One of the most awaited moments for parents, especially for new parents, is the first time they bathe their baby, as it is a unique moment of connection for both parents. However, it is natural that this experience is accompanied by many questions regarding how to perform this first bath. Dr. Erick Olivera, a pediatrician of our clinic, mentions some steps to consider to make this moment a pleasant and unforgettable experience.
- Make sure you have everything you will need on hand before you start the bath. For example, a special shampoo and soap for newborns, a pitcher or container of warm water, a soft washcloth, and a sponge.
- Check the water temperature. The water should be neither hot nor cold. The correct temperature should be lukewarm or room temperature.
- Hold your baby safely and comfortably. Holding your baby with one arm, while with the other hand, you will gently wash your baby’s hair.
- Gently wet your baby’s hair with warm water. With the help of a pitcher or container, make sure the water does not get into your baby’s eyes or nose.
- Apply a small amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand and rub both hands together. Then, gently massage the lather over your baby’s scalp with delicate movements.
- Rinse thoroughly. Using the pitcher or container of warm water.
- Pay attention to your baby’s eyes. Make sure the shampoo doesn’t spill directly into your baby’s face.
- Wrap the baby in a soft towel and gently pat the baby’s hair dry. Dry the baby’s skin carefully and gently, do not rub vigorously.
- During the bathing process, talk to your baby to make him/her feel safe and secure. The experience can be better if you bring a toy close to your baby during and after the bath, or if you play soothing music.
- Establish a routine that suits each baby. You can finish, for example, by applying some anti-scald cream.
- In case shampoo gets into the eyes, wash them with plenty of clean warm water, avoiding rubbing the eyes strongly, to avoid irritation or injury.
- Use a special baby shampoo that does not irritate the eyes. Shampoos labeled “tear-free” are usually a good choice and are also free of sulfates and parabens.
- Choose gentle, high-quality products to care for your baby’s delicate skin.
Dr. Erick Olivera
Pediatrician at Clínica Ricardo Palma