Some may disagree, but I absolutely love the newborn stage. They are just so perfect and I want to take every little bit of it in. I love the cuddling, the baby noises, breastfeeding, the sleepy stretches when they wake up from their naps, and a whole bunch of firsts: their first sleep at home, their first words, their first roll, and of course their first bath. I have partnered with Baby Dove to share 4 tips for Bathing a Newborn.
I was so nervous when I gave Michael his first bath at home as a newborn that I had my sweet friend (who is a NICU nurse) come over to help! This time around I felt much more confident with baby number two. I have learned a few simple tips for bathing a newborn along the way and wanted to share them with you guys!
4 Tips for Bathing a Newborn
1. Get everything ready beforehand to make sure everything goes smoothly. Lay it all out there and keep it within arm’s length before you do anything else: the diaper, the towel, the change of clothes, the brush, any bath accessories you may have, and the soap. You guys know I am a huge Dove fan, so of course I have my Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Tip to Toe Wash. Baby Dove cleansers and lotions are made with 100% skin-natural nutrients, and are ultra-gentle for newborn skin. It creates a rich and creamy lather that leaves skin feeling clean and soft. Being prepared ahead of time will have baby freshly washed, dried off, and happy again in no time.
2. I’ve always called bath day her spa day and I try to make it as relaxing as possible. A few of my friends have told me that their babies hate baths, but this simple trick has made all the difference. Wet a wash cloth with warm water and spread it over your baby’s stomach. This will keep her nice, warm, and relaxed. When you flip your baby over to wash their backside, do the same with the washcloth on their back. This makes such a huge difference!
3. Consider timing. Only give them baths a few times a week because sometimes baths can dry out their precious skin. Try to bathe them during a time of day that your baby is well rested and fed. Paige’s grumpiest time of day is from 7-8pm, so I make sure to avoid that time.
4. Don’t be afraid to have a helper! I almost always have Brett assist me. (Teamwork!) A slippery squirmy baby in a bath can be a little chaotic at times, so we love to help each other out. He hands her over to me once her bath is done, and I will get her dressed and apply a little Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion, which soothes dry skin from first use. In the meantime, Brett cleans up from the splashes and puts everything away.
Everyone has a different process, but I love hearing other mama’s tips on bathing a newborn! You can use this coupon for a special discount on Baby Dove products! The discount will double if you share it with a mom! Don’t be afraid to share any tips you have in the comments!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Baby Dove.