BATHING THE BABY A daily bath is not necessary for baby, but if you live in awarm place, you may have to bath the baby once a day tokeep him/her comfortable. Types of Bath for a Newborn1. Sponge Bath ► This is the first bath given to a baby until the baby’s navel or circumcision is healed.2. Oil Bath ► This is recommended under certain conditions when the baby has dry or irritated skin.3. Tub Bath ► This is given as soon as the baby’s navel or circumcision is healed.
Reasons for Bathing the Baby1. It helps prevent infections and other skin diseases.2. It keeps the baby healthy and clean.3. It is relaxing and refreshing for the baby.4. It is a form of interaction for the parent/s and the baby.
STEPS IN BATHING THE BABY1. Prepare the following materials: 2. Pour warm water into Bath soap the large basin. Test the large basin temperature of the water large towel with your elbow. cotton buds diaper 3. Undress the baby and diaper liner wrap him/her in the towel. baby clothes
4. Dip the small cotton 6. Soap the head using balls in the water. either your palm or a Squeeze out water and washcloth. use these to clear the eyes, nose, and earlobes 7. Soap gently from front to of the baby. Use separate back with a circular cotton balls for each eye motion. and earlobe as well as the nose. 8. Rinse the head. Dry it gently. 9. Soap the rest of baby’s5. Wash the face using soft body starting from neck washcloth dipped in clean warm water. down. Rinse.
10. Lay the Dressing the Baby baby on a towel and Baby’s clothes should be simple, soft, pat dry. and comfortable. They should give freedom to allow the arms to move about. Seams of baby clothes must be11. Clean the flat and smooth so as not to irritate genitals the baby’s delicate skin. with cotton wads dipped in To put baby’s shirt, insert your clean finger in one of the sleeves and guide water. his/her hands through it. His/her shirt goes on one arm at a time. Smooth the shirt under his/her back by rolling the12. Dress baby on his/her side. Fasten the shirt, the baby. and then fold it up in the back so that it does not reach below hip line.
PUTTING THE DIAPER Hold the baby’s ankle between your thumb and middle finger, with your index finger between the ankles; raise them high enough to slide a clean folded diaper underneath. Pull the diaper up between the legs, with extra thickness in the back for girls and in front for the boys. With the back overlapping the front, pin the diaper on each side. Be careful to keep your finger next to the baby to avoid pricking the baby.
HOW TO PUT ON A FABRIC DIAPER 1. Slide the diaper under so that the baby’swaist aligns with the top edge. Bring the diaperbetween the baby’s legs. Hold it in place andfold first one side, then the other, over thecentral panel. 2. Secure the diaper for a small baby with one pin on the middle; use two sides pins for bigger babies. Keep your fingers between the diaper and the skin when inserting a pin.
HOW TO PUT ON A DISPOSABLE DIAPER Disposable diapers are increasingly sophisticated in design. They come in a range of sizes with different features. More efficient leg elastically ensures a good fit with less chance of leaks. Boys and girls have different needs as far as diapers are concerned and disposables are now available with extra padding strategically placed where it is most need—at the front for boys and in the center for girls.1. Open out the diaper with theadhesive tabs at the top. Lift the 2. Bring the front up betweenbaby’s leg and slide the diaper the baby’s legs and smooth theunder so that the top aligns with sides of the diaper round thethe baby’s waist. baby’s tummy so that they tuck under neatly. 3. Unpeel the adhesive tabs and pull them firmly over the front flap to secure the diaper. They should be quite taut.