How To Give A Sponge Bath To The Baby

How to Give a Baby a Sponge Bath
Till the umbilical cord stump falls off, you should give your baby a sponge bath to make sure that the stump area doesn’t get damp during the healing process.
Simple techniques
    1. You will need a small tub of warm water, a few sponge cloths, liquid baby soap, baby shampoo and a soft dry towel
    2. Keep the room warm. You may switch off the fans and air- conditioners before undressing the baby
    3. Check if the water is optimally warm using your elbow as this is a sensitive part of the body
    4. Slowly introduce the baby to the water, starting with her legs
    5. The best way to prevent him from slipping is to keep one hand around your baby until she can sit up on her own
    6. Always clean the baby from the cleanest area to the dirtiest, which means that we will clean the face first and the diaper area last
    7. First clean the baby’s eyes with this the moist sponge – then around clean the face – the ears – and area behind the ears
    8. Softly wipe off his face with a soft dry cloth
    9. Now use the moist cloth to wipe the baby’s neck; Lift his little chin to make sure you get it under there. Be gentle
    10. Maintain frequent eye contact with the baby, it will keep him calm 
    11. Sponge the torso and the arms, again gently, you may use a baby soap on these parts, but make sure it is mild
    12. Make sure you wipe off the soap well with the moist sponge
    13. Clean the legs. Make sure you wipe well in between the folds
    14. Wipe the moist parts of his body with a dry cloth so that he doesn't feel cold
    15. Slowly flip the baby over & sponge his back gently
    16. It’s time to clean-up the genitals now. Use the moist cloth and clean the baby’s genitals from front to back if it is a girl
    17. If it is a boy, remember that his foreskin will not roll back for almost 18 months – so do not force it
    18. Use your hands to apply soap on the diaper area and wash it off by pouring a little water and then wiping it off. You may apply soap here, but remember to clean it using the sponge
    19. If you want to shampoo the baby, always do it after the rest of the body has been done is cleaned
    20. Take the baby out of the tub and wrap her with a dry towel. This will keep him warm
    21. Now hold your baby in a football hold over the tub
    22. Gently moisten the scalp
    23. Massage a little shampoo onto her hair, wash it off and pat dry
    24. Finally, pat dry the baby one last time & wrap in a clean dry towel
    25. Make sure your baby puts on her favorite clothes after a rejuvenating bath
    26. You can also use a bathing chair or a rubber mat for his bath. Some mothers even give baby a bath on their legs. But the disadvantage of doing this is that you get wet and you might need assistance in bringing the baby outside the bath area. The good part about giving him a bath on your legs is that you do not require any props
    27. If you invest in a bathing chair, it will allow the baby to be positioned safely while you have both your hands free for her bath
    28. That’s it. Your baby has got a nice cleanup and it is time to dress up and get a good warm sleep

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist. Refer to the terms of use.

Sonali Shivlani

Childbirth Educator,

Sonali Shivlani is an internationally certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. She has worked with more than 15,000 couples and has conducted pregnancy and parenting sessions and workshops internationally. She is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program at CAPPA International and trains candidates in the field of prenatal fitness.

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