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  • Keep it comfy. Check with the room temperature before taking baby’s clothes off.

    Come prepared. Prepare baby’s bathtub, mild soap, clothes after bath, along with cotton swabs, a stack of clean wash cloths, comb and a hooded towel placed on a large table or surface.

    Make it secure. Place a small towel on the bottom of the bathtub to prevent baby from slipping. You may also choose to purchase bath pads.

    Test your water. Fill the tub with two to three inches of water. It should feel warm but not hot, about 32˚Celsius. Begin by pouring hot water first then cold water. Check water temperature by using the elbows as they are more sensitive to heat as compared to your hands.

    Take it slow. Bring your baby to the bath area and undress her completely. Gradually slip your baby into the tub feet first, using one hand to support her neck and head. Pour cupfuls of bath water over her regularly during the bath so she doesn’t get too cold.

    Tackle each part. Use one wash cloth per body part starting with the face. Wash neck, belly and in between fold in legs. Work down to toes but save cleaning the bottom for last.

    Go easy. Use mild soap sparingly (too much dries out your baby’s skin), as you wash her with your hand or a washcloth from top to bottom, front and back.

    Take special care. Use moistened cotton balls (no soap) to clean her eyes and face. If dried mucus has collected in the corners of her nostrils or eyes, dab it several times to soften it before you wipe it out. As for your baby’s genitals, a routine washing is all that’s needed. Clean each ear only on the outside.

    End quickly. Rinse your baby thoroughly with cupfuls of water and wipe her down with a clean washcloth. Lift her out of the tub with one hand supporting her neck and head and the other hand supporting her bottom, with your fingers around one thigh.

    Dry off. Wrap your baby in a hooded towel and pat her dry do not rub baby. Make sure to dry between fingers and toes.

    Bath Safety
    Never leave your baby unsupervised, even for a minute. If the doorbell or phone rings and you feel you must answer it, scoop her up in a towel and take her with you.

    Never put your baby into a tub when the water is still running (the water temperature could change or the depth could become too high.
    Set your water heater to 120˚Fahrenheit. A child can get third-degree burns in less than a minute at 140˚Fahrenheit.

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