AS a new mom, this was one of the scariest part I encounter when I bring home my baby. For the first 2 weeks, my mom was there to assist me with the bathing of my son, but when after that, I have to do this all by myself since my husband was afraid to do this part too.
So this is what I did to make everything easy and safe, make sure you have all the items on hand you need.
First and most important of all: Condition your little one. Make sure he is on the right mood sincehaving a contact with the water maybe traumatic to them. That’s where the second important tip goes, INTRODUCE THE WATER to your baby. While he is lying undress, splash a little water on his face and on his tummy. He may feel a little shock at first but show a facial expression that you are playing with him. Now that he’s ready, put him on his tub. With this new generation, they have come up with items to help you hold your baby. There’s the sponge bed, body shaped bath tub and the net safe to hold your baby. I chose the net one, my baby was comfortable with it and it releases the water from his back unlike the sponge that it might store some dirt after the bathe.
Lukewarm water, this is important since babies have low immune system and we give them a bath in the morning and that will be to cold for them. Slowly pour the water First to his head then shampoo with mild shampoo and no more tears, as much as possible, hypoallergenic. Rinse after, don’t let the shampoo stay on his head for long that might cause a cradle cap. Be sure to protect his ears as well, don’t let the water get into it.
Now with this body, pour the water from his neck down to toe. Soap with your baby soap or baby wash, use washcloth for cleaning especially underarms, legs and neck then rinse thoroughly. Ready the towel, and cover the baby and dry him out. Use cotton to clean his navel, ears, and nose. Use comb if hair exist to tidy him up. Powder, lotion and/or baby oil if applicable. (ask your pedia)
Now your baby is all smelling good and ready for play time!