It is recommended to bathe the child together and not alone, at least at least initially.
This activity is usually a source of pleasure for parents and their baby, and therefore, it should be done when the parents are free and not constrained in time.
Remember that an infant's adjustment to a change of environment is not always easy and the infant may initially express resistance by crying.
It should be borne in mind that the infant's reaction to a change of environment may differ for different actions, such as undressing, bathing, waking up, sleeping, and all of them are associated with the infant's temperament, his ability to self-regulate and his stage of development. The attitude of the parents towards the infant should correspond to the behavior of the infant himself.
To create an atmosphere of peace and mutual pleasure during bathing, it is necessary to help the baby to have fun, gradually moving from dressing to undressing and from the moment when he is naked and dry to being placed in the water. Leaving a T-shirt or a cloth diaper on the child's body while placing it in the bath can make it easier for him to change the scene.
Baby's bathing and clothing should be prepared in advance.
When bathing, it is desirable that the room temperature is 24 ° -25 ° C. The water temperature in the bath should be warm: 37-38 ° C. You can feel the warmth of the water by sticking your elbow into it, or by using a thermometer suitable for water.
To reduce the risk of burns, it is recommended to set the boiler temperature sensor (thermostat) to a temperature not exceeding 49 ° C.
Once the baby is in the water, hold it with both hands and let it get used to the water.
Bathing begins in the head area. Thoroughly wash the areas between folds of skin, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. After bathing, dry your baby thoroughly with a dry towel and put it on immediately.
It is not recommended to use talcum powder or baby oil as they clog the pores of the skin.
In the first period of its life, the baby sleeps most of the day. During sleep, there is no need to keep complete silence nearby.
Safe sleep tips to prevent SIDS include:
Laying the baby to sleep on its back at any time of the day (day and night sleep); a child who has turned over in a dream does not need to be turned over.
Keep the air clean from smoking
The baby should be put to sleep in the crib when it is empty of items such as dolls, toys, pillows, crib padding and much more.
Put your baby to sleep on a hard mattress and a crib with the Israel Standard mark
Put the baby to sleep in the parents' room, at least until he is half a year old, and preferably before the age of one
Leave the baby's head and face uncovered, both in bed and in the baby carrier
The room is heated to a temperature of 22-24 ° С
Continuing breastfeeding in lactating women as a measure to reduce the risk of SIDS
For premature infants or infants with chronic conditions, these guidelines should be adapted according to medical advice.
During waking hours, it is important to lay the baby on his stomach - under supervision only! This posture is important for the infant's activities, learning about the environment and development. The stimulation of raising the baby's head can be by playing with him on the surface and by displaying stimuli at the level of his face, such as, for example, a picture book.
Baby carriers and car seats are not designed for normal sleep at home, especially for babies under 4 months of age. As soon as possible, transfer the sleeping baby to his crib.