How to Give a Baby a Bath

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Childcare Expert Marylou Tietz provides tips on how to give a baby a bath.

    Marylou Tietz

    Marylou is Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE, FACCE) and Doula with over 28 years experience teaching prenatal classes in the Washington DC area in settings including the Bethesda Maternity Center, Kaiser Permanente, Georgetown University Hospital, Suburban Hospital, the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Discovery Communications, Seven Locks Detention Center and the Greentree Shelter for Women.

    During the summer months she operates the Baby Bed 'n Breakfast of Bethany Beach (<a>www.beachbirthclass.com</a>) where she offers private Lamaze classes coupled with an overnight stay in her oceanside Delaware beach house plus breakfast and lunch on her cozy back porch.

    Marylou has also served as President of the DC Chapter of Lamaze International since 1995 (<a>www.lamaze-dc.com</a>) during which time they have consistently been voted
    "Best Childbirth Classes" by the readers of Washington Families Magazine.

    Hi my name is Mary Lou Teitz with the DC Chapter of Lamaze International. Today, I am going to show you how to bathe you baby beginning with sponge bathing in the early weeks and then moving on to full tub bathing later on. I will be going over how to wash your baby s face, shampoo your baby's hair, wash your baby s upper body, the lower body and then how to transition to tub bathing and dealing with drying your baby.

    You will need some basic supplies to get started. First, a basin of warm water with a temperature gage to sure you have the water in the safe range of 93-97 degrees. Since baby skin is very delicate and can easily be burned, its best not to judge the water temperature on your own. You ll also need a full bath towel, preferably pre-warmed in the dryer, to lay your baby on during a bath you ll also need a hooded baby bath towel, a baby wash cloth, some cotton balls, a cotton swab, a mild baby wash, a baby oil, a soft plastic cup, a small baby brush for brushing the hair and later on, a baby bathtub.

    During the bath time it is important choose a warm location, so that the baby doesn t get chilled and make sure your supplies are easily accessible, so that you don t need to leave the baby for any reason whatsoever. Safety is your number one concern and you want to make sure you re giving your baby your undivided attention. Before, we get started, let me tell you a little bit about myself I am a Lamaze certified childbirth educator with over 25 year s experience, teaching parental classes for the Washington DC Chapter of Lamaze International where I have also served as a President for the past 10 years. I am proud to say that our classes have consistently been voted the best in the Washington Metro Area by the readers of the popular Parents Magazine. During the summer months, I operate the Baby Bed and Breakfast at Bethany Beach, Delaware where I provide private childbirth instruction along with the many beach retreats. Now, we have our supplies ready the baby is waiting. So, let s get started.