When it comes to bath-time, finding the right routine can be pretty difficult and, not to mention, stressful. With access to so much information, we know now that even products that are made for babies may still have irritating ingredients lurking in them.
So, we understand why many parents choose to ditch the products and wash their babies with only water. But, did you know that washing with water alone can actually dry out your baby’s scalp and cause cradle cap? Take it from our Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Stanford’s Pediatric Dermatology Department, Dr. Joyce Teng, who says:
Washing with water alone seems gentle, but that can strip skin of its natural oil. For babies with cradle cap, you need additives to properly clean the scalp. A formula that gently and naturally cleanses is ideal. Add in soothing hydration, and you've got a great cleanser for newborns.
So, what should I use to cleanse my newborn?
As always, our team of moms in medicine got to work creating a formula that is safe, nontoxic, and effective to cleanse even the most delicate of skin. The end result: our Foaming Baby Shampoo & Wash, formulated with proprietary oat amino acids to gently lift away dirt from baby’s skin and organic coconut water and juice, nature’s most perfect water, to safely wash, repair, and replenish.
This formula was created to be gentle enough for baby’s first bath and every one after.
So, when should baby’s first bath be?
Experts recommend waiting anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after birth before giving your baby a bath. If it’s not possible to wait that long, they still suggest waiting at least 6 hours before washing the vernix off. This waxy coating on your newborn’s skin is actually crucial to his or her overall health, with many antioxidant, antibacterial, moisturizing, and warming traits.
Another factor to take into consideration is the umbilical cord. Experts recommend not submerging newborns in water until the umbilical cord falls off. Until then, however, you can still bathe your baby with a damp washcloth or sponge.
Step – by – Step Guide on How to Bathe your Newborn
So now you’re ready for baby’s bath-time! Follow this step-by-step guide for a fuss-free bath that both you and baby can enjoy.
Step 1) Preparation is Key!
Step 2) Get the Water Ready
Fill your baby tub with only 2-3 inches of water. Keep the temperature around your baby’s natural body temperature – so around 98 degrees.
Step 3) Time to Wash
Gently place your baby in the tub, always remembering to support their head and neck throughout.
Take your damp washcloth, with a bit of soap, and begin to cleanse your baby, always starting first with your baby’s face, then body, then diaper area as last – just to make sure any germs or bacteria that are washed off don’t dirty other areas.
Step 4) Pat, Pat, Pat
Once your baby clean, gently place them onto a dry, clean towel. Gently pat away the moisture so as not to tug on their delicate skin.
Step 5) The Final and Oh-So-Important Step
According to Dr. Joyce Teng, our Chief Scientific Officer, “If we pay attention to skin barrier protection as early as 3 weeks through regular and early moisturization, it can reduce the risk of developing eczema and skin allergies by 50%.”
So, provide your bub with healthy skin by following bath-time with a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer, such as our Baby Moisturizing Lotion to effectively lock in moisture and nourish baby’s skin.
And there it is – bath-time without the fuss in five easy steps!