Il primo bagnetto del neonato

The first bath of the newborn

A Guide for Loving Parents

1. Wait for Umbilical Cord Healing: A particularly crucial point is to wait for the complete healing of the umbilical cord before giving your baby a bath. The cord can be delicate right after birth, and the detachment of the remaining piece indicates that it is fully healed. Do not bathe your baby until the umbilical cord has detached to avoid the risk of infections or inflammations.

2. Timing is Key: The timing for the first bath is important to ensure that your baby is awake and alert but not too hungry or tired. Many parents find it helpful to plan the first bath during a quiet time when the baby is relaxed and not expecting a meal.

3. Prepare Everything in Advance: Before placing your baby in water, make sure you have all the necessary tools at hand. These include baby soap, shampoo, a soft sponge, towels, diapers, and clean clothes. Ensure that the room where you will bathe your baby is warm to create a comfortable environment.

4. Correct Water Temperature: The water temperature is crucial for a pleasant bathing experience. Fill the baby tub with warm but not too hot water. The ideal temperature is between 37 and 38 degrees Celsius. Use a bath thermometer to ensure the water has the correct temperature.

5. Handle with Gentleness: Be gentle when placing your baby in water and when lifting them out. Support the head and neck of the baby with your hand to ensure stability and safety. Use a gentle baby soap during the bath to clean sensitive skin and rinse it thoroughly.

6. Secret Tip "Rice Milk": A secret tip to make the bath experience even gentler is the use of rice milk. This is known to be particularly gentle on the baby's sensitive skin and is suitable as an alternative to shampoo that may have too high a pH. Rice milk, natural and gentle, can be a soft choice for caring for your baby's skin.

7. Show Affection: The first bath provides a wonderful opportunity to build a loving bond with your baby. Speak gently to them, maybe sing a song, and offer a sense of security and protection. This can contribute to making your baby perceive bathing as a positive experience.

8. The Right Washing Technique: When it comes to washing the baby, pay particular attention to folds and creases where dirt can accumulate. Use a soft sponge and be especially careful in the diaper area. Clean your baby's head with water and baby shampoo, being careful to avoid anything getting into their eyes.

9. Quick Drying and Dressing: After the bath, it is important to dry your baby quickly to avoid the risk of colds. Wrap them in a soft towel and dry gently, especially in skin folds. Then, put on clean diapers and clothes to keep them warm.

10. Introduce Regular Baths: To get your baby accustomed to the idea of bathing, introduce regular bath times. This creates a routine and helps your baby prepare for the next bath.

The first bath of your baby is an exciting, meaningful milestone for both parents and the baby. With the right preparation, loving attention, and a gentle approach, the bath will become a pleasant and joyful experience. Experience this moment together, strengthen the bond with your baby, and create beautiful memories in the first weeks of their life.

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