Hello to all new mums, this maybe a location you are feeling anxious about if you are still adapting to life with your beautiful vulnerable little package, I want to use you some pointers for easy safe bath-times.
Simply a pointer I am a mother of 3, a previous foster moms and dad and teacher, and granny of 5 I have actually heard a lot of very first time mums stating how anxious they were in the early days with their infants so here are some ideas …
Now I concur wet children that wriggle and frequently shriek at the new experience are slippery and distressing. If you hold them covered in a towel on your knee with their head over the water in front of you as you sit on a chair in front of the baby bath, their neck supported with your hand and thumb, you have an extra hand to wash their hair.
Whilst they are really tiny, if you cover their arms and bodies in a towel like a cocoon to stop their arms waving this will make them feel warm, more protected and will increase your confidence.
Dry their hair, talking carefully to them will make you both feel calm, enjoy your time together. Holding their left thigh with your left hand, with their head in the criminal of your elbow, leaving their arms free, so they can wriggle and splash however you are completely in control, they can’t go anywhere.
Continuing to hold their thigh, you then have your right hand to wash them and it is simple to raise them out of the water later on, to your knee or a safe flat pre-prepared surface. If you are left-handed reverse the procedure.
Prior to you begin have everything to hand that you may require, towels nappies talc creams, fresh clothing and so on. There is absolutely nothing even worse than discovering you can’t reach the towel or some other product, when you need it, particularly when bathing your infant is something new to you.
You might choose to have an infant bath sitting inside your primary bath, or you might decide the kitchen sink is easier, when child is small. You can stand with the sink at an ideal height. It would depend if you have taps that would obstruct, you wouldn’t wish to burn or knock your child.
I hope the above suggestions give you more self-confidence to enjoy your baby’s bath-times.
Life does get simpler as you learn to adjust to your new lifestyle, attempt to relax and trust your instincts. Accept help from friends and family if you are feeling tired and you and your partner will soon settle into your brand-new roles.