Dr. Jennifer Trachtenburg, a pediatrician, talks about how bath time is a great time to spent with your baby. She also gives tips about how to bathe your baby.
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Dr. Jennifer Trachtenburg: Bath time is a wonderful time to bond with your baby. Hi I'm Dr. Jennifer Trachtenburg for parents TV, author of Good Kids, Bad Habits; the real age guy to raising help your children. We're going to show you the steps to make bath time for your baby; gentle, safe and effective. [Music Playing] Generally it's fine to give your baby a bath once the umbilical cord or circumcision healed well. Before you bathe your baby in a tub, its fine to just give him a sponge bath, you can use the sponge or wash cloth or some gentle cleanser or baby wash to keep your baby skin clean. It's fine to bathe your in either the sink or infant tube but I wait on a big bath tub until the baby can sit up by themselves. The first step when bathing your baby is to make sure your hands are clean and wash your own hands with soap and water then fill the tub with warm water. You want just make sure its not to hot or to cold. You can use the old fashion method of testing with your elbow, but now there is also some fun thermometers that look like bath toys that you can put in, so also make sure the temperature is okay. The afternoon temperature for the bathe water should be about what your baby's temperature normally is, so somewhere between 97 to a 100 degree Fahrenheit. It's really good idea to be prepared before you start your baby's bath because you always want to keep an eye on the baby. So make sure, in close reach you have a wash cloth, some gentle cleanser or baby wash that's good for head to toe and also to have rinse cup and a nice fluffy towel as well. Next you want to place your baby in the tub, do it gently and carefully, make sure to always hold the baby with at least one hand and have other hand free for all the products and things that you need to bathe the baby. So once the baby in the tube and again make sure that you're holding the baby from behind, you also want to then put some gentle cleanser on the wash cloth and you can use just the head to toe to clean the whole baby. I like to start from the head and wash away down the baby, now the diaper area keep that for last. [Music Playing] The last step is to rinse the baby and you can just use a cup, fill it with water, warm water and just rinse the baby from head to toe, make sure not to get into the baby's eyes. Lastly gently take your baby out of the tube and wrap them in a towel. Although their skin is still moist, I really recommend bring a moisturizer on our baby from head to toe, so help to their skin. You don't want to wait to til you see signs of -- And if you don't have a time for a full bath or that you're traveling, a great alternative is to use disposable washcloths. They already have the soap in them, so all you need to do is moist them with water and you can use on your baby from head to toe, even to wash there hair. Bathe time should always be an enjoyable experience that brings you and your baby closer together.