Several types of baby baths are available. Which one to choose is completely up to your personal preferences because each option has its advantages and disadvantages. More important than the choice of a baby bath is safety. A baby should be never left alone in the water not even for one minute. For that reason it is highly important to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies at hand before you start bathing your baby unless take him or her with you. Just as important is to make sure that the water is warm, not hot. Always check the water with your hand before bathing your baby. Until the umbilical cord falls off, it is recommendable to give your baby sponge baths. Fill the sink or a plastic bowl with warm water and get all the necessary supplies – a clean towel, washcloth, cotton balls, gentle soap and shampoo, a clean diaper and a change clothes, and make sure that the place for bathing is warm enough. Wash your baby with clean water and use soap only for dirty areas. Make sure to rinse soap off well, pat your baby dry with a clean towel and you are done. It is not as easy as it may sound because it is necessary to support the baby’s head all the time which means that you have only one hand to bathe your baby. When the umbilical cord falls off, you can give your baby tub baths but you may continue with sponge baths if you like.
Babies do not need frequent hair washing. There is no need to shampoo your baby’s hair if it is not dirty. Once to twice per week is usually enough unless your baby has cradle cap. In this case, you should wash your baby’s hair every day with a mild shampoo until the scaly patches on your baby’s scalp go away. You do not need any special soaps to wash your baby. In fact, plain water is most often the best choice. Use gentle soaps that are specially made for babies for diaper area, hands and feet. Other parts of the body do not need soap, at least not with every bath. Also, avoid bubble baths and similar bath products because they may irritate your baby’s delicate skin.
Most babies do not need a bath every day, especially if you change dirty diapers promptly and clean the diaper area before putting on a clean diaper because the most “critical“ areas are already getting the necessary attention. In addition, daily bathing can cause more harm than good because it may dry out your baby’s skin, while dry skin can cause discomfort and is more prone to various skin problems. The last but not the least important is to take yourself enough time to wash your baby. It does not matter if you bathe your baby in the morning or evening as long as you do not rush anywhere. That way baby bath will be more enjoyable for both yourself and your baby.