The first few baths can send new moms into panic mode because babies are small and seem so fragile. Most new moms won’t have the confidence to handle them securely in water. Don’t worry, after a week or two, you’ll be a natural. Everything takes practice when it comes to babies. There are a few important things to remember and to get for your little one’s bath time.
1. There is absolutely no need to use any products on your baby for the first few weeks. You should only use warm water and cotton balls. No soap, shampoo, bubbles or anything like that. Your baby’s new skin is delicate which is why it is important not to apply any unnecessary chemical-laden products. If you want to shampoo your baby’s hair, please check the box below to make sure that the shampoo you choose is free from any of the chemicals mentioned there. Suggestion: a good time to start using products for babies is around the 2-3 month mark.
2. Always check the temperature of the bath water before placing your baby in it. A water thermometer is a useful buy.
3. Take care not to jostle the umbilical cord stump, as you want it to fall off naturally.
4. If your son had a circumcision, keep it clean with cotton balls and warm water (no wipes).
5. Make sure bath time is short. You don’t want your baby getting cold.
6. Do not use essential oils on babies. They are too strong for their little bodies.
Remember that bath time is one of the best bonding moments with your new baby, so try to do it yourself (even if you’re scared). You will get the hang of it in no time. Warm water has a calming effect on most babies which makes them really enjoy their bath time with mom (and dad).
BATH TIME ESSENTIALS
2-4 HOODED TOWELS
WATER THERMOMETER: Always check the temperature of your baby’s bath water. You don’t want to accidentally burn him. A water thermometer helps you do this accurately.
THINGS YOUR BABY PRODUCTS SHOULD NOT CONTAIN
1. PARABENS: Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products.
2. PHTHALATES: Phthalates are a group of chemicals used in hundreds of products.
3. FRAGRANCE:Fragrance is only indicated in a vague way on labels because companies are not required to reveal what exactly is in the fragrance. So you never know exactly what you are getting when a product has a manufactured scent added. You always want to know what you are putting on your baby’s skin.
4. TALC: There are differing opinions on the safety of using baby powder (especially talc). I recommend not using powder at all for baby (and you) until we know for sure whether or not it is safe.
5. PROPYLENE GLYCOL: Propylene glycol is a chemical made by reaction of propylene oxide with water. Propylene Glycol raises a medium level of health concern because this ingredient is suspected of causing immunotoxicity, respiratory toxicity, and causing skin or sense organ toxicity, according to sources compiled by Scorecard (www.scorecard.org).
6. FORMALDEHYDE: Formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Formaldehyde can also cause skin rashes in sensitive children.
7. 1,4-DIOXANE: This is a cancer-causing petrochemical.