It is probably easier to bath your baby in the morning because you will be even busier in the evening, but do whatever is the most convenient; you can even bath her mid-afternoon if you like, and she doesnt have to be bathed every day. It is probably better to stick to moi’e or less the same time every day to establish a predictable routine for you both – before the mid-morning feed is a good time. Whatever time you decide on, start bathing her well before she is likely to be starving. If she is hungry, give half a bottle or breast feed before the bath, and the rest afterwards.

Preparing the bath. Put the bath or basin on a steady surface in a draught-free place. If the room is very cold use a safe heater but be very careful not to fiddle with any electrical appliance with wet hands. Place a suction rubber bath-mat or folded nappy in the bottom of the bath to stop the baby slipping. Set out her clothes in the order she is going to put them on, and fold the nappy.

The towel and toiletries should be within easy reach. Fill the bath by putting in the cold water first, so that the baby is not harmed if you put her in without testing the water. Add hot water until it is comfortably warm, then immerse your elbow in it to test the temperature. If you are bottle feeding have a bottle warming since she is sure to be ravenous after the bath.

Very young babies are inclined to cry when they are being bathed, but they soon learn to enjoy it.

Dressing. Never overdress your baby. Cool hands and feet are not a sign that she is too cold because most of the blood flow is directed to the stomach for the digestive process, leaving the hands relatively cool. Feel her forehead (it should be comfortably warm) to see if she is warm enough. It is true that babies sweat mostly from their feet and scalp so it is wise to put on bootees if your baby is not wearing something that covers the feet, for instance a stretch suit.


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