Bath time is a delicious and relaxing time, but that’s not always how babies see it. Some see the bath as a torture session and only calm down and stop crying when they are dressed again. Thinking about it, methods were researched and developed to reassure the baby during that moment that should be of pleasure, and the bath in the bucket was discovered.
Bathing in the bucket lately is the method most used by the most modern moms looking to provide a relaxing moment for their babies . Especially for those more agitated who could not take a bath without causing a real show of tears. This form of bath offers in addition to washing it perfectly, a moment of pure relaxation by being in a position similar to the uterine, or rather, giving again the feeling of being inside the mother’s belly. In order to offer this beneficial action to the baby, many precautions and luxury are not necessary. With the use of an ordinary oval and transparent bucketand that is large enough for the baby to be comfortable is enough. You can also find the appropriate and appropriate products for bathing in the bucket that have earned the name tummy tub or shantala bath. It can be found easily in children’s stores with wide price variations. It is worth researching to find the best price, since there are several factories and brands that currently produce.
There is no specific age group to start bathing in the bucket. In the first days after birth it can already be used, obviously always with great caution. Parents who would like to apply this method to their babies should prepare before doing, researching and verifying the proper, comfortable and safe way to handle the baby in the bucket. Preferably, if possible, talk to a physical therapist who can teach everything correctly.
How to Bath in the Bucket? What are the benefits?
As we mentioned above, there is a wide variety of buckets to give this type of bath. From the conventional ones we use to clean the house, like those sold specifically for this purpose. However, the only requirement is that it is oval so that it is more comfortable for the baby and transparent to make it easier for mom to see outside, being able to see the color of the water and also the baby’s movements and obviously that the bucket is used for this purpose only. Look for a safe and firm place to place the bucket, ideally water should be placed up to half the bucketor when the baby is very young ¼, after all, when it enters the water, its level rises. The temperature indicated is between 36 and 37 degrees and should be strictly controlled, if possible with a bath thermometer. This way, preventing burns with very hot water or bathing in very cold water. If you want to make the moment even more relaxing, put on some relaxing background music.
Insert the baby in a calm way in the water, to get used to the temperature. The correct position is for him to sit with legs and arms folded, in a fetal position . For babies in the first few months that do not yet have a neck support, you can wrap it with a cloth diaper for added security or hold it affectionately over the head. Go slowly until it touches the bottom of the bucket, always being alert with the water level so that it does not reach your face. The bath in the bucket should last an average of 10 to 15 minutesand should never be left alone in the bucket, as young as they are, they already have strength in their legs and can try to get up, fall out of the bucket or even fall asleep in the water. Remembering that the baby must be cleaned in case of coconut, before entering the water so that it is not contaminated with dirt.
The benefits of bathing in the bucket are varied, from the calming power that this moment provides to the reduction of the baby’s dreaded cramps . It helps and activates the baby’s blood circulation and assists in the elimination of toxins from the body. It stimulates the nervous system and decreases the baby’s agitation in many cases even falling asleep while still bathing. After bathing the bucket, babies usually sleep peacefully for hours, so it is indicated at night.
See also: Newborn Bath – Unforgettable Moment
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.