When Baby Cries During Bath Time: Your Guide To Make A Splashing Time Without Stress
Bath time is essential for your little one. Not only is bath a hygiene requirement that keeps your baby clean and healthy, it also provides emotional benefits. Bath time is a special time that creates a wonderful one-on-one bonding experience between parent and baby because it’s probably the time when your baby gets touched more than any other time of the day – during his wake time.
Most new parents typically picture a happy, giggling, and cooing baby – all ready to splish splash in his little bathtub whenever it’s time to take the plunge. However, in reality, sometimes babies just don’t enjoy bath time. They may resist getting into the water and cry while bathing. Thus, making bath time a stressful and tearful ordeal rather than a relaxing ritual for parents.
Does your baby cry too during bath times?
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Some people might think that only new parents would have issues in bathing their baby. Not true! Quite often, a ‘seasoned’ parent with three children in tow like me still has to deal with a wailing baby when it’s time to bathe the youngest one in the family.
When my baby was a newborn, she hated bath time, big time. Every bath time was so nerve-wrecking and getting through bath time with a bawling fragile newborn was always very tense. She started crying when we undressed her as if she knew that bath time was coming. Furthermore, she does not hesitate to take her cries all the way to complete wails when we began to bathe her.
If your baby thinks that baths are not his thing and often screams or cries during bath time, fret not as you’re not alone and there are ways to wave bye-bye to those baby bath time blues.
Biggest Baby Bath Time Challenges: Why Your Little One Cries During Bath Time
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Whether you’re bathing your first baby or baby number three, you may still face challenges in creating a happy, stress-free baby bath time. Here are some of the reasons why your baby cries while bathing:
1. Fear of Water
Babies, especially newborns may not like the feeling of being in water for several reasons. Firstly, the sound of water may cause them to be afraid. Similarly, they may feel unsafe if parents do not have a firm grip of their baby while bathing them and may not enjoy the new concept of this slippery adventure.
2. It’s too cold (or too hot), mum!
Babies are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. Water that is too cold or too hot can cause shock to the babies and make them feel uncomfortable instantly. In order to keep your baby from catching a cold, it’s best to have warm water prepared and tested prior to giving your baby a bath and ensuring the atmosphere in the room is controlled.
3. A hungry baby
Crying is usually a sign of hunger in babies. Bathing will not calm a hungry baby, but, instead, cause them to get more upset and produce a loud wail during bath time.
4. Too tired for a bath
Bathing should be a relaxing activity for your baby. However, when your baby is too tired or sleepy, bathing can easily turn into an irritating experience, instead of an enjoyable experience for him. Thus, he’ll likely cry during bath time.
5. Uncomfortable position
A wriggly newborn or wet baby can be quite slippery and tricky to handle during bath time. Awkward positioning or less secure way of holding your baby during bath time can make your baby feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Hence, causing them to cry.
3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Baby Bath Time
1. Bath time supports your baby’s development
Not only does bath time has health benefits, but it’s also important for baby’s sensory development as it stimulates baby’s multiple senses through feeling the water on his skin, learning to distinguish different temperature, watching and touching the bubbles as they burst, listening to water splash, and smelling the calming baby wash.
2. Baby doesn’t need to bathe every day
Newborns generally need a bath one to two times per week until their umbilical stumps fall off. Until this happens, a gentle sponge bath using a washcloth is usually sufficient to keep them clean. As your baby grows and becomes more mobile, you may want to introduce a daily bath routine.
3. Bathing your baby is not that difficult!
Bathing your baby for the first time may seem to be quite complex and challenging. However, with a little practice and by adopting the simple steps below, bathing your baby will be a fairly easy daily feat.
- Bathe your baby only when he or she is relaxed or happy, already fed, and well rested.
- Ensure your room has a warm temperature (turn off your fan or air-conditioner prior, during, and after baby bath time) to keep your baby from getting chilled.
- Gather all the supplies that you’ll need to bathe your baby ready, within arm’s reach.
- Fix the ideal water temperature in your baby tub to make sure it’s warm enough to bathe your little one. A comfortable bath temperature for your baby is between 37–38 degree Celcius.
- Undress your baby only after you have everything ready for his bath.
- Place him right away in the warm water. Then, gently splash water over your baby to keep him warm in the tub.
- Use a sponge or washcloth to wipe his face and hair.
- Wash your baby’s body while supporting your baby’s head and torso with your arm and hand. Wrap your arm under your baby’s back, grasping your baby firmly under the armpit. A secure hold will help your baby feel comfortable — and stay safe — in the tub.
- Use a baby wash, which is gentle, hypoallergenic, and tear-free, such as Baby CARRIE’s Head to Toe Gentle Wash, to keep your baby clean.
- Clean your baby’s back and buttocks by leaning him forward on your arm while continuing to grasp your baby under the armpit.
- Wash off your baby’s body and hair with warm water.
- Once completed, slowly and carefully lift your baby from the tub. And then, immediately cover him with a large towel to dry him off before putting on a fresh diaper and clean clothes on your baby.
Choosing The Right Baby Wash Products For Less Tears & More Giggles Bath Times
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As babies’ skin is so soft and delicate, selecting the right and safe products to keep your baby fresh and clean is important. Steer clear from products that contain icky stuff like soap, harsh chemicals, or alcohol content that could irritate your baby’s eyes and skin.
This said, it’s always a good idea to opt for baby wash products that are confirmed gentle, tear-free, contain 100% organic plant actives, and free of harsh chemicals for your baby, such as Baby CARRIE’s Head to Toe Gentle Wash.
Understand that one of the secrets to having a happy baby while getting scrubbed down and after is to pick the right product to bathe your little one.
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Formulated with certified Organic Almond Oil & Wheat Germ Oil, Baby CARRIE’s Head to Toe Gentle Wash is perfectly safe for newborns’ skin and surely cleanses your little one oh-so-gently.
If you’re looking for gentle and nourishing products for your precious little one, look no further! Just invite Baby CARRIE to your baby’s bath time! Baby CARRIE’s Head to Toe Gentle Wash is the perfect pick to keep your newborn baby clean from head to toe while making your tot smell and feel good at the same time!
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- 100% organic plant actives
- Suitable for newborn babies
- Parabens, MIT, colourant-free
- Free of added phthalates
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