I never had to bath Baby J until a month ago when the confinement lady left. All I did was observe, take pictures and have fun. We were taught how to bath a baby during the antenatal classes we attended, sounded easy, but in actual fact, it's NOT especially bathing a newborn. Baby J was not hard like the dummy, he was so small, delicate and slippery, felt like I could break his bone just by carrying him.
During the bath, you have to support the baby's head and body with one of your arm and hand. And with the other hand, clean the baby using a washcloth. After that, you have to somehow flip him over and wash the baby's back and bottom. I left that to the professionals for newborn Baby J. Now that he's much stronger and can somehow support his own neck, it's somewhat easier. The first time was a challenge as I was completely on my own. He's not as light as before and very active. He almost, ALMOST slipped from my arm. And he was naked for quite some time after the bath while I scrambled for all his stuff. So have everything ready!
Here are a few bath essentials for Baby J:
- Baby bath tub
- Chicco No-Tears Bath Shampoo - contains pot marigold which has skin-softening properties. Dilute a few squirts in the bath.
- Chicco Sweet Perfumed Water - it apparently contains an ingredient that acts as mosquito repellent. Simply put a few drops into the bath.
- Washcloth - for cleaning the body in the bath tub.
- Chicco Globe Fish Bath Thermometer - it is shaped like a puffer fish and floats in water. It has a thermo-sensitive strip that changes colour according to temperature.
- Muslins - those old school nappies. I like to use these instead of towels as they are thin and have a surprising degree of absorbency. They are cheap and also quick to dry. I usually use this to wrap around Baby J right after removing him from the tub and before putting him on a towel, on the bed.
- Cotton balls - for cleaning the eyes
- Q-tips - for ear care
- Chicco Body lotion - contains sweet almond milk with softening and nourishing properties. Very light and not greasy, perfect for the hot and humid weather where we are.
- Chicco Nappy Cream - contains zinc oxide (10%), which creates a breathable protective barrier against nappy rash and panthenol contributes to regenerate baby's skin.
- Chicco Massage Oil - contains rice bran oil, which has moisturising and smoothing effect on the skin. It contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which is important in order to restore the hydrolipidic barrier that is impaired in dry skin. I usually use this to massage Baby J after cleaning him at night.
Check out Chicco website for their complete range of Baby Moments products to take care of baby’s sensitive and delicate skin. All Chicco Baby Moments products are:
- Parabens Free
- Hypoallergenic and clinically tested
- SLS and SLES Free
- Alcohol Free (except eau de cologne)
- Dyes Free
- Clinically tested
After a month of bathing him, I think I finally got the hang of it. Here are a few tips:
- Get all the essentials ready including a fresh nappy and his clothes.
- Have a muslin/towel placed near the bath tub to wrap him afterwards.
- Try to wait till he poos and pees before taking a bath.
- Wash his bottom before putting him in the bath.
- Prepare another bucket of water just in case he poos in the bath. That happens!
- Go to the gym and build up your arm muscles!
This post is sponsored by Chicco Malaysia, but all opinions are most definitely my own!