Baby Bath Essentials: How to Use Baby Bath Tub
Cute as they may seem, babies can be messy. That is why bath-time might be a frequent event in your home. However, it is absolutely necessary to learn how to do it easily and safely. Why? Aside from the fact that learning how to do it properly will make bath-time as safe as possible for the baby, it can also save time.
Every parent will understand the struggles of learning how to comfortably handle a tiny person getting in and out of a little tub. Of course, the pressure is on you in making sure that the baby is happy, satisfied and comfortable with her first real bath.
When you can finally learn how it is properly done, it will become one of her favorite times of the day. You’ll be surprised how the sound of running water will paint excitement in her expressions. You’ll find yourself drawn to the scent of a freshly bathed baby bundled in a towel.
So, how do you get your baby’s bath ready? The following are the main things that need to be considered in setting up your little one’s bath.
Before the baby is put in, the bath water should be comfortably warm, but avoid making it too hot. To do this, cold water should be poured in the bath first before adding the hot water. Make sure the water is thoroughly mixed and there aren’t any hotspots left to avoid the risk of scalding the baby. The temperature of the water changes quickly when the water is still running, so it is important to note that you don’t put the baby in at this point.
- You can use a thermometer to be accurate about the temperature of the water in the bath when checking. You can buy a variety of thermometers such as a mat or a piece of bath equipment. Thermometers commonly indicate 37 degrees to 38 degrees C, which are ideal ranges of temperatures and also close to body temperatures.
- Another easy way to check the bath water temperature is by using your elbow instead of your hand in gauging the temperature. You just have to make sure the water feels right.
For new born babies, and babies up to six months, the water should be about 13 cm or 5 inches deep. The water should be deep enough that the baby’s shoulders are completely covered in water.
In a sitting position for children and babies above six months, the water should not be higher than their waist. And babies should never be put in when the water is still running to safely control the depth of the water.
Hold the baby firmly just below her bottom with one hand as you lower her into the bath, place your free arm under the back of her neck and shoulders. Once your baby is settled in the bath, use the hand that was supporting her butt to wash and gently swish the water around. Don’t lose your firm hold of the baby with the other hand so you can keep her head above the water.
- You can use both of your hands for washing your baby if you decide to use a bath support.
- A bath cradle is best recommended if your baby is not able to sit up yet.
- You can choose to use a bath seat for babies old enough to sit up.
Baby Bath Tub Safety Tips
- A baby is ready for her bath in the tub when her umbilical cord stump has dried up and fallen off. A baby this age gets very dirty less frequently and she will only need bath time a few times a week.
- Usually, six-month-old babies are old enough to sit up securely on their own and are ready for a slightly bigger bath tub. At this age, they are normally enjoying bath time and a bigger tub would give them room to play.
- Babies can easily drown in a few inches of water, so you need to keep an eye on your baby at all times.
- You can take her with you, wrapped in a towel, if you have to pick up a really important call, but it would be better of you let the answering machine pick it up and tend to it afterwards.
- Set the water heater beforehand to 120 degrees F so that she won’t get scalded if she accidentally turns the handle for hot water.