TIPS FOR A BETTER BATH TIME

25 Jul 2017

At Baby Spa Perth we introduce your babe early on to water and try to make it as enjoyable as possible while never over stimulating her. Here’s some thing’s we do at Baby Spa that may make your bath time at home easier: 

  • Get all your after-bath essentials sorted first, have baby oil ready, change of clothes, nappy, towel, pacifier (if you use one), a favourite teether – ready to go before you start, so no rushing around after. 
  • Your baby uses a lot of energy while in water, it’s important that she shouldn't be too hungry before bath time. At Baby Spa we recommend a top up feed 15 minutes prior to water-play. 
  • Warm your baby’s towel by putting it over the radiator or wrapping it in a hot water bottle. Check that it is not too hot before using on your baby.
  • Consider turning on some soothing music at a low level, too loud and it may over stimulate rather than provide relaxation.
  • What is the light like in the bathroom - is there any direct sunlight shining through? Can you dim the lights at all? At Baby Spa our blinds are always closed to avoid any direct sunlight shining onto our little ones. We try and minimise any extra stimulation that we can, there is so much going on already for your little to take in. 
  • Choose a non-fragrant baby oil. At Baby Spa we always recommend a massage oil that contains no or very little fragrance. This is because when babies are born, they are exposed to the natural smell of their mother and vice-versa, intensifying the nurturing bond between mother and baby. Fragrant oils can create a barrier to this and are often over bearing for the baby. Read more about what to use when massaging your baby here..
  • Think about the temperature of the water. Not too hot but a warm 35 degrees is perfect in these cooler months, check with a temperature gauge and see what is most comfortable for your babe. 
  • The bath should be deep enough so that your baby’s body is completely covered by the warm water.
  • Be relaxed and smile, why not tell your baby a story or have a sing along? Babies love nothing more than the comfort of their parent’s voice.
  • Hold your baby securely but lightly, making sure that her face stays away from the water even if she rolls his head.
  • Before removing your baby from the bath, allow him to rest over your hand and arm, and pour some water over the back of her head.
  • Once out, cuddle your baby in the warm towel and gently rock and pat her body dry. 
  • After a bath is the perfect time to treat your little one to a massage to help her sleep. We use this time for some gentle stretching and techniques that encourage the development of structural symmetry, sitting and mobility in newborns, why not ask about our massage classes on your next Baby Spa visit or email info@babyspaperth.com.au