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Since parents are not born equipped with all the knowledge and skills, we have prepared a short blog for you about the first independent bathing and child care, and at the end you will also find a short checklist of necessities.
You’re back from the maternity ward, the baby’s umbilical cord is healing, and now you’re wondering when you can bathe your newborn for the first time. The first child's bathing depends on the rest of the umbilical cord or. when the latter will fall off, this usually occurs as early as the first week, the veins close and change in the ligament within 7 to 14 days. The rest of the umbilical cord usually dries for about two weeks after the stump falls off, during which time bathing is not performed, as moisture can cause infections, so it is important that the umbilical cord is always dry. We try not to cover the navel with a nappy, but rather fold the edge of the nappy and allow the navel air access.
In many countries the child health nurse/community nurse takes care of the first bath, she/he will show you and explain things nicely, so there is really no need to be afraid of the first bath. You will then bathe your baby about twice a week, and it is rational to use soap only once a week, as baby's skin is sensitive and more susceptible to drying out.
You definitely need a baby tub, which you fill with only a few centimeters of water, and the temperature of the latter should not exceed 37 ° C. Because we are aware of how important weighing is, we recommend the Aquascale bathtub, which has a built-in thermometer and scale, as well as a non-slip base. Otherwise you can use a normal bathtub and thermometer for measuring water temperature.
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It makes sense to place the baby in the tub with the help of a muslin cloth, which is then gradually withdrawn, thus alleviating the shock / fear that the baby experiences when touched by water. While bathing, you can use a soft glove or muslin cloth or even a bare hand. It is important to wash the baby's scalp and hair because of sweating, while holding the head above the water, we can put one muslin cloth on our hand, which will limit slipping when the baby is soapy. After bathing, place the baby on a soft towel and make sure to dry all the baby's wrinkles, under the neck, behind the ears, between the fingers and buttocks. After gentle wiping and drying, the baby can be lubricated with almond oil, as it has a beneficial effect on the baby's skin. It is important to put the hat on the child's head after bathing and remove it after about 30 minutes, as the hair is already dry. Babies love being pleasantly caressed, this is why you can use gentle brushes to comb their tiny hair, which provide soothing before going to bed, and at the same time the hair dries faster when combing. Before bathing, bring a fresh diaper and clothes nearby.
The heath nurse/community nurse will tell you more about umbilical cord care.
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1. Konges Sløjd® Bathing poncho Sienna 47x47
2. Liewood® Leon Muslin Cloth 4 Pack - Rose Multi Mix 60x60
3. Beaba® Gift basket Baby Care Blue
4. Konges Sløjd® Brush set 3 pack
5. Liewood® Washcloth - Dino mix
Whean dealing with children's cosmetics, it is important not to overdo it, especially not with various aggressive soaps and shampoos. We do not soap the baby every time we bathe, but only once a week. We use a non-scented soap which is gentler for a child’s sensitive skin. It is important to provide a cream for the buttocks, as there is often a milder inflammation, which can be very disturbing and the baby will not calm down until we take action and eliminate the signs of inflammation.
1. Linea MammaBaby Bio Soap Cesarino
2. Linea MammaBaby Baby Sweet Almond Oil Guendalina 500m
3. Linea MammaBaby Baby Bottom Cream
4. Linea MammaBaby Baby Balm Pierino
5. Eco by Naty® Baby Rash Cream 50 ml
6. Tosama® Cooling cream
7. Tosama® Kit for the baby chord
1. Muslin and Swaddle Blankets
2. Liewood® Sailor Bath Mat Sailor Mr.Bear Mustard
3. Hevea® Kawan Family
4. Organizers and Baskets
5. Skip Hop® Waterfall Bath Rinser Moby Grey