You’ve made it through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and you’re now ready to return home and begin your new life with your kid. But what comes next? Once you get home, though, you may find that you have absolutely no idea what you’ve been doing!
Even the most hesitant first-time parents can gain confidence in their ability to care for a newborn with the help of these ideas in no time.
This helpful guide will assist you in making baby hygiene as simple as loving your child. If you’re confused about the infant grooming essentials, here’s a helpful guide to make hygiene as simple as loving your child.
Taking Care of Baby Baths
No baths should be given to your newborn baby until the umbilical cord has been cut, which normally occurs after the first week. Instead, give your infant a sponge bath, sometimes known as a ‘top and tail.’ Till the penis has completely healed, circumcised boys must not be bathed or shaved. Here’s how it’s done:
- Place a towel over your baby’s shoulders. If it’s cold outside, you can remove one clothing item at a moment while you clean your child’s clothes.
- Face washing your infant with a tepid, moist washcloth will help to keep him or her clean. Don’t wash your hands with soap.
- To clean your baby’s body, soak a moist towel in soap before using it. Last but not least, wash the diaper area.
- Rinse your infant with water & pat him or her dry with a soft cloth.
- Warm water should be cupped in your palm and gently poured over the baby’s head to dampen his or her hair, if necessary.
- Add a little bit of baby shampoo to your baby’s hair. Lightly massage in a circular movement, and then rinse with a cup or use the palm to remove any remaining shampoo from your hair.
- Avoid using any moisturizers on the baby, and especially do not put adult products on your kid. Use baby hair ties if hair are longer.
Watch for baby’s nail growth
Even if your baby’s nails are little and thin, there is a possibility that they are still sharp. Keeping a check on your baby’s nails as they grow is a good idea because long or pointed nails might result in scratches to the face or torso.
Baby nails develop quickly, therefore you may have to file or clip your baby’s nails once a week or more frequently depending on how long they are. The length of your nails can be reduced by using a baby nail clipper or a non-metal nail file, which will gently smooth and trim your nails.
It is recommended that you trim or file your baby’s nails while they are asleep or extremely relaxed in order to avoid abrupt jerking motions that could result in injury to them.
Take extra care of skin
Not all babies require the use of a moisturizer on their skin. After returning home, it is usual for babies to acquire a little patch of dry skin on their bodies in the first week after arriving. Often, these patches will disappear on their own, with no need for additional moisturizer to help them along.
You can use petroleum jelly-based products on your baby’s skin if his or her skin is really dry or cracked. A moisturizing lotion can also be applied to the skin if it is free of fragrances and colors, which might irritate your baby’s skin even further.
Some studies have found that natural plant oils such as coconut, olive, and sunflower seed oils can make dryness or eczema far worse for children, therefore it’s important to use caution when using them on newborns’ skin.
As with any other part of the body in the bath, gently rinse your baby’s genitals with warm water—from front to back for females to avoid spreading bacteria—after bathing him or her. In order to keep the baby’s skin from becoming cold following a bath, experts recommend patting him dry afterward and allowing him to air-dry completely before applying barrier cream or a diaper. She also strongly advises against using baby powder to assist dry your baby’s genitals, or for any purpose, because the fine particles can easily migrate into your baby’s lungs, according to the expert.
If your child has been circumcised, gently bathe him in warm water each day for a complete week after the procedure to ensure a smooth recovery. Use petroleum jelly to protect the tip of the penis after each bath to keep it from being damaged by the diapers while it is delicate and mending. Continue to apply this topical layer after every bath & diaper change until he is totally healed, which should be within 10 days in most cases.
Besides having fontanelles, which are soft places on an infant’s head in which the skull bones haven’t cemented together yet, the skin of a baby’s scalp is very fragile and can be easily scratched. When shampooing your baby’s hair, avoid rubbing the scalp very aggressively, and keep an eye out for cradle caps, which are waxy areas that frequently appear on a baby’s head.
Opinions disagree as to why infants develop these spots; some believe it is a reaction to Mom’s hormones, while others believe it is a fungal infection. However, they are extremely common in babies who are three months or older. However, while cradle cap is normally self-resolving parents can aid in the process by wetting or oiling their baby’s head and gently urging the scales to lift with a soft brush or cloth.
Because the skin is the main organ on your baby’s body, it is critical to ensure that it is in good health.
Maintain the cleanliness and dryness of your baby’s skin by keeping him or her out from the sun. Using too many moisturizers or other skin care products can potentially exacerbate skin problems, so it’s vital to use them sparingly.
Early in infancy, babies are susceptible to a variety of problems, particularly in the first year. If a rash arises in conjunction with a temperature of 100°F or greater or an infection, or if the rash does not disappear within just a few days, parents should consult the baby’s doctor for additional information.