Baby's bath

February 2017


A bath is a fun and exciting time for the baby, the mother and the father. A bath relaxes the baby.

Temperature


Use a small bathtub or a special molded seat until the baby is at least 3 months. The temperature of the room must be between 22 and 24 degrees. The water temperature can vary from 34 to 37 degrees: it is preferable to use a thermometer in the first days in order to check the temperature of the water.

When ?


Avoid giving a bathing just before meals . Bathtime can be in the morning or the evening, according to yours and the baby's needs.

Good to know


In cases of diarrhoea and vomiting extra baths may be necessary. If using and applying bath products and or moisturising creams, use pH neutral, gental and mild lotions. Use a soft, natural sponge

Never leave the baby alone unattended in the bath because the baby could drown.


Changing nappies

Disposable nappies


Disposable nappies are the most practical to use. They are quick and easy to use. Once used they are thrown away. They are more expensive to buy than using reusable nappies and can amount to $600 - $800 over 3 years.

Disposable nappies can take several hundred years to decompose

During the first few weeks, the baby's nappies need changing 8 to 10 times a day an average.


Reusable nappies


Reusable nappies have much better absorbency these days and cost approximately $300 -$400 for a 3 year period, including cost of buying the nappies and laundering them. They stay in place better and are less likely to leak than the old fashioned nappies.

It is thought that they are more ecological than disposables : however the laundering of them especially if using a tumble dryer can use just as many carbon emissions as disposables.

Their main drawback: you need to be well organised and laundering them takes up a lot of time.

When and how to change a baby's nappy


If soiled change before feeding

If the baby is wet or dirty
Before naps and bedtime if soiled. During the first few weeks, you may need to change their nappy as often as 8 to 10 times per day in average.

Never leave a baby with a soiled nappy on, as this can cause nappy rash. Open the nappy and wipe the stools with the zones of the nappy which have remained clean.

Clean the baby's bottom with a warm wetted cotton wool ball making sure that you clean all of the skin folds including the genital organs. Pat dry his bottom with a tissue before putting a new nappy on.
  • Do not use talc, which can irritate the baby's skin.


Never leave a baby alone when you change it. They learn to roll very quickly and can easily fall. Check that you have all that you need (nappies, cotton wool, towels...) before changing the baby.



If the baby awakes and is hungry, it is better to feed them before changing it.



When your baby cries, always check so see if the nappy is soiled

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