During the bath
- During the first few months, hold your baby by putting one hand under his neck and shoulders and the other hand under his bottom. That way, he’ll feel enclosed and secure. Beginning at the age of four or five months, you can use a bath seat if you want.
- If it seems difficult to wash your newborn in the water while holding him, wash him with soap on the changing table then rinse him in the water.
- When he learns how to sit up, you can let go of him in the water. However, never leave your baby alone in the bathtub no matter how old he is, even it’s for a few seconds and there’s only a small amount of water.
- Use soap-free hygiene products specially made for your baby’s delicate skin. If your baby has dry skin, choose a product enriched with protective and nourishing moisturizers (Cold Cream products, for example).
- Every two to three days, wash your baby’s hair and scalp with an appropriate shampoo that won’t sting his eyes. If he has cradle cap, choose a special infant shampoo that will help you get rid of it. To rinse his hair, use a glass, his toy watering can, the shower head or simply the hollow of your hand – whichever is most pleasant.