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Lots of children love bath time because it is one of the more soothing activities that they do during the course of the day, it is also a great time to bond with you baby. Many parents use bath time as a creative way to play and teach their child. For example, did you know that basic math and science lessons can take place in the tub? Using safe and appropriate bath toys, your child can explore the properties of water—learning about measuring, the concepts of more and less, warm and cool, float and sink. Your childs bath is typically and uninterupped time of calm submissive behaviour that is perfect for teaching. Add some bath time alphabit letters that stick to side of the bath tub and turn tubby time spelling party. There are also endless physical activities like pouring, sprinkling, pumping and squirting can help strengthen eye-hand coordination. Kids love water and they love to play so why not combine the two? Water plays ihas been part of the basic curriculum in many early childhood programs for years.
Your Baby's Bath
Bathing Your Baby
Your baby needs sponge baths at first. Give your baby a sponge bath until her umbilical cord or his circumcision, if any, is healed. After that, your baby can have a tub bath.
Fill a bowl or basin with warm water: Use your wrist or elbow to check the water to make sure it is just the right temperature. Be sure the water is not too cold or too hot. Very hot water can be dangerous.
Take the bowl of warm water and a soft washcloth to the place where you are going to bathe your baby.
Pick a place for bathing that is warm and not drafty. You don't want your baby to get chilled. You can put your baby on a bath towel in her crib or any other flat surface. If you put your baby on a table, make sure she cannot roll off. Do not leave your baby alone, not even for a few seconds.
Take your baby's clothes off. Put the washcloth in the warm water and squeeze it out until it is just damp. Use the washcloth to gently wipe your baby all over. Wipe her head and neck, behind her ears, and between her fingers and toes.
Your newborn does not need to have a bath every day. Just clean her face, neck and diaper area whenever they are dirty.
Be Gentle When Bathing Your Baby
You can use your bathtub, kitchen sink or a plastic baby tub. Use something to line the tub to keep your baby from slipping. If you use a foam liner for a tub, it needs to be dried out after each use. This prevents the growth of germs. Or you can line the tub with a bath towel. Be sure to wash and dry it after each use.
Use a clean, damp washcloth, without soap, to wash her face. Gently wash the outside and back of each ear and wash and dry under her neck.
Don't use bubble bath or detergents in the bathwater since these may cause rashes.
Use damp cotton balls or cotton pads to gently wipe your baby's eyes before you put her in the tub. Be sure to support your baby's head when she is in the tub.
Wash your baby's hair and scalp very gently, using soap or a baby shampoo. Do this only once or twice a week. Rinse with a damp cloth. Make sure that soapsuds don't get into her eyes. Wash her body, starting with the chest. After washing with a soapy washcloth, rinse the washcloth and rinse her off. Pat your baby dry with a bath towel. Always keep her covered and warm when she is wet.
These tips were reproduced from the U.S. Department of Education.
Bathing Your Baby, Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com
Informative article we found on Ebay about baby bath tubs and baby bath products.
Safe, fun bathing is easy with the right items to help you. Here are just some of the things you can find on eBay to make baby's bath time gratifying. Remember, always ask you pediatrician if you have questions about how to safely bathe your baby.
Infant tubs: According to most childcare experts, until your baby's umbilical cord stump falls off, you should only bathe your baby with a sponge. But after that (at about 10 days), you generally can bathe your baby in an infant tub. These mini-tubs come in durable plastic and let your baby recline in the bath without squirming away. Look for a tub with a slip-resistant seat and a contoured shape. Features you can find on baby bathtubs include built-in space for soaps and washcloths, collapsibility for easy storage, and handles for easy carrying.
Bath seats: A bath seat is best for babies who are able to sit up by themselves. You’ll have both your hands free for soaping and rinsing baby, because the seat’s suction cups attach directly to the bottom of your bathtub. The bath seat is designed to keep your baby sitting up. A between-the-legs safety strap or bar is a necessary feature for bath seats; built-in bath toys are also nice.
Tub toys: From bath puppets to swimming fish to the classic rubber duckie, you can find all kinds of bath toys on eBay to keep your baby happily entertained.
Baby shampoo and soaps: Find mild baby shampoos, soaps, and bubble baths that clean skin without drying it out. The right soaps and shampoos for sensitive skin are important.
Skin care: Be sure that you are tending to baby’s delicate skin. Popular baby skin care brands are Mustela and Burt’s Bee’s.
Towels and washcloths: Towels and washcloths keep baby clean, dry, and warm. Cuddly hooded towels and wraps are great for basking in freshly bathed contentment.
Mats and spout covers: Help prevent slips, falls, and bumps with mats and soft spout covers.
Thermometers: Use a thermometer to test the temperature of the water. It should be between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wipes: When a bathtub isn't handy, never underestimate the power of baby wipes! They're great not only for cleaning up during a diaper change, but also for wiping up drool, baby food, and all the other little messes your baby can create.
Ointments and powders: Prevent irritation and diaper rash. Don't run out of baby skin care items.
More infant bathing safety tips from Fisher-Price.com.
Bath Safety Tips
Once the cord stump is off and you move on to infant-tub baths, it's perfectly normal to be nervous. Baby gets so slippery when wet, and can't even sit up yet! But after the first few baths, your confidence will grow quickly. Approach baby's bath time as if it's a game, talking or singing to your little one. Introduce tub toys, if you'd like, or waterproof plastic picture books. Try making the bath a pre-bedtime ritual, well after baby has been fed—but before it's time for another feeding.
Use a baby tub until your baby is capable of sitting up without your help, or for about the first six months of life. Newer tubs come with supports that help hold baby's head up. Some of them also have heat sensors that warn you if the bath water is too hot.
You can use the baby tub in any room: Place it in the kitchen or bathroom sink, fill it with water and do the bathing on the changing table, or sit the baby tub in the big tub (but be forewarned—bending over might be hard on your back). About two inches of water in the little tub is all you need to clean baby thoroughly.
Bath time is also an opportunity for learning together. Show baby how to slap hands on the water to make it splash, as you say the word 'splash.' While holding tight onto baby, demonstrate how adding weight into the tub (your hand, for instance) makes the water rise higher on your baby's body. Or, by moving baby back and forth in the tub, you can create mini-waves for your baby to delight in. In no time, baby will get the hang of the game—and your bathroom will never be the same!Do NOT leave the baby unattended for even a moment! ALWAYS keep baby within arm's reach.
Bath Safety Tips, Fisher Price