Sunday, April 18, 2010

How often should I give my baby a bath?

One of the things pregnant women often dream about is giving their cute little baby a bath. They envision baby splashing around in their cute little baby bathtub with the little rubber ducky floating by. Then they take their little baby out of the bathtub, wrap them in their fluffy hooded towel and bask in the new baby smell.

Then the baby comes along and you try to give her her first bath. Baby screams and flails and slides down in the tub and slips out of your hands.You take baby out and she pees all over the changing table. Why wasn't it like you envisioned???

The reality is that babies often hate the bath tub. They get cold very easily and a new baby often will hate the big open space of the bathtub and will scream and scream!

So what to do?
Do it quickly. In and out in 2-3 min tops. Baby's not that big. Have a towel ready.
Don't let go of your baby and never ever ever leave your baby alone in the bathtub. Baby can slide down in the bathtub and drown in an inch of water.

You don't need to bathe your baby every day, they don't get that dirty. Overbathing can lead to dry skin and can make eczema worse. 2-3 times per week is enough.

Eventually bathtime will turn into an adventure.. just be patient.

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