Should you bathe a newborn every day? Do you need a special tub? What products should you use? Read on for all the answers!
Should you bathe a newborn every day?
There is no specific bathing frequency to follow with a newborn. You can do it every day, especially if your baby enjoys it. If you wash the genital region correctly when changing diapers, and you wash the baby’s face and neck after feeding time or regurgitations, that is usually sufficient.
How should you wash your baby
The umbilical cord should not be immersed in water until it falls off. Until that happens, use a facecloth to wash your baby. Prepare everything ahead of time (facecloth, mild soap, towel, basin of warm water), so that your attention is never diverted during the bathing process. To prevent any chills, wrap your baby in a towel and expose just one area to be washed at a time (e.g. just the left leg, and then just the right leg).
Once the umbilical cord has fallen off, you can bathe your baby in a small tub designed specifically for this purpose, or in a small basin. You can also use the kitchen sink, as long as you wash it thoroughly first.
By placing a small tub in your bathtub or shower, you can use a handheld shower head to wash your baby. Use lukewarm water (approximately 38°C, or a temperature that is pleasant on the skin of your inner wrist).
Regardless of where you do the bathing, never leave your baby unattended in the water.
As for hair washing, use a mild shampoo, rinse thoroughly, and make sure to protect your baby’s eyes.
How to choose the right product
According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, water alone is sufficient when bathing a newborn. Otherwise, use a mild unscented soap. There are many lines of baby products that generally contain no fragrances, parabens or dyes.
If you use wet wipes when changing diapers, avoid wipes that are scented or contain alcohol, as these can irritate the skin.
If you need help choosing a product, don’t hesitate to speak to the pharmacist!