduce the bathing frequency to three times a week as they grow while continuing to wash the face and hands of your infant, and sponge-bathe the diaper area every day.
Memories of Bath Time are some of the best. Time spent together laughing in warm water will stay with you both for years to come, from making bubble beards to favorite toys, games, and songs!
When it comes to finding the right items for infants, long lists of unknown ingredients can leave a parent completely confused. Take into account castile soap when contemplating a gentle cleanser for delicate skin. It's low-foaming, derived from olive oil but cleanses well.
Choose those containing mild surfactants such as CAPB (Cocamidopropyl betaine), coco, decyl, or lauryl glucoside, and some glutamates and sarcosinates, if you are looking for a shampoo style product. In combination with a fatty ingredient such as vegetable glycerine, a well-formulated product will contain surfactants to build a well-balanced recipe.
If both relaxing chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and soothing calendula (Calendula officinalis) are lovely additions to the search for baby-friendly herbals.