For babies, bath time can be a really fun time. Some baby love playing with water splashes, foam and bubbles. For parents, baby bathing will be a special moment where you really pay attention to your baby. Bathing the baby seems to be an easy job to do. But if you don't know the basic of baby bathing, you will get several problem that will harm your baby. To understand more about baby bathing, we will give you several tips about how bathing baby :
- Never leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a minute. This is the most important rule when bathing a baby. Children can drown in less than an inch of water. If there is the sound of the doorbell or phone rings and you have to answer, take your baby in a towel and take the baby with you.
- Before bathing the baby, make sure all baby toiletries (towel, soap, shampoo, etc) are available in the bathrooms. This will prevent you to leave the baby during bath. Remember. Don't ever leave your baby unsupervised.
- The most important are prevent water from entering either the baby eyes, mouth and ears.
- Make sure the bathroom is warm enough (min 25 ºC / 77 ºF). Cold temperature can make your baby sick
- Normal bathtub is usually very slick, wear rubber footwear for your safety.
- When your baby can walk, bathroom floor can be slippery for the baby. Therefore, it's recommended to add some special rubber carpet, so the baby will not fall off when entering the bathroom
- Keep the water warm and comfortable (36 ºC / 88 ºF).
- Fill the baby bath tub with height of just 10 cm of water for infants age 6 months. For more than 6 months baby, you can fill the water until it reach the baby waist (in sitting position).
- Do not place your baby in baby bathing tub when the water is still flowing (water temperature can change or water can be too deep for the baby).
- Teach your baby to sit (not stand) during bath.
- Soap, shampoo, and foam can dry the skin and can lead to dull, so use that to them with caution. It also can cause irritation of the urethra, which in turn may increase the risk of contracting urinary tract infections.
- Do not allow your baby to touch the tap water. Because it would cause a serious injury if the baby fell and hit the tap water.
- Keep electrical equipment (such as hair dryers and curling irons) away from the tub.
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