Child hygiene is important, as children crawl on the floor, touch everything they can reach with their hands, play in the sandbox on the street. If hygiene is not observed, the probability of disease is high. Therefore, parents need to know how to properly and safely bathe the baby, what hygiene products are offered by modern manufacturers.
Another aspect that you need to pay attention to when bathing is safety. A properly selected bathtub, bath mat, parents' attention and toys will guarantee safe water procedures that will bring pleasure to the child and parents.
The child is afraid to bathe in the bathroom. Why and what to do?
Most children love to swim. Water soothes and promotes sound sleep. However, there are times when a child begins to feel fear of water, moreover, even if he used to bathe with pleasure.
The reasons may be different. Several main groups, why the child became afraid of water or refuses to swim:
|Fear of water may occur after another vaccination||The child becomes restless, ceases to trust parents, is naughty for no reason||After swimming in the swimming training group||There is a fear of drowning||The child slipped, fell while swimming and swallowed water||Fear of choking||After a pool or trip to the sea, river, lake||Experiencing that water can be cold|
All of these options are far from the only ones, but usually the problem is temporary. In this case, pediatricians are advised to be patient. If the child categorically, before tantrums became afraid of water, take a timeout. Forced bathing only traumatizes the psyche of the baby.
In the absence of a full bath, hygienic procedures can be carried out using the products of manufacturers specializing in children's cosmetics: Bubchen, Ushasty Nyan, Baby Line, Our Mom. Wipe your baby with wet wipes with herbal extracts and lotions.
To return the child’s love for water, pediatricians advise to draw ankle-deep water into the bathroom, put bright toys and try to just walk around the water. The child may be interested in toys, get carried away and play a little. Each time, a little more water is added. It's okay if it doesn't work the first time. Wait for time and try again.
There are a lot of toys for fun in the bathroom. The online store "Daughters and Sons" offers a wide selection: ordinary rubber toys in the form of animals or heroes of fairy tales and entire game complexes designed to interest the child and turn ordinary bathing into a fascinating process. The main criteria for toys for children’s bathtub are safety, soft smooth lines, non-toxicity and the ability of the toy to respond positively to contact with water.
When choosing a purchase, the specialists of the Daughters and Sons online store recommend:
- Decide what your child likes to play.
- See the characteristics of the toy, whether it is suitable for your baby by age.
- Place an order on the site and wait for the parcel.
Among the funny little animals, we can offer such kits as:
For children from 12 months, manufacturers offer educational toys:
There are many games with a child in the bathroom. It can be splashes, fairy tales accompanied by toys, all kinds of sea battles, etc. It all depends on your imagination and desire to create a fun atmosphere for your child.
Sponges and Washcloths
Children over 1 year old, who are already independently moving and actively playing on the floor and street, just need such an accessory in the bathroom as a sponge or washcloth. Manufacturers offer a huge selection of these hygiene products.
Washcloths made of natural derivatives. They are environmentally friendly. For example, Canpol Terry Sponge. The delicate texture will safely clean the baby's skin from light impurities.
Some manufacturers went beyond the standards and supplemented sponges with herbal extracts. One of the options presented in our store is a sponge with aloe vera extract from Baby Line.
For the smallest, the Pigeon manufacturer offers a convenient and functional mitt. Putting it on your hand, you can make a gentle massage to the child and wash it from pollution.
Soap and bath cosmetics
Pediatricians recommend bathing young children in herbs or a weak solution of potassium permanganate. For those who are over 6 months old, manufacturers of baby cosmetics offer their own option: all kinds of bath products. And if you can make herbs yourself, the Daughters and Sonochka online store offers you a wide selection of cosmetics for bathing babies.
Safety while swimming
To make the bathing process go with pleasure and without injuries, we advise you to purchase a Zalel “Seashell” bath mat on suction cups. This cute accessory will protect your baby from falling when leaving the bathroom. The mat is attached to the tiles on the floor using suction cups, has anti-slip. It is nice and warm to become bare feet. In order to remove water under the mat, suction cups just peel off with a flick of the wrist.
Clothes after the bath
After the bath, the best clothes are high-quality linen made from natural ingredients. A gentle, soft and comfortable bathrobe or pajamas will extend the child's pleasure in the bathing process. On the site you can pick up clothes for the night and after the bath for girls and boys of different ages. We offer cozy bathrobes and funny pajamas, linen in hot and cool weather, decorated with all kinds of colors and accessories in the form of rabbit ears or tassels on the hoods. In the assortment you will find:
The assortment is updated monthly. Stay tuned. Specialists of the online store "Daughters and Son" choose only safe and environmentally friendly things for children.
Bathing is one of the most enjoyable child care processes. Most babies experience great joy from water procedures. Sometimes children have “malfunctions” and they become afraid of water. This process is temporary, and after a while everything is normal. Do not worry too much, treat the baby with understanding and patience.
Special cosmetics are intended for a pleasant bathing, bright sponges and washcloths are produced in the form of cartoon characters, toys for every taste. Choose what your child likes and this will help to return to harmony and a pleasant pastime while swimming.
We prepare bathing water
Umbilical wound - This is a weak spot for infection. It is important to bathe the newborn in the first weeks of his life only in boiled water. This will allow the wound to heal faster. After bathing, the wound is treated with hydrogen peroxide - the crusts are removed and the green is gently applied on top. However, pediatricians recommend bathing in the first days after discharge so that water does not fall on the navel of the newborn. Why do you need extra risk?
For the bathing procedure, it is better to use special children's bathtubs made of plastic. They heat up quickly, and less water is spent on them. Such bathtubs also have recesses for soap or a baby product.
Mom bathes a newborn in a special bath
Some models are sold with the baby stand in the kit. What to add to the water when bathing a newborn baby? Herbs and products that have a beneficial effect on the body and disinfect. When the umbilical wound heals, you can not boil the water. After a month from the birth of the baby, you can move with it to an adult bath - this is where the stand can come in handy. Add ducks and rattles - the kid will definitely like such a game in the water. Water temperature should not exceed 37 degrees .
Bath Sanitizing Herbs
It is not necessary to use herbs at all. However, when bathing a newborn, they can have an even more healing effect than plain water. Herbs have a beneficial effect on the skin - they treat diaper rash, rash, prickly heat, hives and, in addition, soothe the baby's nerves, which means they are prepared for bedtime. If the umbilical wound heals slowly, try bathing your newborn in the antiseptic herbs. For this, chamomile, a series of flowers, calendula flowers, bay leaf and others are most often used.
The water is heated to the desired temperature (a thermometer for water will help to ease the task), then you need to add a strong decoction of herbs to the water, which, when bathing a newborn, will have a very good therapeutic effect.
1. Bay leaf. It would seem, what good is it? But it contains not only aromatic essential oil, but also various trace elements. Laurel sheets treat fungal diseases, allergic rashes. Brew a handful of leaves in a teapot and let it brew for 10 hours. Add the finished infusion to the water.
2. Concentrated pine needles extract. It is sold in pharmacies in the form of bags and has a strong calming effect. Some mothers add essential oils to the bath - this is not recommended, since the oil does not completely dissolve in water and can even cause burns on the baby’s skin.
3. Celandine. It is recommended to add only after the appointment of such baths by a pediatrician. This plant treats skin diseases well.
4. Calendula or chamomile, as well as their combination. These herbs have been known since ancient times as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. They are especially useful for preventing gynecological diseases in girls. If you add calendula to the camomile, then moisturize the baby's skin and relieve stomach cramps.
5. A series. Best for bathing a newborn. It treats almost all skin ailments of infants: dermatitis, diaper rash, allergies, prickly heat, relieves inflammation. The only drawback is that it dries the skin. However, this is a good property for healing wounds.
Soothing bathing herbs
To calm the nervous system before going to bed, add lavender extract or pine needles to the bath. An extract of valerian, motherwort, juniper or hop cones also helps relieve hyperactivity. You can add an infusion of herbs prepared at home or buy herbs in bags at a pharmacy. It is enough to add one sachet to the water when bathing the newborn to provide him with a full and good sleep.
Alternate, but do not mix, to test the tolerance of herbs. If you notice that when bathing a newborn there are no undesirable reactions, you can proceed to fees.
Tummy pain can be tried with herbs. Calendula is best suited here. It relieves spasms, and warm water has a warming and calming effect. If you use the calendula for bathing a newborn, then you can reduce the occurrence of colic by 50% and instantly alleviate the condition of the crumbs. You can also add to the water when bathing a newborn a couple of hop cones, brewed previously with boiling water.
Salt water for swimming
Sea salt, which can be bought anywhere, strengthens the skin and soothes it well. However, it is not recommended to bathe a newborn in salt water in the presence of wounds. All the most valuable trace elements found in seawater penetrate the skin through the skin. Thus, rickets, anemia and even bronchitis are treated. To bathe a newborn in salt water, pour a couple of tablespoons into the water and dissolve the salt by hand. You can do this in a bowl, and then strain through cheesecloth.
What concentration is needed for bathing a newborn? It depends on your purpose. If such swimming is prophylactic - a sufficiently low concentration. With skin diseases, the concentration is increased. After you bathed the newborn in this way, do not forget to rinse the baby with fresh water so that the salt does not irritate the skin.
Potassium permanganate for swimming
For lack of herbs, you can use potassium permanganate to bathe a newborn. Manganese perfectly disinfects water and is used in the first days or weeks of a baby's life. However, it is not easy to add manganese to the water when bathing the baby. Accurately calibrating the concentration is quite difficult. A bright solution of potassium permanganate can be very dangerous and cause burns, and a weak one is ineffective. Also undiluted crystals can burn your skin and even more so baby skin. Therefore, when bathing a newborn, stop your choice on other means.
In stores, there are many cosmetics for bathing a newborn. When buying, be sure to read the label and composition. On the reverse side it should be written that the gel or foam is intended for use from the first days of life. It is quite pleasant to bathe a newborn in such products - they are easily applied and washed off, and also contain extracts of healthy herbs. Many products are used as shampoo - they do not irritate the eyes. And if you add gel or foam to the water when bathing a newborn baby, you will feel an incredibly soothing scent. Try funds from the brands Eared Nannies, Bubchen, My Sun or BabyLine.
Some tips before bathing your baby
1. Herbs, sea salt or potassium permanganate are needed to heal wounds or treat skin diseases. If the crumbs do not have these problems anymore, do not overdry the skin. Enough water and cosmetics (but not more than once a week).
2. In case of weeping diseases (for example, diathesis), one should not bathe a newborn in water, but apply compresses soaked in a decoction of a series.
3. You can prepare the broth in advance and store it in the refrigerator - this will reduce the time for bath procedures.
4. If the baby tolerates herbs well, try adding violet flowers, lovage, licorice, birch and even green tea infusion.
5. On dry areas after bathing, you need to apply vegetable oil to moisturize.
When bathing, never leave your baby alone in the bathroom. Also, make sure that all funds are at hand, and you do not have to turn away from it.
Dr. Komarovsky about bathing a newborn:
Water treatment time
So, the first question is when to bathe the baby. The first bathing of a newborn is started on the first day of returning from the hospital to the home.
The only exception may be when you are vaccinated, and the tuberculosis vaccine was given immediately before discharge. In this case, postpone swimming for a day.
You can choose the time of day for water procedures individually. It all depends on the behavior and well-being of the baby.
Most often, a newborn is bathed in the evening. Nevertheless, if the child is vigorous after bathing and behaves quite actively, it is better to bathe him in the morning or try to use special herbs for this procedure.
There are also no clear rules on how to combine swimming with feeding. It is recommended that you first buy the child, and then give it a meal. However, if a hungry baby is very nervous and screaming, this order can be changed. When breastfeeding, no break between eating and bathing in 40 minutes is necessary.
Important! If you started bathing at a certain time, but see that it does not fit the baby, change it.
We prepare everything you need
Before bathing a newborn for the first time, you should prepare everything you need in advance. A bath, as a rule, is acquired even before the birth of the baby. It must be washed with soda and rinsed with boiling water.
In the future, do such rinsing constantly, otherwise plaque will form on the walls (especially after using decoctions of herbs).
The bath must be installed on a raised platform: a bathroom, a table or a special stand. Otherwise, you will have to bathe the baby in an inclined position, which may cause your back and arms to hurt.
Particular attention during the first bathing of a newborn child must be given to the preparation of water. Until the baby’s umbilical wound heals, the water needs to be boiled, or in extreme cases disinfected with 2-4 drops of tea tree oil.
This should be done in advance so that it has time to cool to the desired temperature, which should be in the range from 37.5 to 39 °. To check the temperature, you can touch the water with your elbow or use a special thermometer.
Be sure to prepare hot water for adding during the bathing process. Also, in a separate bowl, you need to collect water for rinsing. A decoction of grass for bathing is prepared in advance and added to the bath just before the procedure.
All bathing items should be located near the bath:
- baby soap or shampoo,
- diapers or foam base,
- baby sponge or cotton pads.
Before bathing your baby for the first time, prepare a towel and clothes. Spread an oilcloth and a diaper, on which you can then put the child to dress. Nearby, you need to place baby care products after water procedures:
- Body crease oil
- Infusion of herbs (if there is inflammation on the skin),
- Talcum powder or powder (more about powder for newborns >>>),
- Zelenka or potassium permanganate solution,
- Cotton buds, cotton pads.
Separately, you should think about the room where the adaptive swimming will take place. Главное, чтобы в нем не было сквозняков.
Не нужно слишком нагревать воздух в комнате и закрывать двери, иначе получится резкий перепад температуры при выходе из нее. Read more about what should be the temperature in the room for the newborn >>>.
It’s good if someone from your family will be around while swimming. He will serve the necessary items, throw a towel on the baby.
The most important question is how to properly conduct the procedure for the first bathing of a newborn baby.
After everything is ready, the baby must be undressed and left for several minutes on the changing table for taking air baths. You can massage your child or do some gymnastics with him.
At this time, in the bath you need to put a roller from the diaper under the head, a foam base or a special slide and pour water or a diluted decoction of herbs. Immediately before lowering the baby in the water, you must once again check its temperature.
Getting started swimming
- Immerse the child gradually. The left hand should support the baby’s head.
- First, just wash your baby. To do this, use your right hand to draw water and water the child. Then wash it.
Now consider how to wash a newborn baby for the first time.
- Lathering a hand or a cotton pad and gently running through the hair on the head, behind the ears and under the chin.
- Then we proceed to soaping the body. Rinse all the folds well, especially the armpits, groin and under the knees. Do not forget to open the fists of the baby and wash the palms and interdigital spaces.
- After soaping, wash off the foam.
- When bathing a baby in a decoction of herbs, soap products are not used.
As necessary, pour hot water, directing it with a thin stream along the far wall of the bath (from the legs). After adding water in the bath, mix well.
- Finally, rinse the baby. To do this, remove it and hold it over the bath. It is most convenient to put the baby on his left hand with his tummy. Rinse should be prepared with clean water.
- Holding the baby in the same position, you need to throw a towel on him and wrap it well.
After finishing the first bath of the newborn after the hospital, it is necessary to wipe the baby dry and lay on a diaper. Then treat the navel area, grease the folds with oil or sprinkle with talcum powder. Now you can dress the baby - swimming is completed.
Watch a useful video tutorial on bathing a newborn:
The use of potassium permanganate
In the first month of the baby, you can periodically bathe in water with the addition of a solution of potassium permanganate. This will disinfect the umbilical wound and prevent its inflammation. Manganese must be bred in a separate bowl, and added to water only by filtering the resulting solution through gauze. The liquid should acquire a light pink color.
For bathing a child, you can use special children's products:
You can also wash your baby in decoctions of herbs:
These decoctions of herbs perfectly remove inflammation on the skin, dry the sweatshirt, and relieve diaper rash. Decoctions with chamomile or a string can sometimes be used instead of a potassium permanganate solution that dries the baby’s skin. Read more about the newborn bathing series >>>
Infusions are prepared both from any one herb, and from a mixture of herbs. If the child is very agitated, sleeps poorly and often wakes up at night, it is recommended to make baths with soothing herbs (mint, lemon balm, valerian, lavender). Find out from the article why a newborn does not sleep well? >>>
Bathing with decoctions of herbs can be carried out 1 - 2 times a week, and using foaming agents - only once a week.
Now it’s very fashionable to use various devices (slides, inserts in the bath) for bathing a child, but do not forget about the method that our grandmothers used - bathing a newborn in a diaper. For a detailed video about bathing your baby and caring for a newborn, see the Happy Motherhood course >>>
They wrapped the baby in a thin diaper and lowered him into the water. Then they unfolded the right leg, washed it and covered it again with a diaper. This was done alternately with all parts of the baby’s body. When swimming in a diaper, the baby will not freeze while in the water.
Time for the procedure
A child up to 1.5 months is bathed for the longest time: from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Telling mothers how to bathe a newborn, I always explain that bathing is a powerful rehabilitative procedure.
Bathing the baby in a diaper helps the baby survive the birth, get used to life outside your tummy faster, and feel calm. By the middle of the second month, bathing time is reduced. A child cannot lie in the bath for so long. Maximum swimming time: 10-15 minutes. Read more about bathing a newborn >>>
The longest time, bathing occurs after 6 months, when the child learns to sit, and can play in the bathroom with a stream of water or toys.
With the first bathing of a newborn, many national signs are associated.
- If you put silver coins at the bottom of the bath, in the future the child will be rich,
- For the baby to be loved by everyone, you need to add a decoction of grass lovage to the water,
- So that mom can breastfeed her baby for a long time, it is advised to whiten the water in the bath with breast milk,
- If the girl for the first bathing is dressed in white clothes, then her skin will always be snow-white,
- The first time a child should bathe is only his parents without the help of grandmothers,
- Water after the procedure should be immediately drained into the sewer.
Every day, bathing your baby, you will feel more confident. Gradually, bathing will become a favorite ritual for both you and the child, giving both a real pleasure.