Bathing a newly born baby can be such a scary as well as an exciting experience in the first few days of its life. At this tender stage of life, they are usually very slippery and quite fragile especially when they are wet. This can result to a bit more intimidating baby bath if you have no prior and right experience. But preparing for the baby’s bath would make it more enjoyable than scary at all times.
The baby won’t be requiring a real bath until its umbilical stump has fallen off. This is during the first two weeks after birth. In most cases, the umbilical stump would fall off at around the 10th day since birth. Before this time, it would only be necessary to sponge bath the newly born with a washcloth that is moistened. The face and hands of the baby needs to be carefully wiped off at this stage. Also its genital areashould be thoroughly cleaned every time the diapers are changed. The baby can be tub bathed after the umbilical stump has completely fallen off and its surrounding area has fully healed up.
Most of the newly born babies are so small that one does not have to wash them in the real bathing tubs. This means that the baby care giver has to buy a baby bath or even wash it in the kitchen sink. Although most baby care providers bath the babies daily right away from birth, it is not a must until the baby grows older and begins to have some mess. It is some care givers or parents’ believe that bathing the baby assists in creating a nightmare or a routine ritual, but this really invaluable as the baby grows older.