The first bath of a newborn at home often turns into a special family event. You’ve probably been preparing yourself for this moment during the last trimester of your pregnancy at your new parents’ course and possibly got some advice at the hospital where you gave birth. But you might still be getting contradictory information about how often you should bath your baby in the first months. Some advisors teach you need to give your baby daily baths. While the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving a daily bath to your newborn baby. For a simple reason, frequent bathing can make sensitive baby skin dry and in worse cases may even lead to eczema.
- A newborn should only be given a sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off. This usually happens between 5 and 15 days after birth. You need to keep this area clean and dry so that it doesn’t get infected. And you need to continue cleaning this area for a few days after the stump falls off.
Bathe thrice a week after the umbilical cord falls off. This is sufficient for a baby that does not get dirty in games. When the baby starts crawling or walking, you can start giving daily baths when needed.
- Not giving a daily bath still means regularly/ daily wash of face, hands, neck, any skin folds, as well as and diaper area.
Take a look at the articles below for more information.
Give only sponge baths till your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off to ensure it doesn’t get wet. You can then bathe your baby thrice a week till the time they start crawling around and getting dirty. But certain areas like the face, hands, neck, and diaper area still need frequent and regular cleaning during this time.
Babies smell awesome-one reason we can’t stop cuddling and kissing our munchkins. To answer if a daily bath is necessary, ask yourself whether your baby smells or sweats that bad to get a bath every day? Surely, not. Bathing can be skipped if that little bum is wiped clean with[…..]