Premature babies are so fragile and delicate, especially with the sight of their reddish pink skin tone and tiny fingers and toes, so when should you start to tub bath your preemie? Our set of triplet preemies never cry during bath time and they enjoy it a lot. Read on for the tips on Happy Bath Time for Preemies!
For full term delivered baby, the standard practice is to start after their belly button heals or the umbilical cord stump falls off. Till then, sponge bath baby everyday (Singapore context). We started on the 3 week after birth, or 1 week after the umbilical cord stump falls off. We make sure that they’re comfortable with sponge bath at a fixed timing per day (preferably before their “bed time”, around 7-8pm) before we progress to tub bath. For a step by step guide on sponge bath, watch the video below.
Our babies never cry during tub bath as we use a *special method and suitable bath tub. Beside changing outfits and comb, here are the basic 5 items you need for a happy bath time:
While most articles advise to proceed with bathing slowly with slow encouraging praises, alas preemies are very sensitive to change of environmental factors, such as temperature, water etc. So we prefer to do it gently and promptly… so fast, each baby took us barely 5 min. You can always increase the bath time and add in rubber ducky when babies are bigger (can sit up during bath) or more accustomed to bathing.
We prefer to bath in the bathroom by placing the bath tub on the floor and both of us sit by the side on small stools. Since it’s gonna get wet, where else will be a better place than the bath room? And to prevent accident from happening (drop of baby), placing the bath tub on the floor is the safest.
For the initial 3 months, we practice tub bath every alternate day, while for the days in between, with sponge bath.
- Pour 1 inch of warm water into the tub, test the water with your hand and make sure it’s not too hot nor cold.
- Promptly unwrap the baby on a flat soft surface (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top), telling the baby you’re gonna give him/her a bath.
- Wrap the baby from the neck to toe with *diaper cloth (special method!), this will help the baby to feel secure and not distress when naked and placed into the water.
- Place the baby gently on the fabric/sponge support in the bath tub, and with the angle of this support, thefeet will naturally touch the water first (still wrapped), thus accustomed the baby to water.
- Start by wiping the face with damp cloth.
- Wet the hair and massage gently in circular motion with baby wash (a drop or coin size). Be careful not to wet his/her face too much (especially eyes).
- Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth.
- Wet baby’s body (still wrapped) and gently unwrapped. Apply baby wash and cleanse gently from neck down, especially along the folds. Finish off with the diaper area.
- Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth from neck down and lastly the diaper area.
- Place the towel on your chest, bend near the bath tub and lay baby gently on your chest, with the diaper cloth wrap left in the water. Quickly wrap the baby up with this towel and move the baby to the outfit changing station (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top).
- Lay the baby on the changing station. Wipe dry with the same wrapping towel before changing into outfit. Remember to wipe the hair dry.You may apply moisturizing lotion if baby has dry skin, otherwise it is not necessary.
- While dressing the baby, always keep the undress area covered (e.g. when you’re dressing the top, keep the bottom covered).
- Lastly, give baby a nice combed hair…AND YOU ARE DONE, LESS THAN 5 MIN.