BATH TIME: A MOMENT FOR MOTHER AND CHILD
From the very first glance, a mother establishes a very strong bond with her child, enabling her to understand his or her needs. During everyday life, the various moments allow us to strengthen this relationship and create unforgettable memories. Bath time is one of those daily rituals that can create sharing and it is very important not only for the mother but also for the child. The baby feels the same sensation in the water as it did during the nine months in the womb and this helps them to relax. There is no such thing as the perfect time for a bath, but a bath in the evening can help them fall asleep more quickly.
It is certainly a magical time, but for new mothers it can also be full of doubts. There can be so many questions running through the mind, will the baby be cold? am I hurting the baby? what if the baby falls? Here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared and to make bath time an unforgettable experience.
The most important things are the temperature of the water, the environment and making sure you have everything you need close to hand. In terms of the water, make sure that it is not too cold or too hot. The ideal temperature is between 36 and 37 degrees, which is close to body temperature. For the first few times, before you become familiar with how that temperature feels, using a digital thermometer can be helpful. In order to avoid colds or illnesses, you should also pay careful attention to the bathroom environment. As you undress the baby, make sure they don't catch cold. When starting the bath, it is also essential to have everything at hand so that you never have to leave the baby unattended. Make sure that you have the shampoo, shower gel and sponges right by you so you can enjoy your baby’s bath time.
But the most complicated part is yet to come: how to hold the baby. Now that you have everything ready, you have to figure out how to handle the baby in the bath to make sure they don’t slip or get hurt. A useful technique can be to use your right arm and hand to wash it and the left hand to hold it. Simply pass your left arm behind the shoulders so that you can hold it with your hand under the armpit. Your right hand will then be free to clean the baby.
Once washed, we then have to think about drying. Have a bathrobe that can cover the baby well and a towel. The important thing is that they are soft and do not scratch the baby's skin, especially in the more delicate areas such as the intimate areas. Make sure that you have dried them thoroughly so that, even if you have to move to another room, the baby will not catch cold. When cleaning the ears, a soft gauze or physiological saline can be used to reach deep into the ear without causing any discomfort. At this point bath time is over and it is time to dress the baby again, put their nappy on and make them smell lovely.
Now that mothers are real bathing experts, there's nothing left to do but enjoy it. If the tips are clear and shower gel and sponges are nearby, nothing else is needed but the gentleness that only a mother can give. It will certainly be challenging the first few times, but once you get used to it, this will be the moment you look forward to all day because it can provide the love and cuddles that a mother and child really need.