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5 Bath Time Tips for Your Precious Miracle.

Whether your baby is a few days old or a whole year old, bathtime is always a challenging experience. Some babies handle it pretty well while others squirm following a maelstrom of tears once the swaddle blankets come off. Can you blame them? I mean, it's a whole new world out here, a different sensation. An unfamiliar environment. Because babies are usually tiny and slippery, it takes a bit of practice to navigate the bathing arena. Here are a few tips to know before you plunge in: 

    1.  BE READY 

    It never starts out easy but it surely gets better with practice. Before you place your baby in the bathtub, make sure to have all bath time essentials including but not limited to baby wash, washcloth, towel, diapers, baby powder, ointments, and lotions. You don't want to leave an unattended baby alone by themselves in the tub, so make sure you are completely prepared. 

    2. Keep Their Mind Off of Bath Time.

    Distractions! Distractions! Rubber ducky to the rescue. Bring colorful toys with you. Sing to them or play music. Make bath time fun. It's showtime. Let them play with the bath towel or sponge, use this time to get their little senses moving with learning textures. Speaking in funny tones helps too. You can almost see the cute curious look on baby's face and it attempts to decipher where the noise is coming from or what the heck the noise is.

    3. Keep Them Warm and Comfortable.

    Make sure that the water isn't too cold or too hot for your little miracle. The water should no hotter than 100 degrees. Remember their little skins are delicate, so make sure you test the water yourself, before putting your baby in the tub. It's important to remember to test the water with your wrist or elbow, your fingers can handle hotter temperatures. Placing warm clothing on their bellies while they bathe can also be soothing to them. The idea is to keep the cold air away from them. Yup! babies love the temperature nice and warm just like the inside of mom's belly. In the end, do not open the bathroom door. Keep the room warm and draft-free as you get baby dressed.

    4. PRACTICE SAFETY

    Baby needs only two inches or less of water so do not run too much water in the tub. Most importantly as mentioned previously, never leave baby unattended. Watch out for the spout head of tap. It's easy to forget how delicate baby's head still is and could bruise if it hits the spout. Always, think ahead and ensure every area is safe for the little one.

    5. FEWER BUBBLES, THE BETTER

    Even though bubbles seem like a great distraction, but you do not want to put too much in your babies bath water. As said before, they have sensitive skin. Too much soap can irritate their skins. So use nonfragrant soaps, and little bit takes you far. Save bathing them for last, so they do not have to sit in the soapy water too long.  Only use soap on their bottom, and hands unless they are extremely dirty. You can use water on the rest of their little bodies.

     

    No bath time will go as planned so do not overwhelm yourself with expectations. Every child is different when it comes to bath time. Just make the time fun for them and the easier it will be for both of you.

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