Common Bath Time Mistakes Most Parents Make

ByJerni Camposano-GomezJanuary 21, 2022
baby bathing
Bath time is a wonderful way to bond with your baby. But if you’re a new parent who’s clueless about the dos and don’ts of washing a fragile baby, it can be totally nerve-wracking.
Avoid making these mistakes to ensure that bath time can be a safe and enjoyable experience for both you and your newborn.
1. Neglecting water temperature 
It’s important to have the bathwater temperature right, as a baby’s skin is super sensitive even if it is just a slight difference in temperature. Aim for bathwater that is between 37°C to 39°C as this mimics your amniotic fluid’s temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can dip your elbow in to check if the water is comfortably warm. Or you can also choose a bathtub that has a heat sensitive plug that can detect once the temperature reaches 37°C.
2. Not holding your baby correctly
Ensure your baby has good support while you’re bathing them. Use one hand to support their head and back, and use the other one for washing. You can also use a newborn bath cushion for additional support, but make sure it’s securely positioned. 
3. Leaving your baby unattended
Never ever leave your little one alone in the tub, no matter how quick it will be. Accidents can happen any time, so make sure your baby has your undivided attention during bath time. 
4. Not preparing things you’ll be needing before the bath
It’s not safe at all to do a quick turnaround to grab a towel while the baby is in the tub. Prepare everything you’ll be needing—from shampoo and body wash to bath towel—to avoid unfortunate incidents during bath time. 
5. Overstaying in the tub
Leaving your bubba in the water for too long can cause their skin to dry, which can cause irritations and injuries. Staying in the water for more than 10 minutes can also cause your little one to catch a cold, so remove them as soon as you’re done with the actual washing. 
6. Using products that may be harsh on your baby’s skin
Just because a product smells really nice doesn’t mean you should use it on your little one. Most of them contain harmful chemicals that may irritate your child’s skin. Only use products that have been recommended by your child’s pediatrician or those that are proven to be safe with its hypoallergenic properties. 
7. Not drying your baby properly
Wrap and pat your baby dry using a soft towel. Don’t forget to dry the skin creases, including behind the ears and the armpits, to make sure all residual soap has been washed off. Choose a towel that’s soft and smooth to the touch and can protect your baby’s delicate skin. 
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