It is natural that first-time moms have a thousand doubts and questions regarding the baby’s bath, especially if they can bathe a newborn at night or not. It’s normal to be super worried about what you can or cannot do with your baby. And the newborn baby needs to be inserted into the family’s routine, which adapts according to day-to-day habits.
For this moment to be peaceful for both mom and dad, it is necessary for both of you to feel safe and get some answers to frequently asked questions that arise at this time. Can you bathe a newborn at night? – How many baths does the newborn take per day?
What Care Should Be Taken in Bathing Newborn at Night
The truth is that there is no contraindication with the newborn baby’s bath at night, only some precautions must be taken into account so as not to harm his health. Bath time has to be prepared, taking into account the room temperature, water temperature, climate and hygiene products you will be using.
It is important that everything is easily accessible, especially if you are going to bathe alone, then separate everything to be used before the bath. The night bath helps the baby to relax and sleep better. So you can bathe a newborn at night , because there are no risks for this very special moment.
Care During and After the Bath
Pay attention to the water temperature, which should be thirty-seven degrees (37º) , can be measured with a bath thermometer or check with your wrist, the important thing is that the water is neither too cold nor too hot.
Can you bathe a newborn at night even though it is very cold? There are no restrictions, but the bathing place has to be heated to between twenty-two to twenty-five degrees, so that the newborn baby feels comfortable and is not at risk.
Some tricks help at this point, when taking the baby’s clothes off, wrap it in a soft cloth diaper and take it to the bathtub , when it is already in contact with the water you can take the diaper off. This prevents you from feeling cold and helps you feel more secure.
The hygiene products should be suitable for baby , not to cause skin irritation and burning eyes. The choice of these products is at the discretion of the mother or according to the needs of each baby.
After bathing it is important to dry your hair well and keep the baby wrapped in the towel, to prevent him from being exposed to drafts or feeling cold, the bath of the newborn should not be long.
How many newborn baths does it take?
The question of how many baths the newborn takes or should take is quite constant, but is there an ideal amount after all? It is important to keep in mind that the newborn baby is clean and every diaper change is carried out with local hygiene, and pediatricians recommend that this change be carried out at least every three hours.
There is no limit to the number of baths, but one bath per day is ideal for a newborn, but if there is a need especially on hot days, or situations where the baby is very restless or irritated, an extra bath will help you to calm down and relax.
But it is recommended from a second bath to restrict the use of soap , it is important to use less so as not to cause your baby’s skin to dry out. A product that will help your baby’s skin are moisturizers and infantile oils, ideal for giving a massage after a bath, this act reassures and relaxes your little one, contributing to an excellent quality of sleep.
How to Proceed With Your Baby’s Bath
This moment can be very stressful, especially for moms who have never had this experience, but the instinct of a mother combined with some tips helps a lot. See step by step how to bathe a newborn baby.
- To wash your baby ‘s hair and face it is recommended to wrap your body in a towel, so it will be safe, place your arm under your body and your hand on your head. With your body out of the bath and your head towards the inside of the bath, wash your hair with a small amount of water in front
of the head.
- Beware of the child’s ears It is not recommended that water gets into the ears, avoiding possible infections. The act should be done gently without rubbing, just rub your hand under your face and hair.
- To wash your baby ‘s body, it is important to hold it with your arm behind your back and secure it under your armpits so that your head is resting on your forearm.
- Carefully turn the baby over to wash its back and bottom , you should support the child’s chest and face with your arm and hand always holding your head with the chin supported.
- At the end of the bath , dry your baby with a very soft towel, do not rub and dry all the folds of your child very well. Put the diaper on and put the clothes on, as for moisturizing creams and diaper ointments it is up to each mom.
The important thing is to follow your maternal instinct, he never fails and each mommy has her own special way of dealing with her baby. Make the most of this moment it is unique and should be relaxing for both of you.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.