Another guest post for all of my past brides who are expecting their first (or second) child… by my Mom! As a mother of six, I consider her to be an expert. Hopefully one of her six stories will help make the process a little easier so you to know what to expect when you are expecting.
#5: How to give a newborn a bath, from my Mom
The first time I saw a baby getting a bath, it was in the hospital with my first child, and the Nurse was showing us using a doll!
My mother-in-law was smart enough to have a visiting nurse come to my home to show me the reality of a moving, crying, slippery baby with a cord that is not suppose to get wet.
The very first thing I learned, is that you have to have a good grip on the baby. Using the ‘kitten/puppy hold’ around the neck and arms is a good choice. Also, the foam bath mat in the video below was great. If you don’t have that, just a few towels will do.
All my babies started out with baths in the bathroom/kitchen sink.
6 Things to remember:
- Pee first, have the water temperature right, towels and cloths, soap (remove foil under cap), a deep breath before you pick up the baby
- Rings and dings (phones and doorbells) will happen every time. IGNORE them!!
- Have 2 extra wash cloths to replace the one you drop and the one to wipe the baby pee on the wall (or you).
- Licking dogs do not hurt your baby.
- Older siblings will ask ‘What’s that?’ to every part of the baby.
- Expect to get wet.
All will be good. Relax after a while. It is a good time to ‘coo’ your sweetie, and after a year, bath time can be so fun.
~ Yach Y Da
Here are two videos for you today on bathing a newborn baby.
The first video is my Mom giving my new nephew his first bath. This is how you get it done down and dirty after you’ve had 6 children! We took this video on my iPhone so my sister could see the how-to. (We made her take a nap) Rhys was just 4 days old… He barely has time to freak out before it is over!
This one is the very romantic and dreamy way to give a newborn a bath, so they feel like they are still in the womb. Good for your first child… or when you have tons of time.